Playbook: Carolina Panthers

Formation: Gun Ace Slot

Play: Read Option/QB Power (Run Game)

Setup: None required

Reads:

  1. Read the numbers game in the box like explained in the video, then make the correct read either a give on the Read option or a QB Power to the opposite side

Overview: These two plays are all we need from the gun ace slot formation to solidify the run game. We have 3 options: QB power, and then either the give or pull on the read option. All have their specific looks that would make them effective, you just need to make the correct read within the numbers game pre-snap.

Playbook: Carolina Panthers

Formation: Gun Ace Slot

Play: PA Read

Setup:

  1. Put the X/Square receiver on an in route
  2. Block your running back

Reads:

  1. Your first read is the X/square receiver on the in route
  2. Then look to the over route to the TE
  3. You also have your other TE in the flats
  4. Your last read is the post route to the slot WR

Overview: This setup creates a very similar play to the one we run from Dagger in the Trio Panther formation. We are having everything go to the right side of the field, with different levels and timing from each route. The over route is absolutely devastating this year and is a route that must be user guarded which will then open up our other routes.

Playbook: Carolina Panthers

Formation: Gun Ace Slot

Play: Posts

Setup:

  1. Put your B/circle receiver on a drag route

Reads:

  1. You have the flat route as a hot read if you are getting blitzed from the left
  2. You also have the Drag/HB Angle combo
  3. Then look to the corner route to the right TE
  4. Your final read is the post over the deep middle

Overview: This play is very tough to stop because it is the play out of this formation that we send 5 routes out on. This formation is very tough to get pressure from so we might find our opponent sending a lot of defenders to ensure pressure. This is ideal for us in this play, it is just very imperative that we are able to get the ball out quickly and progress through our reads but still make a good, open read.

Playbook: Carolina Panthers

Formation: Gun Ace Slot

Play: Smash

Setup:

  1. Put the tight end on the left on a streak route
  2. Put the tight end on the right on a fade route
  3. Smart route the slot corner route
  4. Block your HB

Reads:

  1. Your first look is to either TE (high ball down the seam) as a hot read vs a blitz
  2. Then look to the high low to either the corner route or the hitch route

Overview: The smash concept dominates cover 2 looks and the play from Gun Ace Slot is no different. Cover 2 is a very popular look and we have so many plays from this formation that your opponent will usually not be in a setup to stop this play. The only way to stop this is to start manning people up and adjust the cover 2 which would then open up our other plays. With this look, we just want to make a quick read down the seam and then immediately switch our eyes to the corner and hitch. If the corner is hugging the hitch, you know you will have the corner over the top.

Playbook: Carolina Panthers

Formation: Gun Ace Slot

Play: X Spot

Setup:

  1. Put the TE on the left on a drag route
  2. Put the slot WR on a flat route
  3. Put the outside WR on an in route
  4. Either block the HB or put him an a wheel route

Reads:

  1. Your first read is a quick throw to the TE on the drag
  2. Then look to the receiver on the flat route
  3. You also have a high low read between the in route and the post route
  4. Your final read is the wheel route late vs a cover 2 look

Overview: This play is good because instead of our right side TE going to the right like he is in every other setup, he takes a sharp left coming across the field. We combo this with the drag route to get the user going right, and then also combo it with the in route just so we can have a high low read on the left. The flat route by the slot WR will horizontally stretch the defense which will in in turn widen the window and create an easier read.