The last few years going to clinics, I always make it a point to ask questions. My two favorites are
Q: What is your favorite concept?
Q: What do you call on 3rd and 10?
During the Notre Dame Coach’s chalk talk, when the opportunity came for me to ask a question. I asked Coach Martin “What is your favorite concept?” He got a sly grin, paused then started drawing a boundary throw…As he drew the concept, it looked familiar to me. The concept is known as Grand Valley State “W Read”.
The beauty of this concept is that combines many of Coach Martin’s philosophies.
- Can be run from multiple formations
- TE to the boundary
- Empty with a TE
The base of this concept is the crossing wheel action. The main difference is it is not your classic POST by #1 and OUT and UP #2.
1 part WHEEL CONCEPT
Basic QB tip
“Don’t throw TO the WR…Throw ball AWAY from defenders”
VS 1 HIGH SAFETY
The #1 (outside) WR runs directly to the hash to a depth of 18 yards. This route allows the WR to get to open grass sooner and it is not a typical route that a CB may have to defend.
The #2 (inside) WR runs to a depth of 5 yards to the outside edge of the numbers…
EDITOR’S NOTE: I prefer telling WRs Outside and Inside of NUMBERS, NOT TOP or BOTTOM of the NUMBERS. In the past, when I told a rookie WR “get on the top of the numbers”, he would be DIRECTLY on the numbers…in the middle of them!
The inside WR breaks up and stays on the edge of the numbers.
VS 2 HIGH SAFETIES
The #1 (outside) WR get to 10 yards (or over LB) then run the route between a DIG and a POST.
The #2 (inside) WR begins the same wheel type route; the only difference is if he can’t beat the CB then SIT IT DOWN.
VS 2 HIGH SAFETIES plus a LB walling and dropping deep
Now the concept becomes similar to the run and Shoot SWITCH concept
The #1 (outside) WR settles at 8 yards without getting too wide
The #2 (inside) WR settles at 12 yards
I look forward to seeing Notre Dame running this concept against the big boys this year. I also plan to run this concept in some form this season. Cross your fingers that I will get some quality clips this year!
Special Thanks to
O-ZONE SPREAD OFFENSE CONSULTING ON HUDL
for access to game film.
Coach Kohler Clinic Notes