is how to make it all work together. Packaging pass concepts together
is not new. But it is limited in its own way (more on those limits in a
moment), and there are ways to incorporate more of the above ideas into a single concept.
Moreover, when done correctly, it’s possible to continue to be multifariously (and deceptively)
simple, by using the same handful of pass concepts in new ways.
Problems with the traditional approach of packaging pass concepts
. Almost any coach tryingt
o call a pass play, face buried in the Denny’s menu of the playcall sheet, is forced to answer that
age old question: Will it be Cover 3 or Cover 2? (Or Cover 4 or man or a blitz, and so on.) Theproblem is that, no matter how good your pass it is, due to the particular horizontal or verticalstretch it uses, each pass play is better against certain coverages than others. At most, a playmight be good against two defensive concepts, and certain plays
are handy utility
plays to get completions against most coverages but that doesn’t mean that they literally
against everything. One potential solution is to
different concepts to each side, againwith the traditional way being to put a
other.(If you want a refresher on basic pass coverages, check out this piece.)
Three problems, however, quickly present themselves with this simplistic answer:1.
The quarterback only reads half the field, determined based solely on the alignment andmovement of a couple of defenders. If the quarterback is either wrong or the receivers failto get open, the play is essentially a bust.2.
The side the quarterback throws to is usually determined based on the safeties (or
sometimes the middle linebacker). It does not take into account blitzes. It’s possible to
include anti-blitz solutions too, but this becomes yet a third read
that might beinconclusive.3.
Typically, the pass concepts put to each side are effective against those defensiveconcepts, but they typically do a poor job of dealing with interior or floating defenders,who can tur
n a quarterback’s good read into an interception. Relatedly, the pass concept
may not work at all against combination coverages or roll coverages, which can givefalse keys.
The third point is worth elaborating on briefly. Shown below is a typical “packaged” five