Are You Moving Your QB Around Enough?

By FirstDown PlayBook on Nov 14, 2020

We don’t feature this enough on the FirstDown PlayBook Coaches Community site. Odds are you don’t enough either when you are game planning.

Here at FirstDown PlayBook we break our varsity passing game up into four distinct areas.

1. Dropback 2. Play Action 3. Sprint Out 4. Boots-Waggles and Nakeds.

Everyone loves our drop back section and why not? There are thousands of passing game ideas drawn up by NFL coaches. However, we don’t talk enough about the advantages of moving your quarterback around in the passing game.

Today, we just want to go all in and focus on this waggle pass play. We define waggle as when there is a guard, tackle or both pulling on the play fake.

This gives you an extra protector and allows you to push the ball down the field with deeper throws. You just have to understand the protection weaknesses this can present vs pressure to the weak side. (see the FirstDown PlayBook Varsity Protection section).


COMES OFF OF THIS RUN PLAY: Inside zone weak

PROTECTION: Waggle (Offside Guard is pulling)

PLAY: Waggle Strong 471

QB ACTION: Fake inside zone and boot leg opposite.




-QB will reverse out and execute run fake away.
-QB will use boot action away gaining depth initially from the LOS.
-The QB must get his head around and look for targets high to low.
-The QB will stay on the move and break the pocket as he goes thru his read.
-QB will progress thru the read always aware that running the ball is an option.

-The Z will sell the backside cutoff block with patience. He is the third read.
-The Z can look inside and see the QB’s timing to know when to execute the return.
-The Over route must gain ground across the field as he gains depth.
-The F will use best release and keep the Corner route high vs cover 2.
-The Y is patient as he sells the back side block and will pin the DE late.
-The pulling Guard will fit outside of the TE ad protect outside in.