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Black and Gold X’s and O’s | Identifying Concepts: The Crossing Route

Article By on 29th June, 2009

... a week regarding different concepts the Saints will use either on offense or in defensive packages in 2009.

Today's version deals with some of the intricacies of the Crossing Route, which has become a staple of pretty much every NFL offense, although few teams do it as well as the Saints.

A key to understanding the crossing route is to understand the purpose of the route. The main idea is to create a matchup problem either with a receiver on a linebacker, or a Tight End on a player that cannot cover him.

Generally, it is advisable to throw this pass after the receiver has cleared the extended pocket, for two reasons.

First, the quarterback has less of a chance of having such a pass deflected by a big defensive tackle.
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