On USA Football: Josh Herring’s Squeeze Concept: Use fin and win routes at any level for high-percentage, quick passes
The quick game has become standard for most offenses. The hitch, slant, quick out and fade routes are a part of many teams’ three-step package. A variation that can be used in place of the slant route is a 5-yard in, which some teams refer to as “fin.”
Offensive coordinator Josh Herring of Lassiter High School in Georgia has made this route a staple in his offense and has found consistent success. Herring calls the base concept “squeeze” because the QB reads whether or not the defender squeezes the inside route. The play produced 8.1 yards per call and was completed at a 67 percent rate in 2013. In 2014, those numbers were 10.0 yards at 59 percent.
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I continued to be impressed with Josh Herring’s ability to teach and coach offense. The concepts he has shared on the Coaches Edge Technologies platforms have been full of detail. This Quick Hitter on the “Squeeze” concept is no exception. Coach Herring delivers a sound explanation of how this concept works in his text, diagrams and tutorial videos which total over 40 minutes. He follows it up with 72 cut-ups for the coach to review and develop his own understanding. This Quick Hitter explaining a simple quick passing game concept gives the coach reading this manual every aspect he needs to incorporate it into his own offense.
Here’s a brief overview from Coach Herring of this concept:
Squeeze is made up of two routes: Win and Squeeze. The Win route is basically a seam route in which the receiver must “win” inside of the hole player. You can think of the Squeeze as a 5 yard flat slant or mini dig, whichever verbiage you prefer.
It has been an incredibly consistent pass pattern for us for years. It is our most common quick game pattern. We feel it can be incorporated into any offensive system with ease. There are a number of advantages that the pattern provides us and very few disadvantages. As long as your offense contains a formation with two deployed receivers to a side, you can run the play. Squeeze is high percentage and enables the ball to come out fast. We once completed a ball in a playoff game in which our left tackle busted a protection and a defensive end came completely free and untouched right at our quarterback. The ball was out before he got there. The read for the quarterback is extremely simple. We teach the play in our program even at the 4th grade level and even a 4th grade QB can make the correct read.
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Manufacturing Vertical Shots by Josh Herring is the second volume in his series: Rapid Precision Offense. Herring’s first volume Quick Rhythm Option Routes is an outstanding coaching resource for any offense. He includes ways to include the routes into many concepts from multiple formations. He also illustrates using quick option routes packaged with runs to create run-pass options.
Through his works Josh Herring has shown he is a bright football mind. Check out his first iBook. It will definitely have you excited to see the new one. Both volumes include over 2 1/2 hours of video. Like all Coaches Edge products it is full of the details you need to implement the concept now.
From Herring’s Quick Rhythm Option Routes
Through text, 68 diagrams, 20 instructional videos, and 72 game video cut-ups, Herring gives all the details necessary to install the quick rhythm option passing game. These concepts can fit into any offensive system and enhance receiver abilities. With the details provided, these concepts can be added to a system to create a high percentage passing game with explosive opportunities. Video totals over 2 hours and 30 minutes.
I am excited about what Coach Herring has produced with Coaches Edge Technologies. This is something every offensive coordinator needs to see. These high percentage, yet explosive routes can be implemented into any offense. With over 2.5 hours of instructional video and play analysis, Herring gives you the details you need to implement these concepts. Included in the “Further Review” section are over 70 cut-ups which can be viewed in regular speed and slow forward/reverse as well. Below is the Foreword by Dan Gonzalez.
Here’s what Dan has to say about Quick Rhythm Option Routes by Josh Herring.
I met Josh several years ago, as we shared our viewpoint on the passing game. I immediately sensed that he was truly a student of the game – not just concerned with the “X’s and O’s” of football plays, but with the individual details that make these plays come to life. With that common ground, we struck up a friendship, and have exchanged ideas ever since. I can honestly say that Coach Herring is my favorite kind of coach – one who strives for continuous improvement, rather than resting on the laurels of one or two or three or five good statistical seasons. He’s dedicated to his craft, and is always improving his methods of teaching. So, when Keith Grabowski asked me about potential authors for iBooks, Josh was at the very top of the list.
Quick Rhythm Option Routes represents a very pertinent, essential topic for coaches at all levels. With the exception of the highest levels of college football, most teams only have one or two true receiving threats. Further, few teams have a sure fire breakaway threat. Coach Herring illustrates for us, in great detail, how a team cannot only survive but thrive in the passing game under such circumstances. Not only does this work cover the basic option routes that are perhaps covered on the clinic circuit, but provides the basis for an entire series from which to base a passing game.
The technical detail and video illustration that accompany the text and diagrams are second to none; the reader will feel like a participant in one of Josh’s quarterback meetings. With over two hours of video, not to mention the raw video footage provided as a reference tool, coaches will be armed with everything they need to not only implement into their system, but troubleshoot coaching points and counter defensive tactics as well. Oftentimes, clinic attendees are left to their own devices as they install; not so with this work.
No longer can a coach simply throw their hands up and say “we can’t get open” – no matter what level of talent, a competent player should be able to gain leverage to receive a pass. In other words, a 4.8 receiver can beat a 4.4 Division 1 linebacker prospect by getting on his inside or outside shoulder and getting a well-timed pass. Over and over again, Josh explains (and actually shows us) how to make this happen for the offense.
Quick Rhythm Option Routes is the first in what I hope to be many works from Josh Herring; he is an outstanding coach and we can all learn from him, regardless of one’s level of play.
About Coach Josh Herring
Josh Herring recently completed his 5th year as Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. Known for their wide-open up-tempo offense, the Trojans have set numerous individual and team offensive records during his tenure. Competing in the state’s largest classification, they reached the semi-finals in 2011 and won consecutive region championships in 2012 and 2013 with an undefeated regular season in 2012. His QBs have led the region, county, and state in passing and 5 different offensive players have made All-State or Honorable Mention All-State teams, with a number going on to play collegiately, including in BCS conferences such as the SEC and ACC. Coach Herring began his coaching career at Colbert Heights High School in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and over the course of four seasons served in various positions including Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach, Wide Receivers Coach, and Running Backs Coach. In 2007, his first year as offensive coordinator, the program achieved a school-record for wins and broke nearly every school offensive record. His QB at Colbert Heights finished his 4 year career as Alabama’s all-time completions leader, ranking in the top 10 nationally. He spent the next two seasons as Wide Receivers Coach and Passing Game Coordinator at Pelham High School in Pelham, Alabama. Coach Herring and his wife Ashley are both educators, and he teaches AP Government at Lassiter.