Jon Gruden: Every NFL team is running Bubble Y Over

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 08, 2015

Move over, Spider 2 Y Banana, and come on down, Bubble Y Over.

Gruden’s QB Camp began on Tuesday night with former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, and the episode was a great look at the position, as usual. While Gruden wanted to see Mariota in a huddle, he also wanted to learn about Oregon’s money play: Bubble Y Over.

“We’re going to get some knowledge from you,” Gruden said. “You’re going to teach me this play. Andrew Luck taught me Spider 2 Y Banana. You’re teaching me Bubble Y Over, or you and I are going to fight. This play is known all over the world, and I’m going to learn it from you today, because you shred people with this thing. … There’s not a team in the NFL not running Bubble Y Over. There’s a play-action pass away from the bubble, but they want to throw the bubble first, and they want to throw the Y Over second. I call the No. 2 receiver away from the ball the Y. I call it Bubble Y Over in my language.”

Mariota explained that, in Oregon’s system, the go route to the X receiver is the first read, and the bubble to the inside receiver is the second, but it's more of an either/or, depending on the coverage.

“For us, it’s a bubble and a go. Depending on the coverage, if we get some type of cloud or anything to this side, we have an opportunity to throw to either one. Essentially for us, it’s 1A and 1B,” he said. “For us, a lot of time when we identify this read, when we have three over two on this side, it’s a huge key that we’re going to have our opportunity to the Y Over.”

Watch Mariota explain Bubble Y Over in the video below.

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