Change Up Your Double Post
By FirstDown PlayBook on Dec 3, 2013

We saw the double post quite a bit this past weekend especially in the red zone. It’s amazing how it almost always seems to work. It seems to be even hard vs bracket coverage as the defense plays 3 over 2 vs formations like this. If the defense is trying to bracket your slot receiver this is a thought to consider. The first thing to like about it is that it can be a revealing formation meaning that if the Corner comes over to the right side then your QB can be thinking man coverage pre-snap. It’s not a hundred percent but the odds are that he came over there to cover the Z. If this happens the QB may want to look at his back out of the backfield who is likely matched up on a Safety or a Linebacker. If he doesn’t like that matchup then he can still read the double post down to the Y. If the Z and the X run this well then there is a chance that a rub will occur vs man coverage. FirstDown PlayBook - 2 BACK SLOT DOUBLE POST CHANGEUPIf the defense is trying to bracket the slot receiver then this switch release is a good little change up to free up the X. The QB should read it just as he would any double post concept inside out. Obviously the split of the X and the release of the Z is critical for this to be effective. The Y must also know to stay on the move vs man and sit vs zone. Once again the revealing formation can help him with this. If you are having trouble disguising this then think about Z motion either across the formation or start him across to the left and bring him back to insure the proper split for the switch release.

Once again, if you are having great success with this there is no need to fix what is not broken but as defenses begin to anticipate the traditional double post this could come in handy on 3rd and 7 from the 27 yard line at a critical moment.

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