I read a few folks here writing about being concerned about red zone production, and I am concerned too. In particular, on that first drive where we couldn't knock it in from the one yard line. After the jump, I am reposting something I asked about in the 3rd Qtr open thread (I hope this isn't bad manners here to repost, I'm still kind of a newby to this board). But during those last 4 downs, where we turned it over on downs without even a field goal to show for it, I really wondered about the play calling. I certainly understand the rationale of the coach showing the team that he has the confidence to go for it on 4th and goal at the 1. But I'd be curious what others who have more football smarts than I (most everyone here) have to say about this?
I wonder if McD has or doesn’t have that boot play that we used to run on goal to go? This only works when we've been running well and the play fake can be sold. There’d be one receiver on the left, and it would look like a run. The QB would play fake and boot right while the whole line would block to the left as if it were a run to the left, and the back would run left behind the line. The TE (or FB) would pretend to block for a moment, then start running right, just inside the goal line, parallel to it. Typically it would be man coverage, and it he (typically a LB of SAF) would have to guess (usually wrong) whether it was a QB keeper or flip and catch to the receiver. If the defender guessed keeper, the QB would flip it to the receiver, and if the defender covered the receiver the QB would dance in for a quick 6.
Elway ran this a bazilion times, and so did his successors, Plummer most often IIRC. It’s usually a pretty safe play because the QB is outside the tackle box and can throw it away if he doesn’t get man coverage.
Maybe it has been so well-used that defenses sniff it out more than they used to? What's the counter? Does McD have this play in his book or not? Maybe it was a Shanny thing and McD wants to be his own play-designer?