Tapping in the passing game

15 Oct

Everyone knows how fast you tap determines if you win or lose grapples.  However, few people talk about the role tapping has in your QB play.  The only way to change a receiver is to tap A.  The better you are at tapping in syncopation then the better a passer you are.  You don’t need to be fast.  You need to be accurate.

The first thing you have to learn is to stop tapping.  Similar to the qb scramble drill.  It’s great to run with the qb.  It’s even better when you can stop before the line of scrimmage.  It’s great to tap through your options quick. But it will backfire if you have no control.

Here are a few tricks you can use.

1. Depending on the play find the wr you want to throw to.  Put the arrow on him.  Then press 4 or 5 quick taps of the A button followed by the B button.  You should throw to the same guy you started out as.

2. Arrow on primary.  Human defenders typically account for 2 players at once.  On some plays tap A twice or thrice and throw to third option.  Useful on R and S pass 2 to open up the tight end.

3. Approaching line of scrimmage.  Flash through the receivers right when you reach the line of scrimmage.  If you’re a real pro stop at the line, avoid drones and then go.

4. You notice everyone is open and one human defender in coverage.  He’s been reading your mind on who you want to throw to.  Let the play develop.  Then tap A 6-9 times before throwing.  Press B at random.  If you don’t know where it is going he doesn’t know.  Only use this tactic if nothing is working against someone.

5. Work on rapidly tapping 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and beyond.  The more control you have on tapping the more you can open in the pass game.

6. Remember Occam’s Razor.  Start with simple solutions.  Bring more complicated tricks as the game moves on.

7. Arrow trick.  Tap A after you throw.  Don’t have to do it every play but one arrow trick a game could be 7 easy points.  If you’re fast press A twice.  Double arrow trick is possible on an original nintendo.



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