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BSJ Classroom: Inside the Patriots’ passing game – Sight adjustments

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Over the course of my writing career, I’ve been able to learn from some of the best in the game during one-on-one discussions, film review, and coaching clinics. I’ve been behind the scenes with the Texans as they game plan for an opponent, watched film with the likes of Bill Belichick, Bill O’Brien, Charlie Weis, Paul Alexander, Jim McNally, Bob Wylie, Rod Rust, Ron Jaworski, Greg Cosell, Geno Atkins and a host of others. I’ve just tried to be a sponge and accumulate any insight they’ve shared, and then I’ve tried to pass it on to my readers.

In this series, I’ll try to answer questions BSJ members have about certain things they don’t understand about football — from the simple to the complex.

First installmentAn overview of the Patriots’ complex passing offense.
Second: Inside the Patriots’ passing offense — Route conversions

Today: Sight adjustments


So the next stop on our magical, mystical tour of the Patriots' complicated passing game is the realm of sight adjustments. This concept delves into a variety of areas, almost to the point you could call all four of the Patriots' main pass game concepts sight adjustment. But we'll try to focus on the two main areas: blitzes and coverage.

Let's start with some keys. Many of these go for any passing offense that builds in route adjustments into its offense.

1. Know where the safeties are: