In some offenses it can be called snag, but in this article we will diagram the Air Raid Staple Y-Corner. This concept is a favorite for the Air Raid faithful in the red zone, but we will show the adjustments and how it can be just as efficient anywhere on the field.
The first diagram we will talk about is when running this concept in the red zone. To clear up where this starts it would be from the +20 to Goal line. The route structure in this differs with the actual corner route. The route changes based on the position on the field. In the red zone the major adjustment is the aiming point of the corner route. The top of the route is aimed at the back pylon. So the break in the route should stem 4 steps and break at the back pylon, this changes the angle of the break to differ like we all draw it up. This allows for a throw in the back corner, with an aiming point of what I call the imaginary soccer circle. This makes a safe potentially high reward thrown versus man.
I start teaching the slant sit, by having the receiver look at who the potential flat player is. This will help him identify who to key for the sit window, and how to tempo the route based on how fast he is getting to the flats. If zone sit in first open window, if it man of course keep running a true slant. The route starts with a foot fire that we teach in drills, and then a break inside, keying the flat defender.
We marry the swing route with the drop of the quarterback. Since Y-Corner is quick game, then we will tell the back to turn and open for 3 steps then look for the ball. We feel this times up well with the concept and allows us the potential for a quick throw if the defense does not want to commit to the swing route. We teach the running backs to open up like trying to steal second base in baseball, and at the 3rd step look for ball and continue to work to the top of numbers.
QB Drills for the red zone corner route:
I like to use a 55 gallon trash can and put the quarterback in the middle of the field. I want him to get the right touch on the throw to turn the ball over in the can. In the red zone this ball should come out pretty quickly, and in at/under 2.9 seconds. Do not let him drop and get lazy, get a snap, catch throw. The receiver should have to get this ball in this situations.
Now we will talk about Y Corner in the middle of the field. I believe this is what makes this play so dynamic. As we talk about the difference of the route based on distance from front pylon. From a schematic stand point the slant/sit stays the same for the concept anywhere on the field. The corner route however changes by default.
Any place on the field outside the +20 yard line, The aiming point of the corner route is the front pylon of the end zone. Now for lack of ability to show the true scale of this route, go out to your football field and stand on the -10 on the hash, and now stride 4 steps and point hips towards front pylon at goal line. You will immediately see that this route does not break at this area like the corner routes we draw up on paper. I basically turns into a default wrong shoulder fade. It really stretches a safety vertical much like a fade route, and this ball is made to be thrown where the receiver must go get it. It also means this route by default puts the defender in the trail position in the wrong shoulder by design. It allows you to take a safe shot down the field and miss in the wide open grass. If you will examine these two pictures you will see (even if examples are not to scale), that the angle of the break changes based on field position. What this route also allows us to manipulate the safety involvement. If he wants to stay over top of the route we now have a lot of sideline to throw this route open, much like a wrong shoulder fade to an extent. We can use a sideline as the 12th man to take a safe shot down the field. As a wide receivers coach it is imperative that you take the time to drill that your target is the front pylon. the have to get their eyes on it at the break of the route, and carry it through the pylon, only adjusting to the ball if the quarterback throws them open. This is a perfect instance to put an over shoulder drill on your individual time. This ball should be used in drill as a head turn to sideline over shoulder catch. The quarterback must throw it, to where the receiver can go get it. This type of throw is what makes it hard for the defender to be in proper technique. A good way to drill this with the quarterback, is stand on the 50, and have him get snap quick drop and try to hit front pylon. Do not be concerned if he cannot make the pylon, what I am looking for is the ball in line with the pylon when it hits the ground. You can then involve this drill into 1 on 1 where they work on adjusting based on coverage leverage, and making game like throws.
If you reference the two examples you will see the left side is showing double stick or double slants. This is part of the open grass reads I install. The receivers know by default, if we have called a concept that does not cross, that the backside of the concept has double sticks if off coverage, and double slants if press man. This gives the quarterback full field options before the snap. We force the defense to defend the full field and make them alert to all four receivers. If you would like to learn more about this follow me on twitter @patrick_taylor4, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be glad to send you my free open grass reads teaching clinics. Also look for my upcoming clinic on Open Grass Reads – the Corner Concept.
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