It’s getting to be like creating a monster from spare parts ala Dr. Frankenstein. I’m seeing all kinds of great ideas recently on different blogs and forums – snag with power, sweep and screen, quick game with naked. The ideas are not necessarily new. Some of these have been around for years. Zone read bubble and stick-draw have seemed to make combination plays a topic of interest for all offensive coordinators.
Here’s an interesting one in which we use our wildcat quarterback, a sweeper, and pin and pull to execute a sweep with a sweep. We are stretching both flanks. The quarterback is reading the end to the left. if he closes he will give to the sweeper. If he widens, the quarterback keeps it to the other flank on the pin and pull sweep.
The power read/inverted veer is a similar concept with the front side defensive end being read.
These are great plays for uptempo procedures. However, like anything, they must be practiced and executed with high efficiency. Procedurally, offenses are looking to use picture boards or one-word calls to execute their offense at the fastest pace. The packaged play fits perfectly with this mode of attack. Having the exact right look for a play is not necessary because the offense will force a defender to commit to defend one component of the packaged play and the other will be open. Having a quarterback who can make great decisions is critical. The caution has to be to drill it and rep it until it is second nature. At that point, it can become deadly with an uptempo procedure.
The whole point is that just about any style of offense can incorporate these two highly effective components to their attack. The list is becoming very expansive. Here are some resources that I have gathered on this topic. I will add more to the blog as they become available.
I wrote about our twist on the stick-draw draw play here:
I also wrote on smartfootball.com here:
Chris Brown did a nice article here:
Here’s some more resources:
Concepts like quick game packaged with naked away from the quick have been around for a while but are becoming popular again. I first learned of this concept in 1995 from Rich Erdelyi at Carnegie Mellon University. He was throwing quick to his single receiver and slam releasing his TE and Wing away with the QB rolling to them if the quick game wasn’t there. Here’s an article for AFM subscribers from 2008 on Hitch/Naked:
Recently, another Hitch/Naked article was printed in AFM:
In 2010, Rusty Stiver wrote about packaging jet sweep and screen.
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