Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Pistol Bunch TE

Play: Verticals

Setup:

  1. Hot route your tight end to a drag
  2. Block your running back
  3. Motion your X/square receiver out to the sideline

Reads:

  1. Against cover 2 defenses, look to the X/square receiver on the wheel route or your Y/triangle receiver on the streak deep.
  2. Against cover 3 defenses, look to quick pass to your X/square receiver
  3. Against cover 4 defenses, look to quick pass to your X/square receiver
  4. Against man to man defenses, you can hit the tight end on the drag

Overview: This play absolutely destroys cover 2 defenses and is a nightmare to defend against with any zone defense.

Against Cover 2

Against Cover 3

Against Cover 4

Against Man to Man

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Pistol Bunch TE

Play: Cross Drag

Setup:

  1. Put your tight end on a streak route
  2. Block your running back
  3. Motion the X/square receiver toward the sideline
  4. (Optional) Put your X/square receiver on an in route

Reads:

  1. Against cover 2 defenses, throw the ball to your B/circle receiver
  2. Against cover 3 defenses, look to the Y/triangle receiver deep
  3. Against cover 4 defenses, look to the Y/triangle receiver deep
  4. Against man to man defenses, your Y/triangle receiver should be open

Overview: This play is great against cover 3, cover 4, and man to man defenses.  Start mixing it in once the defense is worried about the Verticals play.

Against Cover 2

Against Cover 3

Against Cover 4

Against Man to Man

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Pistol Bunch TE

Play: Spot Option

Setup:

  1. Block your running back
  2. Hot route your X/square receiver to a streak route and motion him left

Reads:

  1. Against cover 2 defenses, look to your tight end on the post route or your B/circle receiver in the flat
  2. Against cover 3 defenses, look to the Y/triangle receiver on the corner route
  3. Against cover 4 defenses, look to the Y/triangle receiver on the corner route
  4. Against man to man defense, your Y/triangle receiver should be open (lead pass to the sideline)

Overview: This play works really well against cover 3 and cover 4 defenses.

Against Cover 2

Against Cover 3

Against Cover 4

Against Man to Man

Playbook: Arizona Cardinals

Formation: Pistol Bunch TE

Play: HB Zone

Setup:

  1. Motion the receiver on the left of the bunch to the left sideline

Overview: This is a really effective running play against Dime and Quarter formations.  Make sure to mix it in so you don’t get too one dimensional.