ESPN is running a feature called 'Player X' where an anonymous NFL 'star' player talks about sports. This week the topic is, surprise, the NFL playoffs. Player X gives 10 lessons on how teams can get through the postseason. It's good stuff, all of it, but I particularly liked #3 Mix It Up:
As far as schemes go, you have to have something new. Everybody's scouted you to death. So if a team has film of you running a certain play in the regular season, show that same look but come with a totally different play off of it. Just don't go crazy and fall in love with the Wildcat. Do what you've always done well and hope that small adjustments are the game-changers.
Case in point: Donald Driver's 90 yard TD in the NFC Championship came on a play that the Packers never ran in the regular season but was based on two other plays that they had run every week. I was always blown away that McCarthy kept that in his back pocket until the second to last week of the NFL season. Really impressive...
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