Quote from Coach Aguilar

Knowing the Field

  • A huge thing for a quarterback is to avoid forcing things and making the defense’s job easier. A brutal pass rush will force you out of the pocket, but so will excellent pass coverage. Don’t get greedy … take what the defense gives you.
  • Visualization has its value. Things happen so fast on the field that you should already be previewing those events in your mind. That way when a change does happen … you already know how to react. If you have to think about it … it’s already too late.
  • You should already know exactly where all your receivers should be. When you recognize the defense … you should know which of your receivers will be open and which will be covered before the play really develops. Wait too long to see who has become open … well, by that time he’s not open anymore and you’re flat on your back. You do your best to recognize the defense at the line of scrimmage and before the snap … getting a projection on the vulnerabilities of that particular coverage.
  • When it comes to reading coverages… quarterbacks confuse seeing the field with “knowing the field”. You have to watch the defenders and know where everybody is. You need to know what is going to happen and what is taking place. Vision helps, but that will do little good without the “knowledge of the field.”
  • The key to making good reads is to get used to seeing defenses. There’s really no other way to practice it … aside from actually doing it. Even if you see a “3-deep zone” … that’s only going to tell you to go to one area. And that area might be one entire side of the field. Then you have to make another decision, such as which receiver to throw to in that area.
  • In a sense, it’s not so much which receiver might get open, as it is which receiver is the defense unable to cover.
  • In the red zone … with a lot less field to cover and no deep threat, the defense tends to take more risks and blitz.
  • Coming out of the huddle, soft-glance at all the defenders, and do it in the same order with the same emphasis.
  • The Safeties: Nothing is more important to recognizing the defense than the safeties. You should check the safety on the weak-side first. If he goes back to the middle of the field, it will be some kind of zone … probably a 3-deep. If he goes to the middle of the field, you should next look to the strong safety. If the strong safety moves forward, and to the outside, it’s probably a 3-deep zone. Remember, it’s the safeties who tell you the most about the coverages.
  • The Corners: Next, take a peek at the corners. Sometimes you can even pick up man coverage from the corners faster than the safeties. In man coverage, the CB usually lines up a bit more inside. Sometimes it’ll only be a shade. They’re protecting against those slants and crossing routes. The corner will give him a step on the outside, because it’s harder for the receiver to run away from him … the sideline will help him defend.
  • The Linebackers: LB’ers drop straight to point if they’re in a zone. Get the ball to a “seam” in the zone (between the LB’ers).
  • One step from a linebacker can tell you a blitz is coming. For instance, if you see a linebacker line upon the tight end … and takes a step outside, that usually means he’s blitzing. He wants to cut down the tight end’s blocking angle so that he can get a cleaner shot at he quarterback. If he’s got coverage responsibility for the flat, he may also cheat a step to the outside. Although, he’ll probably stay on the tight end, because he wants to stick him coming off the line of scrimmage before he slides over to the flat. If the outside LB’er takes a step back from the LOS before you snap the ball, you can pretty much count on him turning and running into coverage on the snap. When you’re dropping back you want to keep your chin on your left shoulder as long as possible. That way it looks the same no matter where you’re going to throw. That’s the quarterback’s version of poker face.
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"Coach Aguilar offers a wealth of knowledge, countless drills, and quality instruction. The bottom line is that Coach Aguilar knows how to reach Quarterbacks, how to keep their attention and keep them motivated 365 days a year."

Joe Frank Martinez, Assistant Coach - Travis High School