USC Passing Offense By Norm Chow Offensive Coordinator University of Southern California (2001-200 !
1" Never ad#ust the $B to the system% always ad#ust the system to the $B" 2" &'e(ution is the )ey to su((ess* a" +a)e a (ommitment to it" ," -llow enough .ra(ti(e time to ,e(ome .rofi(ient" (" &'e(ute it ,etter than they (an defend it" / was as)ed to tal) a,out offensive foot,all" -s far as tea(hing the 0uarter,a()1 / have some very sim.le rules" / (o.ied these from some .eo.le a long time ago (Note2 3his refers to 4avell &dwards 5ead 6oot,all Coa(h1 and 7oug S(ovill OC 8 $B Coa(h at B9U ,efore Norm Chow!" 3he 0uarter,a() must always give a (ommand that is understood and must never give a (ommand that will ,e misunderstood" 3his is #ust good (ommon sense right: 9ou (an fool a lot of the .eo.le ,ut you had ,etter not try to fool your 0uarter,a()" 5e needs to )now what is going on all of the time" 3hat is the num,er one rule that / as) of all our young .layers" Never give a (ommand that will ,e misunderstood1 and always give a (ommand that will ,e understood" 3he se(ond rule for the 0uarter,a() is this2 9ou always as) him what he saw on a .lay" ;<hat did you see:; /t is not1 ;/ thought*; /t is not what he ;thought;% it is what did he see" <hat he saw may ,e a((urate or ina((urate it does not matter" <e (an ad#ust to that" /f he saw one thing he should have done this" /f he saw something else1 he should have done that" <e want to )now what the $B saw on the .lay and why he made his de(ision" 3he third rule for the $B is that he is never wrong" / learned this from 7oug S(ovill when he was OC at B9U and / was still wide re(eivers (oa(h" / was very lu()y in my (areer to wor) with some e'(ellent (oa(hes li)e 7oug S(ovill and 4a=ell &dwards" 3he $B would s(rew u. in some games and 7oug would never get on them in front of the team" 5e used to .ut his arm around the $B and tal) to him in a low tone of voi(e" On the other hand1 / was (oa(hing the re(eivers for him" <e would throw a .ass down field that was nearly im.ossi,le to (at(h" 7oug would yell at the re(eiver1 ;Cat(h the damn ,all*; /t finally hit me what he was doing" 5e was showing the foot,all team the $B was the )ey to the team" 5e was treated differently1 and he was handled differently" 5e didn>t get e'tra shoes or anything li)e that1 ,ut he was s.e(ial" 3hin) a,out this" Until the $B says1 ;?o; nothing will ha..en" 3here (an ,e 1001000 .eo.le in the stands ,ut nothing will ha..en until this .layer de(ides the .lay will ,egin" <e always ma)e him feel li)e a million dollars1 ,e(ause he is the man" /f he ma)es mista)es we tal) a,out them in the film room" But as far as the
/ ta)e the sna.all from under the (enter" Some (oa(hes want the $B to ta)e the .rote(tors"
.layers are .out throwing the foot.ody in .s1 and eyes" 3hat is what we try to em.lo()ers and we (an handle the defense" <e do not tea(h the $B as mu(h a.all to the re(eiver" 3hrow the . and throw the .all to him" Basi(ally what we are saying is for the $B to move his feet and get the .e thin)ing a.out stan(e and delivery and all of the other me(hani(al as.hy here on (oa(hing the $B" <e (an tal) a.all for several years and you are not going to (hange them" 9ou are not going to (hange their delivery" But what you (an wor) on are the feet1 the hi.all over here.e(ause your .egin to tal) a.assing game together here at USC we have a (ou.all to the re(eiver" -lways throw the .hasi@e with our $B>s" Bill <alsh wrote an arti(le a.rest of the team is (on(erned he is never1 ever wrong" 3he fourth rule is this2 -lways throw the foot.le rushers" <e have seven .out .ass .out his feet1 hi.rote(t the $B1 otherwise nothing wor)s" 3his is the reason we s.all straight ahead" Ste.eat us .a() in (overage1 we do not worry as mu(h a.out .rote(tion at the line of s(rimmage" <e have seven .hiloso.out .out develo.e(ts if you want" <e are all different on ta)ing the foot.all field and ta)es a sna.all to the re(eiver" <ith that .ass routes we tal) a.1 you do not want him to ." /f he sees two safeties .osition so that you are throwing the .le of rules" 6irst is .all to him" /f he is over there1 then throw the .all" 5e has enough to worry a.out s(hemes" 9ou may .ossi.rote(tion" <e are going to .out the fronts in this situation" 5e is (on(erned a.all to him".en over there / am going to throw the .out how easy that is" /f the re(eiver is over there1 then throw the .end hours and hours as (oa(hes in meeting rooms tal)ing a.all with the feet straight1 some want the feet staggered" 3here are a lot of right ways to do things" -s far as .all straight ahead" 3hin) a.utting the .1 and if the re(eiver is o.rote(tion" <e try to ma)e it easy for the $B" <e tell him to loo) u.out the arm" <hen you get most 0uarter.s1 and eyes" 5owever1 when the $B gets on the foot.out" -ll he has to do is loo) for the two safeties" /f they have two safeties .rote(t the $B" Before we even .a()s they have .s1 and our eyes" Noti(e how / did not say one word a.e thin)ing a.s1 and eyes" 9ou want him to .e thin)ing1 ." 3hat is the way you want him to thin)" 3hat is our .asi( idea in mind we wor) with our feet1 our hi.a() you assume they have two (orners and that means only seven .ass .etter than ours" But as far as the s(heme goes1 we are going to .ment of the $B" 5e said that the wor) is done in the off season in the gym" 3hat is when you wor) on the feet1 hi. 3hat is the differen(e in a tea(hing and a (oa(hing situation" 9ou do not want him thin)ing a.een throwing the .out this2 .out all the me(hani(s when he gets on the field" 5e wants to .if the safety goes over there1 / am going to throw the .
lo()" 3hat is the man whom the $B must )ey for the rush" /f that seventh man (omes on the rush1 the $B must get rid of the .rote(tor .usiness1 we get to sit in an offi(e and s.assing game is this2 <e want to )iss it" <e all )now what that means" Bee.e we (an .e(t of the .hiloso.oint" Be(ause of the nature of our .end time
.all with the forward .all" But we are trying to (ontrol the foot.hy and you need to )ee.attle" <e do not want to turn the .e(omes his res.ortant to us" /f you (an a((om. it sim.all" 9ou need to develo.ers of (ourse (hange" Now1 that seventh .all 0ui()ly" /f the un.en for a tou(hdown and the $B dro.a()s off1 the $B )ee.hy" <hen you develo.ost route was o.all over" 3hose two .s the .ass" <hat does this mean in our terms: Che() downs* 3he $B loo)s for the num.le to throw the (he() down" 3he third as.le we try to )ee.er one re(eiver1 then the num. your own . /t Sim.id" / thin) the .hy you need to stay with it" 3here are lots of ways to move the foot.elieve in" One is the time of .a() sets the num.en1 the ta)es the A or yard .oint to the seventh man that we (an not .it of a (ontradi(tion" Statisti(s are what you want to ma)e of them" But there are two statisti(s we .lo()" 3hat is the man the $B must )ey" <e do not (are if everyone )nows that the $B is )eying the seventh man" Now the read )ey .rea) a ta()le and ma)e another four yards or so" <hen / was (oa(hing under 7oug S(ovill at B9U / would see the $B loo) at the .ass" 5e throws for the short gain and we ho.en he loo)s for the three-yard ./f we are in one .all and loo)s to ma)e a .one1 two1 and three" /f we only have si' man .lit@" 3he $B (he()s the .orate it into what you are doing" 9ou need to develo. a .s the . that .one1 two1 three" 3hat is how sim.lo()ed man .le Stu.oints are very im. it" 3he se(ond rule as far as .ility to read" 5ere is how we do it" <e all .attle" 3he other statisti( we want to win is the turnover .lit@ and goes through his .utting the .ass" Bam* /f the first two re(eivers are not o.hiloso.a()field" 7oug would go over to the $B and tell him it was a ni(e #o.ossession" <e feel we need to win this .rogressions .er two re(eiver1 and if they are not o.e a.le" / (an not overstate that .lay" <e (all this the movement )ey" 5e wat(hes the (overage" /f there are only seven rushers then he reads his .iggest mista)e that (oa(hes ma)e is that we try to .a() (oming out of the .assing game together is this2 <e are going to try to (ontrol the foot.lish those two things you will (ontrol the foot.hiloso.rogression .e(omes the .oints to the one man we (an not .ost re(eiver and then throw the .rote(tion the offensive line .e too smart" 9ou (ome to a (lini( li)e this and we get an idea from (oa(h 5er.all with the forward . +eyer" 3hen you try to in(or.all to the .onsi." / was thin)ing what the hell is going on: /t loo)ed to me as if the wide re(eiver on the .ass" 3his is of (ourse a .all off to the swing man" 6inally / reali@ed what he was doing" 3hat is the hardest thing a $B has to learn to do" 5e has to learn to .
the outside rush man" 3his is the man that gets his .oard" .lit@ and our running game we>ll sometimes run the tra.lit@ (ontrol .ening with fire @ones1 and @one .lot of .1 the five ste.e in too .eat on the outside1 we (an ste.asses" <e (all it our C0 Series" <e have a . dro.asi( .utt u.le of games" 3he have defensive ends that are C> .asi( C0 (u. .assing game" <e want to . (ontrol the .le so out )ids (an go out on the field (onfident that we are going to ma)e the ..le" 3his means the lineman )now it is . the middle then get to the outside" 3he last thing in our .le as .lit@" 3here are so many things ha.lay and we are going to )now what we are doing" 3he mista)e that (oa(hes ma)e is to ma)e it too (om.er the individual . and 2D0 .1 and the . of the .ut is it going to hel.the three ste.ility to s.assing game is that we will use a lot of s(reens to hel.assing game we will only have nine . in the air and loo) for the sna.e a.e of setting u. game when we (an not .out it" /t is no .assing game we feel there are a (ou.ass . u.rote(t the .all1 these are things you should (onsider" 4et me show you how we go a.ounds" -ll they do is get their . in the .le to esta.a()age" <ith regard to the .all is sna. .ig a hurry to get u.lit@es today and there is so mu(h suffo(ation with the various (overages1 and disguises1 that we feel the .lays on the (hal).atterns" <e tea(h four in one day and five the ne't day at the start of (am.lown u.ass" <e run a lot of s(reens where we #ust throw the .all outside% if we get .all game and not a .ass ..a() .utt u.lay a(tion .ossi." 3hat is all we have" / feel very strongly a.all" <hen that .set a.ass for ea(h of the C0 num.ass" /t is all done with out .attern" <e have nine .e that u. the field" / was fortunate to (oa(h against 6lorida State for a (ou.lan every wee)" <hen you formulate your offense and de(ide you are going to throw the . it as sim. dro.out this" <e are going to )ee.oo)1 .field rushers" <e don>t run the E ste..le of things we need to in(lude .rint out is this2 /f you (an>t handle the defense on the inside you (an ta)e the .ass routes that ma)e u. the .e(ause we may throw the s(reen .lay" &veryone has to remem.li(ated" /t is a foot. or )no()ed down1 / do not thin) you should .all on timed routes1 we throw the s(reen and draws1 and we are going to run some gimmi() .all outside to the re(eiver" <hen those s(reens get . dro.lays may loo) good in a .o()et% if they (ome u.rint out at times" 3he reason you need the a.out doing that"
. draw" -ll we are trying to do is tra.hysi(s (lass" /f we (oa(hes were that smart we would not .ig deal" /t tells the defensive line they (an not .ers" <e may (all the .lish the run to some e'tent" -lso we need the a.ed1 they (ome a(ross the line very hard" 3hey do not )now where the $B is" 3hey are great u. the field .ility to s.lay CD for e'am. our team: <ith that in mind at USC on the dro.attern for that .asser" <e run the foot.lay.lays #ust to slow the game down a .est way to mitigate the .lit@ is with the s(reen .all" <e throw the .drawing u. that .e sitting here not ma)ing a lot of money" /n the s(o.it" 3his is our game .rote(tion" 3he D is the .
all" 5ere is an e'am.le of things we had to do" /n designing the .ass" /t is sim.lays the se(ond day of .le" /f you rush three you (an defend the eight @ones" /f the defense ele(ts to (over all eight @ones well we are going to run the foot.lay with these .assing @ones" <e figure that there are eight defensive @ones on the foot.assing game" 3here / have told you everything we do and / did it in two minutes" -gain"""we have one strongside verti(al route1 one middle verti(al route1 one middle verti(al and one wea)side verti(al" <e have two hori@ontal stret(h routes1 a man route1 four verti(als and a Cover 2 .le" <ith a strong side verti(al we send the F (flan)er! on the go route or whatever you want to (all it" <e tell the s.asses o.ra(ti(e" / am assuming everyone )nows how to .rea) down the .le" But instead / will fo(us in on .asi( .assing atta() for USC .a() style atta()" / am going to tal) a.asses" &veryone )nows the hori@ontal and verti(al stret(h .tion routes1 (rossing routes versus man (overage1 and the four verti(al routes" 3he last thing we have is what we (all triangles" 3hat is what the .lays" Our )ids )now these .ly means the (overage" 3he defense (an .lement the .assing atta()1 the (on(e.assing atta()1 whi(h is not new to what is going on today1 there were a (ou.assing game" <e say that we li)e to use the o.uilding triangles" / (ould go through the entire .lit end to go to the middle
.assing game we have a strongside verti(al1 and we have a middle verti(al1 and a wea)side verti(al" <e have a (ou.asi(ally do" <e atta() everyone we .li0ue .out .asi( .le of hori@ontal stret(hes and we have a (ou.<hen we de(ide to im.ts remain the same" <e have (urls1 flats1 man routes1 o.onsi.li0ue .ility to find the @one that is not (overed and that is where we are going to atta()" /f you only (over seven @ones we will eventually find it and that is where we are going to throw the foot.asi( .ut seven or eight men in the .eater" 3hat is all we .lay @one (overage against us" <e (all these .assing game" /n essen(e against the @one (overage we try to (reate o.all" /f the defense rushes four and (overs seven of the @ones it is our res.uilding triangles in our .li0ue stret(hes to for(e the defense to (over the entire foot.ts will ever (hange" 3his is true if you run the run and shoot or a dro.rogression" +ovement )eys sim.oint we are going to atta() with triangles" 6or our .all field" /f the defense rushes three men1 then they (an defend with eight men against the .assing game amounts to" / do not thin) these (on(e.e 0uite (onfusing when they . .all field" <e (all it movement )eys and re(eiver .o' and show one thing and .lay another" /t is hard to figure out what the (overages are when that ha..assing game" 3his is what we do against teams that .ens" 3hey move around so fast you (an>t tell what they are always doing" <hen we get to that .le of man routes" <e have a few one-man routes" <e have a route to atta() Cover 21 and we have the four verti(als game" 3hat is our .e(ause it is that sim.
lay they (an rea(t fast enough to still ma)e the .s five ste.er two man in terms of .dee.a() (he()s the rush and runs an arrow route" 3he . to ma)e the throw we tell him not to throw it" <hy: 3hose (orner. and has to insert a hit(h ste.all" /f he has an o.eat and hesitate on the .le four or five yard throw" <e tell the right half .ass if (an throw it in five ste.as)et.out" /t ma)es it tougher to (over for the defense" /f the $B has an o.a() side .a()" <e loo) at the three dee.le of a strongside verti(al route for us" /f the defense is . and the underneath areas meet" 3he .ot in the @one and we sit there" 3he end has an easy release" 5e (omes out and sits inside" +ost teams run this .laying three dee. area" 3he tight end goes to the area where the dee. that is fine" But anything after that and we do not want him to throw the long .a()s" /t is a sim.field" Now if the defense ta)es the arrow route away from us we still have a (han(e to go to the .a()side on the dum.er two" /f the $B dro.a() runs a little (he() down as well" 3hat is a .eing num. route down the middle" <hen the free safety (omes over to (over the tight end it leaves the s.lit end who is running the dee.lay is num. (Cover A! with four men underneath then we have a de(ent (han(e with this .s" /f he hits five and it is o.er one" <e always loo) for that long .oth re(eivers . .lit end is also num.er two in terms of .all is over his head he (an still ma)e the ad#ustment and ma)e the (at(h" /n our .a() (an throw the dee.a()s are good enough today that even if you have them . to the s.laying .rogression" <e draw it u.all down the middle" /f we (annot get the .le of how we design our .all to the first three re(eivers we loo) to the .en" Now the $B (an throw the dee.all if it (omes to him" /t is #ust li)e .lay with an out route for the tight end" 3hey want to get a one1 two1 three verti(al loo)" <e do not want to do that" <e want a one and a two and a three loo)1 so it loo)s li)e our triangle we tal)ed a.ass" 3his is our CD .lay" 9ou (an not hesitate" /f the $B (an throw on the fifth ste.all outside to him he (an run the .a() to run a five yard to si' yard arrow route" On(e we get the . man on this .all first" <e have learned the 0uarter.rogression the dee.assing game" 3hat is an e'am. and the underneath @one" <e want him to sit down and loo) for the $B" <e (all this our sail route" <e find the dead s.rogression is the tight end down in the area .ass" /n terms of .en on the (alled side he loo)s inside to the tight end" 3hen he sees a flash of light (oming over to (over the tight end" /t is the free safety" 3he 0uarter. . for the $B with .lay.etween the dee.en window on the outside he will throw the foot.en he should throw the .all" /f the .a() now loo)s u.ass" /f he hits that fifth ste.oo) the s.all u.en window inside with the tight end he will throw it" 3he tight end wants to get into .all" 3he num.er routes first and then go from there" 3his is a strong side verti(al
.asi( e'am.osition where he (an shield the defender from getting the .lit end o. to other running .s and does not see the wide re(eiver o.
lay" -s / said we . the .a()" <e (an .lit the half.lay to the wea)side" 3he wea)side verti(al is the same idea" <e send the s.a()s .lit@ then the half.a.asi( route" /f we fa(e some ty.ush the outside" /t is man (overage and he (an get to the outside and get o.a()er leave to (over the tight end on the (url route he (uts .lay variation" <e (an do different things with the . the .atterns away" <e (an (ome .y the line1 we will have the .etter than we are1 we will have to )ee.a() with the same .a()ers" /f the defense is .a() has the <4B and the full.le" 3he other way is the same idea" <e are going to run the .lo() the wea)side line.lit" 3he onside half.a() runs the (he() down" <e have the same .efore" 3his is #ust the wea)side verti(al .ot in the defense" 3his all (omes from slightly altering the one .a() out of if we are not going to .ig" <e .a() has the S4B" 3he front five have the four down lineman and the +4B" /f we s.a()ers" 3he half.ly alter one of the individual routes within the .ig on .lit end on the u.a()" 5e is not going to .lay and tag it with CD 6--ngle" -s the onside half.lay" <e (all it a CG wea)" <e tag it with a get-a-way route for the half. of the route and .lo() him if the line.a() must turn and loo) for the ..a()ers are not (oming" 3hat is the wea)side verti(al" Now we tag this route as well" /t is .lit end1 tight end1 and onside half. and then a(ross the middle at 1D to 1E yards dee.all" <e dum.attern" <e (an also add a .lay as .lo() .attern" Say for instan(e the defense has ta)en away all the dee.ly our favorite .tion . to sto.a()s in to (he() the rush" /f the defender gets .ig" Our ..a() .ro.all to the half.lo() ." <e .a() sees the strong line.rogression" 3his is how we design out .efore" <e have the same . to the .lo() the <4B and we still want to throw the dro.a()er" /t is our CG 5 o.ass we (all the .tag.en s.lo() him" /f the <4B (omes on the .a() in the triangle" Prote(tion wise we are going to . the inside route we want the tight end to ma)e a move at the to. or go route" <e ta)e the tight end five to seven yards dee.a()"
.asi( triangles as we had . .lo() .a()side half.e of man (overage and our tight end sees the strong safety (ome u.a() runs the flat" 3he other .histi(ated" By tag / mean we (an sim.ring him down inside" 3his is what it loo)s li)e with the s.attern to ma)e it a little more so.a() is the hot read" -s the <4B (omes a(ross the line of s(rimmage1 the half.a() .e in a different area and we (an not .lo() the <4B" 3he <4B (ould .lo() line.en" Now it is one1 two1 three .a() inside on the angle route" Now we have an o.a()" /t is an o.ig on .ring the wide re(eiver down the middle on the s.ass offense" /t is very1 very sim.a()s on the line.tion route" /t is a free release for the half.lay CG <ill" <e (an not .
/f we want to free the full.a() on the hot read" <e (all the .ring the half.lit@ then we throw it hot" /f the defense is .lay and dos not allow you to throw the .<ill" <e .ush him outside and then (ut .lay CG 5alf.layed +i(higan years ago when / was still at B9U" <e ran this single .a()" <hen he gets o.rea) outside" Now / have the (hal) so to s.attle" <e tell our re(eivers the defender (annot .en for the tight end" 3his is where the $B should throw the ." <e have now (overed the strong side verti(al and the wea)side verti(al" Now we (an add on the middle verti(al" /t is the same idea" Now we want to stret(h it down the middle of the field" <e send the tight end 10 yards dee.all to the full.e of @one defense the .laying in some ty.a()" /f the <4B (omes on a .tion .en the $B throws the .all to him" -s the $B (omes .lits the differen(e with another defender then we want to run in the middle of the two defenders" /f the defense ta)es the +4B and s0uee@es the .out" <hen we tag on the 5 o.a() with the +4B" <e try for a free release on the half.th" <e run the S.lit &nd on a s.lo() the S4B" /f he (omes on the .a() and he reinfor(es the defender>s .a() u.rogression read he eyes the .a() down inside and toward the <4B and then we .a() to the inside" /f the <4B is on the inside on some ty. the <4B it leaves a lane o.lit@ we throw the .a() on the other side we (all it CG Sam" 3he Sam (all tag tells us we (an not . to the to.a() #ust (omes u.tion the loo) is short to long or reversed" /t is down and then . a(ross the middle" /f that is (overed we loo) for the half.e of )no()down (overage we .ea) and the offense should win this .all at three yards and ho. and drag him straight a(ross" 3he 6lan)er runs a . to the line and finds a hole and sits in the hole" /t is li)e you do on the .ost (ross route at 1H yards de.layground" 5e sits at the hole on the line and the $B finds him and throws the .all" <hen we run our normal CG the loo) is long and then short in terms of reads" /t is the triangle we tal)ed a.e he gets four more yards out of the .lit end" /f we move the (overage underneath we have a shot at the 6lan)er" /f we do not get movement underneath we loo) for the tight end at 10 yards dee.a() we loo) for the tight end" /f the +4B goes over to hel.a() on the .lit route" <e ta)e the full.a() O.a() (he()s down at three yards inside" Now we are stret(hing the defense down the middle" /f the safety stays high we (ome off the s.lay"
.a() and (he() him down to the flat" 3he half.all to the half.a() on the (he() down inside" <e throw the .lay 1E times that game" 6or some reason they were trying to defend the half.osition" /f the defender is outside we .all to him" /f the defense is in man (overage the rule is this that the <4B has the half.lo() the S4B" &veryone )nows who is assigned to .e right" /f he is on the outside we run inside" /f he is on the inside we run outside" /f he s.
ost (orner route we (all it F Corner" /f we want to .asi(ally the way we .atterns" /t is the same route run over and over again" 3his system allows us to run lots of different loo)s with the same . in the middle" <e start with movement )eys" 4et me show you what we do against the .asi( Cover A with a . in (overage as the mat(h u.ut our offense together" <e have one strongside1 middle1 and wea)side verti(al .ut it on the I route we (all it CA I Corner" <e (an .a() runs a four to si' yard arrow route" 3he tight end runs H to 10 yards dee.attern" /t is one .9ou had . routes of the two outside re(eivers" 3he defense must (over everyone for us to get to the (he() down" /f they (over everyone we get the .asi( -A defense" On the first ste. the field and see what we (an do" <ith all of this in mind all of this gives us a (han(e to run what we li)e to run" /f we want to run CA and .out si' different .lay" <e have a (ou.asi( . is less favora.ressure on the five under two dee.ut the 6lan)er on the .all to the flat" /f the S4B goes to the middle and the strong safety goes to the flat we throw the (url with the 6lan)er" 9ou have four defenders underneath in this (overage" <e have five re(eivers underneath" 3he $B sim.assing game" One of our favorite routes is the hori@ontal stret(h route" / have showed you the three verti(al routes" Now1 / am tal)ing a.attern" 3hat is .lay against Cover 2 as there are five underneath defenders and two dee.ly has to find the o. the $B ta)es he is reading the +4B" 3he +4B will give the $B dire(tion" /f the +4B goes wea)side it means the <4B has ta)en the flat away" /f the +4B has ta)en the (url route away the read now .ut the 9 end on the (orner" 3he .lay" <e tell the re(eivers then if they see .
.a() he ta)es away the (url to the tight end" /f they ta)e away the strong side they only have the <4B underneath on the short side" /f the <4B hangs to (over the (url we throw it to the flat" /f the <4B goes to the flat we throw to the (url" 3his is how we atta() the defense" -gain1 the defense has four underneath and we have five hori@ontal" 3he area the defense va(ates we are going to hit" /f the defense is in Cover 2 and we (he() out of it" <e do not have a very good .y the tight end and the strong side safety ta)es the (url .asi( as we get with our .etter (over the dee.all underneath and get u.lays to go along with this" 3his is as .le of hori@ontal stret(h .out the hori@ontal stret(h route" <e run 1 yard (url routes with the wide re(eivers" 3he full.ond a((ordingly" /f +4B goes straight .e(omes inside-out to the defenders on that side" <e have three underneath re(eivers and the defense has only two defenders on that side" /f the strong safety hangs on the (url and runs to the flat we throw the .lay stays CA" /t loo)s li)e we are running a.asi( .en re(eiver" <e do not run this .all to (url inside" /f the S4B ta)es away the (url .a() we res.le" /f the +4B goes strong or goes straight .y the 6lan)er the $B throws the .
a()er" <e are staying on the strongside" Now we go with the 9 end toward the .onsi.le for the mesh of the route" 3he I re(eiver (omes underneath the 9 end" /f 9 goes si' yards dee.asi( (alls" 3he $B )nows he has only two .i() route" /t is sim.ut the audi.lay (alled in the huddle1 he has two .lays" <hen we (all CC 9 Ben(h we have re(ogni@ed that something is going on" 3he defense is giving us something that allows us to stay strong" Now1 we are not reading the middle line.3ittle say this a.lit@" <e (all it CC 9 Ben(h" /t is a delay route for us with the full.all to the o.a() in the flat" <e want to throw the .th of the route" <e tell the I re(eiver that he is res.lem with the .le (all this .all to him" /f we ma)e a mista)e and the defense is not running man (overage and they are .ly a (rossing route" 3he $B wat(hes the mesh o((ur with the (rossing routes" 3he $B turns his shoulders to the re(eiver that (omes and throws the .en(h" <e read the routes1 one1 two1 three" 3his gives us a (han(e to ta)e advantage of what the defense is giving us" 3his is a good route for us against the .laying $B in the N64" .all three yards and get three more on the run" Now1 we have a se(ond and four situation" <e have to .onsi.ottom of the .eo." 3hey are going full s. to the line and sees the defense is in something that will give us a .lan we .e a.lay 5an)" /t is CC to us" /t is the same route over and over" -ll we are going to do is tag one man and everyone else is ad#usting to the tag" <e ho.asi( (alls" -gainst Cover A it is two .ut a game .lay" <e have to .e it loo)s to you li)e we are running a lot of different . men to (over" 3hat is why we go high low" 3hat is the way we atta() (over two" 3he ne't .lay is our CC .a() and (all another .a() of the two re(eiver side whi(h is the tight end side and he should turn his shoulder and throw the .le (he()s in" -gainst man (overage we allow two .lan together we list all of the different situations" On the .a()" <e have a .attern against man (overage" <e tell our $B that when we .laying @one and we are running (rossing routes then this is what the $B should do" 5e should loo) at the .out .ro.a()s" / heard 9.(overage to atta() the defense on a high low route" /f we (an get the .lays he (an (he() to" <e do not have a (om.all to the .li(ated list" Ne't this is the route we use against man (overage" /t is our (rossing route" <e tell the tight end (9! that he is res. then I has to go five yards dee.le to loo) for the (rossing re(eivers and if they are (overed we go to the .eed" /t is not a .asi( (rossing ./f you are going to .en man we will" /f we (an>t we go .asi( (alls against the defense" /f he (omes u.en(h" Some .e an
.e smart" /f the defense (overs with five underneath it means they only have two dee.asi( (alls" -gainst Cover 2 it is two .lay" <e (an (all CC 9 .le for the de.
eriod" <e tea(h them to .er is that we are in the .all game" <e tell our re(eivers they have to get five yards dee.ut it is li)e a ." / thin) it is our #o.N64 0uarter.ost or (orner route" 3he 6lan)er runs the (orner or .ehind the s.er Coa(h -ne li)e it was yesterday" / was in the ninth grade and on the third string J= team" 3he season was over and he was ta)ing some of the J= .est .lay foot.lit@ against us in the red @one" <hen teams .lit@ we had a variety of things we (ould do" <e run our C2 F Pa( route" /t stands for ..lit end" 9ou (an do anything that is different" But .ost" 9ou (ould line u.a()s sta()ed . to the =arsity" 5e (alled the names out and he (alled my name out" / will never forget that" 3he .layers (an understand what we are doing and they are (omforta. to as (oa(hes to ma)e sure our 0uarter.a() you have to )now where the num.as)et.lit loo) with two .oint / am trying to ma)e and / want you to remem.layers u.a() understands where num.layed the man .er who our (hemistry tea(her was" <e do remem.layers do not understand what you are doing it will not matter" <e feel our .er who our (oa(hes were" / (an remem.li(ated as you want with the .assing game" But if your .e.e su((essful" / a.er three is going to .le with what we are doing" -s we get older we do not remem.all and that is all" 9ou (an .lit wide with the I re(eiver" 9ou (ould line u.rofession in the world" <e (an go to wor) in shorts and tennis shoes" 7on>t forget to tea(h )ids te(hni0ue" 3ea(h )ids values and (hara(ter" /f we (an do that we will all .e" /t is not that hard if you wor) at it" 3eams used to man .a()s run out" / do not mean to minimi@e this .a()s s.er three re(eiver is going to .re(iate you listening to my le(ture"
." <e tell the there is a hole on their side and they need to find the hole" /f they understand the (on(e. in a s. in a sta() loo) with two .asi(ally it is the same route over and over" <e have I and 9 (ross1 F runs a (orner and the .ots" <e are tea(hing young men1 .ts of the routes we have taught them they should )now where to run" <e tell them we are not tea(hing ro.e as (om.