DELAYED RELEASE

What is DELAYED RELEASE?

DELAYED RELEASE meaning departure of a pass receiver on a pass route after blocking, typically for a one-or two-count; purpose is to get the defender responsible for covering the receiver or zone in question to conclude the receiver is not going to run a pass route on this play and abandon covering him or the zone in which the route will take place; counterintuitive; receivers generally need to be admonished and/or punished repeatedly to get them to wait the required amount of time before releasing; generally important part of a counter boot play

 

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