Everyone sees the quarterback before the snap, that’s where the general viewers’ eyeballs go on any given down. They see him pointing at linebackers and safeties. Tapping his helmet and shouting out at wide receivers. He’s reorganizing the running backs, shifting their sides and even tapping linemen to alert them to changes.
But what’s he doing? Like, really, what is that guy doing?
The easy answer is, a lot.
Depending upon systems and the quarterbacks experience in the system, the pre-snap decisions are the first step to whether or not an offense sinks or swims on a given play.
Although there is plenty of variance from system to system, coordinator to coordinator as well as quarterback’s experience and comfort levels, we’ll look at some of the more basic pre-snap identifiers that help make teams successful.
We’ll start inside the box, with counting. You walk up to the line or line up in the shotgun and quarterbacks have to count. They count the amount of defenders in the…
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