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  1. kptmorgan04

    kptmorgan04 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Hey All... after the Jags game (where I thought of a trick play) and then after seeing all of the trick plays used by Boise State a few nights ago, I wanted to start a thread with all of our favorite ideas for trick plays to be run.
    My idea came to me after the Pats/Jags game when Brady took the big hit and came out for a play.... Typically when a back up QB comes in the game, the team either runs the ball or throws a conservative pass. My idea is that it would be a pre-planned 'fake' injury to Brady where he comes up limping after a play (maybe after a QB sneak, since they do them so often) around midfield and Cassel would be summond off the bench for a pre planned play. So Cassel would know he was about to come in as well as the rest of the offense and and they could immedatly throw a Play Action Deep Post or some other type of long pass hoping to catch the Defense off guard.
    Lets hear yours! (both Boise States hook and ladder and evolved statue of liberty were amazingly exucted btw.)
     
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    Denism Practice Squad Player

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    I Thought the one Pittsburgh done in the Playoffs last season (cant remember against who) was Excellent..... The one where Randel-el threw a long pass down field for a T/D!

    I Clapped that play, thought it was Fabulous & it won the game for them aswell:rocker:
     
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    Maybe a Flea Flicker...:rocker:
     
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    CTPatsFan Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    The funny thing is that the Squeelers were/are notorious (at least in my own little world) for their gimmick plays yet always lamented other teams using trick plays against them.
     
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    my vote is for fullback dive.
     
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    (1) Spike the ball on first down with plenty of time left. It wouldn't do any good, but unlike most trick plays it wouldn't do much harm.
    (2) More serious. Why don't teams have time-killing plays where, e.g., the RB gets the ball and wastes time running around behind the line. I always thought something like that could be useful when protecting a small lead with very little time left.
    (3) Fake a handoff to an RB who fakes a fumble and dives on it to cover it up.
    (4) I've always wondered if anyone has ever tried an onside kick by slamming the ball directly into an opposing player in the hope it bounces off him and is recovered by the kicking team.
     
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    That's like throwing it to the cornerback in the hopes that it bounces off of him and into the arms of a receiver.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that the officials would rule that forward progress was stopped too quickly for this to be of any use besides losing yardage.

    Now -THAT- I like. Great idea.

    Yes, they did that in The Water Boy and it worked perfectly. I've never seen it in an actual football game though. It's worth a shot I guess.
     
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    I remember the Saints faked an injury to the QB when the starter was weak armed Steve Walsh to run a reverse flea flicker that worked.

    My favorite fake FG was run by the Cowboys in recent years. The holder handed the ball off to the kicker who ran it straight up the gut for a score.

    I've always wanted to see a flea flicker go into a screen pass. Also, a flea flicker running out of your own end zone.
     
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    I'm pretty sure I've seen something that looked like that once or twice. I suppose the question is can a kicker kick the ball a lot harder than a QB can pass it?
     
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    What I'd like to see is an onside kick that only travels 10 yards but goes WAY up in the air, with tons of hang time, and watch a massive melee on field as players battle for position.
     
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    I'll give you two that I have always wanted to see. I realize that they will likely never be done due to illegalities and/or improper roster usage, but what the hell...

    1) The Midget Toss- The team is lined up in a max protect set, with a dwarf lined up as a shot-gun QB flanked by two lineman (one on either side). The ball is hiked to the midget (or if could be one of the big guys next to him if it is too hard to make an accurate shotgun snap to a 3 footer) and then the two guys pick the midget up and toss him over the LOS. I see this as an ideal goal line play because the dwarf would most certainly get up higher than any LB could jump, and even if he fumbles the ball upon being hit, if he has crossed the goal line, no problem.

    2) The Dikembe Motumbo - Considering how small of a space one really has to kick a FG of 48+ yards (I am talking about the space just over the LOS. I can't be too high or it will be short; too low for obvious reason; not much room for error on either side), wouldn't it be prudent to have an 8 footer or two lined up just behind two of your better tackles? I can't see how teams would do any better than 33% on 48+ FGs.

    That's all I've got for now.
     
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    Huge fan of the triple reverse we ran a few weeks ago.
    :rocker:
     
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    Two problems:

    1) If the ball doesn't hit the turf, the return team will just call a fair catch.
    2) It is almost impossible to ensure that high of a bounce if the ball does hit the turf right off the tee.
     
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    I think I remember a play in Brady's first year as a starter where he handed it off to the running back and the running back ran to the right as Brady sprinted down the left sideline. The running back than threw across field to Brady who was wide open for like a 30 yard gain. I liked that play.

    I'd like to see Wilfork line up as a fullback on goaline sets and be like the fridge.

    FSU did a trick play in the Emerald bowl that worked really well. They threw a quick pass to the wide receiver who was actually behind the QB, then the WR faked like he was going to throw it down field, but threw it back to the QB instead. Then the QB hit another WR who was lined up in the slot and crossing the field for like a 25 yard gain.

    I always liked the onside kicks where there are two different people running at the ball and the recieving team doesn't really know who's going to kick it. I kind of like the idea of getting a person who's left footed, but most people wouldn't expect him to be left footed and for him to kick it in the oppossite direction of where most of the people are lined up and have a reciever streak down and jump up high to get it (I think CJ would be able to do this because of his height). I'm not exactly sure how the whole play would work, but I'd like to see some version of it attempted.
     
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    I'm a rugby player and I always wondered why NFL teams don't try something that is a standard tactic in rugby. Basically in order to catch a high ball, two large players grip a teammate around the legs and hoist him up into the air. Even at my (very poor) level we can get a player's hand about ten feet in the air. I'd have thought that it would be ideal for blocking long field goals. Any idea why it hasn't been tried yet?
     
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    It's a penalty to use a teammate to get height to block a field goal.
     
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    Dude they are no longer trick plays because you just told the Jest.
     
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    Digger44 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

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    That is correct, even if it is an accident the refs will call it.
     
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    Yeah, from what I remember it's a "leaping" penalty. Weird name, since you leap all the time unassisted.

    I can't think of anything in the rule book against the midget-toss, but chances are he gets batted down. It's hard to get enough lift on say, a 60 pound midget, compared to throwing the ball itself to someone on the other side of the LOS, or carrying the ball itself.

    Just not practical.

    I'm also taking the opportunity to preemptively strike the conjoined twin QB/WR tandem from the playbook.

    PFnV
     

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