Stack Option Passing Play
The stack option play is a great pass play because it threatens the entire area of the field. The throw will be based on how the defense is aligned to this spread stack formation. This play is most effective when the coach makes the call from the sidelines. It will be the offensive coordinator’s job to communicate who is the first option the QB must look to throw to. The best thing about this play is that it will allow you to make the right call, rather than just calling random plays in the huddle.
Stack Option Passing Play Execution
The easiest way to call this is right from the line of scrimmage. Call stack option and have the kids’ line up on the line of scrimmage. Make sure all the linemen get their splits and get right into their stance. When calling this pass play you do not want to give the defense time to align properly. Also, make sure the front receivers (2 & 3) are on the line of scrimmage. It is vital that they tell the ref they are on the ball (need 7 players on the line of scrimmage). Once the kids are lined up, take a look at the defense.
If the defense is playing off coverage on the left stacked side then the coach should yell to the QB “4”, which means the QB should throw to the (4) receiver on the quick screen. The screen player needs to be a decent athlete that can make plays in the open field. If the corners are playing up in press the coach can yell “ 2”, and the QB will look to throw to the (2) receiver on the slant. If they are playing heavy press on both sides the coach should yell “3”, which will indicate to the QB he is going to throw the go route to the (3). If the defense is aligned like the above diagram, the wheel pattern (1) will be there all day. Long story short, take a look at the defense and see what route will be open based on their alignment.
Also, you can create any communication system you want. We use numbers now, but we have used player initials in the past. For example, let’s say I wanted the QB to throw to say Derek Thomas, the call would be DT. This spread offense passing play is also every effective when you use it out of the no huddle. If the defense shows a soft box (6 of less defenders in box) you can do a QB power, with the (TB) leading the way. You can do all kinds of stuff out of this formation. The spread offense will spread the defense out horizontally. This pass play does not take much practice and will score points for you on game day.
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