I love the Snag concept… it was our best dropback pass play in terms of completions. We need to improve how we run when we see man coverage but against zone it is money. We did not always pull the trigger, but I was amazed how it opened up almost every single time… It was almost all we could complete when we dropped back yet flat defenders still had to defend bubble and chase it, and the Snag would open up in behind them.
We need to improve our completion % on this next year and I am going to alter the Snag runner’s route slightly. When we ran it ugly they broke their route off too shallow. In the future I do not want them to break in on their angle until they push vertical to 5 yards. I want them catching the ball at 8 yards deep not 5. Breaking too soon often got them coming too far horizontally. I do not want them coming near the Inside LB. I want to just pick on that flat defender.
Most of the clips below are hitting the Snag route. There are a few times we found the back mixed in. Also a really nice TD to the RB after a jet sweep fake.
The last “base play” in our arsenal, and the final in post in my “cut up of the day” series is the cross concept. It has got to be the most popular bootleg concept in football. It is essentially the same as our Flood play but from a 2×2 alignment. This concept is run at every level of football and from any sort of personnel group.
You end up with a Go/Clear out
a quick route in the flat (from spread it is a slow played out to sell the run look)
teams often use a TE, H back, or FB to chip block and then get to the flat
The backside slot or TE runs the deep cross over the inside LBs (who should be biting on play action)
We hit the out very often as the OLB covering him was often out leveraged due to his alignment and initial run read. We were also able to hit the cross a few times when the OLB jumped the out, and ILBs sucked up on the play action, leaving a void. Even against man the cross is a great concept because it is difficult to cover a speedy slot WR across the width of the field.
We sprinted to this concept, play actioned with sprint out pass pro
but my favorite way to run this concept was using a “boot” protection featuring a guard pull
I thought this concept worked exceptionally well for us because the guard pull added to the run action and in one game particular (where they had a DE who we simply could not block) this played slowed him up a whole lot. He could no longer crash down when he read down block and blow up our guard.
Some of the clips feature a QB who began the year as our 3rd stringer! Starter got suspended a game, and he beat out the kid who was our backup all year during that week of practice. The clips with #12 at QB were his first start at QB of his life.
I didn’t include it in the film but he even picked up a huge 4th and 4 conversion on this play with his feet when the defense didn’t bite on the run fake and flew out for pass.
I see this concept being a bigger part of our offense in the future as we begin to explore the use of some TE/H back stuff.
The Sprint Draw has been a hot topic in the coaching community. It was a great play for us and was set up nicely by the amount of sprint out we ran, and the fear our QB as a run threat put into the defense. This was a beautiful constraint play for us.
We got a lot of movement in most cases from the playside DE trying to fight reach blocks, and more importantly we made LBs move, in some clips they SPRINT out of the box to try to get under routes and by the time they realize the RB has the ball it is too late.
OL wise we work to our sprint side and pick up “our man” based upon our pass pro rules and how we ID the front (we use a typical air raid pass pro based on the Center IDing the front each play).
I LOVE this play… there are a lot of times we do not even block it great up front, you will see 1 or 2 guys getting killed, but as long as they remain engaged, the flow gives the RBs enough room to do their thing and be the great athletes they are.
The sprint out game was a huge part of our offense this year. Our QB was a great athlete and was at his best when he could threaten the defense with both his arm and his legs.
By definition we can sprint to any concept in the play book with a one word tag for sprint, but our main sprint out game was
Curl/flat from a 2×2 set
And Flood from 3×1
I was AMAZED at how often we were able to hit the quick out. It was an easy completion for us especially near the goal line… At times I felt the entire stadium knew we were throwing it but we still completed it. It was a great answer for us when defenses wanted to load the box and bring everyone on the goal line.
The best constraint to all of the sprint out passing IMO is the sprint draw…
I have written multiple posts about it in the past. Tomorrow I will load some sprint draw clips.
4 Verts wasn’t necessarily a huge part of our offense but it was our way of backing off corners some and hurting a team when they played single high against or no safety against us.
We hit one of the slots a number of times against cover 0 or 1. Even on the completions I still think we sailed the ball too much, it needs to come out faster than some of the clips here.
There is also a long TD pass clip from a stop n go we ran.
To continue with the cut ups of the day theme… today I will be showing cutups of my favorite play in football… Counter GT
This has been “my play” in every offense I have coached and I think it works beautifully out of the spread.
Playside Down blocks (or doubles)
G and T pull for kick and wrap
To our RB we will read the BSDE
you will see a lot of clips running QB GT (I think the best play in a spread formation, great counter to teams keying back) using RB to fill on BSDE
Our best, most consistent run play this year was Inside Zone (IZ)
RB was a stud, he got really good at the Bang or Bend read he was taught on his path.
We were also able to run it as a frontside run play to the Rb (straight downhill dive action) and even as a QB follow type of play. We got the most mileage out of this play.
I taught it differently than most… focusing on a more track based approach than the usual 4 eyes on LB 4 hands on DL push the vertical double team approach
Here are some cut ups of our IZ scheme in action
I have been going through every offensive clip of the season, and picking out clips to include in my presentations at a clinic in the Spring.
Since I now have some playlists saved by play type, they are easy to load on here.
I will start this off with screens, since that has been the most popular of my posts on this blog.
Now I am going to warn you, you are not going to see linemen all over the place lead blocking in the past. We went away from this some this year because my OL was just bigger than in the past (weight wise) so they didn’t move as well, and they struggled when releasing so we OZ’d called screens. Also we got in to running more screen/run combos as we went along.
My goal with screens was no to exploit the defense any time they gave us the number/leverage advantage.
There is one RB screen where we release the OL in these clips.
Enjoy… new set of cut ups will follow tomorrow.