Read versus Progression
With a “READ” the QB will look to the SS to tell him where to gowith the football. If he drops to cover the curl, throw to the flat.If he covers the flat, go to the curl. You have to be able to seewhat the defense is doing.
With a “PROGRESSION” the QB will look downfield until henears the end of his drop. He will shoot his eyes to the #1 areaof the field. If at the top of the drop #1 is covered, he will nowreset his feet and look to #2. If he is covered he will take off andlook for the “outlet” receiver and / or try to gain yards on hisown. You don’t have to know what the defense is doing, justknow if your receiver is covered or not.
Ideally, the QB should be able to use all three types. He shouldrecognize when its man and he uses match-up, when its an easyzone read or when the progression is the most appropriatetechnique.