New York Jets head coach Adam Gase took Brock Osweiler to victory over Vic Fangio’s Chicago Bears defense in Week 6 of the 2018 season.
Adam Gase is a tremendous offensive NFL play-caller. It simply cannot be disputed.
The skeptics will throw around Peyton Manning‘s name and influence as a causal explanation for the newly-minted New York Jets head coach’s prior success. They’ll cite his arrival in Denver as the obvious reason for Gase’s rise to prominence.
It’s a fair critique from an overall prowess standpoint. The one-time failed Miami Dolphins sideline boss has to much to prove as the boss. It’s not fair based on pure play-calling talent. The man knows how to call a game.
The most recent addition to the exhibit comes from Week 6, 2018.
The 3-2 Miami Dolphins went to battle with back-up quarterback Brock Osweiler. The opponent? None other than the defensively nasty 3-1 Chicago Bears coming off a bye week.
Despite falling by two scores, Gase’s patient rushing attack blended beautifully with aggressive, situational tacts to not only come from behind twice in the fourth quarter, but eventually kick the game-winning field goal as the overtime session was coming to its conclusion.
The man beat the Bears with Brock Osweiler.
The Dolphins put up the only points in the first quarter and eventually first half, taking a 7-0 lead into halftime. Gase’s squad eventually found themselves down 21-10 midway through the third quarter.
Our first play example, however, showcases the appropriate mind built for today’s offensive game. Up 7-0 while pinned on the 1-yard line, Gase shows no fear and dials up the fullback flat with a backup quarterback.
Think about what Todd Bowles‘s offensive coordinator would have done in the same scenario. A run in between the tackles would have been served cold without a second thought.
Next, we showcase Gase’s complete willingness to run man rushing principles. While it’s common knowledge he prefers the zone-rushing scheme, he has no problems with a hat-on-hat man-principle if it’ll get the job done.
Watch the tight end wham block that sets everything up.
The tight end taking out the 3-technique on the wham allows the center to immediately get to the second level. The left tackle also gets to the second level while the left guard and right guard block down and the right tackle kicks out.
Next up is the very straightforward inside-zone split. The takeaway here is Gase’s overall gameplan.
Vic Fangio’s Bears defense ran a prominent Cover 4 presnap look all season long. This doesn’t mean they ran the Cover 4 extensively, rather the defense promoted a seven or six-man box with two lagging corners and a two-deep look to begin the majority of its plays.
It’s why Gase rushed the ball 28 times between Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake for nearly 160 yards combined. He needed to force the safeties up in accordance with allowing his quarterback an easier time downfield.
Next up is a pure offensive mind opportunity.
It’s 2nd-and-1, so, therefore, most fans would expect a straight-forward inside zone or quick-hitting dive. Not Gase. Not this play-caller.
In knowing the percentages, Gase dials up a pass that would have gone for a huge chunk on the deep dig if Osweiler just hung in there an extra split second.
Instead, he settles for the flat and gets the first down. It still works. Had it failed, a 3rd-and-1 is still in the back pocket.
The next play is one to keep in mind the rest of the way. Fangio went with the all-out Cover 0 blitz.
It hit home and Osweiler had nowhere to go on the critical 3rd-and-6.
Arming youur quarterback with the option to shift into a quarterback sneak when necessary is crucial for any offense. To make sure it’s an option for the backup signal-caller speaks volumes by way of preparation.
Once Osweiler identifies the A-gap room, it’s called. The shift commences and quickness is the key.
Now, remember the all-out Cover 0 blitz two plays ago? On perhaps the biggest play of the game for the Phins, Gase nails it. Fangio, again, goes with the all-out blitz (seven-man rush). Gase dials up the wide receiver screen.
Albert Wilson does the rest. The ensuing 2-point conversion tied the contest.
In overtime, Gase smashed the misconception that offensive minds don’t repeat specific playcalls by calling the same tight end wham principle earlier in the contest.
Drake eventually fumbled on the 1-yard line, ending hope for that drive, but the lesson is learned. If it works, it can be repeated.
The final play is extremely interesting. On the 35-yard line with time running out in the overtime period and no timeouts, nearly every NFL head coach would run the ball and then spike it just prior to kicking the 50-yard-plus field goal.
Here, he appropriately guesses that Fangio would go with the single-high look. He does and trusts Osweiler with the double out, double 9-route concept.
Danny Amendola catches the yardage needed to make it a much more manageable game-winning field goal (one that did win the overtime thriller).
Remember, these are the Chicago Bears, the No. 3 defense in the NFL via 2018 (first against the run, seventh against the pass). Gase’s man-rushing concepts opened holes for Gore and Drake to run all over Chicago.
His aggressive overall mindset allowed for unpredictability across the board. Most importantly, he defeated Vic Fangio one-on-one with lesser talent and took what the defense gave him.
The New York Jets head coach is an all-star offensive play-caller.