I remember seeing it at the time, but the idea of something like that is just so alien to what I'm used to that I glossed right over it. After I read his e-mail I ran the play back, both at regular speed and slow motion. It looked as if Timmons, in hurdling No. 70, Dolphin tackle
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The overall game plan would have to show a rush scheme you'd never used before, so the Patriots can't do a film study. Sell out with DBs coming off the corners, or maybe through the interior gaps in tandem, the second one on a delayed basis. Periodically drop your interior rushers into the short zones, and concede the running inside, because that's not what's going to beat you. If it gets to be a problem, hit the gaps with a run-blitzing safetyman, or maybe two of them. The trick is to guess the proper gap. The whole key is relentless pressure on
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I said, "Why are they saying no yards? He gained yards on the play?"
"That was the penalty," the guy alongside me said. "No yards."
"No no no, he gained yards," I said, practically hollering. The two of them looked at each other. What potato truck did this guy fall off of?
"Look," the other one said to me. "When the coverage man doesn't give the punt returner enough distance as he's setting up for his return, the penalty is called no yards."
Oh, comma, I see. Sorry, eh?
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