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Choice Route-bob Beatty

Choice Route-bob Beatty

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Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the St.Louis Coach of the Year Clinic, and even though Iam from Missouri, it did not feel like home to me.Kentucky has been very good for me, and I feelmore at home today. This is my second year atTrinity High School. The city of Louisville haswelcomed my family and we feel at home here. Iwant to thank my athletic director DennisLampley for bringing me to Trinity. Dennis and Ishare many of the same philosophies related tocoaching. First and foremost with philosophy is towin. If you do not win, you will not be up here.That is a philosophy that we share. Last week myoffensive coordinator Andrew Coverdale mailedme a note that I thought was very interesting. Itread, "If you do not like losing, WIN!"For you that have not been to Trinity High School,I can tell you it is a pleasure to work at a schoolthat is so conducive to winning. We have atremendous facility including a 7,000-foot weightroom. It is well stocked, but that does not meananything if you do not have athletes. We have afull time strength coach in Bob Maddox. We haveabout 200 kids that come out for football. Wehave a 17-person staff to work with. I welcomeyou to come visit us and watch film, or watch uswork out, or just talk with our staff. You arewelcome to come by and talk football.When I became a head coach five years ago Idecided I would make a commitment to being ahead coach. I sat down with my family anddiscussed the situation with them. I told them I didnot know how long I would stay in coaching but Iwanted to make a commitment to be successful.My family wanted to know what I meant by that. Isaid my hobbies are out the door. I used to huntand fish. I do not do those things anymore. Thebottom line is that football is a 24-hour job and365-days-a-year job for me. It is a business forme. Some of you may think that is crazy, but thatis a commitment I made. I think you need thatcommitment to be successful. About the onlyhobby I have now is mowing the yard, and my sonis old enough to do that now, so I do not have todo that any more. I do not worry about goinghunting or fishing. I work on football. I knowsome of my assistants do not want to spend asmuch time on football as I do, but I expect thesame type of commitment out of them.I can recall sitting down with Dennis Lampley inan interview two years ago. I sat down withDennis and his son, Brad. We talked about the runand shoot, west coast, and the passing gameoffense. I talked about the passing gamephilosophy that I have. Brad asked me what Iwould do if I did not have a quarterback. I toldhim we did not have to have a quarterback thathad a strong arm. I told him we could teach him tothrow the ball on time and that we would be ok.He said what if you have a quarterback thatcannot throw the ball on time. I assured him wecould develop a quarterback that could throw ontime. Dennis said it may be a problem because Iam not sure if we have a quarterback.So two years ago when I came to Trinity HighSchool and sat down to talk about our offense wedid not know who would be the startingquarterback. We picked three players and droppedthem back 5 yards and ran 10-yard out routes. Thequarterback that could throw the ball accuratelyand on time and had enough knowledge to knowwhen to throw the ball would be our starter. Ourstarter threw for 2700 yards and 27 TD's. You donot need a strong-arm quarterback to run our
offense. We were the AAA state runner up in2000. The quarterback did not have a strong armand was not a great athlete. He was 6'1" andweighed 170 pounds. He understood the systemand he could throw the ball on time.The year before I came to Trinity High School Ihad a quarterback throw for 2800 yards. This yearwe had a better athlete at quarterback. He wasonly a sophomore but he threw for 3100 yards and39 TD's. I know the offense worked with a kidthat was not very athletic, and I know it workedwith a kid that was very athletic. We all know if you have athletes, you will win 80 percent of yourgames.I am going to talk to you about the choice routeand the west coast look at the play. I will showyou the defenses we see. The defenses are prettymuch vanilla.We premise our offense around the choice route.It is called choice because you have a choice onthe outside. It is more or less a spring to the onereceiver side. A lot of coaches ask me if it is a 5-step drop. I tell them I do not know. They ask meif it is a rollout pass. I tell them I do not know.The quarterback throws the ball when the receiveris open. It may be on the fifth step and it may beon a roll, or it may be on the eighth step as he getsflushed. Ideally we would like to throw the passon five steps. It is a route that is conducive to the90-Step game, or 3-step game. We do use thethree-step game down in the red zone.The play is conducive to multiple formations,which is the west coast end of the play. It is greatwith play-action passing, and the bootleg game.By the time you get through with the adjustments,you can get about 27 formations with this route.At times I will sit down with our offensivecoordinator and suggest that we have been toocomplacent. "Here is the play, now give me 18formations using this route." The key to the westcoach passing game is this. Who is on the outside;who is in the middle; and who is on the inside?We do not have a passing tree. We do not call outto run pass 782. That is not our system. I do notthink the quarterback can picture 782 in his mind.That is my philosophy.That is a memory route. We just have onenumber. They must know from memory the route.They have to know outside, middle, and inside.Also, they have to know front side and back side.It may sound complicated, but it is not. It is oursystem and they must learn the system.I think the choice route is an excellent short-yardage route. It is a mid-range route and I think you can go up on top real quick with the pass.The scheme we run the play from does not reallymatter. The thing that makes the play good isbecause we teach the kids how to run the routes. Iwill discuss this first before I start showingschemes.Our base is four wide. We may not open the gamein this set, but it is our base. That is the way weteach it from in the very beginning. We start withthe X and Z Receivers.The X end is going to run a 10-yard out route,unless we make a different call. It is a 10-yard outroute that we want him to catch the ball at 8 yards.If it is 3
and 12 yards to go, we will call, "Choice- Get the Sticks." The receiver knows to go to aspot where he can get the 12 yards. It is thatsimple.If we run an out route, we are not going to convertthe route just because we get pressed. We feel thecorner will end up in one of three areas. If you arestemming, that is even better because you aremoving, and that creates an advantage for us.When you are moving, you have to move twice toget back into position to cover the receiver. Weread your stem and react to the moves. If we arepressed, we are still going to run our out route.That is how much confidence we have in the playas long as our quarterback and receiver are on thesame page.The play is called much like you would call a pre-read option play. The X end runs the out until wetell him different. There are games we will allowthe receiver to make a choice with the
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.
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

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