I know this is kind of a snowflake thread but please don't negbang me to hard.
The train play: I expect to see more of it. When I say see more of it, I think other teams will copy it. Why? It is a well designed goalline play where the advantages are keeping the defense from setting properly and having almost no time to discover the alignment. Before this plays existance I would rarely see an unsettled defensive formation.
The discussion surrounding this play is that it is "fun" but I think it was meant to diguise a typical goalline play in attempt to boost the success rate of said play; any play. Definitely worked on Saturday in the sole time it was put into use.
I admit I am a noob when it comes to dissecting plays so I may be wrong on the advantages. I don't remember in my 25 years of watching football seeing anything other type of formation that rivals it... Anyone else?
Basically posted this for discussion.
Brian's observation of the play:
People are friggin' pumped for a novelty formation you can't even snap the ball from, and it turns out that is the correct approach. Butt popped wide open as Illinois resorted to man coverage and the ultramesh route won against it.