Not only is the bump and blitz a popular strategy, however some players with great defensive lines will sit back in zone coverage and allow their defensive line to eat you alive. Additionally, some have good user control over the defensive linemen and will be on top of your quarterback before he can finish his drop. To combat this we need a quick passing game against the zone. In part 1 I looked at beating press coverage with Ace: Bunch Base Deep Post. In this session I will look at exploiting windows in zone coverage with the quick pass. I will also showcase Deep Post. However, this is the second play titled Deep Post.
In this football video game tips breakdown, we take a look at a NCAA 12 play we like to beat the blitz with from a bunch formation by throwing quick pass.
The base routes for this version of Ace: Bunch Base, Deep Post are as follows:
Flanker: Post route
TE: Dig Route
SE: C/Corner Route
Again I like to make personnel swaps here and go with the 3WR sub package. Thus I will have a WR at the TE spot and the TE at the FB spot.
This time the defense is in 4-3 Normal Cover 2 Zone. We can decipher the coverage by looking at the safeties. They do not move. The CB’s are also in a press animation. The OLB slides out and man aligns with the wide receiver a top the bunch. It looks exactly like 2 man under, so we will need to make a final post snap read.
What I like to key here is the middle of the defense. Half of the coverage is deciphered. You can really tell that it is zone out of the huddle as the CB’s will not be lined up over the WR’s. They will then slide in and man up on the wide receivers. Now what a smart player will do is come out in cover 2 zone and then audible to cover 2 man to keep the offense guessing. But there are adjustments to think about in the event of that and we will get to those later.
When I get a zone pre-snap read I want to key three players. I will key the CB, the OLB and the MLB.
On the snap of the football the CB slightly collisions the SE (split end). The OLB will slide outside and the MLB will drop back to the middle.
This creates a slight space for the Split end in the zone. This has to be a quick pass very similar to the Deep Post vs man coverage. Once I see the OLB slide outside and the SE move inside, I pull the trigger.
Notes: Both versions of the deep post are quick passes against man and zone that can frustrate a defensive player. One thing I will add at this point is that you definitely want to be thinking ahead of your opponent and expect them to start dropping defensive linemen off the line or putting defenders in contain.