Understanding the Run and Shoot Choice Package

The Choice Package is designed to compliment the Go Package.  While the Go Package is designed to attack the defense on the trips side the Choice Package instead attacks the Backside end.  This prevents defenses from selling out to defend the Go Package by rolling their coverages over to the trips receivers.

While the Backside end is definitely the focus of the Choice Package the trips side should not be neglected.  The Trips Side presents a solid deep vertical stretch against zone defenses with a crossing route to pull down the linebackers and to act as a checkdown and against man it presents a shallow cross read.

Below I will go over the 1992 NJ-NY Knights reads for this play along with play diagrams.

Rip 61 X Choice

The playcall can be understood the same way as the Rip 60 Z Go could be understood bellow with the exception that the X Choice is now very significant and designates which receiver is running the Choice Route, the X receiver.

Quarterback Reads:
Against 3 Deep Coverage:


-You will be rolling to the left, reading the drop of the cornerback.  If you are setting up to throw, then step and shuffle step and set on your 5th step.  If you are throwing the ball on the role, then you are throwing the ball off from your 6th step.  If the x-back is not open by your 5th step, then you will shuffle step, set and look backside to your secondary routes.  The 2 Slot is your 2nd look, the 3 slot is your 3rd look and the 1 slot is your 4th look.

Against 2 Deep Coverage:


-Same reads as 3 Deep

Against Man Free Coverage:

-Read playside to backside crossing routes.  The Z Receiver is not a factor in your read progression, he is just taking his defender up field.

Against Blitz Coverage:


-Get the ball off as fast as possible.  If you cannot throw it to the playside receiver, then shuffle and set your feet and look to your two backside routes (The Z Receiver is not a factor in your read progression, he is just taking his defender up field).  It does not which backside read you pick up first.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:


-If you see clearance between the playside receiver and the defensive back, get the ball to him as quick as possible.  If he is not open, then look backside to your two crossing routes (The Z Receiver is not a factor in your read progression, he is just taking his defender up field).

X Receiver:
Against 3 Deep Coverage:
-run 7 steps at the outside shoulder of the cornerback
1.) If the receiver gets to the outside shoulder of the cornerback, on his seventh step, he makes a speed cut, to the out route.
2.) If there is still a 5 yard or deeper cushion on your 7th step you break to the out route.
3.) If the cornerback stays to the outside and the receiver breaks down the cushion to 3 yards or less, then the receiver on his seventh step breaks down to the skinny post. (Needs to be a skinny post so that it does not run into the free safety.)

Against 2 Deep Coverage:
You want to attack the weak part of the zone, which is behind the cornerback.  When coming off the line, we always want an outside release, but sometimes you get a a cornerback that is trying to funnel everything to the inside.  If this is the case, then you will have to use some type of tech. to get around the cornerback (ex. swim, rip) and get back to the outside.

Against Man Free Coverage:
1.) If the cornerback is playing an outside tech. (this means that the front of his body is facing the inside) and stays this way in his backpeddle.  Then you work up the field on his face to his outside shoulder and on your 7th step, you break the out route off his butt.
2.) If the cornerback is playing an inside tech. (this means that the front of his body is to the outside) and stays this way in his backpeddle.  Then you have to work upfield on the cornerback nose to nose and when you get to your 7th step, you will break to the skinny post off his butt.
3.) If you get to the body of the cornerback, then you break your route straight up the field on the fly.

Against Blitz Coverage Coverage:
1.) If the cornerback is playing back then either on your 1st or 3rd step, break to the slant route.
2.) If the cornerback is playing in press posistion, then you get a quick release and run the fade route.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:
Same as Two Deep Coverage

Y Receiver:
Against 3 Deep Coverage:
Breaks across the middle at a depth of 5 to 7 yards (linebacker depth) avoid contact with the crossing linebackers in their drops.

Against 2 Deep Coverage:
Same as Against 3 Deep Coverage.

Against Man Free Coverage:
Same route, but since this is man coverage you are checking to replace a blitzing inside linebacker in your route.  If you find that a linebacker is blitzing, you call out “Hot”, which is a call to tell the quarterback that he is the hot receiver and is replacing a linebacker in his area.  Calling “Hot” also alert the quarterback a blitz is coming.

Against Blitz Coverage:
Same as Man Free
*If you see that the X Receiver is getting the ball, then you break it up the field to take the player defending you away from the X receiver.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:
Go over top of the defender and then break your route to the inside under the two safeties.

A Receiver:
Against 3 Deep Coverage:
After being sent in motion you should be 3 to 5 yards outside the Y Receiver.  At the snap, you are running up the field and avoiding contact from the second level defenders (LB & SS).  After clearing the second level defenders, you are now reading the positioning of the free safety.
1.) If the free safety rotates playside (were the X receiver is running his route), you keep going up the seam to the endzone.
2.) If the free safety stays in the middle of the field, you then throw your outside hand up and hook up in the 15 to 20 yard area and find the open window back to, the quarterback.

Against 2 Deep Coverage:
You are reading the drop of the half field safety.  When running your route up the seam, you want to get into the face of the half field safety.
1.) If you break down the cushion of the half field safety (that is 3 yards or less), then you break off to the skinny post.
2.) If the safety is playing to the outside and has a 5 yard cushion or more, then you will throw up your outside hand, hook up and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against Man Free Coverage:
You are reading the drop of the defensive player on you.  As you are going up field, you are checking for man tech.
1.) If you read man tech, then you work up field on his outside shoulder. When you get to about a 10 to 12 yard area, throw up your outside hand and break off the butt of the defender to the inside.
*Make sure your route is flat enough that the free safety does not become a factor.
2.) If you read zone tech (that means that his shoulders are square in his backpeddle) you just break it upfield vertically.

Against Blitz Coverage:
1.) If the defender is playing off from you, then you are working up on the outside shoulder of the defender and then breaking to the post route.
2.) If the defender is playing press coverage, then you release up field and then make a slight bend to the inside.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:
Cut underneath the Y receiver and break to the inside.

Z Receiver:
Against 3 Deep Coverage:
Read the drop of the cornerback, you are driving up the field on the outside shoulder of the cornerback.
1.) If the cornerback turns his hips and goes to the inside, at the depth of 8 to 10 yards you automatically throw up your outside hand and hook up.
2.) If the cornerback turns his hips to the outside, then you just take him up the field.

Against 2 Deep Coverage:
Same Route as the X Receiver.

Against Man Free Coverage:
You are getting an outside release and going vertically up field.
*Not much of a factor against man coverage, just pulling the defender upfield.

Against Blitz Coverage:
Same as man free.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:
Same as Man Free.

Rip 60 X Choice Drag

Quarterback Reads:

Against 3 Deep Coverage:

X,Y,A,Z

Against 2 Deep Coverage:

Same as against any zone coverage

Against Man Free Coverage:

X,Y,Z

Against Blitz Coverage:

Same as usual

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:

Same as Usual

X Receiver:

Against 3 Deep Coverage:

Same as X Choice

Against 2 Deep Coverage:

You are running up to the 5 to 7 yard range and then break to the square in route.  When you get to the area of the A receiver, then you will break down and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against Man Free Coverage:

Same Man Route…

Against Blitz Coverage:

Same as against everything

Against 2 Deep Coverage Man under:

Same as man coverage

Y Receiver:

Against 3 Deep Coverage:

You have the seam read.  You are reading the free safety.  If the free safety over rotates to the playside, then you keep going straight up field.  If the free safety stays in the middle of the field, then throw up your outside hand, break down and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against 2 Deep Coverage:

You are running the wheel route.  If the cornerback stays high on you, then you will throw up your outside hand, break down and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against Man Free Coverage:

You want first to get your man turned

1.)if the defender is playing you high or is running with you, then you break across his face to the inside under the free safety.

2.) If the defender tries to play some type of press coverage

a.) If the free safety rotates playside then you will run straight up field

b.) If the free safety stays in the middle of the field, then break under the free safety

Against Blitz Coverage:

Same as Against Man Free Coverage

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:

Same as Man Free

A Receiver:

Against 3 Deep Coverage:

You are runnning the wheel route.  If the cornerback goes to the inside, then you will throw up your outside hand, break down and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against 2 Deep Coverage:

You are reading the drop of the half field safety.  When running your route up the seam, you want to get into the face of the half field safety.

1.) If you break down the cushion of the half field safety (that is 3 yards or less), then you break off to the skinny post.

2.) If the safety is playing to the outside and has a 5 yard cushion or more, then you will throw up your outside hand, hook up and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against Man Free Coverage:

You want to line up at the same distance between the two receievers as how deep off the Z Receiver.  Yow want to first break to the inside before breaking to your outside route.  When you are on the inside part of the route, you want to run it at the rate of speed so that the Z receiver can break off your butt.  This will create a pick like action with the defensive players that are covering you.  Then you just break it outside and up the field.

Against Blitz Coverage:

You are working up field on the outside shoulder of the defender to get him to turn his hips out, then you are going to break off his butt to the post route.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:

Same as 2 Deep Coverage

Z Receiver:

Against 3 Deep Coverage:

You are driving up field to the 5 to 7 yard area and break to the square in route.  Then when you get to the area of the Y receiver, you then break down and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against 2 Deep Coverage:

Same Route vs 2 Deep Coverage

Against Man Free Coverage:

You are running up to the 5 to 7 yard area and then breaking to the square in route looking for the open window back to the quarterback.

Against Blitz Coverage:

1.) If the cornerback is playing back then either on your 1st or 3rd step, break to the slant route.

2.) If the cornerback is playing in press posistion, then you get a quick release and run the fade route.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:

Jab step to the inside to turn the cornerback to the inside, then break across his face and go up field on an outside release.

Load 60 Z Choice Special

*The special tag means that the two inside receivers will change routes.  All other routes are the same.

Quarterback Reads:

Against 3 Deep Coverage:

Same as any other zone coverage

Against 2 Deep Coverage:

Same as X Choice

Against Man Free Coverage:

Same as any man coverage.

Against Blitz Coverage:

Same as against any Blitz Coverage

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:

Same as X Choice

 

Z Receiver:

Against 3 Deep Coverage Coverage:

Same route as X Receiver if play were called to other side of the field

Against 2 Deep Coverage Coverage:

Same route as X Receiver if play were called to other side of the field

Against Man Free Coverage:

Same route as X Receiver if play were called to other side of the field

Against Blitz Coverage:

Same…

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:

Stick and run the fade up the field.

A Receiver:

Against 3 Deep Coverage Coverage:

Same route as the 2 slot if it was called X Choice

Against 2 Deep Coverage Coverage:

Same route as the 2 slot if it was called X Choice

Against Man Free Coverage:

Same route as the 2 slot if it was called X Choice

Against Blitz Coverage:

Same…

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:

Stick, over the top and then break to the inside.  Sometimes the half field safety will jump you, if this happens, you then break it to the skinny post route.

Y Receiver:

Against 3 Deep Coverage Coverage:

You are running a 5 to 7 yard curl route.

Against 2 Deep Coverage Coverage:

Run the 5 to 7 yard curl route, if the linebacker jumps in your face, then you will have to work inside to the open windown back to the quarterback.

Against Man Free Coverage:

Same route as the 1 slot if it was called X Choice

Against Blitz Coverage:

Same…

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:

You are going up the field and working on the outside shoulder of the defender.  Get the defender to turn, then cut off his butt to the inside.

X Receiver:

Against 3 Deep Coverage Coverage:

You are running the same route as the Z receiver if it was called to the other side.

Against 2 Deep Coverage Coverage:

Run the fade route route to stretch the half field safety.

Against Man Free Coverage:

Same route as the Z Receiver if it was called to the other side.

Against Blitz Coverage:

Same…

Against 2 Man Under Coverage:

Same…

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