Oklahoma’s Double Screen
If you have watched Oklahoma one thing that really stands out is they don’t want any wasted plays. On most of their plays they have at least two options to be able to adjust to anything the defense throws at them. They do the same thing with their screen game. This analysis takes a look at their double screen where again they have more than one option on the play.
Here is a diagram of the play:
On one side of the play they have a wide receiver middle screen that could be run from any of the players split out. Opposite the wide receiver screen, they have a running back screen. The QB then reads the defensive end to the swing side to determine where to go with the ball. If the end comes at the QB, then the QB will throw the swing. The wide receiver cracks the first LB inside of him and the tackle pulls flat for the corner creating an alley for the running back. If the defensive end peels with the RB, then the QB will find the wide receiver on the middle screen with the guard, center, guard creating a wall for the screen. Here is a diagram below of the blocking.
In the first clip, Oklahoma lines up in a Tight End Trips formation with a wing with the back offset away from the trips. At the snap, the QB will take a quick 3 step drop and the left tackle will set for 1 count and release flat to kick out the corner. In this instance, the defensive end pursues the QB so he flips it to the back on the swing. The tackle kicks out and the wide receiver cracks the first LB inside creating an alley for the back once he gets the ball. He does a great job setting up the tackles block here. On the trips side you can see how #1 clears, #2 runs the screen (a quick 3 step push and back to the QB), #3 blocks defender over #2, RG looks for first player outside box probably a safety, and center looks to kick out the playside LB. Those blocks form a wall for a middle screen in case the defensive end peels with the back and the QB has to throw the middle screen. Here is the clip:
Here is another look of them running it again in the Sugar Bowl. Again, the defensive end doesn’t peel so they get the ball to the RB on the swing but you can see the middle screen blocking on the other side as well.
If you are looking to incorporate a screen, this would be a great one to focus on because two are built into the play call and the ball will go to the right person because the QB is reading how the defense reacts. The other great thing about this play is the fact that it has the potential to get the ball to two of your best playmakers in space.