Running the “6-3 deep post”

If you want to throw a deep post, particularly when there is an inside route designed to draw the safety away from the outside receiver, I suggest using a technique called the “6-3 post.”

The numbers refer to the number of steps the receiver takes: six vertically, attacking the defender’s outside hip, then three quick ones at 45 degrees to the sideline (sometimes with a head turn but not necessarily), with the break to the post made at full speed on the ninth step, or the third of the “6-3.” The idea is that you will take away the safeties either through play action or some kind of inside route — like in the Mills or double-post concepts — while the 6-3 technique will enable the outside receiver to get plenty of leverage as he bursts inside.

See the video linked here for a great example of Kez McCorvey from FSU (remember him?) running the route near-perfectly. (For some reason embedding is disabled, so you’ll just have to click the link.)

  • Mike

    Kez was the man…and Danny Kanell was way underrated. Unfortunately now all we will remember is that he is riding shotgun on ESPNU with Pam Ward.

  • Coach Elkins

    This is a poorly designed play from the start. Any 5 step pass play the middle route should always be used as the primary, especially when that route is a crossing route.

    The progression on this play is all wrong. If there was a draw fake out of the I then it would serve to make the TE the primary. There is not so the primary on the diagram shown is the Hback.

    Based on the play under review, the biggest window of space that will be created pre-snap is the Fullback.

    I know conventional thinking will disagree with me on this point, but that’s why it’s conventional thinking.

    Plays designed to get further than 10 yards down field need a deeper drop.

    Teams like New Orleans have it down, 3 or 5 step, get the ball out. On any 5 step route combination’s, the primary receiver should be an intermediate route. Using the mindset of looking high to low with this depth of a drop (5 step) is out dated.

    Plays should be designed to create a window of space for the primary receiver. If that fails, then look even lower in the progression to get the ball out.

    QB’s need to recognize that unless the defense is showing a coverage which dictates priority in progression this rule is best. Two or 3 receivers should be used each play simply to clear space. If a defense wants to make sure they cover the deep route, then use that idea against them.

    There is only one ball!

  • Coach Elkins


    Based on the play under review, the biggest window of space that will be created pre-snap is the Hback.

  • Shoepah

    Do you think this route will work well against all the skate/shuffle (ass to the sideline – inside leverage – take away the post) C-3 we are getting now a days?

  • Coach Elkins

    If the TE broke at 7-8 yards I might agree with this diagram, but like I said…it’s a poorly designed play all around.

    This design assumes too much, TE’s rarely get a completely clean release, if we knew they could 10 yards would be suitable!

  • Coach Elkins:

    The diagram clearly says that the tight-end (“Y”) is the primary receiver, with the progression tight-end, then outside post to the flanker (“Z), then RB in the flat (“F”).

    Also, per the video below, the play doesn’t look so poorly designed to me:

  • Coach Elkins

    Don’t know what I was thinking Chris, thanks for your clarification!

    Perhaps now you’ll answer my original question from July 20th?

    Chris, what type of terminology would you recommend to line up in your Offensive formations?


    Why haven’t college or NFL defense’s evolved and developed a better way to communicate quickly to adjust to the many different ideas with which they are attacked?

  • Anzio

    It’s pretty simple for your qb to pick up as well. Attack the safety, he steps up, go over the top to the Split, he drops back to cover the deep post (like he should) then the TE should have plenty of space.

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  • The “6-3” post is a great route. We like it also from the slot agaainst a 2 shell. We call it a “coast” route…..corner post.

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