The interesting thing about the design of Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor's record-setting 93-yard touchdown is it combined two concepts in one play.
On the first play against Pittsburgh last week, tailback Darren McFadden was offset with Pryor in the backfield. The right guard pulled left on the play. Everything looked like a power run by McFadden to the left, including the downblocks.
Three key defensive players for Pittsburgh reacted to the power action: linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons and safety Ryan Clark. Clark, who lined up 18 yards off the ball, probably shouldn't be involved like he was as a deep safety, but you understand that he saw power and he is going to get involved.
While that happened to the left, on the right side the Raiders had three blockers lined up outside the tackle. Fullback Marcel Reece was in the slot, and the Raiders had two other receivers to the right to block for the read-option action if Pryor kept it.
You’re combining concepts, with power to the left and read option to the right.
I just love how teams that have running quarterbacks like Pryor, Cam Newton, and Colin Kaepernick are combining concepts within a play. We saw Carolina combine a couple of concepts with Newton on a quarterback run against Tampa Bay. The 49ers combined concepts on a 15-yard touchdown run by LaMichael James against the Falcons in the playoffs last season, with a quarterback power look to the left and a jet sweep to the right. Kaepernick gave to James and he scored on the sweep.
It’s more necessary for the Raiders to do this because Pryor is a lesser thrower than Kaepernick and Newton. Pryor has had far fewer NFL starts than those two and has far less experience, but he is not nearly as advanced as those guys are. Plays that combine run concepts like this are hard to defend and can be effective if you don't have a multi-dimensional passing game, which the Raiders don't right now.
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