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© February, 2004
Fade Route With “Landmarks” Frees WRs, Opens Up Passing Lanes

by Jeff Hancock
Offensive Coordinator, University Of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kan.

IF YOU WATCH kids playing pick-up football, you see that the most popular pass route is the “fade,” straight down the field going deep. Why? A well-thrown ball and decent catching ability can provide that quick-strike TD payoff.
While the fade is a staple of most any offense, it isn’t typically coached well. How many times have you watched a wide receiver get a great release, get slightly on top of the defender, and then run straight to the sideline? When that occurs, the WR becomes sandwiched by the sideline and a defender. For a completion in such a route, you need an extremely accurate passer and a great WR.

There are things you can do as a coach, however, to help even your average WRs get open on this route.

Alignment, Stance
Our base offense is a 2 by 2 (4 WR formation) with 1 back. Regardless of how many WRs are positioned to a side, the rule is that the outside WR aligns himself just inside the numbers on th ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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