Aug 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Shaun Draughn (32) rushes for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Breaking Down Shaun Draughn’s Touchdown

Let’s take care of some in-house business first. Shaun Draughn’s last name is pronounced: “Drone.” The “o” in his last name makes the long sound, heard in the first syllable of the word “donut.” The “au” in both of his names is pronounced differently but, since it looks like he’s going to be around for awhile let’s get it right. Which is more than I could say for Chiefs television announcers on Friday evening as they flip flopped back and forth but, mostly getting it wrong.

Draughn → the vowel sound rhymes with: phone home.

At a glance, Shaun Draughn’s touchdown looks like it might simply be the product of a lot of good blocking. The blocking was good on that play but, Draughn was the biggest reason of all that the Chiefs scored their second touchdown in as many possessions during their first preseason game last Friday against the Arizona Cardinals.

First of all, Brian Daboll called a great series of plays during the Chiefs’ first and second possessions. A big part of that was making sure the Chiefs rotated all of their personnel at the playmakers positions of RB, TE and WR. The Chiefs appear to be loaded with playmakers like never before, which gives Daboll a great advantage: opposing teams will never know where the attack is coming from, never. At least not based on the way the play calling was designed last Friday. Using Draughn to carry the ball at the goal line was a brilliant piece of play calling since he’s not nearly the first or second or even third person you’d think of at RB for the Chiefs. Plus, with tight ends Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss lined up in a double-tight-end set to one side — the defense may have been reading a pass play to that side.

The Chiefs executed Daboll’s plans extremely well. Especially in their first two possessions. Which brings us to Shaun Draughn’s TD. Below, you’ll find step-by-step graphics showing the play’s design and execution.
1. As the play begins, QB Matt Cassel turns to hand off to Draughn. None of the Cardinals linemen get enough push into the Chiefs backfield to create a problem with the play’s intended direction. Also, notice each Chiefs linemen either engaging their assigned player to block or turning and getting their bodies out in front of the play. That’s RT Eric Winston lowering his shoulder into Cards #91, DE, Vonnie Holliday. Tony Moeaki rushes upfield to meet #24 Adrian Wilson. On the end, Kevin Boss heads toward OLB Brian Schofield.
2. Cassel has handed the ball to Draughn who is advancing with enough speed for the backside pursuit of the Cardinals to not be an issue in the play. The Cards #92, DT Dan Williams, has pushed Chiefs center Rodney Hudson back one yard but, Hudson locks him up there and gives no further ground. LG Ryan Lilja has hit his man DE Calais Campbell, once and is attempting to get to the next level to take out a LB. Jon Asamoah is taking over Winston’s man so that Winston can move on to ILB Stewart Bradley. Boss keeps Schofield engaged as he attempts to seal the edge. Note: if other teams watch what the Cardinals are doing on this play, the Chiefs may be inclined to run a bootleg because the outside contain on Cassel has failed completely. Had Cassel kept the ball — he would have waltzed into the end zone.

3. This split image shows two different angles of the same moment. A small alleyway for Draughn to pass through has developed to his right. He navigates the seam but, the inset shows just how close Draughn comes to being tripped by his teammates. This is where Draughn should draw praise in the screening room. He easily could have gone down here but, each blocker holds their assigned block long enough for Draughn to squeak through and he barely does. Notice the Cards #58, ILB Daryl Washington, on the left half of this picture. Washington comes from all the way across the field at his ILB position to nearly make a play on Draughn.

4. ILB Washington has a chance to bring Draughn down at the one yard line. Washington does a good job of coming from the opposite side ILB position to nearly thwart Draughn.

5. Chiefs WR Steve Breaston has done a good job of keeping his man, DB Patrick Peterson (5th pick in the 2011 draft) deep and out of the play at the goal line. As Washington hits Draughn, Draughn squares his shoulders to the end zone line and drives his hips forward scoring the Chiefs second TD of the preseason and sealing a strong start to the game and the Chiefs year.

Chiefs announcer Mitch Holthus spoke about the Shaun Draughn touchdown on Tuesday afternoon. He said,

… to go back to that play — where Shaun Draughn gets to score here. Watch the offensive line on this play here. Engage — and drive. Command the line of scrimmage — and then attack. Moeaki makes a great block there, the lead blocker….  but, everybody on the offensive line, contact and drive, and they were doing that on the first two series, and it’s good to see it.

When the first string was in the game, the execution was excellent.

So, Addicts, why is that? Or, did you not think things went very well last Friday evening? What do you expect this week when the Chiefs go for the Governor’s Cup?

Let the “Draughn-ing” begin.


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  • ArrowFan

    Good point regarding a naked boot on pic #2. Daybull saw the same thing you did and he called a naked boot when Quin was in the game but the D personnel on that play didn’t bite like they did on Drones TD.

    • KCMikeG

      Plus Quinn looked like he was running in quicksand.

  • DoubleD

    Nice post.

  • Michael Shaw

    I agree with DD, nice post. I am anxious to see how this entire offense does in a full game this year. Hopefully this all translates into the regular season. I am just skeptical because how may teams have done very well in the preseason only to get a horrible regular season record. They looked good, but I am holding on to my skepticism until week 4 or 5. By then we should see the REAL Chiefs, which I am hoping will be a division and super bowl running team!!!! I mean their last SB I was not even born yet!!!!!!!!

    • Jim Harper

      I agree its hard not to be a skeptic after so many disappointments. I was born before the Chiefs last Super Bowl win. Matter of fact I watched it (as I have every Super Bowl that has ever been played. I was even cheering for them when they were the Dallas Texans so I understand your reluctance to get too excited only to be let down again. Maybe this will help. In all my years I have never seen a Chiefs team be this good so early in the season. I guess I have had my heart broken at least the max number of times possible, but I keep coming back for more.

      • DoubleD

        Anyone who is unable to recognize the high potential that this year’s offense presents ought to be draughn and quartered.

        • ladner morse

          Or at least tarred and feathered… right?!

      • ladner morse

        I’m right with you Jim. Many disappointments over the years but, this team’s make-up and performance on Friday is heartening.

      • KCMikeG

        Amen to that Jim! I was 8 when we won the Super Bowl and that did it for me! Loyal Chiefs Fan since 1969 and never seen this much talent this deep in all three offense, defense and ST’s. There is something special happening right before our eyes. I will predict that McMahon knowing STL like he does will dial up a ST TD with Wylie, Arenas or Dexter. NO Fear my friend! Saturday is going to be a slaughter. Wonder if we can get Jodie Foster for the sideline reporting ala Silence of the Lambs…..

        • ladner morse

          Cool.. then Foster could end every sideline interview by saying, “I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend for dinner.”

          • KCMikeG

            With some fava beans and a nice chianti? Hopkins is one of the best.

          • ladner morse

            I just don’t know how Hopkins has the ability to portray a psychopath in Lambs and a such a gentleman in The Remains of the Day. He’s amazing.

    • ladner morse

      Hopefully this DOES translate to the season. I’m encouraged because the several plays that I took and extensive look at — offensively and defensively — it looks like everyone is exactly where they’re supposed to be. Executing assignments is a big part of being successful and while the Cheifs will certainly not be able to sustain a TD on every possession — what I saw on Friday was highly encouraging.

      • KCMikeG

        Some may want to discount our dominance of the Cards as just preseason or because they suck but the reality is we owned them as a great team should a crappy team. TWO Flawless TD drives and TWO 3 and outs with an INT for the fun of it. They will say the same about the Ewes as they suck worse but we need to destroy them and people will realize we are a force to be (W)reckoned with. Where do I buy my Super Bowl tickets?

        • ladner morse

          I don’t know about “flawless” because I’ve watched the 1st quarter 3 times now… but, there were so many little things the team is doing right — not the least of which is supporting each other. Example: after Copper got popped good by Adrian Wilson… when Copper got to the sideline the first person up to ask him if he was okay was Hillis. Those kinds of gestures don’t go un-seen or un-felt on good teams. Every little bit helps.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    It only helps this team to have solid blocking from their TE’s. This set is going to be tough to defend in goalline situations. We should see a serious change in the Chiefs Red Zone efficiency this season.

    • ladner morse

      And remember that was only the 4th play of that drive. I wish we could have seen the O on the field longer… then we’d have seen them wipe the Cards out but good.

      By the time the seasons begins… I think the memories of last seasons Red Zone failures will be forgotten history.

  • KCMikeG

    Excellent analysis! You ask why? Brian Daboll. He has made lemonade out of lemons but now he has more weapons than ever before. He is going to be creative, unpredictable and he is going to use ALL of our weapons. Our competitors should be trembling in their cleats. Add RAC for the excellent staff he has assembled and productive camp he has run to prepare this team. And to Scott Pioli for building the beginning of a dynasty in KC. Finally to Clark Hunt for making it all possible – your Father would proud. I know I sure am – Thank you.

    • ladner morse

      Wow… ditto all that. Well said Mike, well said. Exclamation point!