Football Passing Tree
Football Passing Tree WB/TE & WB/SE Flank
Tight-end/Wingback Flank Football Passing Tree
Flood. The best way to beat zone coverage is to flood the zone. The TE runs a corner route and the WB runs a 7 yard out. Keep in mind that the corner route should be at 12-15 yards. This is a deep pattern. There needs to be proper spacing to thin out the coverage. If the receivers are too close 1 defender can cover 2 receivers. This flood also works every well vs. man to man off of play-action.
Post/Wheel. This is my all time favorite passing combination. Post/wheel works very well against man to man and against zone coverage. This is another passing combination that will KILL defenses. This diagram has the TE running a post and the WB running a wheel. You can switch it up and have the TE Wheel and have the WB run the post. If there is no safety look to hit the post. When running the wheel route the receiver needs to wheel out wide, away from the middle safety. Use the field!
Screen/Bubble. If the defense isn’t covering the wingback you can throw him a quick screen. But, the screen usually works better when thrown to the split-end/wingback side. The SE will take the corner out wide and stalk block or run him off. The quick screen/bubble will allow your athletes to get the ball in space quickly.
WB Post. This is another excellent pattern for the wingback to run. Many youth football teams won’t even play with a safety so the post pattern can work. You can also have the WB drag across the field as well.
TE out/ WB Corner. This is another one of my favorite passing combinations. The TE will run an out route and the wingback will run a deep corner route. The TE has to break into his out route first so that the WB doesn’t collide with him. This is an effective combo against man and against zone coverage.
Split-end/ Tight-end Flank Football Passing Tree
Post/Wheel. This route is best ran to the SE/TE flank and to wide side of the field. If there is no safety, look to hit the post. The wheel route off of play-action is almost always open. Here is another way you can execute the post-wheel route.
Post/Corner. The SE runs a post pattern and the wingback runs a corner pattern. The SE crosses in front of the WB. This play is very effective against man to man coverage. The wingback running the corner route must continue his pattern to the sidelines (run away from the defenders chasing from inside to out).
Screen/ Bubble. The wingback will run a bubble screen and belly outside. The SE will either run off the cornerback if the CB is playing press man to man. If the corner is playing off man or in a zone defense, the SE will stalk block.
Smash. The SE will run a 5-7 yard hitch. The wingback will run a deep corner route over the top of the SE’s hitch route. This is very good against both zone and man coverage. Many times the safety does not get over, and the cornerback will sit on the hitch route leaving the wingback wide open. Again, the WB must continue his route to the field.
Slant/Arrow. Split-end will run a slant route and the wingback will run an arrow route. This route combination is super effective vs. man to man coverage.
There are ways you can utilize a Wingback in the Blocking and Running Game.