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The Mesh Concept: The Complete Guide to this Classic Pass Play

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Mesh is arguably the first play that pops to mind when thinking of the Air Raid Offense. However, this play has made its way into many offenses across football, as it possesses principles that appeal to any offense looking to bolster their passing attack. Mesh combines the potential for downfield completions, with underneath route runners looking to stay on the move vs man, or settle in open zone voids. With many different variations and tags to include in this play, you’ll see why offenses across all levels are adapting mesh into their offensive system.  Overview & Purpose of the Concept...

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The Stick Concept: A Complete Guide to this Versatile Pass Play

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If you’re familiar with the West Coast Offense, or the Air Raid, you’ve likely heard of the stick concept. This concept is designed for the QB to make quick decisions, and get the ball out quickly. Being both adaptable to different levels of football, and possessing many different variations, offenses in a variety of forms use this concept in the passing game. Stick is especially a must-have in offenses with a talented tight end, who as you’ll see, is the primary throw on this play with the freedom to adjust his route.  Overview & Purpose of the Concept This is...

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The Smash Concept: A Complete Guide to a Universal Pass Play

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Whether you're watching a modern day spread offense, or a run heavy triple-option attack, almost every football team in the country carries the smash concept in their pass game. This concept is very teachable and applicable to all levels of football, because of this, you’ll  find teams running the smash concept both at the youth levels of football, all the way up to NFL teams running it in basic and advanced formats on Sundays.  Overview & Purpose of the Concept The smash concept incorporates the opportunity to create big plays down the football field, while also providing the quarterback options...

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Shallow Cross Concept: Everything You Need to Know

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The core of the shallow cross concept is a basic route, and shallow drag route working from opposite directions of one another. And as any solid passing game concept does, it looks to put defenders in conflict, and possess answers against both man and zone coverage. Similar to the drive concept in nature, shallow cross looks to put LB level players in a bind, as they must decide whether to drop to cover the basic route, or play low honoring the drag route. Depending on how it is coached, it can offer both a simple triangle read for QBs, or...

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The Y Cross Concept: The Guide to Attacking the Middle of the Field

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Y-Cross is a staple of the Air Raid offense, but is also prevalent in offenses all across football. This is a drop-back concept that can be run from a variety of formations, dressed up with play action, and executed against a wide spread of coverages. Y-Cross can be considered a weak-side flood concept, and one that offenses utilize to take deep shots paired with the ability to find intermediate completions.   When you hear “Y-Cross”, you may automatically think of the TE as the tagged crossing route runner. However, offenses will also look to have their speedy slot receiver as the...

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