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By Jacquez Green, Offensive Coordinator, Godby High School (FL)

Because of its short distance and high percentage throw, the stick concept continues to rise in popularity among offensive coordinators. So, it becomes necessary to protect it with backside tags, RPOs and the screen game. Godby High School (FL) offensive coordinator Jacquez Green details the most effective backside tags, RPOs and screen concepts he uses to complement the stick concept. These variants helped push the stick concept from 8 yards to 19 yards per reception last season. Read the report....


By Jacquez Green
Offensive Coordinator
Godby High School (FL)
Twitter: @JacquezGreen



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The stick concept is a versatile and effective concept as it can be run out of many formations (2x2, 3x1, 2x1 and Empty Formations) and a variety of offenses from pro-style to the spread offenses and even the Wing T. It works because it places a horizontal stretch on your underneath defenders and it’s a short distance throw. We also use this concept because it’s a high percentage throw for the quarterback, slows down an aggressive pass rush, a great play versus the zone blitz. In addition, this concept also gives us a chance to create personnel mismatches with our athletic receivers on linebackers.

As with any concept that you run a lot, you must find ways to protect it. There are various ways to protect it, choose one that goes along with your personal philosophy on offense.

There are several ways to protect the stick concept:

Backside Tags

  • Empty –Double Slants, Slant w/ Flat, Quick Out w/Go)
  • 3x1-Hitch, Slant, Slows Screen
  • 3x1-HB Choice (RB on an option route vs the Will LB)
  • 3x1 & 2x1-Spot (Snag with wide route)
  • 3x1 & 2x1-Spill (Snag with wheel route)


  • Draw
  • Tunnel Screen
  • Slow Screen
  • Lock Stick


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  • The HB Choice concept Coach Green uses to stress the Will linebacker on stick concepts.
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  • Plus game film on all these concepts.

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As you can see, there are many different ways to protect the stick route against common defensive adjustments. We have found that these concepts are great compliments and give us chances at explosive plays whiles still leaning on what we do best. Thanks for reading this clinic report and thank you to X&O Labs for allowing me to share.


Meet Coach Green: Jacquez Green has served as the offensive coordinator at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida for the past few years. Green helped lead Lincoln to the 5A 2010 state championship and a 7A state runner-up performance in 2012. Before starting his coaching career, he was a 1996 All American Receiver at the University of Florida and spent 5 years in the NFL. He has currently accepted the job to be the new offensive coordinator at Godby High School in Tallahassee.



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