Dynamo is a formation designed for aggressive, pure aerial attacks. Rather than spreading out the receivers as much as possible like most five wide receivers sets do, this formation uses four bunched receivers on the left to run sophisticated routes in which the receivers use each other to run off coverage and screen defenders. The fifth receiver is isolated to the far right. Opposing defenses will have to make a difficult decision: play man coverage, moving most of their defensive backs to one side, or playing a zone in which the strong side defensive backs will be at least momentarily outnumbered by the bunched receivers.


Five receivers means no blocking backs, so a deep shotgun is installed to give the quarterback as much time as possible to read and throw. While Dynamo is designed to attack down the field, quick throws are built into every route to counter blitzes. Defenses eager to attack a seemingly defenseless QB will pay by giving up quick and easy slant and drag patterns towards the middle of the field, or quick out routes under a screen formed by the bunched receivers.

Ah, where to begin with making receiver assignments. If you've followed my playbook closely you know that I prefer to not isolate the #1 WR because I like to work him into the bunched routes and let his buddies run off coverage and lay blocks after the catch. In Dynamo I split the #2 guy out wide to the right while keeping the #1 receiver on the left, specifically at the flanker position to the inside. This position gets a lot of quick looks, especially if the defense brings quick pressure, and so needs a player who can make clutch catches consistently. I put the #3 receiver in the split end position at the top of the bunch. This position generally runs the deeper routes so good speed is probably the most important asset here. For the left and rear flanker positions it's basically a toss-up. I put the #5 WR to the outside so that the slightly superior #4 receiver is closer to the QB and in better position to make quick catches. The left flanker runs a few important routes through the benefit of all the traffic created by the other bunch receivers though, so you may want to stick the #4 in this slot instead. Really there's no good spot for a #5 receiver because I try to make good use of every receiving position in at least a few plays. If you can't find a satisfactory layout for your personnel and want to make Dynamo a significant part of your offense, you may be best off just going out and picking up a free agent to bolster your roster.


Dynamo - Havoc


Havoc is a play designed to strike at the defense hard and fast with vertical routes. The major weapons are the slant patterns, one running through traffic to lose the defender, the other running through the open. With a streak, corner and curl route thrown into the mix, Havoc is wreaked to the inside and outside, up close and deep downfield.

Dynamo - Chariot


The spiraling routes look like a spinning wheel, while the devastating carnage inflicted upon your enemies will evoke images of Roman Gladiator battles. Defenses which aren't prepared to face this dynamic passing attack will be rolled right over. Chariot seemed a fitting name for such a play.

Dynamo - Scepter


Scepter creates a great combination of simple execution and devastating potential. With three streaks and two quick slants available, every receiver has a chance to get open quickly and catch the ball in stride, making big gains before the defense knows what's hitting them.

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