Chiefs play of the week, preseason game 3: The rub routes (w/GIFs)

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From the FanPosts -Joel

For those of you unfamiliar with basketball, pick and rolls are something you will see immediately when watching any game. They have become so popular in the NBA that entire teams base their offense on it. What makes it so effective? It creates a block on someone from moving and creates all sorts of movement off the ball. Here is an example of a pick and roll in basketball and all the rotations and problems that it causes:


In the NFL, you aren't allowed to use picks in the defensive backfield for fear of pass interference. Thus, creating separation is based mostly on physical attributes and scheming. For the Chiefs this season, creating routes and patterns that free up other receivers is important given the lack of elite talent for the receiving core. The Chiefs have utilized "rub routes" periodically throughout the pre-season. Dwayne Bowe is particularly lethal in these combinations. Let's take a look:


Here Bowe is up at the very top with Junior Hemmingway in the slot. Their routes are schemed together to allow for them to cut off so that Bowe can use the inside position to "post up" the DBs and gain leverage. Keep your eyes on Bowe's DB. Notice how there is a bit of hesitation in going to Bowe due to Hemingway's "pick." There are a clutter of bodies and a sudden change of direction that allows Bowe to get in a bit of space and create yards after the contact.

For another nice example of rub routes, I found this great link here which I will post images below. Ironically the sides will reverse for this one:


Here you can see the difficulty this route causes our former beloved DB. Notice how Emmanuel Sanders times his route and jumps off his route right when the the timing is right. It is a coordinated play between the two receivers. A pick and roll of sorts.

Here is a better look in All-22 film:


Many of you have probably already noticed by now that this is the type of route running that works particularly against man coverage. By aligning Dwayne Bowe and a quicker receiver, there can be some mismatches to be made in the open field. These can also be executed very well out of bunch formations where the defenders and receivers are all clogged up next to each other. It also helps to space the opposite side of the field like both teams do above with a quick receiver and RB come out of the backfield.

Well, those are rub routes. I hope that you all will appreciate them when you see them and have a better viewing experience because of it.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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