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01 Offensive Personnel
01 personnel is an offensive personnel package where the five eligible receivers consist of 0 running backs, 1 tight end, and 4 wide receivers. This personnel group is primarily used in long-yardage situations where the offense needs to spread out the defense and get downfield quickly, giving the offense its five best pass catchers to create mismatches with the opposing secondary.
01 offensive personnel is quite similar to 00 offensive personnel, except that the fifth receiver is not a wide receiver but a tight end. As with the 00, the 01 is primarily a passing package, with no backs in the backfield to provide a running or pass protection option. Depending on the versatility of the tight end, the benefit of the 01 over the 00 is that the TE can remain in line and help with blocking. If he is a decent receiver he can put pressure on the interior of a secondary with seam routes, opening up the outside for the other wide receivers.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the shotgun with 01 offensive personnel on the field and wide receiver Randall Cobb lined up in the backfield. Seattle’s nickel defense shows Cover 2:
As the WR exits the backfield to the left, Seattle rolls its coverage. Earl Thomas is now cheating outside over Cobb as they begin the shift to Cover 3, leaving Kam Chancellor as the deep middle safety. Watch how quickly Rodgers gets the football to his TE on a seam route:
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Chancellor delivers a hard hit on the tight end, but he cannot prevent the completion or the 12-yard gain.
Here Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks come out in the shotgun with 01 offensive personnel in the game. The offense has a trips formation to the left with an inverted slot formation to the right. Green Bay has a dime package on the field, showing a soft Cover 2 in the secondary:
On the left, the X receiver runs a go route, while the middle receiver runs a deep curl up the seam and the inside trips receiver, tight end Zach Miller, runs a short curl route. Meanwhile, the Z receiver to the right breaks his route off to the boundary while the slot receiver runs a deep curl route of his own:
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With the five-receiver alignment working to spread the field – and the defense – Wilson takes the easy throw to Miller underneath. The simple throw-and-catch gives the Seahawks a 9-yard gain and sets them up for a 2nd and short.
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Mark Schofield wrote this entry. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkSchofield.
All video and images courtesy NFL Game Pass.