A quarterback soon learns to find lanes in different places when working against
a three, four, or five man rush. The maneuvering itself, however, is natural and instinctive and thus should not be a programmed
or predetermined move. Lanes not only provide for improved vision but also allow the signal caller to step up and throw the
football. Stepping up places outside rushers behind the quarterback's throwing track, providing still another aspect of passing
in a lane.
Man rather than zone protection is more conducive to the formation of lanes. Nonetheless,
there are always openings to slide to, and the quarterback's job is to be aware of these throwing positions. It should also
be noted that if zone protection is firmer and confronts the pass rusher closer to the line of scrimmage. Because of the increased
space between the quarterback and rushers, throwing lanes are not as necessary.