In today’s free Madden School tip, we are going over a play that destroys zone defenses that is found in the Arizona Cardinals offensive playbook.

You can check it out below.

Madden School UnlimitedPlaybook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Bunch HB STR

Play: Verticals

Setup:

  1. Put the A/X receiver on a slant route
  2. Put the B/circle receiver on a drag route

Reads:

  1. The first read is the drag route
  2. The second read is the slant route
  3. The third read is the RB/R1 receiver deeper over the middle
  4. The check down on the play is the running back

Overview: This play is very useful against a zone defense. The route concepts in this play flood the zones and when making the correct read someone is open for a nice gain.

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This is how the play art should look right before you snap the ball.

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Notice all three of our receivers on the right coming over the middle of the field.

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We choose to throw to the receiver on the drag route.

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By the time we are tackled, we have about a 9 yard gain and we will hopefully be able to force our opponent out of zone defense.

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