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Drive Passing Concept


The Drive passing concept made popular by Bill Walsh as a way to get his flanker or “Z” receiver open. The Drive passing concept is a high-low read passing concept that attacks man and zone coverage. This passing concept has two receivers running two separate routes at different depths over the middle of the field. For example the Gun Doubles – Drive has the tight end (Y) receiver a 12-yard in route. The flanker (Z) runs a drag route. The design of this passing concept is to high low the middle linebacker or any defenders dropping in hook zones over the short to mid middle of the field. If he drops back to defend the in route, then the underneath route ran by the outside receiver will be open. If he takes away the outside receivers route, then the in route will be open. The runningback runs a sit route out the backfield is an excellent choice to look throw the ball to if the flanker or tight end are not open. Here is a look at the pass routes.

Passing Routes:

X: Go
H: Seam
Y: 12 Yard Dig
Z: Drag
RB: Sit

QB Pass Reads Vs Zone Coverage:

  1. Watch the tight end (Y) on the 12 dig route.
  2. The flanker (Z) on the drag
  3. The runningback (RB) on a the sit route out of the backfield.

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