When you get ready to break down your opponents this year, take a close look at where they throw the ball, and what you can do to stop it.
At the conclusion of last season we took some time to break down where we were throwing the ball, and where teams were throwing it on us. What we found was that on Offense, our Intermediate passing game was seriously lacking. And on defense, we were getting hit in the flats, under 5 yards, the vast majority of the time.
As a Quarters Coverage team, the flats are our vulnerable area, but we have to have a way to combat this. Particularly when you see teams who are going to be attack a certain area of the field on you, have a plan to fix the problem.
In scouting an opponent’s passing game, I want to know the depth of the routes they are going to throw. There can be multiple reasons for checking this out.
Are they Working You Short?
First, we need to see if the QB has the arm strength to go down the field. In High School Football, it is not entirely uncommon to see a kid who just doesn’t throw the ball that well. He may try to beat you with his legs, or he may be a game manager (after all, Trent Dilfer has a ring!), but if he cannot beat you down the field, why is your Free Safety going to play at 17 yards deep?
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