The Baltimore Ravens took a page out of Bill Belichick's playbook to score a 26-yard touchdown against Oakland on Sunday. They scored even though the Raiders were expecting it.
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio told FOX Sports' Alex Marvez on Sirius XM Radio that he prepared his team to defend against any formations where the Ravens might line up an ineligible player on the outside. The formation came in the first quarter and tight end Crockett Gillmore streaked down the seam uncovered to take a scoring toss from Joe Flacco. Del Rio blamed the result on poor execution by his defense.
The Ravens, of course, were victimized by a similar look in last year's playoffs when the Patriots caught Baltimore off guard with an unusual formation in which running back Shane Vereen was split out wide but declared an ineligible receiver. The NFL adjusted its rules to prevent plays with eligible numbers from lining up outside the tackle box after reporting as ineligible.
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The play the Ravens ran with guard Marshal Yanda lined up as a receiver but still ineliigible was still perfectly legal, but obviously attained its goal of confusing the Raiders defense. Ravens coach John Harbaugh credited offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and quality control coach Andy Bischoff for designing the trick play.
"I don't remember when it went into the playbook originally," Harbaugh said per ESPN.com. "I thought it was really a well-organized play. Conceptually, it's something we've been talking about for a while. But any way you can move the ball and any way you can find a way to get a guy open -- you really strive to do that and it's hard to do that -- and we were able to do that on that play."