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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Justin Fargas #25 of the Oakland Raiders rns the ball against the New York Giants on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Fred KindelContributor INovember 5, 2009

Who can slip this into the Raiders' playbook? See, we're going to do a change-up in the Offense Plan:

Raiders go into unbalanced line right (two tackles to the wide side).

Raiders alternate three tight ends and four tight ends to wide side.

Full house backfield: Russell, Lawton and Fargas, and Bush alternate with McFadden.

Run it up the gut. Run it off tackle to wide side. Run it around end wide side. Run it cross-buck to weak side. 

When defending LBs/CBs/SS cheat up close to stop the run: pass. Russell keeps it, rolling right and dinks and dunks it to open guy. Russell does this again and two receivers run Hook and Ladder.

Russell hands off to RB who passes to open guy. Russell hands off to RB who hands to Lawton who has turned around to receive it, then Lawton tosses to open guy.

Russell hands off in a reverse to WR coming back who throws to open guy. Russell laterals to a RB who tosses it to an open guy. Russells steps back in the pocket and throws a screen to RB.

Russell steps back in the pocket and slips the ball behind his back to RB in a Statue of Liberty. Receivers find ways to get open for the short dinks and dunks: slant in, button-hook, criss-cross, and more. We hide the few pass plays among the runs and we let everyone else besides Russell pass it.

When we have to punt from north of the 50-yard line we stick a fake punt in there—Lechler passes to open guy. We do the same with SeaBass and sacrifice the three points—he or the holder passes to open guy.

The name of this offense plan is run—run but pass to open guy sometimes.

Now, the defense. The name of this game is take-away: rip it away from ball carriers, intercept it from recivers, hit both hard for fumbles, and recover. Goal for defense: be on the field only 15 minutes, leaving the other 45 minutes for the offense.

Doesn't everyone like to play with the X's and O's? This is my shot. How can we lose?

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