- This is one of the greatest play-action fakes
I’ve ever seen in my entire life. - [Sean McVay:] It was a good fake.
Look at them: They were, they were celebratin’ right here.
- [Adam Lefkoe:] They all bit.
- [McVay:] You see 'em? Look at this. - [Lefkoe:] Oh yeah, they're jumpin' into each other!
- [McVay:] They think they made the play.
This is "Fake 32 Wham Naked Left."
- [Lefkoe laughing]
- Yo! Lefkoe out here in L.A. to meet with maybe the
smartest coach in the NFL, Sean McVay,
a brain so big, he remembers every play he’s ever called.
I remember every call I’ve had with my
State Farm agent, talking auto and home insurance.
Paul! The calls we’ve had! Amazing!
Enough about that.
Let’s go Ditch the Playbook with Sean McVay.
How are you, man?
- Good to see ya, man. - Good to see you too.
- All right. - Dude, you’re the man, dude.
- Yeah, right.
- Get over here.
Last year, we stood here, and I didn’t realize we were gonna set the internet ablaze.
- I’m sure you got sent that clip a million times– - Yeah, it was fun. - of you remembering everything.
Fifty eight seconds left in the fourth quarter.
- Jamison Crowder wheel route on the right sideline.
I don’t remember anything except for that stuff.
- Except for football? - Yeah, exactly.
- I was wondering, is your fiancee ever like, “You forgot the groceries today.”
- Oh, yeah, she’s like, “You’re a total vegetable in life except for when it comes to football.”
So, no doubt about it.
- So, if Sean McVay forgets things, we’re all screwed.
So we’re all safe. - (Laughing)
- We know that you can remember every play you ever called.
- I don’t know about that.
- But: Do you remember the plays in which you played?
We’re gonna take you on a journey—
- Try to get those memories out of my mind.
- No, no, no!
Cuz this is “Mr. Georgia Football.”
Do you know what’s gonna happen in this play?
- (McVay) That’s, uh, it’s gonna be a touchdown pass down the right sideline right here.
- Oh, my gosh.
Let’s watch this in all of its glory.
Do you remember the—
- I get drilled right here.
- You do on the sideline.
- “876 Trail Flood.”
- That’s incredible.
- Yeah, I mean, but that’s a—
- In the Georgia Dome—50-yard touchdown bomb.
- I just heaved it up as far as I could and then got drilled.
And then I heard the cheers and just was hoping it wasn’t a pick.
- So you didn’t even see it.
- No. - You’re just on the sideline.
- I didn’t see it. My freaking helmet.
I was in the, I was in the freaking stands right there, it felt like.
- All right.
- Good catch.
- I got another one for ya.
You weren’t just a thrower.
- I was more of a runner. - My man McVay had wheels.
So this run.
Look at that juke.
- You can’t show me gettin’ hawked, though.
I don’t finish it.
I get tackled at the 2 right here.
I got killed from, for this one by my buddies, that I got tackled right here.
- (Laughing) - I still haven’t lived that one down.
My buddies, they say, “Hey, how’s this guy from Tucker doin’ that hawked you down?”
- They still talk to you about this run?
- Oh, man, of course. I get ragged on by my buddies. - This is a 78-yard run.
- Shoulda been 80.
- You also apparently were calling your own plays in high school?
- (Laughing) - Let’s bring it up.
- This is one of the greatest play-action fakes
I’ve ever seen in my entire life. - It was a good fake.
Look at them: They were, they were celebratin’ right there.
- They all bit.
- See ‘em there? They’re celebratin’.
- Hold on. Let me watch that again.
- Watch these guys on the defense.
They get up. I’m glad the ref didn’t blow it dead.
Watch ‘em. They’re celebrating like— - Oh, yeah.
They’re jumpin’ into each other. - They think they made the play.
- (Lefkoe) Now I heard that you called this play?
Or you diagrammed this?
What was the name of it.
- This is, this is “Fake 32 Wham Naked Left.”
- So this was, this was one of the best defenses in the state.
They were really tough to, to get the ball in.
And you know, we’re inside the 5.
This was third down.
I say, “Hey, they way they’re pursuin’, I think the “32 Wham Naked” would work.” And,
they, you know, we all agreed, and fortunately I didn’t get drilled in the back of the head.
And we walked in, and we ended up winnin’ this game right here.
- When I see a quarterback willing to completely turn his back to the defense—
- It’s a leap of faith.
- You, you sold it.
And this was the playoffs, right?
- This is, this is good ball-handling right there—hiding it.
That’s the only thing I could do—the things that really take no talent.
(Laughing) - You need to show this to Jared.
This is how he needs to sell play action this year.
- That—now I can’t even look at that.
Look at that bowl cut, man.
You look like you just put a bowl right over my head and just cut right around it.
- This is every Georgia high school athlete for, like, the last two decades.
- It’s horrible.
I look like I’m from, uh, the one MTV show—Hoover High.
- Yes, exactly!
Hoover High—that’s what I’m thinking.
- (McVay) Exactly.
- I know how you played football, so I believe that there was one movie that I think—
- (Laughing) - and there was one character that really spoke to you.
(Drum roll) - Varsity Blues? - Yes.
- Oh, yeah. - I believe—
- Don’t compare me to Tweeder.
- I think that you were a Tweeder guy.
- (Laughing) Nah, I don’t know if I was really anyone.
I was pretty serious then.
You know, Tweeder had more fun.
I wish I was like Tweeder in high school where I enjoyed myself a little bit more.
I probably was too serious in high school.
- But what I want to do is break down the realistic—if these plays could ever be used.
Billy Bob snaps, lays a nice block.
Tweeder—I don’t know what defense that corner was playing.
- This guy’s playing jam with no backup.
- And we got Billy Bob out there.
Tweeder’s gonna catch it.
I mean, do you remember this, like?
- Oh, yeah.
Double stop sign right there.
That’s how you know Tweeder wasn’t really playin’ receiver.
The “Hook and Ladder”?
- Who on the Rams is the most Billy Bob?
I think it’s that fourth-round draft pick you guys just got.
The defensive line— - Greg Gaines?
- Greg Gaines is a little Billy Bob.
- Greg Gaines is Billy Bob right now.
That’s exactly right. - I saw him on the practice field, and I was—
- I’d like to see, he looks really, you know, runnin’ with the ball—
I can see Big Greg Gaines.
- Right? It’s perfect.
- That’s pretty good right there. - All right. I got another one for ya.
Uh, don’t get angry at me.
- Freaking predictable.
- So let me ask you: Was Rudy offsides?
- Absolutely. - Let’s take a look.
All right, so he lines up.
He has no idea where to go.
Aww, the janitor was so intense.
I mean, this had to juice you up a little bit though?
I’m kidding. I’m being hard on ol’ Rudy.
- So, right there, you think he’s offsides right there?
- It’s called an elite get-off, man.
He’s keying the ball right there.
He doesn’t get blocked.
He finds a way to finish the play.
Man, great play by “Ruuudy!”
Small white guys, man.
- (Laughing) - It all goes back to that.
The last play that I really want to get involved, though is—
- (McVay) Little Giants?
- Little Giants is a, I love Little Giants.
- I think that you’re—every team is looking for their Icebox, right?
But do you remember the name of this play?
- “Annexation of Puerto Rico”?
- That’s my man right there. - There ya go, man.
- Annexation of Puerto Rico: They give the ball to Icebox.
It’s the old “Fumblerooski.”
- It really is. It’s a great play.
- Can we bring the “Fumblerooski” back?
I don’t even know if that’s legal.
- I don’t either, honestly.
You know, we change these rules so often, I gotta refer to somebody else.
You know, we got coaches that’re way better experts.
I, I, sometimes I don’t even know what a rule is anymore.
- What, what we’re ruling on things anymore. - Yeah. We don’t know what a catch is.
We don’t know what pass interference— Sorry.
- Worked in our favor.
- Yeah, right?
It was awesome.
- Thank you for taking this journey with me. - Yeah, it was fun.
- (Lefkoe) I really appreciate it. - Yeah.
- Sean McVay—ditchin’ the playbook.
I love you, man. Thanks for doin’ this. - Good to see you, man.
- Thanks for being such a good sport. - That was fun, man.
- What's up, y'all. This is Mohamed Sanu with the Atlanta Falcons.
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