Think you’re too flashy to run the ball this Thanksgiving? Well, think again.
Running plays might not be the most exciting display of offensive output in a Turkey Bowl game, but they are crucial for a balanced attack. When a few yards stand between you and a game-changing first down, TD or 2-point conversion, an interior run play like Stuff the Bird is the right call. You can’t risk ending your chance at Thanksgiving glory with a dropped pass, a sack or an overthrown pass.
There’s no fooling the defense on this play. Everyone on the field will see your team lining up for a healthy bout of smashmouth football. Success on this play comes down to execution, heart and good old fashioned run blocking.
Your receivers line up alongside the center, forming a formidable three-man front. The running back assumes his stance next to the QB. As the ball is snapped, the three blockers explode forward to drive the defensive line back. The running back takes an inside handoff and follows his blockers, looking for a small crease of daylight where he can turn on some speed. The running back must have faith in his blockers and commit to the inside run. Don’t bounce this play to the outside unless the defense quickly penetrates the line and blows up the play.