A few weeks ago, Jason Brewer of Bleeding Green Nation wondered if Chip Kelly would bring the “Swinging Gate” with him from Oregon to Philadelphia. If you’re unfamiliar with the Swinging Gate, here’s a video from FishDuck.com that explains it very well:
Oregon often lined up in the Swinging Gate formation after TDs, and if the defense was confused or if they were lined up incorrectly, Oregon might run a trick play, going for 2 points instead of kicking the extra point. If the opposing defense was lined up unfavorably against the trick formation, the Ducks would simply shift into FG position and kick the PAT.
In the above video, the FishDuck.com folks note that there are times when the eligible receiver might be somebody unexpected, like the long snapper, which of course is very unorthodox. Oregon even converted a 2-point conversion attempt in which they threw to the long snapper against Stanford, as the video shows.
But would this approach work in the pros? It would depend on how prepared the opposing team might be for this formation. As a test, I figured I’d give a few Eagles defenders a pop quiz on the Swinging Gate.
For this study, I asked 6 random (and anonymous) Eagles defenders to take my pop quiz. It was a mix of defensive linemen, linebackers, defensive backs, rookies, grizzled vets, and younger vets. I showed each of them the following formation that I scribbled on my notepad:
This was the same formation used by the Ducks when they threw to the long snapper against Stanford:
Assuming the long snapper (the guy with the “X” inside the circle) snapped it directly to the holder (the guy directly behind him), I asked the Eagles defenders to identify the 5 eligible receivers.
The answer is here: