Pre-snap reads can be for a run play or pass play. On the field, a quarterback must teach himself to read the defense
before he takes the snap. If there is a man lined up right in the pathway of the run, the quarterback might change the play.
During pass plays, a quarterback might look at the match up between his wide reciever and the corner and decide which one
he wants to throw to. He might change the play if a corner is doing something else than he expected. For instance; if the
wide reciever is running a hitch but the corner is playing man, the quarterback might switch to a deep pass play in which
the reciever might be able to get separation.
Reads in Run Situations
There are many plays in which a quarterback has to make a read while the play is going on. The most common is the option.
The quarterback has two reads to make. The first is the defensive play on or outside the tackle. If the quarterback sees anything
but his eyes, he gives the football to the fullback. If he sees his eyes, he pulls and continues down the line. The second
read is the defensive end. If he takes the quarterback, then the quarterback pitches to the tailback. if the defensive end
commits to the tailback, then the quarterback tucks the ball and runs.
Reads in Pass Situations
There are different types of reads that have to be made while in a pass play. Number one read is if the reciever can
not get separation or if there is too much clutter, the quarterback must throw the ball away. He must learn to recognize if
the is a screw up and know what to do if there is. Thats the easy read. Other reads like during twins formation is much harder
because the quarterback must read the defender and be able to throw the ball to the correct spot. Plays like right twins 93
in which the quarterback must read the flat defender, usually the outside linebacker. If the line backer takes away the arrow,
then throw it to the slant right behind his ear. If he backpedals to take away the slant, then throw the arrow.