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The now-infamous “Philly Special” trick play from Super Bowl LII has spawned a number of successful iterations from other NFL teams, but don’t expect to see San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo catching a touchdown pass anytime soon.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters after a training camp practice Sunday that the offense attempted a variation of the play — which involves a throwback pass to a quarterback – but team owner Jed York wasn’t exactly a fan.
“He said he really liked the play call that I had that Jimmy caught and made a cut right back into the defense,” Shanahan said. “I know sarcasm well, so I knew what he was saying. And we’re not going to run that play again.”
The play is designed for goal line situations, and the quarterback is usually wide open after leaking out of the backfield. However, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, safety Tarvarius Moore diagnosed the play and would have annihilated the quarterback had it been a real game.
“He didn’t tell me we can’t run the play again, but I saw it in his eyes,” Shanahan said of his conversation with York.
Garoppolo is less than a year removed from a torn ACL in his left knee, and Shanahan joked he made sure the QB was cutting on his right leg.
“I made sure it was to the right side. He cut on his right leg,” he said. “It was very well-thought-out by me.”
During Super Bowl LII, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles caught a touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton after the quarterback walked up to his offensive linemen and pretended to give instructions. The ball was then snapped to running back Corey Clement, who pitched the ball to Burton as Foles ran out of the backfield and into the end zone.
During the 2018 season, the Cleveland Browns and and Chicago Bears ran successful variations of the Philly Special, although a quarterback was not on the receiving end of the pass in the Bears’ version.
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