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TrojanScott
07-28-2010, 05:28 AM
Kind of related to the mix-coverage - could you please detail process a wide reciever and qb go through as they make post-snap adjustments on the routes. Is it is simple as seeing the safeties and telling if its 0,1,2,3 or quarters and attacking the middle (if its two safeties) or the seams (for 3 deep)?

Also I heard Herm Edwards say that the Will is the key read when going against tampa 2, why is this?

Turk Schonert
07-28-2010, 10:08 PM
Kind of related to the mix-coverage - could you please detail process a wide reciever and qb go through as they make post-snap adjustments on the routes. Is it is simple as seeing the safeties and telling if its 0,1,2,3 or quarters and attacking the middle (if its two safeties) or the seams (for 3 deep)?

Also I heard Herm Edwards say that the Will is the key read when going against tampa 2, why is this?

WR route adjustments come in 3 categories; 1) run-it/locked routes[stays on no matter what the coverage] 2) cloud/hard corner adjust routes [routes adjust only with a hard corner, like cov. 2] and 3) press adjust routes [adjust vs press coverage as well as cloud coverage]. WR's and QB's must both recognize these adjustments after the ball is snapped. Both positions must see the safeties first, then the corner. There are also sight adjust rules for safety or corner blitzes because they are not accounted for in certain protections. Not all teams S/A Db's, the "West Coast" philosophy was to not S/A. The QB had to get the ball out or evade the blitzer.

In Tampa 2, with the MLB covering the deep middle it gave the QB an easy check down over the ball so the Will became responsible for jumping the check down. A great way to attack that is to create a two on one with the MLB by putting two inside receivers on seam reads and putting a RB over the ball. The QB keys the MLB and throws away from his drop (usually to the wide side of the field or to the passing strength of the formation). With the MLB dropping strong the QB is going to throw to the weak side, if the Will gets too deep ... throw the check down, if the Will stays short to cover the back ... throw the seam read.

msclemons
07-29-2010, 12:49 AM
Do zone-blitz schemes mess up these kind of adjustments? WR sees a LB blitzing and cuts off his route, QB sees DE dropping and throws the out kind of scenarios?

Cris Collinsworth
07-29-2010, 12:58 AM
Really good point. I think that is why teams quit running slants from the slot for site adjusts. They don't want to get surprised by dropping Defensive linemen. Site adjusts are really tough against bump and run because you have to watch the corner to get a release and it is easy to miss the blitz.

Turk Schonert
07-29-2010, 02:27 PM
Do zone-blitz schemes mess up these kind of adjustments? WR sees a LB blitzing and cuts off his route, QB sees DE dropping and throws the out kind of scenarios?

WR's don't read LB's to sight adjust. LB's are accounted for in the protection, if a defense brings more then you can block, the QB has a "hot" receiver to throw the ball to. A "hot" receiver will look quickly on his way to his route. WR's will sight adjust off of secondary blitzes, and much of the time a secondary blitz will include a LB coming as well.