Drills

Do you want to run RPOs, but are afraid of getting called for illegal man downfield? Do you go up against defenses that run nothing but Cover 1 or Cover 0 and don’t know what to do? Are you going to run the Spread Offense and want to get your players better at catching the football?

Then you will want to listen to this edition of the Coaches Mailbag.

Why?

Because I talk about how to train your quarterback on RPOs, best man to man concepts, and the drills you need to run to catch the ball.

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How To Use Tempo In The Spread Offense
Do you want to go fast in games but don’t know how? Are you holding up practice by not knowing what to call throughout practice? Do you want to know what drill you need to do every day to work on tempo?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of those questions then this is the podcast for you. Today I’m talking about Four Things You Must Do To Increase Tempo.

I’ve always loved watching teams that play fast – Oregon, Baylor, Texas Tech, UCLA, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Montana State, Bowling Green, Clemson, Auburn, and SMU.

But I always asked myself, “How are these teams going so fast? What are they doing that everyone else isn’t?”

That lead me deep down a Google rabbit hole where I learned how to call in plays, how to simplify the playbook, how to practice, and more.

So grab a pen and paper and get ready to start writing down ideas on how you can increase your tempo in the spread offense.

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Shallow Cross Route Is Simple and Deadly

Greatest Passing Play Ever

I love the shallow cross play.  I’ve talked about how it’s one of the three simple passing plays for your tight end. But not many people run this simple concept.

Why?

Because they don’t know how to drill it.

But I’ve got that covered. I’m going to go over the main drill we use to increase our chances of success on the shallow cross concept.

Shallow Cross Drill for practice

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We set up our Fs – our fast slot type wide receiver – on the left and the Ys – our bigger, slower slot receiver – on the right side. The tailback will be behind whichever quarterback is closest to the wide receiver running the shallow route.

We use two sets of cones in this drill. The first set is placed at the three yard mark. This set is for the shallow runner. He is to run UNDER the cones. The second set is placed ten yards from the line of scrimmage. This is for the dig runner. He is to run his route BEHIND the cones.

The cones are the most important piece of equipment for this drill. You must use the cones, or something cone like, to train your receivers how to use space properly while running the route combination.

Now, the quarterbacks will all drop back at the same time. This is similar to the Air Raid’s Routes on Air drill. I make the quarterback who is throwing the shallow route call the cadence. When he goes through the cadence – Ready, Set, Go! – all three quarterbacks drop back as the F, Y, and tailback get into their pass route.

The first quarterback will take his three step drop and on the last step throw the ball to the Y running the shallow route. The second quarterback – who was also looking at the shallow route while he was dropping back – will hitch up after the first quarterback throws the ball, and throw the ball to the F. The third quarterback – who was staring down the shallow route, hitching, starting down the dig route – will hitch and throw the ball to the running back.

The wide receivers will catch the ball, tuck it, and SPRINT into the end zone. The quarterbacks will then rotate to the left. A new F, Y, and tailback will step into the drill and then you do the whole thing again.

 

That’s it.

That’s the drill. That’s the thing we do every day for ten minutes so that we are successful on this play. If you want to be successful on the Shallow Cross route then I believe you have to do this drill every day as well. It’s simple. It’s effective. And it will make you look like a brilliant coach.

So until next time, remember to never stop Mastering the Spread, Score Points, and Have Fun!

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