On American Football Monthly – A Multiple Passing Attack with the Spacing Concept

A Multiple Passing Attack with the Spacing Concept

In 2011 we became more multiple in our use of tight ends, h-backs and fullbacks, as well as with the compressed formations we used them in. Up to that point, the majority of our passing game revolved around our four vertical package, which we still liked from compressed sets, but we needed an attack that also allowed us to attack short to intermediate areas.

Part of our philosophy is to be a concept based offense with our run and pass concepts having application over multiple personnel groupings and formations. In our search for a concept that could fulfill our requirements, spacing fit our needs. We took the spacing concept and designed our teaching of it to be a full passing attack that has the ability to adjust and attack multiple coverages. Another benefit is that the initial stem of the routes used in spacing looks like the stems of the routes in some of our four vertical variations. Defenders who are used to having to run with seams now have routes snapping down underneath them.

In order for the concept to be multiple, we designed the package in a way that simple tags could give it multiple personalities. In its basic form, it creates a horizontal stretch with five receivers across the defense at 6-10 yards. Structurally, we call the play “Spacing” and we tag the receiver and the route which the quarterback can hit on rhythm on the last step of his drop. His progression will begin with the tagged rhythm route to the other routes within the concept...read more.

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