I got the idea for today’s post from Internet celebrity @Lochness
I do not know if a combination of routes and reads can necessarily be defined as “for spread teams” or “for pro style teams”… to me they are just moving players and manipulating the defense. But I decided to take some plays that are widely viewed as “spread” plays and break them down from an under center 21 personnel offense. I drew up split backs because the RBs are balanced and I have some experience in a pro style splitback offense. However these concepts could just as easily be used from any other 2 back formation… I do think it is easier for a FB to release if he is offset those extra couple yards than compared to being straight behind the QB.
Each of these plays is a part of most spread passing arsenals… they are the most popular plays I see being talked about by spread people.
I think each of them would work just as well in a 21 set and could be done off of straight drop or play action.
I am by no means an R4 expert but I will do my best to put the concepts into it’s terms.
Seriously, did you guys think I would write about anything else before bringing up Snag? If you have followed my activity recently you have probably seen how enamored I am with the 3 man snag concepts and variable tags on the backside. I just think it is a money concept. In my mind it is just as potent in a pro set.
TE has the Corner route, this is our Rhythm. The snag by Z is the Read. The playside RB has a swing (or shoot) route to provide the Rush horizontal stretch on the #2 defender. X route on the backside can be a quick slant or snag route as a base. I have it drawn with a Dig tag to exploit middle LBs who want to cheat to the 3 man side. The backside RB can be left in for protection or run a swing to the backside for a 2 man snag combination.
2. A similar 3 man triangle concept… Stick!
This concept is essentially the same as Snag as it has the same reads for the QB, and attacks the same grass, it merely inverses who the deep route and the settle routes are and is a great way of getting the ball to the TE (or slot depending on formation) the ball quickly. Z has an outside release GO and is our Rhythm. Y has the Stick and is our Read. The Rb is again the Rush route on a flat/shoot/swing whichever you prefer for a horizontal stretch. I have X drawn up on a slant for the possibility of working that 1 on 1 matchup should you desire.
My final note is that on any of these concepts with the Rb getting out… We can always tag “Wheel” to convert his route into a flat then up the sideline… this is a nice constraint off of his usual flat route and can hurt the defense that wants to jump his flat route. Make sure any other deep route to that side is converted to a Post or Dig on this play so we don’t have 2 men running their routes into one another. For example if we worked that 3 man snag with a “wheel” tag… Y would run a Dig… because a corner would put him and the RB (wheel) into each other’s way deep down the sideline.