Notes on the Dropback Passing Game in the West Coast Offense

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<ul><li><p>8/14/2019 Notes on the Dropback Passing Game in the West Coast Offense</p><p> 1/3</p><p>Notes on the Dropback passing game in the West Coast Offense-from a 49ers coaches meeting</p><p>A) 3 Step Drop</p><p>-Takes advantage of a bad defensive adjustment.</p><p>-Receivers = 5 steps.</p><p>1. Hitch and Quick Out:</p><p>-Adjust splits to break in or out.-Don't lead receiver - throw at his hip.</p><p>-Throw outs to LEFT and ins to the RIGHT (from all drops).-When throwing to the right, step towards the receiver on the 3rd step.</p><p>-3 quick steps when throwing out. (WR 8 yrd split).-Best place to throw quick out is from SLOT formation. (to SE).</p><p>-3 big steps when throwing hitch. Throw to middle of the receiver. When receivercatches the ball, he pivots to the sideline and runs to goalline. (WR 12 yrd split).</p><p>2. Slant:-Slant pass is a big chunk play.</p><p>-12 yrd split - 5 to 7 steps and break.-Slant is best weak.</p><p>-Throwing strongside you should use dropback and weak flow.</p><p>-Throw ball to middle of receiver and above his waist - if anything slow him up tocatch it.</p><p>-Receiver should always be aware of relationship between corner and safety.-Hop inside and come under control in hole.</p><p>-Ball should be caught 1 ft. in front of receivers numbers.-Vs corner inside - go full speed and break across his face.</p><p>-Always practice 1/2 as many throws to outlet as primary.</p><p>B) 5 Step Drop</p><p>-ball control, timed passes; good on 1st and 10, 2 and 6, 3 and 4.-receivers run 10 - 12 yrd routes.</p><p>3. Square-out:</p><p>-WR 8 yd split.-Square out = 5 quick steps - don't lead WR.</p><p>-9 out of 10 square outs are thrown to the LEFT.-Vs Cloud - run SEAM route.</p><p>-Throw square out into short field and away from rotation.-If LB crosses throwing lane - throw the 'M' outlet route. (Practice with coach</p><p>catching primary and anyone catching outlet - hands up indicate who to throw to.)</p><p>4. Square-in:</p><p>-Prefer to throw square in to the RIGHT.-5 Steps and hitch step.</p><p>-WR sells GO pattern. Inside release, outside push, plant outside foot and start in.</p><p>-WR 12 yd split.-QB 5 BIG STEPS - HITCH and throw on time. WR does NOT keep running. Catch ball</p><p>no more than 3 steps inside original position. (keep ball in middle)-WR catches ball and runs straight upfield.</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Notes on the Dropback Passing Game in the West Coast Offense</p><p> 2/3</p><p>-"Square-in , wide Flare, wall off".</p><p>5. Half-back Flat:-HB runs at 'W' - crosses face and breaks out.</p><p>-QB 5 quick steps - plant and throw.-Vs Cloud - HB sits down.</p><p>-Don't make HB reach for ball - THROW SOFT.</p><p>6. Y Cross:</p><p>-TE - BIG get body between defender and QB.</p><p>-TE crossing - release cleanly = move.-QB - 5 BIG steps and hitch.</p><p>-Throw to middle of Y.-Y 10-12 yds deep and settle over center.</p><p>-Vs Man Under - drive past defender - shake one way and go the other.</p><p>7. Flanker Post:- Prefer Big, smooth WR.</p><p>-WR 12 yd split.</p><p>-QB 5 BIG steps and Hitch.-ALWAYS throw RIGHT.-WR break into hole in the zone.</p><p>-Attract FS weak to create hole - throw ball inside corner and past SS-TECHNIQUE is outside.</p><p>8. Quick Hook:</p><p>-5 step timed.-Throw to middle of WR.</p><p>-GREAT vs middle LBer defender - if WR is not open go to outlet immediately.-WR 12 yd split.</p><p>C) 7 Step Drop</p><p>-Bread and Butter BIG chunk offense.</p><p>9. Flanker Turn In:-WR split 12-14 yds.</p><p>-Same as 'X' Hook.</p><p>-Goal is beat a particular defender with hooking pattern.-Don't want WR moving when we throw the ball.</p><p>-Stop him with the ball.-Practice WR catching and DE hitting him from behind with a bag - drill around bag</p><p>or cone.</p><p>10. Hooking Pattern:-WR 12-14 yd split. Split will be game planned.</p><p>-Vs Cloud convert to Fade and turn after clearing Cornerback. Release inside vsCloud.</p><p>-Not a very good route vs Man Under. Instead run crossing routes. Turn-hookbecome crosses.</p><p>-Must have certain amount of touch on the ball. Don't bounce it of WR's head.-Hook pass is BEST pass in football!</p><p>-Run Square in strong.</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Notes on the Dropback Passing Game in the West Coast Offense</p><p> 3/3</p><p>-Run Hook weak.</p><p>11. Flare-back:-Practice catching check off flares and splitting two defenders. Look for two and get</p><p>your body beyond tacklers.-FB gets ball move on Flanker. Turn in then Flanker.</p><p>-Have the nerve to stay with the FB.-Y gets to sideline as fast as possible and sits down.-FB sets for an instant and rns 'M' route.</p><p>12. Go pattern:-Only to fastest WR.</p><p>-Practice 4 to 1 to fastest WR over other WR's.-WR 12 yrd split.</p><p>-DON'T THROW AGAINST THEIR BEST DB! (Scout their personnel)-Throw GO in conjunction with plat action.</p><p>-Keep the length of the throw consistent.-7 step hitch and throw.</p><p>-Practice throwing to a spot with WR standing there.</p><p>-Don't throw if DB is deeper than WR when you hitch step.-Measure distance with WR full speed than practice stationary.-WR: release inside than out - chase DB step on his toes and run by him - keep DB</p><p>in his backpeddle - look DB in the eyes NOT past him.-At 8 yds, be 1 yd inside, next 8 yds be 1 yd outside.</p><p>-When thrown inside the 25 yd line change to 5 step drop.-Throw GO RIGHT more often than left.</p><p>-Vs Cloud throw in hole (only vs stationary DB) 5 Step drop.</p><p>13. Deep Out:-Only when DB is turing and running away.</p><p>-WR 12 yrd split.</p><p>-20 yds full speed - plant and come back.-7 step and hitch step and throw to spot.</p><p>-Ball should be released as WR is planting foot.-WR always keep elbows and arms in running position. just before you break, drop</p><p>head and dig (pump hands).</p></li></ul>