With football season basically upon us, I wanted to make a teaching correlation between football and basketball. Playing quarterback, at least at the highest level, is regarded to be the most difficult position in sports to play. I will confess that I have never played football or coached it, but watching it my whole life I can understand the extreme difficulty of the position. Let’s take a quick look at some basic teaching points for playing QB.
Quick Lesson on Quarterback Progression and ReadsFull Article - prepqb.com - How to Play Quarterback
Progression is the order in which the quarterback looks at receivers running routes in a particular play. There are two principal types of progressions that you will encounter, pure progressions and key read progressions.
Pure Progression - In a pure progression, the pass patterns in the play are assigned numbers, one to three for example. The quarterback looks to throw to the receiver running the first pass pattern at the end of his drop. If that receiver is not open, the quarterback resets his feet and looks to the number two receiver, and if the number two receiver is not open, the quarterback resets his feet and looks to the number three receiver. In each case, his footwork tells him when to look to the next receiver.
Key Read Progression - In a Key Read Progression the quarterback drops back watching defender who is the key defender and throws away from the movement of that defender. (Ex: Strong Safety)
How does Rhythm Offense fit in?
Next bullet point is from TopGun Quarterback and Receiver Academy regarding QB progressions
Key Read Progression
Key Reads for player with ball
To some degree quarterbacks combine the idea of “Reads” and “Progressions” when deciding what to do with the football at the end of their drop. The same goes for the Rhythm Offense basketball player who reads their defender (Reads) in the context of the Count Method (Progression). The quarterback is not necessarily told what option to choose and what player to throw the ball to. The coach helps the quarterback feel comfortable by providing them with the progression reads. The reads help the quarterback look for certain players/passes at certain times. The Rhythm Offense basketball coach doesn't necessarily tell the basketball player which action to perform on the catch. The basketball coach can help their players feel comfortable by providing them with progression reads. If using a progression teaching approach for quarterbacks is common practice, then why don’t coaches use a similar approach for basketball.