Four Verticals is a long “shelf-life” play. Offenses can run it multiple times a game, every week, vs. any coverage. There are so many variations of Four Verticals that the concept is easy to disguise and “same as” teaching can apply from one variation to the next.
Why run four verticals?
- It stresses the defense horizontally and vertically.
- It protects the “quick” game by forcing defenders to respect vertical routes.
- The QB can deliver the ball vs. any coverage.
- It chews up large chunks of yardage when completed.
This article was written with Andy Kotelnicki, Former Offensive Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Current Offensive Coordinator, University Of Buffalo