Looking for the deep ball? Then run this route concept

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There are multiple ways to challenge the top of Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 4, etc. in NFL playbooks when we break down the top of the route tree. Combination schemes that put stress on the secondary.

One area of the field where we see the vertical passing game come into play—consistently—is between the 40-yard lines. Prime field position to take a shot at the end zone.

And when we talk about deep ball concepts, we always have to mention the “Dino Double Post.” Run out of a 2×2 alignment (with various personnel groupings), the “Dino” can attack Cover 2, Cover 1 and is a nightmare vs. Cover 4 (quarters).

Here is the route drawn up on the chalkboard with Posse (or 311) personnel on the field in a 2×2 “doubles” alignment.


A couple of quick coaching points…

– I have the closed (strong) side Z receiver running the deep dig with the TE (Y) on the underneath crosser to create a “Hi-Lo” look. All done to keep the SS home in Cover 2 or to offer a little eye candy to the FS in the middle of the field in Cover 1 schemes.

– The key to the “Dino” route is the stem of the No.1 receiver (X) to the open (weak) side of the formation. A vertical release, stem to the 7(corner) and back to the 8 (post). Working vs. Cover 1 this will create separation with the CB and vs. Cover 2 it can put the deep half safety in a tough spot.

– The underneath post from the No.2 receiver (W). You want the slot man to drive hard to the middle of the field. If you see Cover 4, this will draw the FS down and leave the CB stuck playing the deep post with outside leverage. And vs. Cover 1, the FS now has to choose: stay deep on the post or drive downhill.

Why does it ultimately work? Because it can challenge multiple schemes. That is exactly what you want as an offensive play caller.

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