Every offense is looking for an all-purpose package to incorporate into the offense. Any play series that provides multiple resources for your offense is a package worth looking in to. Sprint-out passing is an extremely valuable component to offensive production. This article will detail the value of carrying a sprint-out series, base sprint-out concepts, variations and complimentary plays.
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A sprint-out package can be one of the most critical components to any offense. The reason I have chosen this package to detail is because I believe any offense can incorporate this series into an pre-existing system and benefit from it. This sprint-out package facilitates an offense in a number of different ways:
This sprint-out series is a “Day 1” install and is carried throughout the season. This series can be carried into every game plan. The base sprint-out package has a couple of staples that never change:
This base sprint-out series is a two-play series that are both smash concepts. I define smash as a two-man route combination: one route occupies the flat and the other route is a corner route. I differentiate the two concepts by communicating which player is occupying the flat. This is communicated by the name of the play. Essentially, I am telling the “outside” or “inside” receiver on the call-side who needs to end up in the flat. If you are the receiver not in the flat, they must run the corner route.
Outside sprint-out is the foundation install. This tells the outside receiver to occupy the flat and the inside receiver to run the corner route.
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Inside sprint-out is the complimentary play to the outside sprint-out. This tells the inside receiver to occupy the flat and the outside receiver to run a rub-corner route.
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There are some excellent complimentary plays to the base pass concepts. These variations take advantage of defenses’ willingness to attempt to overplay the base concepts.
Variation No. 1 is the corner-post off one of the original concepts. All routes are the same except to communicate to the receiver running the corner (could be the inside or outside receiver) to oversell the corner route to get the defender to overplay the route. Once the defender commits, the receiver sticks their outside foot and breaks to the post on a “tall” angle. The only adjustment needed is the backside pig route. Any time a corner route is tagged to run the corner-post, the pig automatically runs the dig in an effort to stay clear of the designed reception area.
Variation No. 2 is a delay/hide off of the outside concept. Run from a heavier formation, this communicates that skill player in the C-gap will insert himself into the protection until the linebackers overplay the movement of the pocket. Once the inside linebackers begin to vacate their areas, the receiver slips across the formation for width, while slightly gaining depth. The pig needs to cut their split and get across the formation as quickly as possible.
These sprint-out concepts are low-maintenance, efficient ways to move the ball down the field. These concepts are all-purpose and easily adjustable to any personnel, formation and situation. Included are excellent complimentary plays that give these concepts the variation needed to keep defenses honest while adding to the effectiveness of the base plays. Changing the launch point of the QB is critical to deterring pressures and can overcome a gamut of protection issues
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