The Installation Of The Shallow Cross Series

Installing The Shallow Cross/Dig Concept

Basic Alignment Rules
• We use 2.5 Foot Splits on the Line • The X and Z are 1-2 Yards Outside the numbers • The H and Y Split the distance and line up with their front foot even with the backfoot of the X and Z • The Q is at 4.5 Yards from the Center • The back splits the outside leg of the guard

Basic Alignment in the Spread
Ram X Z

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Trips Trips Lion X Y H Z

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Basic Alignment in the Spread Trips Left Ram X H Y Q A Z Empty Ram X H Y A Z Q .

Route Rules • Tagged Receiver runs the cross. • The second inside receiver runs the dig. • The back runs a jig unless he is in protection or we are in empty. . • The outside receivers run skinny post routes.

The Crossing Series Illustrated H Cross OS Receivers run post routes 1st Receiver to Inside Runs Dig Crosser will work at the heels of the Dline and Climb to 5 Yards .

The Crossing Series Illustrated H Cross QB Progression: Cross Dig Post Jig .

.Running The Cross Release hard for one yard. Burst across the field looking for the football. reading the backer. Break inside on the heels of the defensive line. Climb to 5 Yards.

Look for the football. Snap your head inside as you work on an angle. . Find the line of sight to the quarterback and settle.Running The Dig Release Vertical for 12 Yards.

Work to 4 or 5 yards. . Burst to the sideline.Running The Jig Release through the opposite A or B gap opening.

.Variations of the Cross • The cross can be run from multiple formations. • Any of the inside receivers can be tagged to run the cross. • You can tag routes to adjust the combos. • The crossing combo works versus multiple coverages.

Tagging The Jig To Trail H Cross A Jig Trail OS Receivers run post routes 1st Receiver to Inside Runs Dig Crosser will work at the heels of the Dline and Climb to 5 Yards .

H Cross From Trips Left H Cross OS Receivers run post routes 1st Receiver to Inside Runs Dig Crosser will work at the heels of the Dline and Climb to 5 Yards .

Y Cross From Trips Left Y Cross OS Receivers run post routes When #3 Runs Cross. #2 Runs Dig Crosser will work at the heels of the Dline and Climb to 5 Yards .

• We can run to or away from our 3 receiver side. .Running The Crossing Series From Empty • The Y and H are always the Tagged Crossers. • We can install a mesh series off our cross series. • The A will run the bench by default. He will most likely be tagged.

H Cross From Gator H Cross OS Receivers run post routes When H Runs Cross. Y Runs Dig Crosser will work at the heels of the Dline and Climb to 5 Yards From Empty the A runs a bench .

Gator Y Cross Double Dig Y Cross OS Receivers run post routes Crosser will work at the heels of the Dline and Climb to 5 Yards When Y Runs Cross. H Runs Dig On double dig. the A will run the second dig. .

then the cross. we can run the cross with bubble action. • If the defense is one short.Pairing the Cross With The Bubble • From Empty. then the dig. . • The QB will look for the bubble first. • The progression can only be as complicated as your quarterback can make it. we can run the Bubble either as a read. or as a check.

. H Runs Dig A can be tagged to run the cross.Gator A Cross Bubble A Cross OS Receivers run post routes Bubble Side Receiver takes a peek for the bubble and will block the edge. When Y Runs Cross.

When Y Runs Cross. H Runs Dig A replaces the Y running the dig .Gator H Cross Bubble H Cross OS Receivers run post routes Bubble Side Receiver takes a peek for the bubble and will block the edge.

H Runs Dig . When Y Runs Cross.Gator H Cross A Bubble H Cross OS Receivers run post routes Bubble Side Receiver takes a peek for the bubble and will block the edge.

or sandbox. the quarterback is reading the #2 and #3 defenders. .Understanding Sandbox Reads • The Sandbox is defined as the open area or void in the defense where the receiver has an unimpeded line of sight to the quarterback. • He is looking for the void. • In our crossing series.

Understanding The Sandbox F C R B B $ C Versus Cover 3 .

Understanding The Sandbox F C C R W M S Versus Cover 3 The Y is in the sandbox after running his Dig. . and the Will ran with the Jig. The Mike had to run with the Cross.

Understanding The Sandbox F C C R W M S The Mike sat under the dig. opening up the cross. Versus Cover 3 .

Understanding The Sandbox F C C R W M S The Sam jumps the slant. Versus Cover 3 . opening up our line of sight for the post route by the Z.

Understanding The Sandbox R F B C M $ C Versus Cover 2 .

Understanding The Sandbox R F $ C B M C Versus Cover 2 .

• This is a great pre-practice get loose drill. • We coach the heck out of the receivers snapping their eyes inside on their break. • We have QB’s with the receivers for this drill.Drilling The Sandbox • We work this for 5 minutes each practice. .

reading the defender. The QB says go. not late. and on each hash. facing upfield. and outside routes. The receiver must come back through the FB. facing him. Each player is ten 10 Yards from the QB. One line will go at a time. The defender can slide right or left. and the receiver stems 5 yards. then breaks to the inside. We work this drill working inside routes. The ball is thrown on time. .Top of the numbers. The WR must find LOS to the QB.Drilling The Sandbox D D D D We have four lines. The Defender is 7 yards from the QB.

Drilling The Sandbox D D D D .

and decisive with his post-snap read. • The QB must be quick. • Players must understand the Sandbox Concept.Installation of the Crossing Series • Keep your route adjustments simpleSimple rules = Correct Routes • Drill players on correct route running techniques. sure. .

edu .James Vint Offensive Coordinator Iowa Wesleyan College jvint@iwc.