Dash Pass Protection

By FirstDown PlayBook on Nov 16, 2023
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There is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to Dash pass protection. If you don’t believe us, just google it. Regardless of what some coaches think, it is not sprint or roll out protection. It’s not boot protection either. It is in a category all of its own and actually ties into drop back pass protection and explosive plays.

Last week we talked about how many of the explosive plays on long pass plays down the field on Saturdays and Sundays are created by offensive coordinators. We looked at the fact that they achieve this by using play action pass protection that extends the play for the quarterback.

Dash pass protection accomplishes the same thing except it comes off of your drop back pass protection. It is designed to use a pass rushing defensive end’s technique against himself. Any offensive line coach who has taught pass pro to a young tackle knows it is a challenge.

Dash Pass Protection Comes Off Of Your Dropback Pass Pro Scheme

The first part is to get the young tackle to understand that he has to get depth and width to take away the edge rush. Just about the time they master this, the pass rusher hits them with an inside move in the B gap. The offensive tackle begins to understand that he is often on an island vs a talented athlete wanting to sack the quarterback.

Pass Protection Is Not Always About Your Offensive Line

Dash pass protection uses this very thing to help your tackle. Your quarterback is going to take a normal 5/7 step drop and set up. The Dash Tackle will slightly over set to the outside allowing the Defensive End to win inside. At this point the Tackle will pin the pass rusher inside and the quarterback will “dash” to the outside breaking contain.

Once again this allows your quarterback to get outside of the pocket and buy time for two and three man route combinations down the field. Your quarterback may even re-set their feet so that they can launch the ball down the field. Take a look at this short video to learn how you can incorporate this into your passing game.

Fran Johnson