Snap Shots: Good Colt, Bad Colt

The Snap Shots series continues, this time with a look at Colt McCoy's execution on two iterations of a similar play, one ending with a 20 yard gain... the other with an interception. The video quality I used is pretty poor, but you should be able to get the ideas.

Situation #1: 2nd and 13, Texas is in its 11-personnel, with Buckner (highlighted) upright on the line and McGee in shotgun next to McCoy. Texas Tech is in the nickel, with two backers, corners man under, and a pair of safeties 12 yards deep.

Buckner_01_medium

Play Action: McCoy fakes the hand off to Mssr. McGee, bringing the Will linebacker in, while holding the Sam (highlighted) as Buckner releases upfield.

Buckner_02_medium

The mismatch: Seeing now that McGee didn't take the handoff, the Will holds ground, while the Sam shields Buckner underneath as the tall tight end glides past him. (Not pictured: Tech's safeties, who are still sitting deep.)

Buckner_3_medium

The completion: Dan Buckner has an obscenely large free zone to slide into. As the ball arrives, you can see Tech's free safety belatedly moving in. 20 yards and a first down, Texas.

Buckner_5_medium

Situation #2:  1st and 10, Texas is again in its 11-personnel, only this time Gregorio (highlighted) is your tight end on the line, McGee is in the shotgun next to McCoy, Shipley is the split end at the top of the screen, and Chiles and Malcolm Williams are the slot and sub-B receivers on the strong side of the field. Texas Tech is again in the nickel, only this time, the Will linebacker is on the line coming on a blitz while the strong safety is moving forward late.

Int_01_medium

Play Action: After the snap, Colt fakes the handoff to McGee and the line picks up perfectly each of the five Tech rushers. The Sam linebacker is locked in on McGee, the strong safety stops his charge to greet a releasing Greg Smith. The free safety is starting to move to his right, and I've highlighted the hot zone where Colt should be looking.

Int_02a_medium

The options: Colt's options are numbered below. (1) Vondrell McGee is releasing towards the Sam linebacker. (2) Greg Smith is covered by the free safety. (3) Malcolm Williams is moving past the nickelback. (4) John Chiles is heading upfield with the right cornerback.

Int_02_medium

The decision: As Colt steps into his throw, you can see in the bottom left of your screen that Malcolm Williams is heading up and to his right, into the hot zone, separating from the nickelback, who appears to be sitting in a zone. Note the picture perfect pocket McCoy has to step into if he wants it. If McCoy's ball is heading to Williams at the 30 yard line, it's a completion...

Int_03_medium

But it's not: Colt's made the wrong read, throwing over the nickelback towards Chiles.

Int_04_medium

The interception: If Colt's pass is lower, Chiles makes the catch -- he had a little space in the zone. The problem is that the throw to Chiles required McCoy to throw over the nickelback, who stayed underneath in zone. McCoy threw it too high, Chiles leaped to try to catch it, and the ball bounced off his hands into the waiting arms of the Tech defender.

Int_05_medium

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Burnt Orange Nation

You must be a member of Burnt Orange Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Burnt Orange Nation. You should read them.

Join Burnt Orange Nation

You must be a member of Burnt Orange Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Burnt Orange Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker