This Bad Oakland Raiders Wide Receiver Screen Play is one Jon Gruden should remove from the playbook.
The Oakland Raiders started second team quarterback Connor Cook against the Los Angeles Rams, but gave him a terrible selection of plays to run. This play, a wide receiver screen out of a four wide receiver , one running back set, is one of those plays. It’s a true example of how many football coaches pay no attention to time / motion as a factor in football strategy.
The problem is that the quarterback is asked to fake a handoff to the running back, then throw to the wide receiver who’s waiting for the pass – thus giving the defenders time to stop the play. Here, the fake handoff provides the Rams Defensive line (and in particular the defensive end on the side of the play) with the extra second needed to get into the play backfield and disrupt the pass attempt.