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Pre-Snap Movements by an Offense: Trade, Motion and Shifting

6 Feb

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The thing you will often see an offense use to confuse a defense is pre-snap movement — either a formation shift or a man in motion.  Coaches believe it is two things: fun and lethal.

On offense, coaches want to create the illusion that they’re very complex when in fact they’re very simple. They work their magic by running a few plays from a variety of formations or “looks” that they create through various pre-snap movements.

The thinking is that they will be difficult to defend and, at the same time, they won’t overload their offensive linemen or quarterback with too much to remember as the teaching remains the same each week.

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