Among professional football teams — and now college and high school — the play-action “Yankee” passing concept is used widely, week-in and week-out.
In this Outside 1 Peel out of Cover 1, the nickel and middle linebacker blitz, with the strong safety coming up to meet the Y receiver.
This Shock Zone Blitz adds a wrinkle that brings five while positioning the FS to pick up the H Back and drops the WS into coverage.
If the defensive end squeezes down, the quarterback pulls the ball. If the end comes upfield or stays put, then the quarterback gives to the T-back.
Once the quarterback sees the defense commit to stopping the counter, the quarterback hits the defense with the counter pass.
If the defense runs a Cover 3 or Cover 1 shell, it is susceptible to the short passing game, which should leave the T-Back wide open in the flat.
With the Insert Zone, the T-back must be patient and wait for the H-back’s block to develop, sliding laterally then following the H-back through the hole.
The Smoke Screen can generate significant yardage, especially when they are set up to look like a run-of-the mill pass play.
In today’s era of spread-em-out football, nothing can surprise a defense more than a good-old-fashioned Trap Option play to keep defenses honest.
The Curl and Flat Routes work so well together that this play has become a staple of modern offenses. The first challenge defenders face is the Curl Route.
This Drive Play spreads the field and keeps aggressive defenses on their heels, giving the QB time to move through his progression and release the ball.
During the first regular season game of 2018, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and his staff rolled out version 2.0 of Philly Special.