New Grantland: Cam Newton and the Diversity of Carolina’s Zone-Read Package

It’s now up over at Grantland:

One of them is a play Newton made famous at Auburn — the “inverted veer” or “dash read” play. Unlike a typical zone read where the quarterback reads a back-side defender, the inverted veer reads a player on the front side — the quarterback and running back head in the same direction. Coupled with “power” run blocking with a pulling guard, the defense is outnumbered to the play side, and blocking lines up nicely.

Against the Saints, Panthers offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinski took Cam’s old inverted veer one step further by running an outside run coupled with a read of an interior defender — a “sweep read.” Carolina ran this play several times against the Saints, but the best example came in the third quarter and resulted in DeAngelo Williams bursting around the left end for a 27-yard gain.

Read the whole thing.

After the jump is a good FishDuck article showing how Chip Kelly at Oregon uses a similar concept:

  • ULM one upped the force/key play by putting in two QB’s, a lefty and righty, and running each to their hand side on zone reads, with a throw option(usually from the slot stick). Early stat line, one was 3/3 for 26 yds, other 6 of 10 with 60plus a TD. Both Qb on the field, in the same backfield, and apparently reading something in the play before deciding where they go with the option on ozzy/throw. The 3:30 mark of their game was the first example I got to view vs. Baylor(ULM up 14-0).