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Gun Spread Y-Flex

The Gun Spread Y-Flex is 2x2 formation that utilizes 11 personnel to speed the defense out. A tight end replaces a receiver. The Gun...

Cruz’s Big Game Touchdown

One of my favorite analyst when it comes to breaking down the real X's and Os of football is Matt Bowen. Recently he just...

Common Pass Routes and Route Combos

In the article we posted on X's O's Football called "Passing Routes 101" we broke down several passing routes for runningback, receivers, and tight...

Developing An Offensive Philosophy: Building Your Pyramids

  This approach is based off Central Connecticut State's offensive pyramid building system. I suggest taking this system a step further, and make a pyramid...

The Pro Game Pass Route Tree

For those of you who don't know what a pass route tree looks like or is, NFP has posted an in-depth breakdown of the...

Man Coverage Basics

For this X’s O’s Football Strategy  breakdown, we take a look at man coverage basics, Cover 0, Cover 1, and Cover 2. We also...

5-2 Defense Overloads and Stunts

For those of you who like reading about the X's and O's of Football as I do, I am  sure you have heard of...

Gun Bunch Quads Formation Breakdown

The Gun Bunch Quads is an empty backfield formation that has the quarterback line up in the Shotgun. It features a 4x1 alignment with...

1-2 Vertical Concept

“1-2” signify the Vertical Concept in our offense. This concept allows our offense to attack and stretch the defense toward the end zone. The...

Quick Takes: 4-3 Over – Smoke Mid Zone 2

The 4-3 Over - Smoke Mid Zone 2 is the Cover 2 version of the 4-3 Over - Smoke Mid Zone. The play is...

Levels Passing Concept

One of Peyton Mannings favorite passing concepts is Levels. Zan over at compete4ever.com has written an excellent article on what the Levels passing concept...

Green Bay Packers Nickel & Psycho Packages

For those of you who are cheese heads and want to learn the ins and out of how the the Packers Nickel and Psycho...

Gun Bunch Formation Breakdown

The Gun Bunch is a 3x1 formation that has a group of three receivers that are clustered tight on the same side of the...

Attacking Cover 1 (Man Free)

In a typical Cover 1 pass defense (also known as Man Free), one of the safeties will drop to the deep middle of the...

Tampa 2

In this X's O's Football breakdown, we take at the Tampa 2, it's coverage variations, and a few Madden Tips how it can implemented...

Types of Football Pass Coverages

Understanding the different types of pass coverages is essential when watching or playing football. In this X's Os Football breakdown we take a look...

Quick Plays #5: Singleback Tight Doubles – Texan Drag In

The Singleback Tight Doubles – Texan Drag In creates a high-low read between X and H receivers. The H receiver is generally the receiver...

46 Bear Breakdown

The Bear 46 Defense is an attacking 8 man front that has its roots, like Tom Landry’s 43 Defense, the Eagle defense of the...

Three Pass Routes WRs Must Convert

Here is another X's and O's article by Matt Bowen. In this breakdown, he talkes about about three pass routes that pro receivers must...

Singleback Formation and Sets

The Singleback (Ace) formation consists of one running back lined up about five to six yards yards behind the quarterback.  Most sets found from...

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