- +25 to +15
- +14 to +10
- +9 to +6
- +5 to GL
Here, we will create a mini-field of sorts, as we now consider down and distance as well as field position. Run and Pass situations are studied here separate from the open field (especially from the +9 and in), as the lack of depth to defend allows the defense to play more aggressively.
As we approach the +25, we will closely examine any opportunities we have to CREATE big plays. While this is true for any strategic situation, the Scoring Zone obviously is different because of how defenses look at this area of the field. One example of MANUFACTURING a big play would be the use of play action tags on pocket passes. Below, the stacked formation gives assures the X of great leverage on the corner (who must play outside). The quick run fake can help hold LB drops momentarily and isolate the B safety.
Conversely, many zone-based defenses will stay in the called defense versus motion. Thus, we can get to empty sets by MOTIONING TO the desired formation. Below, the late movement can cause some confusion as the B safety must go from cross keying (in a 3-1 set) to having 2 receivers on his side. At any rate, he is not a factor in the play, as we want the confusion to be on the defenses part, not the offense. In the play below, we are hoping for a shot to the post, but if not, having a standard SCAN concept from the drag to the middle.
It's important to note in these two examples how the presence of Advantage Principles allows the coach to control the defense, but also lead the passer into the most advantageous combinations possible. If a passing game consisted of simple progressions only, it would be difficult to get the ball distributed without special learning. Our intermingling of Advantage Principles and Read Concepts allows for a seamless transition in attacking multiple defensive looks.
As we get to the +5, many of the classic staples are present, including play action passes and quick fade routes attacking the back corner of the endzone. We will also build patterns that will take advantage of "banjo" techniques that defenses will employ to prevent being "rubbed" in man coverage. One such pattern can be seen below: