Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Football Fundamentals: Tight End/Flanker Route Combinations



In this post we will look at some of the standard route concepts run to a TE/Flanker alignment. Obviously, these can be paired with other routes (some I'll show including a RB), but this is to get the fundamental understanding of the routes. I'll try to explain the concept briefly, as well as provide names for what you'll hear the concept called elsewhere at times (these things get lots of names, some people use the same names but have different meanings too, so it can get confusing). If a number is visible near the end of a route, that is the nominal yardage the route will be run to. For more information on specific routes, we took a look at the route tree earlier.


Coaching Points: Minnesota vs TCU, 2014

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Offense: 21 and 12 personnel. Run based.
Defense: Cover 1 with Cover 3 change-up.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coaching Points: Illinois vs Washington, 2014

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Offense: 11 and 20 personnel. Zone based run scheme. Mostly simple spread passing concepts, but will get into heavy personnel fairly regularly. Very multiple.
Defense: 3-3-5 Over - Mixed Cover 4, Cover 1, and Cover 3 Robber


Monday, September 15, 2014

Coaching Points: Miami (OH) vs Michigan, 2014

Upchurch - MGoBlog

Offense: Mostly 12 personnel from what I remember, though FB/TE split out a lot
Defense: Mostly Cover 4 from base 4-3 Over


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Coaching Points: Virginia Tech vs OSU, 2014

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Offense: 11 Spread Option
Defense: 4-3 Over Cover 4, Cover 3 behind blitz package

Disclaimer: I watched the 4th quarter live after a full day of watching football that had just seen Michigan get curbstomped and MSU fade late. So my 4th quarter recollection is more of a haze outside high level stuff. I did DVR it, and went back and watched the DVR, but the broadcast was intended to be "3 hours", which basically was the first three quarters.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Coaching Points: MSU vs Oregon, 2014


Offense: Mix of 21 and 11 personnel. Mostly zone blocking.
Defense: 4-3 Over Cover 4, 3-3-5 on passing downs.

Coaching Points: Michigan vs Notre Dame, 2014

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Offense: Mostly 11 and 12 personnel.
Defense: Over/Even Nickel