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CaptureDeAndre Green, Wide Receivers Coach, New Mexico Highlands University

Discover how Coach Green's receiver harassed opposing safeties with their flexible and potent scissors concept from the inside position.

DeAndre Green 

Wide Receivers Coach

New Mexico Highlands University

Twitter: @CoachDreGreen


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Here at New Mexico highlands we are a true Air Raid spread no-huddle team, very similar to Oklahoma state and West Virginia. Our pass game philosophy is to make the defense defend the whole entire field by occupying as many zones as possible. The following pass concept I would like to discuss is an inside variation of the Air Raid scissors concept. Traditional scissors puts stress on the CB and the SS by putting them in a bind with a post breaking away from the CB by the outside receiver and a corner route breaking away from the SS by the inside receiver. However, defense has made adjustments regarding the scissors concept. Usually you would get a “switch” call between the SS and the CB. What this does is allow for both players to pass off routes to one another. The SS would hold, turn his hips and run underneath the post, while the CB would fall off and wait for the corner route to come into his zone. Our inside scissors play which we call “Razor” is almost the same concept but, takes advantage of 2 hi safety teams by putting stress on the SS and middle linebacker instead of the CB.


The first thing we would like for our QB to do is take a look at the defense and determine whether the middle of the field is open or closed (2 hi, 1hi). The reason being is because there are two different progression reads based off of the defensive coverage. We are primarily a progression read team; this means we tell our quarterbacks to look at his receivers in a particular progression to determine where to throw the ball. Once the QB determines if the middle of the field is open or close he now knows what progression he is going to make.


The “Razor” concept is a great 2hi beater. This concept is very flexible and can be taught as a key read, progression read or key progression read and can beat almost any coverage a defense may throw at us. We can run this play out of multiple formations; however we were more successful out of our 3x1 and empty sets. The “Razor” concept is a corner route by #3 receiver, an inside stem post route by #2 receiver followed by a under route by #1 receiver. This automatically puts stress on the SS because he has 2 verticals coming at him from the slot position and he has to choose one. The MLB is also in a bind because he has a under route underneath him and a post route in the hole behind him.     In addition, we want the inside stem because we want the SS to be in a bind with 2 verticals coming right at him. Also the inside stem gets the receiver a good angle to the middle post and gets him there faster. 




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Throughout the year we have tremendous success with the “Razor” play. I really like this concept because you have multiple hi-low’s on the defense just in this one concept. Like I stated earlier you can teach this concept many different ways. If you wanted to teach this concept as a key read the concept would still be successful. If you key the Mike linebacker you have a hi-low with the under and the post. If you key the corner you have a hi-low with under and the corner route. If you key the SS you have him in a bind with a corner breaking to him and a post braking under him. So no matter what the defense does they are always wrong.  


Meet Coach Green:  DeAndre Green enters his second season as the receivers coach for the Cowboys in 2014. In Green's first season at New Mexico Highlands, he played a key role in helping Ricky Marvray become the team’s leading receiver. Under Greens' direction, Marvray, All-Conference RMAC selection, logged four 100-yard games, including a career-best 131-yard performance, and also hauled in a career-high 12 receptions in a week 6 matchup against Western State Colorado.  As a group, HU's receiving corps combined for 257 receptions for 3,483 yards (13.5 avg.) and 18 touchdowns, and accounted for five receptions of 50+ yards, including a season-long 68-yard touchdown strike by Tyler Slavin in Highland's win over Fort Lewis.  Green, 28, comes to Highlands after spending the 2012 season in the same capacity at Contra Costa Community College. During his time with the comets, he coached Ronald Butler to first team All-Bay Valley Conference honors, as well as All State Honors. Butler led the team with 870 yards and 13 touchdowns.




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