THROWBACK PASS

What is THROWBACK PASS?

THROWBACK PASS meaning pass to quarterback from running back or wide receiver who had previously received a handoff, pass, or pitch from the quarterback; frequently used in goal-line situations to take advantage of the fact that defenses favor man pass coverage in those situations and typically do not assign any defender to cover the quarterback; I recommend that the back-side defensive end cover him when the ball is passed out wide to the player who will throw it back to the quarterback and I recommend that the quarterback be covered by the defender whose man received the handoff or pitch when that exchange method is used, although these techniques should probably only be required on a game-plan basis against teams that are known to employ the throwback pass

 

reference: John T. Reed: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL TERMS