Chalk Talk: Executing the Spot Route

Peter Gonzalez, (left)shown here with Montebello QB Ryan Rivera, is the OC at Montebello

Peter Gonzalez, (left) shown here with Montebello QB Ryan Rivera, is the OC at Montebello

By Peter Gonzalez

“Executing the Spot Route”
Peter Gonzalez, (son of Montebello HC Pete Gonzalez) is the offensive coordinator at Montebello.

The spot route is becoming a staple in offenses around football, no matter what offensive style or scheme a coach prefers. It can be executed whether the route is run with a Wide Receiver, Tight End, or Running Back.
It can be run by a player who is lining up on the outside of a formation or from the inside of a formation. The flexibility of this route is what I believe is most appealing about it. There are various ways of teaching the route, but I am going to share how we execute it. First, the player designated to run the Spot route is required to locate the first second level defender inside of him. By second level, I mean the first defender in coverage that is backed off from the line of scrimmage. Once the defender is identified and the ball is snapped, the designated player will run his route on a path to the outside shoulder of the defender that he picked out and will work to achieve a depth of five to seven yards.
The player running the Spot route will stay on that path until the defender he picked out crosses his eyes. Once that happens the offensive player will then stop his route and square himself to the quarterback showing his number (or numbers) to the quarterback. Once the quarterback sees this, the ball is delivered to a shoulder where it is safest for the receiver to turn and run. The receiver is trained that if the ball is delivered to his inside shoulder, he is required to turn inside and get upfield in the middle of the defense once the catch has been completed. If the ball is delivered to the outside shoulder, the receiver turns to the sideline and runs to the open field he can find. Once the receiver and quarterback are comfortable with making our first read together, they will be able to determine the “Spot” very quickly, so as a way of protecting the Spot route runner we then move to the last phase of our route execution.

After the initial defender has been identified before the snap and we know the “Spot” we are going to work towards, we then begin to start looking inside to the next nearest defender as they’re running. They learn to check the second defender (typically a middle linebacker) as they are getting ready to settle down in the open Spot and we adjust our Spot if necessary. We teach this aspect of it as well to help the receiver avoid getting blindsided from a linebacker looking to undercut the route or looking for a big hit.

As far as putting this route into a concept, there are many variations that can be used. It can be used as a two route combination with the other receiver running a route designed to beat a specific look or coverage the offense is seeing from the defense. It can also be executed with one receiver and a Tight End or Running Back coming out of the backfield. I feel it’s most common out of a three receiver combination, with usually the Spot route being accompanied with a Flag route (or some type of vertical route) and a flat. Again it can be used with a variety of personnel groupings such as three Wide Receivers, one Wide Receiver and two Tight Ends, or even for those who prefer to play under center with either a drop back or play action and it can be executed with one Wide Receiver, one Tight End and a back whether it be the Halfback or Fullback. This can also be used against various looks from the defense whether it be a zone or man to man coverage, as well as against the blitz.
Note: Under Gonzalez Montebello has had over 3500 yards of offense each of the last four years and at least 2000 yards of passing in three of the last four years. In two of those years the Oilers had over 4000 yards of total offense.   

48 Comments to "Chalk Talk: Executing the Spot Route"

  1. Oilers's Gravatar Oilers
    July 22, 2016 - 3:14 pm | Permalink

    @Crap Talk?

    You should change your moniker to ” In the know ”
    You sound like you were there during these precedings. At the end of the day, you don’t matter. Only the Upper Administration does. You sound like they flipped a coin. He came highly recommended. But according to you he wasn’t. Anyways, move on….

  2. Crap Talk?'s Gravatar Crap Talk?
    July 21, 2016 - 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I apologize; apparently Gonzalez was hired out of the blue, as a guy with no prior coaching experience. In this case, the question of where he had been before and what he did there would not be addressed. My mistake.

  3. Oilers's Gravatar Oilers
    July 21, 2016 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

    @Crap Talk?

    This is a blog not a gossip column. Everything that your saying is all hear say unless you were in those interviews. You sound very suspicious and seem to know more then the average Joe. Just curious if you were one of the guys that got canned from his staff? Im trying to figure your resentment and can’t find any other reasons.
    To say coach Petes “lackluster performance ” is just garbage. He’s done everything you can ask out of a coach. At the end of the day, your opinions do not matter. But it’s just shows your bitterness. My son played the last four seasons and his time there was very memorable. He’s graduated and is moving on to a four year university. He isn’t playing football but if it wasn’t for Coach and his staff monitoring his grades he would be at a JC. Your moronic comments hold no value when it comes to these things.
    Lastly, if you think Beltran will get BG to a Championship then your really on drugs or something that’s impairing your thinking. They’re not even close buddy. Stop being so bitter and just move on…..

  4. Crap Talk?'s Gravatar Crap Talk?
    July 20, 2016 - 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Montebello apologists can say anything they want to defend Pete’s lackluster performance, but it’s a fact that when this man was interviewed, Montebello officials HAD to take account of his exploits at St. Paul, and it’s inconceivable that the CIF title on Pete’s resume didn’t seal the deal. In the same way, it’s impossible that BG hired Beltran without any clue that he might get the Lancers to the title game and possibly win a title. Bell Gardens wasn’t looking for a friendly face who would build character; they made a move to win big.

  5. Oilers's Gravatar Oilers
    July 20, 2016 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    @Crap Talk,

    Why all the comparisons to other schools? We don’t care about SP etc. Those schools are now the bottom feeders in their respective leagues.
    As for improvement, we have seen a turn around big time. It’s not fair to use the CIF title label as failure. Only one team wins every year in case you didn’t notice. We will continue to support Gonzalez and his staff to the fullest. If you don’t like it then don’t watch us. It’s obvious you have some sort of ties since you reference SP. Get over it !

  6. Crap Talk?'s Gravatar Crap Talk?
    July 19, 2016 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    A coach worth his salt should be able to show a substantial improvement after a maximum of three years, but Gonzalez’s oilers were still stuck in the mud after four. The man was hired to do for Montebello what he did at St. Paul; that was the mandate and after seven years it’s still a pipe dream. If this is an unfair thing to say, I guess it’s cruel to state that the earth is round and fire is hot.

  7. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    July 19, 2016 - 7:51 am | Permalink

    @Oiler Parent
    I don’t doubt coach Pete is a good coach, but if you ask any other football staff hanging your hat on 4 league titles doesn’t mean squat if you can’t win in the playoffs or a CIF championship. Schurr sadly still holds that over Montebello.

    Schurr had unfortunately run into some hard times as all programs do. A revolving door of coaches didn’t help their situation. Once they get that under control they should be better.

  8. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    July 19, 2016 - 7:46 am | Permalink

    Just remember behind every lie there is a bit of truth… I don’t believe everything I just believe in what I see. Cathedral is getting a bad rap because they are doing dirty things. You just have to see it through the outside world. I know a lot of HS coaching circles are very upset with Cathedrals and Coach P’s antics.

    No need to talk to coach P about what’s going on. He will give you his politician smile and handshake and tell you they are doing things by the book. Just like the whole hazing incident, he will wash his hands of any wrong doing and blame everyone else.

  9. Welcome Aboard's Gravatar Welcome Aboard
    July 18, 2016 - 10:36 pm | Permalink

    “Why is everyone talking so much crap”

    You must be new to the internet.

  10. History101's Gravatar History101
    July 18, 2016 - 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Rise and fall of SHS? Lets look back lets say the “3pete Years”….First year MTB won by 3 points? 2nd year MTB won by 7 points? 3rd year MTB beat a team of sophmores? Prior to that didnt SHS own MTB for 7 straight years? Its called rebuilding….no fall. New Coach (BG guy) looks like he is making some strides….took his young team last year past the 1st round…right? And reading about this team lately it sounds like the are hitting all cylinders. It makes for an exciting October game this year. Good luck to all in the Almont. And when SHS takes care of MTB this season…i will treat the Team and staff to DOUBLZ after the Spartan victory….lol

  11. Oiler Parent's Gravatar Oiler Parent
    July 18, 2016 - 11:53 am | Permalink

    Why is everyone talking so much crap. We have been improving every year since Coach Pete has taken over at head coach. We are not perfect but we are headed in the right direction. If anyone should be talking crap about is the rise and fall of Schurr. Maybe the can do a article on how to loss players to us and how to run the ball 95% of the time and never learn from their mistakes. Oilers going for 4xs in a row in league.

  12. July 16, 2016 - 10:21 pm | Permalink

    And I thought we’d hear something about The Iron Brigade….

  13. Wide Open Messages Boards Are More Fun's Gravatar Wide Open Messages Boards Are More Fun
    July 16, 2016 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Personally, I think it’s great that people are into it enough that the topic goes in all sorts of directions. Obviously our hosts, who vet each post before it goes public, are cool with it.

    If you want a good discussion on the post at hand, literally no one is stopping you from making a good comment or asking an insightful question. Maybe some people will even respond accordingly.

    “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look in the mirror and make a change.” I think Gandhi said that.

  14. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    July 16, 2016 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Can someone please tell me how am article on a spot route turns into cathedral bashing? There’s no use in publishing these articles on this website because of blogger immaturity… They get an opportunity to hear the Monrovia dc, former ER head coach and now Montebello oc…. Not one of the comments stayed on the topic of football… The things these coaches are writing are going way over the heads of the bloggers so they simply comment about transfers or whatever else they like to gossip about… I’m no football expert but I just call it as I see it.

  15. July 16, 2016 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Children children grow up please!

  16. July 16, 2016 - 2:17 pm | Permalink

    He has hiding in his office under his desk, witnesses say they heard child like whimpering coming from his office. He kept saying… No! They know I’m a fake, they know I’m a phony No!
    One eye witness says he looked a lot like crack coach Kline from the waterboy when he got his green playbook stolen from him. Red heeled pumps and all!

  17. July 16, 2016 - 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah I forgot about that incident! Where did coach Pee go that day? Lol. He did stick around last your tho! Lol.
    Anyone remember him going gangsta and cold cocking a 7 on 7 referee for making a “bad call” lol.

  18. allsummer16's Gravatar allsummer16
    July 16, 2016 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Do what are they suppose to say to Coach Peasrson? Talk to him about the weather , his hobbies? You clowns ohh I’m sorry cathedral really think people here are going to go out of their way to go to cathedral and talk to the head coach. D 1 fan your a funny dude man. No one on this blog likes cathedral except cathedral people. You don’t like people talking trash then stop responding. Take your own advice , grow some “football” and suck it up. The loudest talkers are always hiding the most things my man. If not then continue to get bashed because everything said is probably true. Your not even saying it’s not anymore. Or you point out what other schools are the doing. I hope your Coach is apreiating the thought of defending his program. I hope he doesn’t run out on you like he did when downey beat you guys at your house two years ago and leave you hanging like he did his team. Yeah I was their and I saw that.

  19. Lying liars who lie's Gravatar Lying liars who lie
    July 16, 2016 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think it is a lie that they recruited two very good backs last year, and then didn’t run the ball enough for it to be worth even one guy’s time. Somehow I don’t think the recruiting process included anything like, “Come to Cathedral. We’ve got one of the best QBs around, so we barely run the ball. You’ll love it here!”

  20. D1 Fan's Gravatar D1 Fan
    July 16, 2016 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    To You haters Downey & Anonymous. Tovar is the man no matter what. If You Two Haters have any footballs go talk to Coach P in person. You two are cowards spreading lies about Cathedral.

  21. July 16, 2016 - 1:17 am | Permalink

    Anyone ever get the chance to speak to Kams father he’s very honest about the shenanigans and lies that his son had to endure. 2 of the 5 Monrovia kids that are now at Cathedral asked for but ultimately ignored his advice to stay put. Each kid will ultimately follow his own path. We cross our fingers that everything works out for these boys. My concern is these kids are no match for these slick talking recruiters. They can promise the world and no one holds them accountable. We should not regulate the transfer itself but we should regulate the coaches recruiting the kids… Put your name on it as the recruiter like they do in college. Maybe this way we can limit the lies and exaggerations that our kids have to hear.

  22. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 16, 2016 - 12:19 am | Permalink

    cathedral will always be on the offensive for all the shady stuff they do. Don’t like to be called out for it , and will immediately point the finger at someone else to justify their actions. Fun fact about their DC. This would be 4 DCs in 5 years. Why is that. Any real coach will not put up with the drama and bull that goes on there. Isn’t it funny that Tovar was the face of cathedral in any write up about the phantoms. Now it’s Tovar and Bryce. Sad that Tovar busted his butt for 3 years to be now call the Tovar and Bryce show his senior year.

  23. LM Fan's Gravatar LM Fan
    July 15, 2016 - 8:51 pm | Permalink


    15? Where did you get that number? It was only 6. Hahaha

    You probably read it on the Internet so that makes it true. LOL

  24. July 15, 2016 - 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Your tactics are deplorable and finally people are realizing just what I’ve been saying for two years now! No high school will let you near campus anymore! Head coaches are warning their kids about training with these so called gurus with no… I’ll repeat NONE experience to back that up! Tovar is a Clarkson guy! Young is Chris Rix guy your best athletes are guys you stole and didn’t have to coach up! Word is out on your over inflated stats playing division 12 and 13 teams! They don’t mean squat and you know it. Coach Pee is an insecure pea brain they only place he has a say so is on the field and he’s protecting it with all his being! Hence why he brings in youth coaches and dads to coordinate his defense! Once this word reaches more and more ears you guys are finished! Them maybe you can get the guys that love what Cathedral used to stand for to comeback and make it great again!

  25. July 15, 2016 - 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Lots of programs recruit… Acknowledged!!
    But answer me this… Do programs train a kid from a team (Monrovia) ask him to bring his teammates to (catch balls for the QB) then promptly steal those kids away?
    Do respectable programs ask head coaches if they can hold camps on their site then steal those kids away? There’s a right and a wrong way to go about your business. Nobody respects Cathedral! Ask around… They’re the slime balls in an already dirty business. Respectful coaches wouldn’t bring in two RBs in their senior season and not use either of them! These dudes are pure slime! That’s the difference between a La Mirada a Downey or Amat and these clowns at Cathedral!

  26. D1 Fan's Gravatar D1 Fan
    July 15, 2016 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank You Falcon1. Downey had 9 Transfers last season. Cathedral had 4 with 4 Starters expelled . This Downey Guy is an Alumnus and is bitter with Coach Pearson. That’s why he knows a lot of what’s happening at Cat Hi. Again My point is there are a lot of School’s that bring in a lot more transfers than Cathedral.

  27. Falcon1's Gravatar Falcon1
    July 15, 2016 - 5:15 pm | Permalink

    @ downtownDowney
    I’m not defending cathedral but I’m willing to bet that Downey has or had kids that should be going to the surrounding schools. Am I right?

  28. D1 Fan's Gravatar D1 Fan
    July 15, 2016 - 2:50 pm | Permalink

    To Annoymous, La Mirada with 15 or more Transfers do that to a lot of programs let alone Cathedral. Even if the Phantoms were at full strength last year La Mirada was a Monster.

  29. D1 Fan's Gravatar D1 Fan
    July 15, 2016 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    To Downtown Downey, I don’t know what your Obsession is with Cathedral, but kids want to go there. They are not doing anything that’s out of the ordinary. Again worry about Yourself. There are a lot of programs doing a lot more than little Cathedral.

  30. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    July 15, 2016 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Viewpoint is Division 10 and Montebello is Division 11, that’s hardly a big difference. You made it seem like Montebello played a CIF Division 2-3 team. I agree that Montebello looks strong if they stay healthy. I just don’t think Montebello has the speed to compete with St. Paul. Again I really dislike that program BUT they are fast.

  31. Chunk67's Gravatar Chunk67
    July 15, 2016 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    “Nice photo of the QB. Better watch out of other programs looking for a late transfer. LOL.”
    He graduated sooo late transfer is out of the question lol
    BTW I watched Montebello play last year against Viewpoint and the looked horribly slow. Granted they had some injuries but it still wouldn’t have made a difference (lost 49-0). They may be strong but they are not fast. Unless they transferred in some speed, they will be slow again and will not go far in the playoffs. It pains me to say but St. Paul will run right past them (I dislike SP).
    Viewpoint was in a higher division so now with the new CIF playoff brackets I think Montebello should have a better chance if they stay healthy.As far as St. Paul running past Montebello we will see what happens,the defense looks pretty tight this year

  32. Fanatic's Gravatar Fanatic
    July 15, 2016 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    The “spot” route is the “stick” route, same route different name. I’m sure coach Gonzalez ain’t claiming he created anything, he is probably just trying to master it within his own offense and explaining how he runs it. You can run it so many ways with so many route combinations. Colt 47 stick to drinking your Colt 45’s you lame.

  33. July 15, 2016 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    Maybe cathedral forgot what La Mirada did to them last year up front. 12 sacks!!!! 20 yards rushing!!!!
    On the other side La Mirada ran for 360!!!!

  34. Oiler 98's Gravatar Oiler 98
    July 15, 2016 - 6:43 am | Permalink

    Good job coach I don’t know anyone on the team but I just ho to support like what I see. Keep up the good work,

  35. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    July 15, 2016 - 6:05 am | Permalink

    Cathedral is loading up with skill players. Are they forgetting to beef up the line for 150lbs Tovar?

    BTW I watched Montebello play last year against Viewpoint and the looked horribly slow. Granted they had some injuries but it still wouldn’t have made a difference (lost 49-0). They may be strong but they are not fast. Unless they transferred in some speed, they will be slow again and will not go far in the playoffs. It pains me to say but St. Paul will run right past them (I dislike SP).

  36. Nothing New's Gravatar Nothing New
    July 15, 2016 - 5:40 am | Permalink

    I agree with Colt74 that no new ground has been broken here. The ‘route’ Gonzalez senior has followed is one of being very ordinary for seven seasons, so now he’s on the ‘spot’.

  37. Colt74's Gravatar Colt74
    July 15, 2016 - 3:00 am | Permalink

    So basically they take a mini curl and now call it a spot route?

  38. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 15, 2016 - 12:22 am | Permalink

    Nice photo of the QB. Better watch out of other programs looking for a late transfer. LOL.

  39. July 14, 2016 - 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Surprise surprise Cathedral just raided Monrovia again… They took two more kids from them. I just have one question… The QB King trains the starting QB at Monrovia lol he’s stealing all his weapons! Just another prime example of those fine Cathedral tactics! Exemplary!!!!

  40. July 14, 2016 - 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Thumbs up! Great explanation of the route.
    Suggestions get Jude Oliva do a wright up
    Jim Singiser New South Hills coach Bechtel
    From T. Peterson: Oliva already did one years ago…and Singiser has been contacted. We’ll see.

  41. CoachBG's Gravatar CoachBG
    July 14, 2016 - 11:16 pm | Permalink

    We could of had a clip of the spot route from a game if the Montebello camera man wasn’t so shakey.

  42. Pride of Pico's Gravatar Pride of Pico
    July 14, 2016 - 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Montebello has lost to ER 3 out of the last 4 years. Last year they didn’t play.

  43. Joe Blow's Gravatar Joe Blow
    July 14, 2016 - 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I will say this about this coach this weekend we were at the Arroyo shootout. Every team was playing like it was the CIF playoffs their boys were going both ways the whole time and when the playoff round started only the starter qbs were in. I watched Mhs vs Arcadia they were in OT and the OC rotated his starter and back up the whole day one series in one series out even at the very end. To me as a dad and coach it was very impressive. Great article young man. Good luck to you this year.

  44. Rite aid's Gravatar Rite aid
    July 14, 2016 - 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Yeah this coach knows exactly what’s going on especially his understudy coach Andrew Arroyo

  45. Critic's Gravatar Critic
    July 14, 2016 - 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Those stats are very impressive good luck coach.

  46. CoachBG's Gravatar CoachBG
    July 14, 2016 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I expect a game story from you every week now homie.

  47. Oilers's Gravatar Oilers
    July 14, 2016 - 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Great job!

    Keep teaching those young men the game of football inside and out. It’s refreshing to finally see kids understand different things and not be one dimensional. Keep up the great work!! Go Oilers!!

  48. Football fan's Gravatar Football fan
    July 14, 2016 - 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I have heard good things about the OC at Mhs very well said coach.

    Thank you

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