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What ever became of the lateral?

Beezer : 9/10/2019 11:14 am
Watching the Spider Lockhart feature this morning, and remembering back to my earlier days watching football, it occurred to me that unless it's a last-ditch desperation kickoff type of thing in the waning seconds of a game, when do you see a lateral these days?

This is obviously not a pressing topic lol. Just seem to recall more attempts - even though risky - on maybe a reverse or an interception return.

And yeah yeah, no gadget plays! But seriously, no one puts in a little "hook-n-ladder" type of play a couple times a season? Seems it might catch a defense off guard.

Likely that teams/coaches went away from lateral-type plays, encouraging safety and ball control over the riskier moves. But it's too bad. Pretty exciting to see those situations play out, no matter from which side of the ball you're rooting.
Didn't see it, but I thought the Pats did it  
jcn56 : 9/10/2019 11:15 am : link
against the Steelers on Sunday night? Or was it a flea flicker?
It  
dslayton86 : 9/10/2019 11:22 am : link
would be interesting to see more teams try it and I'd think that there would be success in doing it. I'll never forget Tiki lateraling to Ron Dixon vs. the Eagles at the end of the game that came just 4 yards short of scoring. Beautiful designed play there.
RE: Didn't see it, but I thought the Pats did it  
Beezer : 9/10/2019 11:24 am : link
In comment 14570129 jcn56 said:
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against the Steelers on Sunday night? Or was it a flea flicker?


I saw maybe 5 plays from that game. Interested to know if anyone saw ... and if it was a lateral. If so, figures it would be the Patriots.
Was a bit more common  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 9/10/2019 11:25 am : link
Not toooooo long ago. Music City Miracle I believe, where you needed a yolo play and the risk/reward was justified.
RE: RE: Didn't see it, but I thought the Pats did it  
jcn56 : 9/10/2019 11:28 am : link
In comment 14570149 Beezer said:
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In comment 14570129 jcn56 said:


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against the Steelers on Sunday night? Or was it a flea flicker?



I saw maybe 5 plays from that game. Interested to know if anyone saw ... and if it was a lateral. If so, figures it would be the Patriots.


Looks like they did...
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2019/09/08/steelers-patriots-week-1-sunday-night-football-Gillette-Stadium/stories/201909080231 - ( New Window )
I think over time coaches eliminated it over fear of turnovers  
truebluelarry : 9/10/2019 11:46 am : link
since it is a risk-reward tactic.

During pro football's first 30 years or so laterals were more common place and by design. Now they are an improvisational move that only occur a handful of times over the course of a season on a kick return or defensive return.

That's what made that Miracle In Miami play so memorable last year - not only was it a designed lateral play by an offense, it featured two laterals and they executed it to perfection. We probably won't see another play like that for 10 years.
Buddy Ryan's defenses  
bluepepper : 9/10/2019 11:51 am : link
lateraled a lot back in the day. They were looking to put points on the board. Defenses today are thrilled when they get a turnover and they're not going to do anything risky once they have the ball. It's just an aspect of the game that is lost when the balance is titled so far in favor of the offense.
and the offenses don't have much need  
bluepepper : 9/10/2019 11:52 am : link
to do stuff like that when they can just throw downfield to a wide open receiver.
Giants used  
Les in TO : 9/10/2019 12:09 pm : link
The lateral last year twice for TDS
RE: RE: RE: Didn't see it, but I thought the Pats did it  
BillKo : 9/10/2019 1:59 pm : link
In comment 14570154 jcn56 said:
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In comment 14570129 jcn56 said:


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against the Steelers on Sunday night? Or was it a flea flicker?



I saw maybe 5 plays from that game. Interested to know if anyone saw ... and if it was a lateral. If so, figures it would be the Patriots.



Looks like they did... https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2019/09/08/steelers-patriots-week-1-sunday-night-football-Gillette-Stadium/stories/201909080231 - ( New Window )


If you watch the Pats, these plays are put of their playbook and they do them in big games too.........in fact Brady dropped on in the SB versus Philly that was a pretty big play............
I'm afraid the lateral  
Bill in UT : 9/10/2019 3:15 pm : link
has gone sideways
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