On Wednesday, our own Andrew Kato broke down what was a remarkable play call from Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Four Lions receivers—Marvin Jones Jr., T.J. Hockenson, Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay—all ran routes with double moves, all four of them got their defenders to bite hard, and all four were streaking wide open.
Kato did a great job of breaking down how Bevell used previous game tendencies to bait the Eagles defenders into misplaying the routes, but on Wednesday, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford talked about just how rare of a play that was.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever called a play like that, where everybody kind of gave a little bit of a double move and all four guys won,” Stafford said.
Two just absolutely filthy routes from Marvin Jones and T.J. Hockenson on the same play.— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) September 24, 2019
Jones gets the target for 20 yards. pic.twitter.com/fIZ8ODUjY0
Just think about that for a moment. Stafford has been playing competitive football for two decades now, and he has never seen a play like that before—or at least hasn’t seen it so successful.
But it true Stafford form, he couldn’t help but be a little frustrated with his part in the outcome. Stafford ended up hitting Jones for a 20-yard gain, but he threw a ball he described as an “anchor,” meaning the throw caused Jones to fall to the ground rather than lead him in stride.
“I wish I would have given Marv a little better ball to run with,” Stafford said.
Never change, Matthew.