List/definitions of every wide receiver route?

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  1. chip_gilkey

    chip_gilkey Well-Known Member

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    I am trying to find a definitive list of every route, its definition/specifics, and the number it is commonly associated with, i.e. fly=9. I have googled it, looked in pat kirwins books, and for some reasons there are always several different diagrams, many with different numbers and different routes. There has to be an all encompassing diagram or list somewhere. Anyone know where it can be found?

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    This is not the be all, end all of routes. Every team runs their own terminology so it can very.
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  3. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, ABQ.

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Absolutely my Friend!
  5. dwmyers

    dwmyers Well-Known Member

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    The numbered route tree, and play calling based off a numbered route tree, is a Don Coryell technique*, passed on to people like Joe Gibbs and Norv Turner. The advantage of using a tree is the speed with which you can teach the offense to a newcomer. So it is often associated with what Dr Z called the "real West Coast offense", those teams that use Coryell's principles in their passing game.

    A Coryell style offense will feature timing routes, a deep to shallow QB read, a go for the throat passing mentality. Think of the Rams teams that Mike Martz coached for, or for that matter, the early 1990s Dallas Cowboys.

    But ABQCOWBOY is entirely right, there isn't just one passing tree. Further, stealing successful pass patterns is as old as football.

    These days, I'd say it's not about the specific route, it's about the pass play as a whole, how the patterns piece together to make it close to indefensible.

    A good introduction to a modern passing offense are Chris' Brown's articles on Peyton Manning's offense:

    * I'm saying technique because I'm sure someone numbered routes before Coryell. Coryell then used the numbered routes to describe plays. A '678' would be the X running a 6 route, Y running a 7, and Z running a 8. The simplicity of the play calling greatly eased learning his system.
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  6. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    The thing with that route tree is that it leaves out crosses altogether. I think some just use an 8 and cross under the safeties, but I think those routes will vary depending on coverage...making them a bit tougher to learn.

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