QB Pre-Snap Reads

Rhythm Passing Concepts
Schemes, reads, footwork and
mechanics for success in rhythm
passing game.
Our rhythm passes are intended
to stretch the field vertically and
horizontally with timing based
routes that work against a variety
of coverages.
That Means:
• QB drops must be consistent and accurate
• QB read progressions must be quick and
• WR routes must be consistent and they should
know when to expect the ball.
• Line Protections must create more time for
the QB to get rid of the ball.
Footwork / Coaching Points
• Shotgun
– 3 step + gather
– Focus on the “rhythm” of
the drop and the reads
“Big, Little, Little”
“Active feet”
Shoulder ALWAYS
Perpendicular to the read
• Footwork Shown
Footwork / Coaching Points
• Under Center
– 7 step drop
– “Big, big, big, big, big,
little, little”
• Footwork shown
– Reach for depth.
– Balance and active eyes
are key.
– Never throw moving
Pre-Snap Read
• Assess coverage.
– What is the Safeties job?
– What is the corners job?
• Communicate with receivers
– Our A and Z receivers can make adjustments to their
routes in the rhythm passing game. You must know what
they see and how they plan to attack the defense.
• Blitzes?
– Think through where you will go with the ball if a backer
leaves an area.
• Don’t over think it. Attack.
Post-Snap Reads
• Progression Read
– This means we read from one offensive player to the
next with an understand of what defender can take
away their route.
– For example:
• The 7 route is the first read, the corner is off so we know the
7 route has inside access, that means the safety will
determine whether we can or cannot throw the 7 route.
• So instead of staring at the 7 route to see if he is open we
can see the route and the safety at the same time and
determine if that pass can be thrown.
Progression Read: Defender / Receiver
7 Route: Blue Players
If he doesn’t move toward the 7 there will be space to complete the pass.
7 Route: Blue Players
Notice the corner is giving the
inside so the safety will
determine in the seam is
open for the 7 route.
Progression Read: Defender / Receiver
3 Route: Red Players
It is the receivers job to find the space and get there to catch the ball.
Also, if one or more of these defenders blitz they are making your job easy.
Replace them with the football
3 Route: Red Players
This route is meant to find a
hole behind the LB’s. As you
“read” whether or not to
throw this pass, you are really
just looking for open space.
Progression Read: Defender / Receiver
1 Drag Route: Black Players
It is the receivers job to find the space and get there to catch the ball.
If they are in man coverage and a backer is chasing him, we should still be able
to complete that pass.
1 Drag Route: Black Players
This route is meant to drag under all
the linebackers into the void behind the
DL. As he you “read” that player you
are looking for a linebacker that has
stepped up in front of him.
Progression Read: Defender / Receiver
6 Route: Yellow Players
If the near safety does not move to the sidelines
at the snap of the ball we can complete this
6 Route: Yellow Players
The corner will determine if we
have access to this route. If he is
in an “on” alignment then we have
access and we look to the safety to
“read” if he can make a play on
the sideline.
Post-Snap Reads
• Progression Read (cont.)
– These reads are set up to happen in a natural line
of site and are timed with the drop
• The QB should never be looking left, right, left or look
left throw right.
• Always right to left / left to right and high to low / low
to high or a combination of the two
• (See example on next slide)
Progression Read Example: Rt to lt
and High to Low
Note: This route is both Right
to Left and High to Low.
• There are two base plays in the Rhythm portion
of our offense. Each has a few different
• Rhythm Plays:
– Shallow
– Verticals
• Player Routes
– Unlike the Quicks, players are assigned routes that DO
NOT change if they are the #1, #2, or #3 receiver. No
matter where they line up, the run the route on their
card. ex. #1-6 rt , ex. #2-1 drag

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