Saints fans have the Superdome rocking during the NFC Championship Game. So much so, the Rams, after having early trouble communicating before the snap, were forced to switch things up to avoid pre-snap penalties and wasted timeouts.
You may have noticed Rams RG Austin Blythe throwing out his hand before the center snapped the ball.
There’s a very good reason he’s doing it. That’s how the Rams execute their silent snap out of the shotgun when playing in loud stadiums.
When playing at home, or in front of a quieter crowd, the center can hear Goff calling for the snap. When he lines up under center, Goff can just give him a little tap. But when it’s loud, and Goff is lined up five yards behind the center in the gun, they need the help of the guard.
He looks back at Goff…
Waits for Goff’s signal to snap it…
Then relays that signal to the center…
It’s a simple-yet-elegant solution to the problem every team faces on the road. Some teams will ask their center to peak back to the quarterback. Others have the guard give the center a tap.
The Rams have their own method, and it seemed to be working in the second quarter. Los Angeles scored 10 unanswered points, which helped quiet the Superdome crowd.
And how it helps the Rams deal with noisy Saints fans.