Packers Xs and Os Film Session: Anatomy of a Play Action Pass

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In the Green Bay Packers’ first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, the running game showed promise, but so did quarterback Scott Tolzien.

Tolzien showed, at times, the ability to make good decisions and drive the ball down field. Based on his play, I decided to have another film session and break down one of his nice completions.

In the video below, I illustrate how he completed a pass out of play action. The video is high definition, so feel free to use full screen mode (the box symbol at the bottom right of the frame).

While dissecting the play, I mention the cover 2 and cover 3 defenses. Feel free to click the links if you’d like a primer or a little review.

I believe the video embedded above to be fair use under the premise of being a short clip of the original broadcast that is transformative for news reporting, commentary, critique, illustration, and teaching purposes. 


Jay Hodgson is an independent sports blogger writing for and

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