Miami’s Aggression with Matt Moore

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]As the Miami Dolphins look to life after Jay Cutler, it cannot be undersold how different the Dolphins’ offense looked as soon as Matt Moore took the field.

The difference between the Cutler-led Dolphins and the offense under Moore was night-and-day. Miami ran a more aggressive, downfield offense under their backup, as evidenced by his first two completions.

On the first play the Dolphins face a 1st down on their own 15-yard line. They line up with Moore (#8) in the shotgun and 11 offensive personnel on the field. They put three receivers to the right, with Leonte Carroo (#88) as the middle receiver. The New York Jets have their 4-2-5 nickel defense in the game and they show Cover 1 in the secondary:

Miami runs a three-level flood concept to the middle of the field:

Tight end Julius Thomas (#80) runs a post route and occupies the free safety. The outside receiver runs a quick in pattern. From the middle Carroo runs a deep dig route, and with Thomas occupying the safety he finds space in the middle of the field:

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Moore slides in the pocket to buy time before finding Carroo over the middle for a big gain on first down. For an offense that had been focusing near the line of scrimmage on the majority of their plays in 2017, this play design was like a breath of fresh air.

On the very next play, Miami again looked like a more aggressive offense. They line up using double-stack slots:

They will run a mirrored-switch concept to each side of the field, with a deep comeback route and a seam route:

Here, Moore looks to the right and hits his tight end up the seam. Thomas makes a beautiful one-handed catch to move the chains once more:

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The Dolphins’ offense certainly responded under Moore, as he led Miami to a comeback victory over the Jets. With Cutler now sidelined with a chest injury, Adam Gase would be wise to keep incorporating these downfield, aggressive passing concepts into the Miami offense. WIth receiving threats such as Jarvis Landry, Carroo and Kenny Stills, as well as Thomas, that type of approach looks to serve the Dolphins well going forward.

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