During a recent game, head coach Shane Steichen and the coaching staff of the Indianapolis Colts devised a play, with the help of tight ends coach Tom Manning, to exploit a particular look in the Buccaneers’ goal line defense during short-yardage situations. The plan involved an unconventional choice of a player: Linebacker Zaire Franklin. When Steichen informed Franklin that he would be getting his first career snap on offense, Franklin joked about wanting the ball to be thrown his way.
The play was not practiced but was only done in a walkthrough setting. Still, without hesitation, Steichen called the play at the Buccaneers’ 49-yard line. The result was successful, gaining 30 yards. This play was one of the Colts’ three fourth-down conversions in the game and proved to be critical in their win.
Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. shared that these successful plays have increased the trust that Steichen has in the team to convert fourth downs, thus building a stronger team dynamic. The specific play that was called for Alie-Cox was designed for the exact look the Colts got from the Buccaneers’ defense, making it a rare but perfectly executed and timed play that had a significant impact on the game and their standing in the AFC playoff picture.
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