quarterback. We do that a number of ways. It canbe called from the coaching staff. We can have thereceiver tap his helmet. He can switch his stance,looking at the quarterback and making eyecontact. If he does not look at the quarterback, thequarterback knows he is going to run the outroute. There are a lot of ways to signal thequarterback.If we give him a choice, we only give him threeroutes. He may run an out, slant, or a go route. Wehave more than those three, but going into a gamewe never gave him more than three routes.The offensive coordinator relays the play to meand I relay it to the quarterback. I will call out,"Choice route - stay in it." It is like a pitcher andcatcher where the pitcher waves the catcher off. If we call "Stay in it," we do not want thequarterback to change the call.The way we teach the play is to get the defense onthe inside hip. We may not get the corner on theinside hip, which means we are going to come off the route. But we have several techniques to getthe defense to move inside. We may have to cutour split down to get the alignment we want butthe quarterback and receiver see the same thing.The quarterback takes five steps. He must beready to throw on time. I do not have the runningback blocking right or left in the protectionbecause we do not know the protection. We willnot know the protection until we get to the line of scrimmage. A lot of time, the play calling is verylengthy. That may be the down side of the westcoast offense.
BASIC CHOICE - OPEN TRIPS
Here is a typical play for us. It is our basic choicewith open trips. "Right-Out-Z6-H-Flat-Choice."That may sound long to you. But when you knowthe system you know we are telling all thereceivers what to do. In those words I just gaveyou include the protection we want to use on thisplay. We may move the backs around, or we mayslide the line left or right, or we may cup block.Let me talk about the drag route by the H back onthe left side. It is important to split 3 yards fromthe offensive tackle. This is very crucial. This putsthe defensive end in a tough position. It gives theH back enough room to escape to run the route. Ihave the basic route set up how we would run theplay against man coverage. We tell the H back torelease off the ball, come up and drum roll withthe feet, stick the foot, and run away. If we facedzone coverage we would change the route. Wewould settle in the runway if it closes. We settle inthe first window, and then he slides to the nextwindow. It is much like a basketball slide to getthere. That is all the drag is. If we face man, wetell him to keep running. If it is zone, we wanthim to look to settle in the windows.Next is the inside route for the Y receiver. It is themiddle route. It is the most important route. Iwould like to tell you I developed some of this onour own but it did not happen that way. I did bringthis play with me when I came from Kansas City.When I was coaching at Blue Springs, I had aquarterback that broke six or seven nationalrecords when he was a senior. We knew he wasspecial because the University of Houston wasrecruiting him when John Jenkins was at HoustonJack Pardee. They would not give us muchinformation when we talked with them. We sentthem tapes on our quarterback. He invited us tovisit in Houston. He was a lot more willing toshare information with us after he saw ourquarterback. We spent a total of 10 days withthem in Houston. John Jenkins brought in MouseDavis and I got to sit with those two coaches andlisten to them discuss the passing game. I learnedmore in 10 days than I did in 10 years before that.That is where I got this route.This route is the read route. This play makes us