What worked for coaches in the passing game this year (and where they struggled)

By Stephen Spiewak | Posted 1/5/2017

With the season over, it’s time to evaluate what worked and what needs refinement as the offseason kicks into high gear.

The virtual community of coaches from the #txhsfbchat convened on Twitter recently to break down successes and failures in the passing game in 2016.

Some common themes emerged from the popular Twitter chat.

Here are some elements of the passing game that seemed to work well for coaches this fall:

  • Levels
  • Shallow crosses
  • Floods (especially off of play action)
  • Quick screens

On the other hand, there were some common challenges that many coaches faced when putting the ball in the air. Here’s where many high school football coaches struggled:

  • 5-step/deep passing game (though personnel can be a big issue)
  • Players running correct, well-timed routes
  • Press man coverage (when opponents had personnel to pull it off)

Of course, it starts up front, and pass protection is a huge factor in the success of teams’ passing attacks.

Check out the full transcript of coaches diagnosing their passing attacks last season here: