Understanding the Run & Shoot Go Package

The Go Package is often the first passing concept installed by Run and Shoot teams and is the base on which the entire trips passing game is built off of.  In describing this package in his excellent book “Coaching Run-and-Shoot Football” Al Black says that “the Go play is designed to place a quick stretch on the strong safety in a zone defense or break a receiver open for the big gain when attacking a man-for-man defense.”(pg 25).

Here is June Jones describing the Go Package:

Most simply the Go Package can be thought of as creating a versatile deep stretch against zone defenses with a flat route as a check down and creating rubs and a crossing route against man coverage.  In being able to create both of these concepts after the snap the Go package can ensure that the defense is always wrong.

In order to best explain the Go package I have taken the reads from the 1992 NJ-NY Knights playbook and provided play diagrams.  At the bottom of the document I have provided a link to some game footage of the Go Package.

Rip 60 Z GO

The play call can be understood as follows:

Rip: this refers to the motion of the A receiver from the left of the formation to the #2 slot position on the opposite side of the field.  The opposite motion (motioning the Y receiver to the #2 slot position on the opposite side of the field) is referred to as Liz.  This play can be run with either motion call.

60: this refers to the pass blocking on this certain set of plays.  The Run and Shoot offense typical will have a 50 series (quick passes), 60 series (5 step passes), and a 90 series (7 step passes) along with a few play passes.

Z Go: this refers to the fact that the Z receiver is on the trips side of the formation, the deceleration of a certain receiver is not as essential for the base Go package as it is for other passing concepts.

Quarterback Reads:

Against 3 Deep

-You are making your read off from the play of the Strong Safety. If the Strong Safety stays back on the A receiver, then you look for the Y receiver running the sweep route. If the Strong Safety runs to the flat, then you will look for the A receiver running the seam route. *You will be throwing the ball on your 3rd to 5th step.*

Against 2 Deep

-You are making your read from the play of the Cornerback. If the Cornerback sits in the flat, then you will look to hit the X-Back up the field. If the Cornerback takes off up field the X-Back, then you will look to hit the A-Back running the sweep route.

Against Man Free

-Your first look is the Y-back on the sweep route. Your second look is the A-Back running the crossing route.*If you get press coverage from the Cornerback on the Z-Back, then your read progression will change to looking to the Z-Back first, the Y-Back second and the A-Back third.

Against Blitz Coverage

-Your reads are the same as against man free coverage. The Y-Back is your 1st look, and the A-Back is your 2nd look. If you get press coverage by the Cornerback on the Z-Back, then your read progression will change to looking to the Z-Back 1st, the Y-Back 2nd, and the A-Back 3rd.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage

-Your reads are the same as man free coverage. You are looking to the Y-Back 1st and then the A-Back 2nd. When looking to the A-Back, you have to make sure you check for the backside Linebacker getting into the passing lane. You also have a great opportunity to run the football for a good gain due to a lack of pass rush by the defense.

Y-Back:

Against 3 Deep Coverage

-You are using a jab step to the inside and then you will run the sweep route at a depth of 3 to 5 yards. If you start running out of field or you see a pump fake by the quarterback, then you will break to your secondary route up the field.

Against 2 Deep Coverage

-You are using a jab step to the inside and then running the sweep route. If you start running out of field or the Quarterback gives a pumpfake, then you run your secondary route up the field.

Against Man Free

-You are using a jab step to the inside and then running the sweep route. If you start running out of field or the Quarterback gives a pumpfake, then you run your secondary route up the field.

Against Blitz Coverage

-You are taking a jab step to the inside, then breaking to the sweep route. If you start running out of field, there is a pump fake by the Quarterback, or the defender on you is trying to play tight coverage on you, then you will break to your secondary route.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage

-You are taking a jab step to the inside, then breaking to the sweep route. If you start running out of field, there is a pump fake by the Quarterback, or the defender on you is trying to play tight coverage on you, then you will break to your secondary route.

A-Back:

Against 3 Deep Coverage

-You are going to get 3 to 5 yards outside the Y receiver getting ready to plant your right foot and drive up field. You want to drive up field on the outside shoulder of the Strong Safety. If the Strong Safety sits down to make contact with you, avoid the contact and keep going up the field on your route. If the Strong Safety starts sliding to the flat, then you keep on his outside shoulder until he slides to the flat and keep on your route up the field. If the quarterback has not gotten the ball off and the Free Safety is coming over to pick you up, then you run your secondary route across the face of the Free Safety.

Against 2 Deep Coverage

-You are running up the seam looking for the half field safety. You are making the same reads as if you were running a Choice Special route and breaking down and finding the opening window back to the Quarterback or the skinny post route.

Against Man Free

-You want to be about 1 yard from the Y receiver. As you are coming off teh line, you want to turn the man covering you out and get in his face. As you break him down, you want to cut across his face to the inside at Linebacker depth. If teh defender is playing off you, then you still break across his face to the inside.

Against Blitz Coverage

-You are one yard off the butt of the Y receiver and then you are breaking up the field on the seam route. If the defender on you is play tight coverage, then you will break over the top of him and go to the middle of the field. If the defender is playing high on you, then you will get the defender to turn his hips to the outside and then break across his face to the middle of the field. There should not be a defender in this area.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage

-You are one yard off the butt of the Y-Back. You are then working up field on the outside shoulder of the defender once you get him to turn his hips to the outside. You then will break across the defender’s face to the middle of the field under the two half field safeties.

Z-Back:
Against 3 Deep-You are running the wheel route.
Against 2 Deep-You are running the wheel route.
Against Man Free-You are running the wheel route.
Against Blitz Coverage-You are running the wheel route, taking your man up the field out of the play.
Against 2 Man Under Coverage-You are running the wheel route, taking your man up the field out of the play.

X-Back:
Against 3 Deep-You are running the wheel route.
Against 2 Deep-You are running the wheel route.
Against Man Free-You are running the wheel route.
Against Blitz Coverage-You are running the wheel route.
Against 2 Man Under Coverage-You are running the wheel route, taking your man up the field out of the play.

Rip 60 Go Swap

*Swap Tag: Whenever any play has the slot tag the #2 slot receiver (the A receiver) and the Frontside End (Z receiver) switch routes.

Quarterback Reads:

Against 3 Deep Coverage

-You are making your reads off of the play of teh Strong Safety. If the Strong Safety is going to cover the flat, then you will look to hit the Z-Back running up the seam. If the Strong Safety drops back to cover the seam area, then you will look to hit the Y-Back running the sweep route.

Against 2 Deep Coverage

-You are making your read from the play of the Cornerback. If the Cornerback sits in the flat, then you will look to hit the X-Back up the field. If the Cornerback takes off up field the X-Back, then you will look to hit the Z-Back running the sweep route.

Against Man Free Coverage

-Your first look is the Y-back on the sweep route. Your second look is the Z-Back running the crossing route.*If you get press coverage from the Cornberack on the Z-Back, then your read progression will change to looking to the A-Back first, the Y-Back second and the Z-Back third.

Against Blitz Coverage

-Your reads are the same as Against Man Free Coverage The Y-Back is your 1st look, and the Z-Back is your 2nd look. If you get press coverage by the Cornerback on the A-Back, then your read progression will change to looking to the A-Back 1st, the Y-Back 2nd, and the Z-Back 3rd.

Against 2 Deep Under Coverage

-Your reads are the same as with man free coverage. You are looking to the Y-Back 1st and then the Z-Back 2nd. When looking to the Z-Back, you have to make sure you check for the backside Linebacker getting into the passing lane. You also have a great opportunity to run the football for a good gain due to a lack of pass rush by the defense.

Y-Back (1 Slot):

Against 3 Deep Coverage

-You are taking a jab step to the inside, then breaking to the sweep route. If you start running out of field, there is a pump fake by the Quarterback, or the defender on you is trying to play tight coverage on you, then you will break to your secondary route.

Against 2 Deep Coverage

-You are using a jab step to the inside and then running the sweep route. If you start running out of field or the Quarterback gives a pumpfake, then you run your secondary route up the field.

Against Man Free Coverage

-You are using a jab step to the inside and then running the sweep route. If you start running out of field or the Quarterback gives a pumpfake, then you run your secondary route up the field.

Against 2 Deep Under Coverage

-You are taking a jab step to the inside, then breaking to the sweep route. If you start running out of field, there is a pump fake by the Quarterback, or the defender on you is trying to play tight coverage on you, then you will break to your secondary route.

Against 2 Deep Under Coverage

-You are taking a jab step to the inside, then breaking to the sweep route. If you start running out of field, there is a pump fake by the Quarterback, or the defender on you is trying to play tight coverage on you, then you will break to your secondary route.

A-Back (2 Slot):
Against 3 Deep Coverage-You are running the wheel route between the numbers and the sideline.
Against 2 Deep Coverage-You are running the wheel route.
Against Man Free Coverage-You are running the wheel route.
Against 2 Deep Under Coverage-You are running the wheel route.
Against 2 Deep Under Coverage-You are running the wheel route.

Z-Back(Frontside End):

Against 3 Deep Coverage

-You are running a route to the inside to find the open area of the zone and then up the seam. During your route, you have to pick up where the Strong Safety is and get him to throttle down. If there is a pump fake by the Quarterback or he breaks the plane of the Tackle, then you will go to your secondary route, the skinny post.

Against 2 Deep Coverage

-You are running up the seam looking for the half field safety. You are making the same reads as if you were running a Choice Special route and breaking down and finding the opening window back to the Quarterback or the skinny post route.

Against Man Free Coverage

-You want to be about 1 yard from the Y receiver. As you are coming off teh line, you want to turn the man covering you out and get in his face. As you break him down, you want to cut across his face to the inside at Linebacker depth. If teh defender is playing off you, then you still break across his face to the inside.

Against 2 Deep Under Coverage

-You are one yard off the butt of the Y receiver and then you are breaking up the field on the seam route. If the defender on you is play tight coverage, then you will break over the top of him and go to the middle of the field. If the defender is playing high on you, then you will get the defender to turn his hips to the outside and then break across his face to the middle of the field. There should not be a defender in this area.

Against 2 Deep Under Coverage

-You are one yard off the butt of the Y-Back. You are then working up field on the outside shoulder of the defender once you get him to turn his hips to the outside. You then will break across the defender’s face to the middle of the field under the two half field safeties.

X-Back:
Against 3 Deep Coverage
-You are running the wheel route.
Against 2 Deep Coverage-You are running the wheel route.
Against Man Free Coverage-You are running the wheel route.
Against Blitz Coverage-You are running the wheel route.
Against 2 Deep Under Coverage-You are running the wheel route, taking your man up the field out of the play.

Lastly, here is some footage of the Go Package being run as described above.

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