Hot route

A hot route is a short passing route in American Football used to escape a potential sack from a blitzing defense.

A hot route is a variation on the regular running route for a running back. It results usually from an audible called by a quarterback, and is based on a read of a blitzing defense. If the defense does not blitz, the running back runs the regular route. If the defense does blitz, the running back will, instead of blocking the blitzing defensive player, run a short route, such as a bubble screen, and catch the ball which the quarterback dumps off quickly.[1]


  1. Olson, Mel; Henderson, Frank (1997). Football's West Coast offense. Champaign: Human Kinetics. p. 28. ISBN 9780880116626.

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