Playbook: Carolina Panthers

Formation: Gun Trio Panther

Play: Dagger

Setup:

  1. Put the middle receiver on a drag route
  2. (Optional) Block your HB

Reads:

  1. Look to your drag routes across the middle
  2. Then look to the Dagger route to the sideline
  3. Your last option is the deep in route

Overview: The Dagger concept is extremely tough to guard this year because of how effective the over route is that must be user guarded. This in turn opens up all our other reads. What makes this specific dagger look effective to me is the fact that we can get a blue route to our TE that will also help immensely when trying to pick up contain blitzes to that side due to the width that he is lined up in.

Playbook: Carolina Panthers

Formation: Gun Bunch

Play: Clearout FL In

Setup:

  1. Put your slot WR on a flat route
  2. Hot route your tight end to a drag route
  3. Block your running back
  4. Motion the receiver on the in route to the sideline and hike it before he sets

Reads:

  1. Your first look is a quick read to the left to distinguish man vs zone. If man with no outside safety wait and throw double move
  2. Then look to the tight end on the drag route
  3. Your last look is the in route

Overview: This is an absolute killer against man coverage. Along with the read option from this formation, the double move to the single WR side is something people do not anticipate when facing a gun bunch offense. If your opponent is in man coverage, they often will not have a deep half on the left side over top which will in turn make this play unstoppable if they don’t. if they are not in man or sprint out to go user the double move, we then have other concepts that will work against man and zone as secondary reads.

Formation: Gun Bunch

Play: Read Option

Setup: None required

Overview: This play is very unique because most people do not even know that there is a read option in gun bunch, and if they do they will not be expecting it. It gives us inside zone blocking from bunch which is great in its own right, but we also have the ability to keep with the QB and get a huge gain. Simple read option rules apply: if the end comes flying down, keep it. If the end squads, hand the ball off by holding A/X(PS4).