The Evolution of the Cross

Cross
• The first attempt at the “Cross” route was to combine the NCAA and Mesh play into one package that would be more flexible.

Original Rules
• Tagged receiver ran the deep cross (Dig) • Opposite WR ran a Post • The other two receivers would “mesh” (always right over left) • Back- Protect or Shoot

Original Cross Example- H Cross 40 50
X H F Y Z

Original Progression
• Stolen from Norm Chow’s Mesh progression. • Peek at the Post, watch the Mesh, Back • Since we have added a Dig route, the progression becomes Peek at the Post, Check the Dig, watch the Mesh, Back

Original Cross Progression 40
TD? 1

50
2&3
X H F Y Z

4

Evolution to the Post/DoubleUnder
• In order to use this concept from multiple formations the rules changed to: • Tagged receiver will go “under” another tagged receiver • The next inside receiver has the Dig • The 4th receiver runs the post • Back- Protect, Shoot or Swing (your preference)

Post/Double-Under
• These rules allow the concept to be executed from 3 X 1 formations • They also allow you to send any receiver “under” the rub regardless of what side they line up on.

Post/Double-Under from 2 x 2 (528 X Under Y)

40
500= 5-Man Protection 2 = F’s route 8= Post/Double Under Concept

50
X H F Y Z

Post/Double-Under Progression
• Can remain the same (Deep to short) • I have found that others like to peek at the post for a TD, then work from the tagged under to the Dig

528 X Under Y (Deep to Short Progression)

40
500= 5-Man Protection 2 = F’s route 8= Post/Double Under Concept

TD? 2

50
X

4

3
Z H F Y

Quick/Late

“Under Progression” (528)

40
500= 5-Man Protection 2 = F’s route 8= Post/Double Under Concept

Quick Look 2 1
Z H F Y

50
X

3

Quick/Late

Formation Variations

Early Rip 68 H Under X 40
Early Rip- H aligns right (3 X 1) 60= protection 8= Post/Double-Under

50
X Y F H Z

Wide 68 H Under Z 40
This variation allows you to get the rub for H, send X on the Dig, and/or hit Y on the Post

50
X H F Z Y

Wide Squeeze 168 Y Under X 40 50
X H F Z Y

Early Rip 68 Z Under Y 40 50
X Y F H Z

Empty Adjustment
• If you want to run this concept from an empty set you would need a rule for “F.” • Always shoot?

5-Wide 58 H Under Z 40
If F always shoots you could continue to use the route from any set as usual.

50
X H F Z Y

Empty Adjustment
• You could get F involved in the doubleunder if you use the all-go route (9).

Early Ram 59 F Under H 40 50
X H Y F Z

Tagging the Post
• If you wanted to use this concept with 3 x 2 sets and use the 9 route as the base, you could always simply tag the post pattern. • Note: The play call could get wordy.

Early Ram 59 F Under H X Post 40 50
X H Y F Z

Conclusion
• I hope that this helps in some way. • If you have more questions feel free to contact me. • Tim Sparacino (sparrow@paris.k12.ar.us)

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