Sprint Out Pass: Get Your Young QB To The Edge

By FirstDown PlayBook on May 9, 2020

Full disclosure here. I have never been a big sprint out pass game fan because it allows the defense to defend one half of the field. Don’t get me wrong there have been many times that I was thankful for the seven yard gain the sprint out game provided us at a critical moment in the game.

However, as I have been watching a lot more high school and youth football video over the years I have become a fan. The sprint out game brings a lot to the table when you are coaching a younger quarterback. I want to take a moment this morning and point some of them out.

1.  It Moves The QB’s Launching Point

If those four fire-breathers up front on defense know exactly were your quarterback is going to be every time he drops back then your offensive linemen are at a huge disadvantage.

2. Advantage To The Athletic QB

Many of you are playing with athletic quarterbacks who have the ability to get out of the pocket and create time and space to throw. Although this is not the same as scrambling and creating, the sprint out passing game can give your athletic QB a structured way to take advantage of his talent.

3. It Helps The Quarterback With Arm Strength Problems

You have a great young quarterback but he’s just a sophomore. He’s still growing and getting stronger but he is just not there yet. The sprint out passing game allows him to cut the field down with his throws. It also allows your quarterback to execute throws that get all of his momentum moving towards his target.

4. Simple Reads of One to Two To Run.

The majority of young quarterbacks can’t read the whole field with the dropBack passing game. It just makes sense that coaches out there normally break the reads down to one half of the field. The sprint out passing game falls right in line with this thinking.

As your quarterback breaks the pocket he is normally looking for a primary receiver to a secondary target. If they are covered the quarterback is taught to tuck the ball and get yardage. Often times the quarterback can get positive yardage and that keeps you out of the down and distance nightmares that the dropback game can leave you with after a sack.