Explaining one Raiders play: Breaking down the perfect play starring PJ Hall
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By Arash Akbar

Despite his late entry into minicamp due to a strained pectoral muscle, P.J. Hall’s first sack came quickly against the Detroit Lions in his first NFL game. It was a welcome sight for Raiders’ fans who have been starved for sacks from the interior over the last two years. While the sack was undoubtedly a good individual play by Hall, it is important to note that much of it can be attributed to team defense.

In the play above, the Detroit Lions offense lined up in what looks like a Trips Right, Shotgun formation with a lone receiver on the weak side. Guenther responded with his patented Double A Gap formation which is a variation of a 4-2-5 package that has linebackers crowding the A gaps on either side of the center.

The beauty of the Double A Gap formation is that it allows you to disguise your coverage while threatening the QB/Guards with an inside blitz. This threat of an inside blitz limits the ability of guards to help outside and therefore gives the edge rushers one on one match ups.

In the play below, Leon Hall (#29) quickly recognizes the Lions formation and shifts over to Golden Tate (#15) settling the defense into what looks like a press man coverage (except for Dexter McDonald who looks like he is playing off man) with a single high safety....

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