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By David Robinson, Offensive Coordinator, Skyview High School (ID)

See how the Shake / Out / Scissor concept has become more reliable thank 4 verticals for Coach Robinson and his squad. Skyview’s 2016 offense set new records in every passing category with 3846 yards, 65.5% completion rate (291/444), 50 passing TD and only 10 INT in 12 games.


By David Robinson
Offensive Coordinator
Skyview High School (ID)
Twitter: @coachrobi

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Shake/Out/Scissor has been a breakthrough concept for us this year. After years of struggling to find a reliable vertical concept (we’ve run different variations of 3 and 4 verticals with marginal success), we feel like we have found a vertical concept with staying power. It was our most called concept in 2016 including run plays (66 calls, 61% completion percentage (38/62), 652 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT). The concept is rooted in the air raid 3 verticals concept, a traditional two high beater, but has become very multiple and reliable for us.



We are a half slide/man protection on this play with the running back taking the most dangerous man on the man side.


Receiver Assignments

We are a concept based passing team. We move our receivers around to get optimal matchups for our best players. Receivers must know the concept from call side to backside; for example, the call side receivers run shake/out, while the backside knows to run scissors.

2x2 call side (Shake/Out):


Shake: The number 1 receiver from the sideline will align approximately six yards from the tackle and run an inside release shake route, by pushing vertical to a depth of eight yards attacking the leverage of the deep defender (corner or safety). We teach our players early on in the spring to attack the defenders leverage, which is particularly important on the shake route. By attacking the defenders leverage we leave the quarterback room for the throw. The shake turns into a post/corner vs any sort of locked corner. We want the depth of the second break to be at 12 yards. On the break the receiver will push his angle vertical if he has closed cushion or flatten out the route if the defender maintains cushion.


Out: The number 2 receiver from the sideline will align splitting the difference between the outside receiver and tackle. We have the out runner walk off the line on his release to allow the shake to get out first. The out runner and shake should be stacked (running the same stem) after the initial release, with the shake runner ahead of the out. The out runner will break flat at about 6 yards.

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Shake/Out/Scissor was a critical part of our offense this year. We have found it to be the most productive and versatile vertical concept in our arsenal. Using 3x1 and 2x2 formations, we have had success using this concept against every defensive structure we faced in 2016 and feel it has the staying power to be a base play in our passing game for years to come.

Meet Coach Robinson: Coach Robinson is a 4th generation educator and 3rd generation football coach; 2016 was his 9th season as offensive coordinator for Skyview. The Hawks have made the playoffs 7 years in a row and finished 2016 with an 8-4 record and a 4A state semi-final appearance. Coach’s day job includes teaching AP Biology and Anatomy/Physiology at Skyview. He resides in Nampa, ID with his wife Cheris and their 5 children. Coach Robinson’s offenses have broken all major passing records and many rushing records at Skyview and have been efficient year after year in a suburban public school setting. 



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