back protection, protecting inside-out.The nmniiig back must take a greatpath off the tackle's hip lo get theedge secured.From the gtm, once the quarter-back sectires the snap he drops, catch-
and throws. If
go under center,the quarterback t;ikes a three-step(lrn|>. We really stress rhythm aiul tini-in^f with the hildi game. In terms ofihe quarterback's reads and progres-sions, he'll tliink shortest ibrow, soft-est coverage. He wants lo take the easi-est throw—we want completions! Withthe progression of the route, once theqtiarlerbac
has tletcrniined whichside to attack, he'll work inside-otit,working off the flat defender.The receivers nuist explode off theball. We want lo create a deep feelingin oui' routes. The leceivers will sellthe vertical. I'lie outside leceivers rimihree-step hitches, while the insidereceivers run five-step hitches. We dothis for sp;u ing and to create clear[iictures for the quarterback. Once thereceivers gel to their routes, theysquare tlu ir niinibei"s to tbe quartcr-t);u
and make themselves big. Againthis is a rhyihni- and timing-orientedthrow. Wr really stress tlie rim altertlie catch.
Tlie next passing package we use inlhe spread offense is what we call ibcsmash or liitcli-corner coiice|)l (figure8.9). This concept qualifies as an inter-mediate to deep thruwing play—wehave a deep throw with ihe cornerroute and an intermediate thiow withilif bitch route. We want to put aliigh-low stress on tbe flat player oribe coiner versus rolled coverages. Werun this concepi from dnip-back andalso from sprint-oul; eiilier way, themechanics of the route package staytbe same. Only ihe protection and tbeqtiarterback's mechanics are adjusted.The offensive line works with therunning back in a six-man drop-backpinU'cliou scheme. The offrnsivr line
Figure 8.9 Smash.
oo e o o
a doubles smash
is responsible for tbe four tl()wn line-men and tlu' ba( ksific liiu'l>acker.The running back works witb tbeoffensive line to block tbe six defend-ers in ibe Ixix. The rtmning bat
pro-tects inside-<)Ul lo ;i route of choice.We game plan tlie lunning bark'sroute from week to week, biised onthe coverages we're seeing.From ilie gun. ibe quarlerhacksecures tbe snap and fakes a lliree-stepdrop with a hitch. He takes his readsoff the flat defender, reading it highto low or from corner to bitcli. Ifwe're in a 2-3-2 set with a single highsafely alignineiu. we work opposite tbealignmeiil of ibe free saiely. We con-stantly remind our quarterback not toforget his lamning back.Tlie outside receivers run a five-stepbitcb witb a landmark at the bottom oftlie numbers. Tlie inside receivers runa
to 12-yard corner route, initiallytaking a high angle. Spacing on thisplay is crilical to jis succes,s. Versus analley presence on tbe corner rouie, weprefer the inside receiver to take anoulside release, getting
veriital.and running tbe route off the doublehigh safety. When we lain smash froma
set, tbe number three receiveriiins a vertical seam.
Tbe crease package (figure 8.10) isbased on our sprint game. We Hoodthe outside area of tbe field while put-ting stress on the defense by changingtlie quarterback's launch point. We puta high-low stress on tbe flat defender,while keeping a built-in shot or oppor-tunity for an explosive play with thevertical clear route.
Figure 8.10 Trips sprint.
The offensive line protects with areacli tecbnique. The line works inunison, aggressively reacbiiig lo iliepoint of attack.The ninning back protects thefnint-side edge of tlie spriiit-oul protec-tion, working oui.side-iii, Tlic runningback must be aggressive and in anattacking, downlilll mode.
want toget ibe edge for the (juai terback.Tbe quarterback works bis spriiumechanics. Once tbe snap is scciued,he liuerally attacks the defense, look-ing to hreak contain. We want thequarterback lo he a dual threat, ableto run or throw tbe football. Helooks to tbrow off bis Hfth or seventb
throwing no later than hisninth step. His tliotiglit process is tbesLune as in a drop-back—we reallystress rhyilnn nnd liming of ibe play.Tbe quarlerbat
reads and burstswith a slight bubble wben readingtbe flat defender. He ibrows tbe flatroiue off liis fifth step or the creaseoff his seventh step. He also takes apeek !o tbe vertical clear for tbehonierun siiot. The ([uartci back mustreally work to get his shoulders, hips,and feet in proper throwing positionlo execute lhe llirow.