Understanding the Run & Shoot Switch Package

The Switch Package presents the same 4 verticals threat to the defense as the Streak Package does.  However, the rub between the “switching” receivers makes it even more difficult to defend in the intermediate area of the field.  The switch prevents the receivers running quick routes and by the time the receivers are deep down field the defenders have sorted out their assignments.

The Switch Pacakge is called in the same way as the Streaks package out of a balanced set.  The tens digit (the 9) refers to the fact that the quarterback rolls and sets while the ones digit (the 1) refers to the fact that the focus routes are on the frontside of the formation rather than the backside.

Again I will be providing the play description and reads from the 1992 NJ-NY Knights playbook along with diagrams.

Quarterback Reads:

Against 3 Deep Coverage

-You are making your 1st read on the free safety.  Your 1st look is the A-Back, and then you are looking backside to the Z-Back 1st, then to the Y-Back.

Against 2 Deep Coverage

-Your 1st look is the Z-Back and your 2nd look is to the Y-Back.

Against Man Free Coverage

-Your 1st look is the A-Back on the frontside.  Then your 2nd look is to the Z-Back and your 3rd look is to the Y-Back.

Against Blitz Coverage

-Your 1st look is to the Y-Back on the frontside and your 2nd look is to the X-Back.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage

-Your 1st look is the Z-Back on the frontside.  Then you are looking 2 to 3 with A-Back and the X-Back depending on the coverage of the routes.

X-Back:

Against 3 Deep Coverage-You are running a streak route up field.

Against 2 Deep Coverage-You are running a streak route up field.

Against Man Free Coverage-You are running a streak route up field.

Against Blitz Coverage-You are running a streak route up field.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage-You are running a streak route up field.

A-Back:

Against 3 Deep Coverage-You are running a streak route up the hash mark.

Against 2 Deep Coverage-You are running a streak route up the hash mark at the half field safety.

Against Man Free Coverage-You are running a streak route up the hash mark at the half field safety.

Against Blitz Coverage-You are running a 6 yard out route.  If the defender plays up on you, then you have the option to go up field on the streak route.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage-You are running a streak route up the hash mark at the half field safety.

Y-Back:

Against 3 Deep Coverage-You are running the wheel route between the numbers and the sideline.  As you are running up the field, you are reading the play of the cornerback.  If the cornerback goes to the inside to help cover the Z-Back, then you keep running up field.  If the cornerback stays in position, then you will throw up your outside hand, breakdown and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against 2 Deep Coverage-You are running the wheel route between the numbers and the sideline.

Against Man Free Coverage-You are running the wheel route between the numbers and the sideline.

Against Blitz Coverage-You are running the wheel route between the numbers and the sideline.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage-You are running the wheel route upfield between the numbers and the sideline.  If the defender is able to stay with you, then you will throw up your outside hand and break to the in route.

Z-Back:

Against 3 Deep Coverage

-You are taking three steps up field, and then breaking on a slant route to the hash mark.  As you start going up the hash, you will read the play of the free safety.  If the free safety rotates to the frontside, then you keep running up the hash mark.  If the free safety stays in the middle of the field, then you will throw up your outside hand, breakdown and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against 2 Deep Coverage

-You are running the same route as if it was against a 3 deep coverage.  When you are running up the hash mark, you are making a seam read on the half field safety.  If you break down the cushion of the safety 5 yards or less, then you will break to the skinny post. If the free safety rotates to the frontside, then you keep running up the hash mark.  If the free safety stays in the middle of the field, then you will throw up your outside hand, breakdown and find the open window back to the quarterback.

Against Man Free Coverage

-You are taking three steps up field, and then breaking on a slant route to the hash mark.  You want to get the cornerback in an up-right chase position.  As you are running up the hash, you are making your read off from the free safety.  If the free safety rotates to the frontside, then you keep running up the hash mark.  If the free safety stays in the middle of the field, then you will throw up your outside hand and break to the middle of the field under the free safety.

Against Blitz Coverage

-You are running a quick angle in, then straight up the field.  This will get the cornerback up the field on you. As soon as this happens, then you break to the in route.

Against 2 Man Under Coverage

-You are trying to get around the cornerback and vertical as soon as possible.  As you get vertically up the field, then you will throw up your outside hand and break to the in route under the half field safety.

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