In the Run and Shoot one of the first things we try to establish is the threat of the QB rolling and throwing to the field. At the high school level, this is a great way to put your playmakers in space.
By Jim Glover
Centennial High School (TN)
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In the Run and Shoot one of the first things we try to establish is the threat of the QB rolling and throwing to the field. At the high school level, this is a great way to put your playmakers in space. However, defensive coaches soon realize what you are doing and commit defenders to the field. The "Run and Shoot's" answer to that is to be able to throw to the boundary.
One of the first package of routes we put in to accomplish this is the "Choice Package." In the traditional Run and Shoot, this would come from a 3x1 formation with the single receiver to the boundary. (Our "Choice Package" also gives us the ability to run it from a balanced set as well as putting the single receiver to the field.) As the name of the package intimates, we give the single receiver a "choice" of routes to run based on the coverage/leverage of the cornerback. Properly read by the WR and the QB, it puts us in the correct play without having to check to another set of routes. The backside or three receiver side will also have its own set of reads.
When we start teaching this route, we want to teach it versus the coverage we will see most often. For us, that is a two shell. After identifying the safeties, the receivers and quarterback will scan the under coverage for the leverage and locate open spaces. The single receiver seeing two safeties could possibly get a cornerback with “off inside leverage, off head-up to outside leverage, press inside leverage, or press head-up to outside leverage.” Each of these would designate a different route the single receiver could run.
Off coverage to us is defined as more than six yards cushion. When we get off coverage, we instruct the receiver to run a seven-step stem at the leverage of the cornerback. (If the cornerback has inside leverage, we want to run a stem that has a slight inside angle. The same would be true if we see head up to outside leverage. His stem will have a slight outside angle.) We do this to create more space for the route we are going to run. The seven-step stem ran at full speed will put the receiver around 9-12 yards deep.
Speed Out Concept:
For a CB that is off and has inside leverage with two safeties, the WR will run a “speed cut out” on his seventh step. (We do not want him to drop his hips or chop his feet.) This is done to maximize the timing of the route with the QB and take advantage of the spacing created. The quarterback seeing the inside leverage will also know the WR is running an out and will throw the ball at the top of his drop. The ball should be on the way when the receiver comes out of his break. (We execute this in practice and in our warm-ups enough that the QB and WR get a feel for the timing.)
Skinny Post Concept:
If the QB and WR see the cornerback is in an off - head up or outside position with two safeties, we are now thinking skinny post. We will attack the CB with the same seven-step stem with a slight outside angle. On his seventh step, if the CB is still head up to outside, he will now break off his outside foot and get inside leverage on the CB. This is not a dramatic break to the middle of the field. We want the WR to get inside position and never cross the hash mark. (As a coaching point, the WR must feel comfortable with a defender running on his hip. Some WRs will run away from the defender putting them in closer proximity to the safety.) The farther he can stay away from the hash, the more room the QB has to place the ball.
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The Choice Route answers a lot of questions for us. How do we isolate of a great receiver? How do we give our average receivers advantages? What do we do away from trips? What can we throw into the boundary? We have also been successful using this concept from 20 and 21 personnel groupings. Anytime you isolate your best receiver this concept can be used. Of course, defenses will do what they have to do to stop your single receiver but the Choice Package gives you answers for that as well.
That is the beauty of the Run and Shoot. There is always someone open!
Meet Coach Glover
Coach Glover is the offensive coordinator at Centennial High School in Franklin Tennessee. He has 34 years of coaching experience and has coached on the high school, college, and international levels. Coach Glover has written for and been interviewed by several coaching magazines about offensive football. He has spoken at the American Football Coaches Association Convention and he is a member of the Program Committee of this same organization.
As a high school coach, his teams have been regulars in the advanced rounds of the TSSAA playoffs. As an offensive coordinator at Lambuth University in Jackson TN, he saw his teams become nationally ranked every year, win a conference championship, and participate in the national playoffs. On the international level, he was part of a professional staff that coached the national runner-up Uppsala 86ers (Sweden) and the National Champions U19 86ers.
Glover has long been recognized as a teacher of the game. His teaching methods have enabled his players to reach their goals. As a college coach, he has aided his players to many All-Conference and All-American honors. Two of his players reached their ultimate football goal of playing in the NFL and several others signed contracts with other professional leagues. Over the 26 years, he has spent on the high school level many of his players have gone on to play college football. The last 6 QBs Coach Glover instructed have moved on to the college ranks.