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“Peg Wrap”
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“Dagger Wrap”
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“Flag”

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Backside Instructional A: Rules

BACKSIDE ROUTES

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12-14 yds Make break (if any) here

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•On the backside of any route, we will always have one player working the NUMBERS area of the field... ..and a player working the HASH area. (2 yards on either side of the hash) •The player working the Numbers is assigned a “GO READ,” and the player on the hash is assigned a “SEAM READ.” •The GO READ bases his break on what the Cornerback does... ..and the SEAM READ works off the nearest Safety, whether he starts in the middle of the field or near the hash. •The KEYS:
•Be DECISIVE--make a decision and go! (Don’t give the QB a “no read!”) •Stay out of the other receiver’s area!

8-10 yds Make your decision here!

Rules / Reads

•Great Backside routes are critical! BIG plays happen on the back side!

GO READ: Attack the outside leg of the CB over you, break his cushion, and plan on beating him deep...
…at 8 yards, if you determine that you can’t get deep, break back inside, working toward QB’s vision, but NEVER crossing the hash! (Rule: “If you’re even, you’re leavin’”...go by him deep)

SEAM READ. Must release cleanly & avoid underneath LBs. Regain “verticality,” read S & make decision between 8 & 10 READ.
yds …if the safety rotates away from you, leaving the middle, stay on your vertical course! you, …if the safety stays deep over top of you, break flat across the middle (“DIG”) at 12-14, look for a hole you, …if he opens quickly to you & crosses your face (most likely f/ hash), cross his--break to a Thin Post inside him his--break
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Backside Instructional B: Who Does What - Even

BACKSIDE: Who Does What

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•The LAST digit of a play call tells the backside receivers which one has the GO READ and which has the SEAM READ! •If the last digit is EVEN, (e.g., 60, 70, 62, 72, 64, 76, etc.), the OUTSIDE receiver has the GO READ... ..and the INSIDE receiver has the SEAM READ.

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Rules / Reads
GO READ: Attack the outside leg of the CB over you, break his cushion, and plan on beating him deep...
…at 8 yards, if you determine that you can’t get deep, break back inside, working toward QB’s vision, but NEVER crossing the hash! (Rule: “If you’re even, you’re leavin’”...go by him deep)

SEAM READ. Must release cleanly & avoid underneath LBs. Regain “verticality,” read S & make decision between 8 & 10 READ.
yds …if the safety rotates away from you, leaving the middle, stay on your vertical course! you, …if the safety stays deep over top of you, break flat across the middle at 12-14, look for a hole you, …if he opens quickly to you & crosses your face (most likely f/ hash), cross his--break to a Thin Post inside him his--break
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Backside Instructional C: Who Does What - Odd

BACKSIDE: Who Does What

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•The LAST digit of a play call tells the backside receivers which one has the GO READ and which has the SEAM READ! •If the last digit is EVEN, (e.g., 60, 70, 62, 72, 64, 76, etc.), the OUTSIDE receiver has the GO READ... ..and the INSIDE receiver has the SEAM READ.

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•If the last digit is ODD, (e.g., 61, 71, 65, 75, etc.), the INSIDE receiver has the GO READ... ..and the OUTSIDE receiver has the SEAM READ.

Rules / Reads
GO READ: Attack the outside leg of the CB over you, break his cushion, and plan on beating him deep...
…at 8 yards, if you determine that you can’t get deep, break back inside, working toward QB’s vision, but NEVER crossing the hash! (Rule: “If you’re even, you’re leavin’”...go by him deep)

SEAM READ. Must release cleanly & avoid underneath LBs. Regain “verticality,” read S & make decision between 8 & 10 READ.
yds …if the safety rotates away from you, leaving the middle, stay on your vertical course! you, …if the safety stays deep over top of you, break flat across the middle at 12-14, look for a hole you, …if he opens quickly to you & crosses your face (most likely f/ hash), cross his--break to a Thin Post inside him his--break
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Dagger Instructional

BACKSIDE: “DAGGER” call

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Begin 4-5 yd “Big” Speed Break at 14 Snap head, Inside Man runs work for up the Seam slightly ‘negative’ angle without losing speed at 17-18. 17-18.

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•Special call that “locks in” our Backside routes •Used to clear out the nearest safety and create a void for the Dig!

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v. Press Split mid #s, use BURST release Top #s (Hash)

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OUTSIDE RECEIVER: Speed Dig. Base your split on the CB over you. If he’s soft, go Top of #s or Hash +2 if on far hash; if Dig. he’s pressed, split Middle #s or Hash +4 to give yourself room for an angled “Burst” release to get clearance inside. After initial release, accelerate straight upfield to a depth of 14, use a ‘Big’ (arced) Speed break to a depth of 18, using your inside elbow & head snap to pull your body around without losing speed as you ‘run around the corner.’ You MUST come underneath the Seam and work into an open window beyond the first underneath defender. Acccelerate across at 100% v. man, 60% v. zone. *If you hear “B” at the end of the call, the QB is coming to you sooner, so Speed break 10 to 14. 14. NEXT MAN IN: Seam. Your job is to clear an area for the Dig! Widen split to Hash +2, take best available release (prefer Seam. outside), hit the jets & Stay on Seam. If Saf stops his feet or rotates away, expect the ball. Otherwise, sprint & don’t look back.If, by game plan, “Dagger” is always your first read when we call this, use a 5 step Angle Pop-up drop. If it is a QB: secondary read, use the drop associated with the Frontside combination. Read is the Jack or BS Safety. If he stops his feet or turns his hips, abort your drop and get a 2 ball to the Seam NOW, just as you would in normal Backside progression. If he stays deep, shuffle up and lead the Dig into a window, being careful to throw through lanes and not over people.
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Dagger Wrap Instructional

BACKSIDE: “DAGGER Wrap”

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Begin 4-5 yd “Big” Speed Break at 13 Snap head, Outside Man runs work for up the Seam slightly ‘negative’ angle without losing speed at 17. 17.

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•Outside two receivers trade normal “Dagger” assignments, using crossed or ‘wrapped’ releases to gain leverage & confuse the defense

#s minus 1 3-4 yds inside Outside receiver OUTSIDE RECEIVER: Wrap Seam. Becomes just like a Seam Read on Odd # routes, but with a tighter split (1 yd inside the Seam. #s), and no read (you always stay on Seam!). If man inside you is on the ball, give him clearance; otherwise, release 1st, get to 1-2 yards outside the seam, and hit the jets vertically, expecting the ball if the safety stops his feet or leaves. NEXT MAN IN: Wrap Dig. Split wider than normal, 3-4 yards inside the Outside receiver. Take an outside angle on your Dig. release to get to a spot over the Outside receiver’s original position, 5-6 yards deep. If you’re ON the ball, release 1st; if OFF, give up the right of way to the outside receiver.Straighten without losing speed, then execute a Speed Dig at 13 and rounds to 17. Final break should be underneath the Seam; accelerate through break and get inside first underneath defender into an open window. You should cross at 100% v. man, 60% v. zone. *If you hear “B” at the end of the call, the QB is coming to you sooner, so Speed break 9 to 13. 13. QB: If, by game plan, “Dagger” is always your first read when we call this, use a 5 step Angle Pop-up drop. If it is a secondary read, use the drop associated with the Frontside combination. Read is the Jack or BS Safety. If he stops his feet or turns his hips, abort your drop and get a 2 ball to the Seam NOW, just as you would in normal Backside progression. If he stays deep, shuffle up and lead the Dig into a window, being careful to throw through lanes and not over people.
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Peg Instructional

BACKSIDE: “PEG” call

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Begin 4-5 yd “Big” Speed Break at 14 Snap head, work for slightly ‘negative’ angle without losing speed at 17-18. 17-18. Push straight up to 8 Engage nearest defender with eyes, drive back to 6, show hands, stay open

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v. Press Top #s Split mid #s, use BURST (Hash) release

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•Special call that “locks in” our Backside routes •Used to ‘Peg’ an underneath defender, drawing him up to create a void for the Dig!

Hash +3

OUTSIDE RECEIVER: Speed Dig. Base your split on the CB over you. If he’s soft, go Top of #s or Hash +2 if on far hash; if Dig. he’s pressed, split Middle #s or Hash +4 to give yourself room for an angled “Burst” release to get clearance inside. After initial release, accelerate straight upfield to a depth of 14, use a ‘Big’ (arced) Speed break to a depth of 18, using your inside elbow & head snap to pull your body around without losing speed as you ‘run around the corner.’ You MUST come underneath the Seam and work into an open window beyond the first underneath defender. Acccelerate across at 100% v. man, 60% v. zone. *If you hear “B” at the end of the call, the QB is coming to you sooner, so Speed break 10 to 14. 14. NEXT MAN IN: Peg. Your job is to engage the short defender over/inside you and draw him to you to open the Dig! Split Hash Peg. +3, release straight up the field to 8 yards, staring the defender down. Plant and come back to 6, showing hands, working open. by game plan, “Peg” is always your first read when we call this, use a 5 step Angle Pop-up drop. If it is a secondary QB: If, read, use the drop associated with the Frontside combination. Simply read for a clear lane to throw the Dig. If you get it, hit him as he makes his break and clears the short defender, throwing him into the open hole with a zipped ball. If you don’t like the throwing lane, reset feet & hit the Peg late as he works open & makes eye contact.
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Pe g Wrap Instructional

BACKSIDE: “PEG Wrap”

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Drumroll/lean/ stab v. hip to hip coverage to create separation Snap head, work for slightly ‘negative’ angle without losing speed at 17. 17.

Begin 4-5 yd “Big” Speed Break at 13

Push to 7-8

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Engage nearest defender with eyes, drive back to 6, show hands, stay open

•Outside two receivers trade normal “Peg” assignments, using crossed or ‘wrapped’ releases to gain leverage & confuse the defense •It is generally preferable to have the Outside man OFF the L.O.S. (Ron/Lou, Rex/Lex, etc.)

Top #s (Hash)

3 yds inside Outside receiver

OUTSIDE RECEIVER: Wrap Peg. Your job is to engage the short defender over the inside man and draw him to you to open Peg. the Dig! Split Top of #s, release to a point 7-8 yards over the original position of the Inside man, staring the defender down. Give the Inside receiver the ‘right of way.’ Plant and come back to 6, showing hands, working open. NEXT MAN IN: Wrap Dig. Split 3 yards inside the Outside receiver. Take an outside angle on your release to get to a spot Dig. over the Outside receiver’s original position, 5-6 yards deep. You release 1st. Straighten without losing speed, then execute a Speed Dig at 13, rounding to 17…You should get the feel of wrapping around the short defender while out of his sight line; accelerate through break and get into an open window. You should cross at 100% v. man, 60% v. zone. *If you hear “B” at the end of the call, the QB is coming to you sooner, so Speed break 10 to 14. 14. QB: If, by game plan, “Peg” is always your first read when we call this, use a 5 step Angle Pop-up drop. If it is a secondary read, use the drop associated with the Frontside combination. Simply read for a clear lane to throw the Dig. If you get it, hit him as he makes his break and clears the short defender, throwing him into the open hole with a zipped ball. If you don’t like the throwing lane, reset feet & hit the Peg late as he works open & makes eye contact.
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Flag Instructional

BACKSIDE: “FLAG”

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NOD Break on 3d-4th step

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OUTSIDE REC: Split Top #s or Hash. Take normal switch release, straighten HARD at 10 and stay straight for 3-4 steps.

Make strong eye contact with the safety, wherever he is. Nod off your last step and accelerate SKINNY to the ‘Flag’, going as high as you need to in order to get over top of the CB. Throw will have a lot of air on it; look over your outside shoulder and adjust your angle on the run.

INSIDE REC (If one): Run Go Read course, working HARD to attract CB attention/eye contact. Hook up at 11, show hands

as though getting the ball, come back to 9 yards and sit as a late outlet. QB: The BS “Flag” is always primary when attached to a call. 5 angle pop-up, even if in gun, look safety off HARD, possibly with a short pump AS you drop. Off your pop up, snap shoulders & hips suddenly to backside, find the throwing corridor between the BS CB and safety…take Flag route to the deepest possible spot in the corridor with a big 3 ball, using javelin step if needed…let Flag run under ball. Corridor is defined as 1/2 way between C & S…if you miss, miss HIGH, not flat. If CB has deep leverage and/or is turning and running under it, come off to Outside Sit (if available) to THROW AWAY.
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