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Screen Game in the Spread Offense

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© April, 2010


by Chris Meyers
Offensive Coordinator Pequea Valley High School (PA)

Some coaches like to use the run to set up their passing game while others use the pass to set up their run game. In my opinion, you can use screens to set up both the pass and the run at the same time.  If you have a good screen threat, you will slow down an opposing defense’s pass rush. This obviously will help your offensive line and allow your quarterback more time to throw the football downfield. On the flip side, if you incorporate wide receivers into your screen package, you are going to see the defense stretch itself thin, thus having a favorable numbers match up in the box by creating huge running lanes. This, to me, is what the spread offense is all about; creating favorable match-ups for your best athletes out in space. There is no better way to do this than via a screen.

    The most important piece of advice that I can give someone who is developing a screen package for their offense is to make sure that you have the ability to screen to every position on the field. We go a step further and run the same screen to multiple positions on the field. This allows us to throw more screens in a game because the defense has absolutely no idea where the football is going.

    We run a no-huddle spread offense and consider our screen pa ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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