Analyzing the Fast Screen and Bubble Screen

by | Mar 25, 2018 | News

Attending practice on Friday, I was able to see some of the screen game installation in individual/group/team periods. The two that really popped out to me were the fast screens and bubble screens. To no surprise DJ Matthews got a ton of reps on both of these screens in the team sessions. Below we are going to draw up the X’s and O’s of both of these plays, with a twist at the end. Both of these screens will be in the base package of the lethal simplicity offense

The Bubble Screen

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In the Willie Taggart offense there is a “tag” to almost every play. If we have a favorable match up within the box of the defense, we will run the zone. Which is why the RB is red, as he is the primary call. Now if the box is starting to get packed, or if a defender is playing off of the slot then the screen will be executed. The outside receiver (Z) and the middle slot (Y) are responsible to blocking the defenders ahead of them. The inside slot (H) takes an orbital track, receiving the pass quickly, and trying to stay outside. This play is almost always ran out of the trips set, or motion that creates trips. This is where athletes can be athletes and win their one on one match-ups. This screen with the others are a high percentage play. The QB has to be intelligent to make this pre-snap read though.

(The bubble screen out of motion)

The Fast Screen


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This play gives me nightmares from the 2014 CFP Playoff game against Oregon. While Willie Taggart wasn’t the coach there at the time, he uses this play a lot. This play is ran out of double slot but can be executed out of trips. Basically your slot receivers are kicking out the corner on top of the outside receiver. The receiver who gets the ball will need to push vertically up field to maximize his gain. Like the screen above, it depends on what pre-snap match ups you have. If the box is stacked, or the secondary is playing loose, you will see this play. Notice the QB does not have to fake the hand off at all, especially if he is throwing opposite of the RB. The blocking and receiving responsibilities can be alternated.


Plot Twist: Fast & Go

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This play can be ran out of double slot or trips (as seen below). You usually get once or twice to execute this big in a game. It is for defenses keying on the fast screen, playing aggressive, and you can hit them over the top. Usually this play goes for a touchdown. The timing this play is called depends on its success.







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