3, 5, and 7 steps



If the play is a pass, the quarterback will take the snap of the football, and drop back a few steps. He drops back so that the receivers have a bit of time to get out into their running routes, and so that he has a bit of time to watch the defense develop. The quarterback will generally drop back either three, five, or seven steps. A three step drop back means the quarterback is going to throw the ball almost immediately, before the defense has a chance to figure out what is going on. He will attempt to find a receiver who has run out only about three to seven yards, and get the ball to him. If the quarterback takes five steps backwards, he's giving his receivers time to get ten to fifteen yards down the field, but he's also giving the defense more time to read his intentions. A seven step drop usually means there will be a couple of receivers streaking at top speed towards the end zone, and the quarterback hopes to complete a pass for twenty or more yards, gashing the defense for a big play. Whatever drop the quarterback uses, it's the job of his offensive linemen to keep him safe for as long as he needs. Link

The 5 Step is the Bread and Butter for a QB. Most offenses are based of the 5 step drop and in the Videos to follow you will see that the QB's excell in them (highlite films after all). The Chiefs can utilize the 5-step in both the run and passing games.

For the 5-step drop, the quarterback will be adding an additional two-steps (one cross over and one big step) from the 3-step. On the final big step, the QB must plant with the back foot and shuffle forward (to gain momentum and get a hair closer to the line of scrimmage). The QB needs to be at least 7-yards deep, no longer, no shorter. On most 5-step drops, there will be a wait, because the receiver needs a little more time to get into the route. While waiting, the QB must keep the feet moving (as if "crushing pebbles"). This keeps the QB from becoming flat-footed, which kills momentum and technique. It also gives the QB the ability to deliver a quality throw to both sides of the field, simply because his feet are in the proper ready position to step wherever needed (right or left). Avoid getting too close to the line of scrimmage. The lineman will be creating a pocket, which the QB should be delivering from. Link

Let's look at three QB's

Could the Chiefs open up the vertical offense?

  Player  Attempts  Comp  Comp %  Yards  Avg  Long  TD  Int  1st  1st %  20+  Rate
 Trent Green (2004)  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
 Passes 1-10  160  115  71.9  1469  9.2  65 10 4 66 41.2 20 110.7
 Passes 11-20  159  99  62.3  1291  8.1  52  7 3 65 40.9 16 94.6
 Passes 21-30  147  98  66.7  1172  8.0  30  5 4 63 42.9 15 90.9
 Passes 31+  90  57  63.3  659  7.3  70  5 6 33  36.7  8 76.1
 Matt Cassel (2008)  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
 Passes 1-10  158  105  66.5  1161  7.3  66  5  4  58  36.7  10  88.1
 Passes 11-20  148  101  68.2  1101  7.4  43  5  2  53  35.8  11  95.6
 Passes 21-30  127  76  59.8  776  6.1  76  6  2  41  32.3  7  86.6
 Passes 31+  83  45  54.2  655  7.9  64  5  3  30  36.1  9  85.2

Where do we need to get to? Is Trent Green a Fair benchmark for Matt Cassel in 2011? Matt has the ability and in 2011 he has the playmakers in the passing offense. Trent had Preist Holmes and Matt has Jamaal Charles.

Geaux Chiefs

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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