Jason Worilds Puts A Positive Spin On His Pass Rush

By Matthew Marczi

The Detroit Lions’ offensive line has done well versus the pass this season, despite starting two rookies on the right side of the line. It just so happened that Jason Worilds was lined up over there in place of LaMarr Woodley for this game, and it just so happened that Worilds ended up with five gut shots on Matthew Stafford when all was said and done.

Of course, it’s not as simple as blaming the rookies, because in reality, Dick LeBeau has been moving Worilds all over the field this season, so his pressure this game came from a variety of places.

Pressure was actually fairly hard to come by in the first half before things started to open up in the second half for Worilds. In fact, when he got pressure early on, it still didn’t mean success, as this seven-yard completion attests:

Although his rush doesn’t take that long to get home, Stafford had enough time to see him coming and drop a pass off to his receiver for a positive gain, knowing that he would have to take a hit.

What I like about this play, however, is that it shows Worilds finally beginning to learn how to control his spin move and to use it with success. After the tight end chipped him, he ran at the outside shoulder of the right tackle before planting his left foot in the ground and spinning off to his right, using his left arm to shield off a late recovery and finding himself a clear alley to the quarterback.

This early third quarter pressure is also interesting because of what it reveals schematically. Notice Worilds and Jarvis Jones both on the left side of the defense. Jones occupied the right tackle while Worilds spun off Jones’ back past both the guard and the tackle. Once he was around both linemen, he faced little resistance in getting to Stafford, which forced a rushed throw that was batted down. Do keep that scheme in mind, because it shows up just a couple minutes later.

Once again it’s third and long, and once again LeBeau put Worilds and Jones next to each other on the rush. This time they’re on the offense’s left side, but the outcome is the mirror image. Jones again occupied the tackle while Worilds spun outside of the entire formation, getting an unabated lane to the quarterback.

This time, Stafford had no release valves, and he was forced to eat it on the shadow of his own goal line. Had he not stretched the ball out before touching down, it would have gone for a safety.

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  • JAMESH

    Pressure on the QB from a four man rush. What a concept.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The last gif was a well executed stunt.

  • mem359

    That was a nice move. Jones let the LT push him close to the LG, then Jones gave the LG a good pop to free up Worilds.

  • Mr. Reality

    It’s a contract year. He’ll get signed in the offseason and then show up at camp weighing 400 lbs

  • srdan

    Credit lebeau for that scheme. JJ has no pass rush repertoire. He is a one trick pony that gets up the field in a hurry. His speed can beat a lot of olinemen. I like the adjustment by Dick. He maximized what both players do best.

    And it’s no coincidence that he did it on opposite sides, it’s hard to get the same tackle to fall for the trick twice. Obviously if a TE is kept in, this stunt is pretty tough to execute, but maybe it’s a way to keep jordan in the pocket this week a few extra times.

    Good stuff SD!

  • Asmitty56

    Oh why oh why did they not rush Jones off of Woodley’s side before? I hope they continue that

  • dennisdoubleday

    Reminds me of the Bears 46 D of the 80s in which Ryan would rush both Wilber Marshall and Otis Taylor off the same side.

  • dennisdoubleday

    Totally different scheme, of course, cause they also had 4 down linemen rushing. Buddy Ryan was a mad genius who took chances.

  • Madi

    I don’t know what’s up with all the downvotes you got. Contracts always make players lazy. I’ve been saying it for years: Don’t sign players to contracts.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    keep ‘em hungry