How to Run a Short Post Route (Twelve-12 Route) in Football
How to Run a Short Post Route in Football (Twelve-12 Route)
This route is similar to the post route, but shorter. It's in between the Slant and the Post. When defense is in cover 2 (two safeties) one will play short, one deep. This pattern is designed to get the receiver in the empty area in between. It works well especially if two receivers team up on the same side, one stays short, the other Streaks. Also works if the DBs and Safeties’ are playing short and deep zone. You get the area in between. It is run just like a post route, just with shorter yardage.
Here’s how to effectively run the short post route:
To start, wide receivers and/or tight ends push the defensive back off by running directly up field.
Once, you've gotten 5 yards down field or more depending on the distance required, head across the field and anticipate the quarterback to throw you the ball. It will usually be thrown ahead of you to cover the field and give you time to separate from the defender(s).
One key factor in running the post route is to really push that defensive back and get him in the back pedal so they think you're going long. Then, you'll break it off and go straight across the field and the quarterback will try to hit you with more of a deep route rather than the slant.
Top wide receivers, you've learned a lot about running great routes. Master each route and study the defense in order to come up with alternative moves you can make in between routes to throw of the defense. Learning how to use different mental mind games, lining up on the line certain ways, faking a block, and faking other routes are great ways to get open and increase your worth on the football field.