The Spread Offense

with:

Mike Emendorfer

Building a Passing System

Offensive Mechanics
Multiple with Simplicity
‡ Focus Only On The Words That Affect You ‡ Learn To See The Big Picture

Huddle Procedure

Play Calls

‡ Running Game - Words

‡ Passing Game - Numbers

Running Game
Basic Play Call

Dive Right
Tells us the running play we are running. Tells us the direction we are running the play to.

Passing Game
Basic Play Call
The first number indicates the protection and the release of the running back.

962
The second number indicates the formation and the series that we are running.

The last number indicates what concept we are running in our routes. It also indicates where the strength is located (odd = left, even = right)

Passing Game
Play Call With Motion and Tags

Y MO 984 Boston Hot
Motion is first in the play call.

Tags or adjustments within the concept are directly after the play call.

If we want to take the R-Back out of the protection and hot release him, that indication is last.

Cadence
‡ On First Sound
± Down

‡ On One
± ³Down Blue ± Blue, Set Go´

‡ On Two on Two
± ³Down Blue ± Blue, Set Go, Go´

‡ Hard Count
± ³Down Blue ± Blue, Set Go Go, Go, Go´

‡ On Repeat
± ³Down Blue ± Blue, Set Go, Go, Set Go´

Terminology
Personnel
‡ Split Ends ‡ Wings ‡ X/Z ‡ W/Y ‡ R

Terminology
Terms
‡ Wide Side (Field)/Short Side (Boundary) ‡ Front-side/Back-side ‡ Split ‡ Landmark ‡ Trouble ‡ Run/Quick Check

Terminology
Terms
‡ R.A.C. ‡ A.M.F. ‡ D.A. ‡ Sight Adjust ‡ 6 Second Rule ‡ Q Receiver

Formations
‡ Doubles ‡ Trips ‡ Panther ‡ Hurricane ‡ Cluster ‡ Adjustments

Formations
80¶s

Doubles

X X X

Z Z W W W Y Y

##

# #

R

R R

Right Hash Left Hash Middle

Formations
60¶s

Trips

XX

ZZ W R W Y

# #

# #

R

Left Hash Right Hash

Formations
90¶s

Panther

X

Z R W W Y R

#

#

RightHash Left Hash

Formations
70¶s

Hurricane

W X

X R Y W R

Z

Y

#

#

Z

RightHash Left Hash

Formations
50¶s

Cluster

X

W X Y W Z

Z

#
R

#
R

RightHash Left Hash

Formation Adjustments
5-7 yards
X W

5-7 yards
Z

Tight

R

Squeeze

W X Z

Flop

R

Flip

Formation Adjustments
1 by 1
X W R Z

Spread

X W Y R

Z

Ghost

Formation Adjustments
W X Z

R

Ace

X W W Y Y

Z

Con

R

R

Pro

Formation Adjustments
X W Z

R

Bunch

X W Y

Z

R

Double Bunch

Motions
Why?
‡ To disguise our intentions/delay defensive recognition ‡ To gain a blocker at the point of attack ‡ To create personnel advantages ‡ To force the pass coverage to declare man or zone ‡ To create coverage problems or checks ‡ To force the coverage to bump, changing personnel and alignment ‡ To help circumvent the jam

Motions
Ram
X W Z

R

R

Lion
X W Z

R

R

Motions
Player Specific
X W W Z

R

W Mo

Out
X W W Z Z

R

Z Out

Motions
In
X W Z W Z

R

Z In

Trace
X W W Z

R

Y Trace

Shifts
PrePre-Snap Movement
‡ To disguise our intentions/delay defensive recognition ‡ To create personnel advantages ‡ To create coverage problems or checks ‡ To force the coverage to bump, changing personnel and alignment

Shifts
Y Stem
X R W Z

R

W Stem
Z X W R

W

R

Protections
‡ The first building block of our passing game is protection. Great protection is the most basic key to the success of our pass offense.

Protections
‡ Our linemen must be know and be able to execute our schemes, but even more, they must maintain a fierce pride in protecting the passer that says, ³Nobody touches the quarterback.´

Protections
‡ Our back must understand his role within different protection schemes. He must get himself to the right places, and be physical enough to constantly handle linebackers and defensive ends.

Protections
‡ Our receivers play a major role by identifying coverage and potential blitz situations, understanding when they must break off their route to sight adjustments (being the µQ¶ receiver), and most importantly GET OPEN in the time required by each pass so that the linemen and back do not have to pass block for unnecessary periods of time.

Protections
‡ Our quarterback is the center of it all, and he insures that we are a great protection team through the right recognition and communication. He must also get the ball of on the correct timing, and throw the ball away rather than taking foolish sacks.

Protection Concepts
‡ 1- Slide Protection ‡ Rip/Liz- Gap Protection ‡ 9- Man Protection ‡ Smoke- Semi Roll Protection

Protections
1- Slide Protection
M
E T T E S

QB

R

Protections
1- Slide Protection
B E N

M
E

S

QB

R

Protections
Gap Protection
M
E T T E S

Rip

QB

R

Protections
Gap Protection
S E N

M
E

R

Q

Liz

Protections
9- Man Protection
M
E T T E S

QB

R

Protections
9- Man Protection
B E N

M
E

S

QB

R

Protections
Smoke Protection
M
E T T E S

QB

R

Protections
Smoke Protection
B E N

M
E

S

QB

R

Passing Concepts
‡ Simple ‡ Constant through formations

Passing Concepts
‡ 0 (East/West)- Mesh ‡ 1-2- Vertical ‡ 3-4- Smash ‡ 5-6- Screen ‡ 7-8- Flat/Curl

Passing Concepts
0 ± Mesh
‡ Attacks the underneath edge of coverage very rapidly, many times from a tightened environment ‡ Creates multiple ³rubs´ by incorporating different crossing routes ‡ Quick rhythm concept, whose primary purpose is to attack man-to-man defense by creating match-up problems and multiple rubs

Passing Concepts
980 West

F

C

M

W

C

X Z W

R

 

Passing Concepts
1-2 - Vertical
‡ Allows our offense to attack and stretch the defense toward the end zone ‡ Designate our areas of attack as 18-22 yards down the field ‡ Lower level control route

Passing Concepts
981

F

vs. Cover 2

C

M

C W

X W

vs Blitzes
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R

Z

Passing Concepts
3-4 - Smash
‡ One of the best ways we have of putting pressure on two deep coverage by creating situations where the cornerback cannot cover two people; he will see a six yard hitch in front of him and have a deeper-developing flag route behind him ‡ Attacks down the field on the deep outside edge, or underneath as a ball-control pass

Passing Concepts
984

F

C

W

M

C

vs. Blitz
X W Z

R

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Passing Concepts
5-6 - Screen
‡ Controls the blitz and pass rush by inviting the defense up-field and then allowing them to rush ‡ Offensive line will block downfield as we throw underneath to our receivers or back

Passing Concepts
85
S SS

M E N
X

S TE
Y

Passing Concepts
7-8 ± Flat/Curl
‡ Used to stretch the defense horizontally ‡ Stretches a flat defender to the sideline and replace him with a receiver behind him ‡ Creates a triangle of receivers for the QB to read ‡ Attacks an area 12 yards down the field on the hashes and the area 5 yards deep on the numbers

Passing Concepts
988

S

M E
X

S N T E

SS

Y

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