The zone read is, much like the spread that spawned it, is quickly becoming one of the vogue terms folks throw around when talking about football. In the NFL it is becoming an offseason project as coaches look to stop a new crop of quarterbacks that allow for the zone read’s use. At the collegiate level, the zone read has saturated the game to the point where it is the norm in many leagues.
So, what is the zone read?
At its core, it is “zone” blocking up front, with the quarterback giving or keeping based upon the “read” he makes.
However, because most folks lack the ability, and are often too lazy to investigate the differences in the plays, “zone read” gets slapped on everything that has a quarterback and running back at a mesh point with a give-keep option. So the inverted veer, the mid-line read and the like are all lumped into the zone-read category.
It’s just easier that way.
Thanks to sites like FishDuck and Smart Football, even folks that are not truly well versed in the…
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