Inside the playbook: Michael Floyd vs. Cover 1

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On Saturday, I broke down Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon working vs. Cover 0 (blitz-man with no safety help) in the Fiesta Bowl. A quick look at the top WR prospect on the NFP Big Board producing after the catch on an inside breaking concept.

Today, let’s check out Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd. Size, speed and a first round grade at the position. And after his workout (plus his 4.47 stopwatch speed) at the NFL Combine, his stock is on the rise. Take a look at the video of Floyd running the 7 (corner) route out of the stack alignment vs. Wake Forest’s Cover 1 (man-free) scheme and then we will get into some coaching points.

- The Irish are in a 2x2 alignment with a double stack look. To the open (weak) side of the formation a basic Hi-Lo combination (underneath crosser-dig) with the Flat-7 concept to the closed (strong) side. Use the sprint action, move the pocket and target Floyd in the corner of the end zone.

- Why the stack look? Notre Dame has to create room to the field for Floyd to run the 7 route. By aligning the WR inside, Floyd can take a vertical stem and stack the DB when he makes his cut to the corner.

- With Floyd aligned on the ball; he has to beat the press-man look from the DB before he can get into his route stem. Here, we see him use his hands, gain leverage on the DB up the field and separate to the corner.

- Why does the DB get beat? Go back and check out his initial punch. I have no issue with a DB using the two hand punch on contact, but the feet and hips have to come with it. However, instead of sliding his feet to mirror the initial release of Floyd, the DB “opens the gate” (open hips and allow vertical stem) which puts him in a trail position with his safety help to the inside.

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