Tight Ends vs. Blitz Situations In recent years at WSU, we have relied heavily on ourreceivers in blitz situations. Going back through our past year’s cutups, we were able to notice that defenses were covering down our hot route areas by our wide outs. We came to the conclusion that we needed to incorporate our tight ends in our hot route schemes by designating certain routes versus different types of blitzing defenses. Drag Route: Versus middle and weak side blitzing teams we usedthe drag route, where the tight end could use his speed and athletic ability to run away from a strong side defender in man coverage.
Cougar Offensive Philosophy
Mike Levenseller Ofensive Corrdinator Washington State University Pullman, Wash.
Flat Route: Versus strong side blitzing teams we like to use our flat route, where our tight ends could catch the ball and use hisbigger size and strength to get upfield against a safety in man coverage.
Kasey Dunn Runningbacks Coach
Aaron Taylor Price Quarterbacks Coach
Vertical Seam Route: Versus safety pressure or when the free safey vacates the middle of the field, we like to use a seam route, where our tight end can use his athletic ability and speed to work his route against a linebacker inpoor position to cover the vertical seam area.
Bob Connelly Offensive Line Coach
Robin Pflugrad Tight Ends Coach
• Proceedings • 79th AFCA Convention • 2002 •
F Screen Offenses utilize the running back “slow screen” in a variety of different situations and for some it is just another way to get the ball to the back. At WSU, our running back “slow screen” isan opportunistic play specifically designed to take advantage of blitzing defenses and penetrating lineman. To begin with, the basic WSU “slow screen” really is not a slow screen at all. Ideally we want to hit the play on the run. The timing should be such that the back catches the ball while moving laterally to the line of scrimmage at nearly full speed. By doing this we do not need to use thebackside guard as a peel back or clean up blocker. Instead we gain him downfield and he now becomes responsible for the game breaker block on the free safety. Our base techniques are as follows:
Play Side Tackle: Poor pass protection, force the defensive end outside, get in the inside hip pocket and run him by the quarterback. Play Side Guard: Quick punch on the defensive tackle, two count, then...