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    Here is a video of the smash concept being run. It's a HS team but you get the idea. Watch the outside receiver and the middle receiver.

    http://vid753.photobucket.com/albums...guntrips72.mp4

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    Here's a good example from our last game of the spacing route. In our terminology this would be gun ricky bunch right 60 spacing. Once of the flashes of brilliance we get. Note the defending team blitzing the weak side LB. It was an automatic they had in their game plan. We get good spacing and hit the sit portion of the route.

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    It's the offseason so I decided to add a bit to my thread. I posted earlier about the SMASH combination, with the outside receiver running a short hitch/out/in, and the inside receiver running a corner route. This is a very common route from HS to the NFL. Spacing and alignment are very important, which is where I think teams hurt themselves at lower levels. We teach our inside receiver on the corner route to adjust his route according to the coverage. If he sees cover 3 he cuts at 8-10 yards and takes a 45 degree angle to the sideline to keep the CB busy. If he sees a cover 2 he adjust his route and flattens it toward the sideline more to split the difference between the S and CB. The idea is to make the S cover more space than if we just ran a 45 degree corner route.
    In this case the defense aligned in a 4-3 cover 2 shell. When I saw their alignment I was telling myself if our Y (the inside receiver) runs a good route this is six. You can see him adjust his route and flatten to the area between the CB who is the flat defender and the safety who is responsible for deep halves. This forced the safety into a position where he had to really chase the route after our receiver drove on him and made his cut. The ball looks like it was almost picked but the camera angle makes it look that way. I was just off the side of the screen to the right and the throw was made with plenty of room, and the safety had no chance.
    In our terminology this would be gun larry 62. We put the R opposite the call to make the defense align away from the half roll. If you look it makes for a very easy double team by the C and G, and if they would've blitzed either BSLB we had them picked up by the R and the C if the MLB would blitz.

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    Another route combination I really grew to like was our bend concept. A lot of people would call it flood, and it's basically a variation of the flood route. You have a short, medium and long route in order to stress the defense and force one player to try and cover two receivers. It's good versus any coverage, but its best versus cover 3. Here we run the bend concept vs a team that liked running cover 3. The outside receiver runs a go route to clear out. The middle receiver runs a flat route, which keeps the SS busy. Our third receiver runs the 'bend' portion of the route. He drives to 8 yards and cuts to the outside, adjusting his route to hit the area between the flat defender and deep defender. If you pause it at the 11 second mark you can see our #3 receiver come wide open, and the QB makes a good throw with a good catch.
    I put this concept in specifically for this game. I saw on tape how they like to play against trips sets, and saw the opening they left between the flat defender and deep defender. NFL and college teams also run variations of this same concept. It's all just trying to get 3 receivers on 2 defenders, and in the end it's all a numbers game. A basic concept that you can make look however you want from really any formation you want.


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