Film Room : Four Types of Screen Plays

And you thought you had it made with just two types of screen plays on Monday!

You’re in luck – today the guys at ESPNU are breaking down 4 types of screen plays frequently used in college football, but you’re likely to see them run in the NFL from time to time, too.

First things first – why is a screen a good idea?

Because it takes pressure off of the quarterback. Even though the offensive line lets the defense invade their territory, the quarterback has plenty of time to get the ball out and a much bigger window in which to throw it into now that the defense is focused on reaching him, not the receiver.

Just a few key notes on each pass reviewed:

Bubble Screen:

  • An inside receiver who bubbles back and up to receive the pass
  • 3 x 1 set = 3 receivers on one side, 1 on the other
  • The two receivers on the 3 receiver side block, and the bubble receiver now has an open lane to run through

Tunnel/Jailbreak/Slip/Wide Screen:

  • The outside receiver will get the pass; the two inside receivers block
  • The receiver catches the ball just outside of the tackle box
  • The goal is to run up inside the middle of the field for gain

Base Slow Screen:

  • QB drops back and sets and the tailback fakes a block
  • The inside of the line pulls (moves) over to the other side to block for the rusher
  • QB “sugars” the defense – tricks the defense into blitzing him

Dual Screen:

  • Tunnel screen on one side, base screen on the other side
  • The QB has options depending on what the defense does

Not too bad, right?

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