On AFM: Evolution of the Use of the Quick Passing Game

In their book “Football’s Quick Passing Game: Fundamentals and Techniques” (1998), Andrew Coverdale and Dan Robinson write, “An accomplished coordinator in the NFL was recently heard to say in a clinic presentation, “I don’t know of any place I’ve been where at the end of the season, we didn’t say, we should have thrown more quicks.’”

In just about every offense, the quick passing game represents a portion of the offensive attack that is employed. It’s a high percentage passing game that takes what most defenses will initially allow. For most defenses, the philosophy is to allow a short pass and rally to it and make the tackle. Furthermore, it minimizes protection issues as the ball is usually out in 1.5 seconds or less.

I’ve employed the quick game in every offense that I have coached. In my first head coaching job, we led our conference in passing with 85% of our passing game calls coming from the quick game. It was a great supplement to what we wanted to do the most – run the ball. If the defense didn’t defend the entire field and loaded up on the run, our first answer was to throw quick. It was something we had no problem doing anywhere on the field, and we developed enough answers within the quick game to be able to attack any coverage. Much of what we employed we learned from using Robinson’s and Coverdale’s books and videos. We invested a major portion of our practice time and reps to perfecting this part of our attack…more


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