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Gun Tight Offset TE (Version 1)

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Y Out HB Swing

Setup:

  1. Use the HB1 package
  2. Put the A/X receiver on an in route
  3. Block your running back

Reads:

  1. Your first read is always the Y/triangle receiver on the corner route
  2. If he is covered, read between the A/X receiver on the in route and the X/square receiver on the drag route

Overview: This is one of our base plays from this formation. If you read cover 3, watch the later part of the video on how to beat that deep from this play.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Saints In

Setup:

  1. Use The HB1 package
  2. Put the A/X receiver on an out route
  3. Put the X/square receiver on a flat route

Reads:

  1. Your first read is always the A/X receiver on the out route. He should be open the majority of the time
  2. If he is covered, look to the B/circle receiver deep (lead pass toward the middle)
  3. Or look to the high/low read on the left with the running back slipping out of the backfield to that side as well

Overview: This play works extremely well in situations like 1st and 10. Unless your opponent has hard flats on the field, the A/X receiver will get open. So in situations like 3rd and 2, when your opponent is likely to have hard flats on the field, you should probably avoid calling this play.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Saints In (Cover 2 Beater)

Setup:

  1. Use The HB1 Package
  2. Put the A/X receiver on a smart routed out route
  3. Block your running back
  4. Double team the rusher on the left
  5. (Optional) Put the X/square receiver on a whip route

Reads:

  1. The main read on this play is the B/circle receiver deep
  2. If he is covered, look to the X/square receiver

Overview: Only call this play if you are expecting a cover 2 defense. Make sure to drift to the left to buy the time to throw it deep.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Saints HB Wheel

Setup:

  1. Hot route the A/X receiver to a streak route
  2. Hot route the B/circle receiver to a flat route and motion him to the right
  3. Hot route the X/square receiver to an in route

Reads:

  1. Your main read on this play is the running back on the wheel route
  2. If he is covered, look to the X/square receiver on the in route
  3. Your final read is the B/circle receiver in the flat on the check down

Overview: This play makes your opponent have to worry about the running back as part of your passing offense as well.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Saints Spot

Setup:

  1. Block your running back
  2. Put the A/X receiver on a streak route
  3. Motion your Y/triangle receiver to the right
  4. Double team the outside rusher on the left

Reads:

  1. Your first read on this play is the X/square receiver on the whip route
  2. If he is covered, look to the Y/triangle receiver deep
  3. If that receiver is covered, your B/circle receiver will be open

Overview: This play is a nightmare to stop if you make your reads correctly. You have 3 really good options on this play.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Saints Spot Shake

Setup:

  1. Hot route the X/square receiver to a streak route
  2. Block your running back
  3. Double team the outside most rusher on the left

Reads:

  1. Your main read on this play is the X/square receiver deep against a cover 3. Lead pass away from the safety
  2. You also have the B/circle receiver over the middle
  3. The Y/triangle receiver on the wheel route can also get open.

Overview: Only call this play if you are expecting a cover 3 defense from your opponent and you are either in the middle of the field or on the right hash mark.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Mesh Spot

Setup:

  1. Block the running back

Reads:

  1. Read between the 2 drag routes. If they are open, take it
  2. If they are covered, hit the B/circle receiver in the middle of the field.

Overview: Mix this play in 2-3 times per game to make your opponent worry about drags and the shallow middle area of the field. It will really open up the other plays from this formation.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Slot Outs

Setup:

  1. Make sure your best receiver is on one of the wings in the formation
  2. Motion him out to the sideline
  3. (Optional) Do whatever you would like with your other receivers

Reads:

  1. Against man to man press coverage, the receivers on the fade routes should get wide open

Overview: If you are playing someone who is sending heavy pressure with man to man defense behind it, this is a great way to get them out of it.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Saints Drive Out

Setup:

  1. Block your running back
  2. Put your X/square receiver on a streak route
  3. Motion the A/X receiver to the left and put him either on a drag route or a block and release route

Reads:

  1. The main read on this play is the Y/triangle receiver on the corner route against cover 2 defenses
  2. If he is covered, look to the B/circle receiver underneath or the A/X receiver

Overview: This play works best when you call it to the wide side of the field so the corner route has more room to work with.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Inside Zone/HB Draw

Setup: None required

Overview: For these plays, you will just want to follow you blocks. Call these run plays if your opponent starts overcommitting to the pass.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Audible to Singleback Doubles HB Dive

Setup: None required other than to audible

Overview: This forces our opponent to not over commit to our passing offense by calling defensive formations like Dollar, Quarters, or Dime. If you see your opponent calling plays from those formations, just audible to this run up the middle.

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Hardaway47
Hardaway47
4 years ago

would you recommend running that mesh spot play in the red zone for an easy TD to the B/circle receiver?

B3nPrentiss
B3nPrentiss
4 years ago

Any Suggestions on how you set your audibles out of this formation?

Dom1983
Dom1983
4 years ago

Every other people I now play runs this formation with the corner route or the drags for the check down. When I am playing against a wideout with abilities I have no choice but to user the corner route which of course leaves the check downs. Any actual suggestions on the best way to defend this?

Dom1983
Dom1983
4 years ago

Thanks for getting back to me on that one. No need to anyways now as I have come up with the absolute greatest way to shutdown both the corner route using the cpu as well as the drag and of course containing the QB all while allowing me to user the middle of the field.

ania
ania
4 years ago

How do I double team a rusher on the left in saints spot p[ay

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