Here is Spacing on the backside of two-man Scat, which the Saints run a good bit in the cut-ups I have seen. Both are good 1 Hi concepts, which is what the Bucs Defense is in here. Scat can be deadly vs. Man in that it has an option for the RB to wheel up if the LB is chasing him. Scat takes a little bit longer than the regular Quick game concepts, so it is technically a five-step concept. Brees takes a quick three-step drop from the Gun. He sees that his frontside concept is not there, so he hitches up and begins his Spacing progression: Sit to Mini-Curl to Flat route. The Sit route is covered, but the Mini-Curl is open and Brees shows his precision by putting the ball to the side away from the defender maximize YAC (yards after catch).
Pass ProtectionThe Pass Protection is a six man protection: half-man, half-slide with the FB check-releasing the two LB/DBs in the box to his side. This would be called 60 protection (60 = to the Right, 61 would be to the Left). 60 Protection is to the Right, so the covered/uncovered rules would start from the Right and go to the Left. The RT is covered and the RG is covered because both have a man head up or outside of them. They are the "Man" side and they will block the defender covering them. The Center is the first Uncovered lineman and he starts the Slide to the Left. The Center, LG, and the LT all slide backside--one gap to the Left. The LG will help out the Center with the 1 technique NT until a LB causes him to come off that block.
The FB check-releases by reading 1 to 2, from inside-out. If both 1 and 2 blitz, he will block #1, who would be the most dangerous. Also, if both 1 and 2 blitz, #2 would be an unblocked defender that the QB is responsible for. If 1 and 2 are coming from depth (blitzing from LB depth), the QB should be fine. If both 1 and 2 walk up on the LOS (line of scrimmage), then the QB or Center might need to change the protection.
There are also two LBs to the left of the Center. The Saints have 3 OL vs. 2 DL to the left, so one of the OL will be able to pick up one of the LBs should they blitz. If both LBs blitz, the OL is responsible for the most dangerous LB (the one nearest to the QB) and the QB is responsible for the other LB. The QB will have to get rid of the ball before the unblocked rusher gets there.
We will conclude the Spacing series with part 4 being the final read in the Spacing progression: the Flat route. Click on the Spacing tag below to see the previous Spacing posts.