Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room No.248 QB Steven Montez (Colorado): Pre-Snap Coverage Triangles

Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room uses a near-interception of Colorado quarterback Steven Montez’s target against CSU and shows what the NFL Draft prospect could do to assess the coverage pre-snap and anticipate potential post-snap pitfalls. 

One of many valuable things I learned from reading head coach Jay Norvell’s excellent book on wide receiver play was triangulating defenders to determine coverage details. While not a fool-proof method for determining the exact coverage, it’s definitely more than peeking through a keyhole—more like a powerful flashlight in a dark hallway.

Colorado quarterback Steven Montez could have used a better flashlight on this play because he nearly threw a pick-six to the nickel corner who peeled off his assignment and cut off Montez’s target of the outside route. If Montez triangulated the positions of the corner, safety, and linebacker relative to receivers on the left side of the field—something that doesn’t take nearly as long as the explanation before—he’d be much more aware of the pitfalls of targeting the outside receiver.

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