- The Las Vegas Raiders used Stephen Curry’s film as inspiration to practice good bomb forgery.
- New coach Josh McDaniels believes that Curry’s fake bomb has one key trait: patience.
- “The Curry bomb fakes are real,” McDaniels said. “They make defenders whiz past.”
New Raiders coach Josh McDaniels has found an unlikely source of inspiration for Derek Carr and the Las Vegas offense for the 2022 season: Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.
While Curry’s dominance can certainly come in handy on the hard court, McDaniels and the Raiders have specifically honed their fake pump as a skill that is both replicable and useful when trying to throw the ball deep, as NBC Sports’ Peter King learned while sitting. with the Raiders at the start of training camp.
According to McDaniels, Curry’s pump-fake is illustrative of how the Raiders can make opposing defenses bite in double moves and, ideally, get receivers to run freely in deep lanes.
“We just have to be patient in the double movement,” McDaniels said. “If we’re not patient with the first part of the route, how can we expect the second part of the route to work? So we’re going to show this movie today. The Steph Curry movie.”
“The way Curry has patience and discipline in his bomb forgeries before taking these three… is a perfect example of what I’m talking about,” McDaniels said. “In a double move, if you don’t run the first path well, the defender never skips the play, right? Today we didn’t even run the first path, so the defender never moved – he knew what [receiver] was going up the field. Curry bomb fakes are real. They make defenders whiz past.”
“Flying off limits,” said Carr, who had seen the tape of Curry faking, waiting, then burying three. “This is hilarious.”
In fact, anyone who has watched Curry play is likely familiar with the effectiveness of his fakes. Because of his well-aimed range, defenders must respect Curry is a potential threat to score from almost anywhere on the court, and when he sells a fake pit, he can send his defender flying.
—NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) May 7, 2021
Sometimes Curry just needs a brief move and looks to get his defender to bite.
—Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) May 8, 2022
With the 2022 NFL season on the horizon, the Raiders must be pretty good at attacking opposing defenses with double moves, especially with the addition of wide receiver Davante Adams.
Carr and Adams played together for two years at Fresno State, and they were a pretty impressive combination at the time.
—Jason Clay (@j_clay) March 18, 2022
If they can find that magic again and develop a forgery as devastating as Curry’s, the Raiders’ attack should be a joy to watch.