The Undefended Channel by Brummie

The undefended channel builds on the concept of Isolating defenders by creating an area of the field that isn't covered by any defender, allowing an easy pass.

Typically, defences attempt to cover areas of the field; Fig. 1 shows a static vertical stack scenario, where D1 is marking to cover one side of the field, and D3 is guarding C at the front of the stack. After […]

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  • Leslie Wu says:

    How viable is this cut? I’ve played more horizontal stack and while I’ve seen Stanford Superfly 2015 pull this off well, for example, the dimensions seem a little weird.

    The diagram makes it look like C (the cag? reset handler?) makes a cut >10yd to get open rather than a 3-5yd cut or fake followed by presumably an I/O flick (not pictured–what’s that curve).

    I also wondered if it’d be more akin to a 7-cut that you do see in the women’s game rather than a straight lateral out and breakside cut.

  • Brummie says:

    Hi Leslie.

    Not sure why I didn’t get a notification about this comment, so apologies for the slow response! :-)

    This cut is extremely viable. It’s often seen as part of an endzone offence.

    The distance of the cut isn’t really important, it’s just whatever it takes to get separation. This could be a shoulder shimmy, or it could be 10m. The concept remains the same; starting on the open side and cutting towards the break side generates this “undefended channel”.

    If you want to see repetitions of this in action, watch Jimmy Mickle playing off the front of the stack during Bravo’s championship win in 2014.


    P.S. The “7” cut is something slightly different, see “Open Under to Break Lateral”

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