Simplified Cross (Over & Under

)
Tim Sparacino July 2008

Cross Rules
• The Cross concept locks receivers into an “over” or “under” combination.

Cross Rules- Over
• One of the receivers is tagged to go “over”- 7-step Skinny Post • The other receiver on that side also goes “over” by running the “high mesh” • The backside runs an “under” combination which for us is: #1 Shallow (low mesh), #2 Dig/In • F- Protect, Check Down, Swing, or Shoot to either side depending on situation, coaches preference, defense, etc.

Cross Rules- Over
• After learning these simple rules, tags can be added that will allow for any receiver to be sent on the Post, Dig, Hi Mesh, or Low Mesh. • The QB progression will be detailed later but it is important to know that it remains consistent regardless of any additional receiver tags.

X Over 40 50
X H Y F Z

X & H run the “over”

Z &Y run the “under”

Z Over 40 50
X H F Y Z

X & H run the “under.”

Z & Y run the “over.”

H Over 40 50
X H Y F Z

X & H run the “over”

Z &Y run the “under”

Y Over 40 50
X H F Y Z

X & H run the “under.”

Z & Y run the “over.”

QB Progression Specifics

QB Progression
• The multiplicity of this concept allows the QB to concentrate on one progression regardless of the combination of routes that are employed. • His progression will always be- look at the “over”, scan from call side flat, to dig, to backside flat.

X Over- First Look 40 50
X H F Y Z

X Over- Second Look 40
As the QB’s eyes drop from X, Z is working under two potential rubs into the QB’s vision.

50
X H F Y Z

X Over- Third Look 40 50
X H Y F Z

Z isn’t available so the QB lifts his eyes, scans across the field and has the Dig/In moving into his vision.

X Over- Fourth Look 40 50
X H F Y Z

As the QB finishes his progression his fourth option is moving toward the sideline helping to reduce the threat of a late interception.

Tagging the “Follow” Backside
• The backside combination can simply be changed to a “follow” route. • This gives you #2 on the low mesh and #1 on the Dig/In. • Again, note that receivers simply know how to apply the concept rules and the QB progression remains consistent.

“Follow”
• Follow for us means that #2 runs the shallow cross while #1 runs the dig.

X Over Follow 40 50
X H F Y Z

Z & Y now execute the “follow” route.

Z Over Follow 40 50
X H Y F Z

X & H now execute the “follow” route.

QB Progression Specifics
“Follow” Tag Nothing changes for the QB except the receivers on each route.

X Over Follow 40
QB is “alert” for the big play but knows that the coach wants to work from short to deep with the “follow” combination.

50
X H F Y Z

X Over Follow- Second Look 40
As the QB’s eyes drop from X, Y is working under the defense into the QB’s vision.

50
X H F Y Z

X Over Follow- Third Look 40 50
X H Y F Z

Y isn’t available so the QB lifts his eyes and has the Follow moving into his vision.

X Over Follow- Fourth Look 40 50
X H F Y Z

As the QB finishes his progression his fourth option is moving toward the sideline helping to reduce the threat of an interception.

Multiplicity

Sending Other Receivers To The Post
• By tagging #2 with the “over,” a coach has simply changed which receiver goes to the post. • Receiver rules do not change. • QB progression does not change.

H Over Follow 40
1-TD? 3

50
X

2

4
Z H Y F

By rule, X now is on the high mesh.

Y Over Follow 40
1- TD? 3

50
4
X H F Y

2
Z

By rule Z is now on the high mesh.

Adding the Pivot Tag
• “Pivot” tells the receivers that would normally be on the shallow cross to sell the drag route then pivot back to the flat. • Again, nothing changes for the QB except who is on each route.

X Over Pivot 40
1-TD? 3

50
2
X H Y F

4
Z

H & Z sell the mesh then pivot back to the flat.

Nothing changes for the QB.

Z Over Pivot 40
1- TD? 3

50
4
X H F Y

2
Z

X Over Follow Pivot 40
1- TD? 3

50
2
X H Y F

4
Z

Again, nothing changes for the QB’s progression.

Releasing F
• A coach can release F toward the Post pattern to give the QB a quick option vs. pressure and/or help clear out the area for the low mesh.

Z Over Follow With Free Release 40 50
X H F Y Z

Releasing F Backside
• Check releasing F to the backside would give the QB another safe option late in the progression.

Z Over Follow With Check Release 40
3 1- TD?

50
X

4 5

2
Z

Late

H F

Y

Releasing F For The Big Play
• The coach can take a shot at the big play with F without major adjustments to the QB progression. • By sending F on a wheel route, the coach as given the QB another big play option in his initial field of vision.

Z Over Follow With F On A Wheel Route 40
3 1A- TD? 1B- TD?

50
X H

4

2
Z Y

F

Formation Variations

Clustered Formations
• The immediate advantage of clustered formations is that you accentuate the potential for natural rubs to occur. • The “mesh” happens quicker. • You may also force the defense into a coverage or match-up that you want.

The “Squeeze” Formation 40
Nothing has changed for the receivers or the QB but the compressed formation helps you dictate coverage, speeds up the “mesh,” and/or increases the potential for natural rubs to occur.

50
X H F Y Z

Squeeze Z Over 40
The chance for an initial rub is increased. Because of the clustered formation, the mesh happens quicker.

50
X H F Y Z

Wide Squeeze 40
This formation puts the slot receivers outside of X and Z.

50
X H F Z Y

Wide Squeeze Y Over 40
Now H can work off of another rub. Y is now on the Post.

Because of the clustered formation, the mesh happens quicker.

50
X H F Z Y

Other Formation Variations
• Because of the multiplicity of this concept, a coach can use a variety of formations to create advantages and dictate the match-up he desires.

Getting H Under From the Backfield 40
Red Gun Z Over Follow 1- TD? 3

50
X

4

2
Y Z H F

Again, nothing has to change for the QB progression.

The Cross Concept From An Empty Set 40
Z Over Shoot 3 1- TD?

50
X

4

2
Z H F Y

Quick

The Cross Concept From An Empty Set 40
Z Over Wheel 3 1A- TD? 1B- TD?

50
X

4

2
Z H F Y

5 Wide Squeeze- Y Over Wheel 40
•F has two potential rubs for the wheel route. •Y is now on the post. •H has the benefit of another rub.

1A- TD? 3

1B- TD?

50

4
X H F

2
Z Y

Conclusion
• I hope that this helps in some way. • If you have more questions feel free to contact me. • Tim Sparacino (tim.sparacino@gmail.com)

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