Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Empty Trey Stack

Play: Fade Out

Setup:

  1. Hot route your B/circle receiver to a drag route

Reads:

  1. Your first look is always to the X/square receiver on a quick pass. He will be open against cover 3
  2. If he is covered, immediately look to the B/circle receiver on the drag underneath
  3. You also have the A/X receiver deeper over the middle as well

Overview: This is a really good quick pass where one of the first 2 reads is pretty much always open.

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Empty Trey Stack

Play: Smash Seam

Setup:

  1. Hot route your B/circle receiver to a smoke screen
  2. Smart route the A/X receiver
  3. Smart route your X/square receiver

Reads:

  1. Against cover 3, cover 1, and others your RB/R1 tight end will get wide open for a second. It takes a little timing but lead pass it to the sideline.
  2. If he is covered, look to the A/X receiver or the receivers on the left

Overview: This play can torch most defenses. Mix it in with Fade Out. You really need to practice the timing on this one otherwise you will throw lots of interceptions. Only call this play if you know what you are doing.

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Empty Trey Flex

Play: WDT Post

Setup: None required

Reads:

  1. Your main read on this play is the B/circle receiver
  2. If he is covered, look to the Y/triangle receiver on the drag or the A/X receiver over the middle

Overview: The B/circle receiver will get open over the middle against pretty much any coverage in the game.

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Y Off Trio Wk

Play: Stick

Setup:

  1. Put your tight end on a streak route
  2. Block your running back
  3. Put your RB/R1 receiver on a drag route

Reads:

  1. The first read is always the B/circle receiver on his unbumpable route. He will be open against any press coverage (lead pass to the sideline against cover 2 or cover 2 man)
  2. If he is covered, read between the slant route and the drag route

Overview: This is another play that takes advantage of an unbumpable route on the right side of the screen.

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Trey

Play: PA Post Shot

Setup:

  1. Put your tight end on a fade route
  2. Put your X/square receiver on a drag route
  3. Put your Y/triangle receiver on a drag route and motion him to the right
  4. (Optional) Block your running back to cancel the play action

Reads:

  1. Your primary read on this play is the B/circle receiver on the crossing route
  2. If he is covered, look to either drag route

Overview: This play can be very hard to stop since your opponent has to manually defend the B/circle receiver’s crossing route and then you have a drag on each side as well. Don’t force anything.

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Trips HB Wk

Play: Zona Slot Out

Setup:

  1. Smart Route the X/square receiver
  2. Put the A/X receiver on a drag route

Reads:

  1. Look to the X/square receiver against cover 1 or cover 0 man to man defenses.

Overview: We only run this play if we are expecting a man to man blitz or cover 1 defense. The X/square receiver will get open even if our opponent isn’t in max coverage.

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Tight

Play: PA Zona Cross

Setup:

  1. Put your tight end on a streak route

Reads:

  1. Against cover 3, look to your X/square receiver
  2. Against cover 2, look to the B/circle receiver
  3. The Y/triangle receiver is also a good option against most coverages

Overview: This play does a good job of attacking various coverages

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Tight

Play: Zona Post

Setup:

  1. Hot route your tight end to a streak route
  2. Motion your Y/triangle receiver to the right
  3. (Optional) Block your running back

Reads:

  1. Look to hit your Y/triangle receiver deep if you read cover 3 pre-snap
  2. If he is covered, your next read is the B/circle receiver

Overview: This is the type of play to only call once or twice per game. If your opponent knows it is coming, it won’t work.

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Gun Stack Y-Flex

Play: Fade Out

Setup:

  1. Put your B/circle receiver on a slant route
  2. Block your running back

Reads:

  1. Your first look is always to the X/square receiver on a quick pass but don’t force it
  2. If he is covered, your tight end or B/circle receiver should be open

Overview: This play works best against zone blitzes.