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F O O T B A L L. 2000 Offense: Running Game. T a b l e o f C o n t e n t s. Assignment Summary. Run Game “Families”. 12-13 Draw. 16-17 Trey. 18-19 Option. 2 Back Blast/Lead Series:. 21-22. 23-24. 25-26. 28-29 Jet. 42-43 Zone. 44-45 Stretch. 46-47 Counter.

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F o o t b a l l
F O O T B A L L

2000 Offense:

Running Game


T a b l e o f c o n t e n t s
T a b l e o f C o n t e n t s

  • Assignment Summary

  • Run Game “Families”

  • 12-13 Draw

  • 16-17 Trey

  • 18-19 Option

  • 2 Back Blast/Lead Series:

21-22

23-24

25-26

  • 28-29 Jet

  • 42-43 Zone

  • 44-45 Stretch

  • 46-47 Counter

  • 48-49 Toss

  • Perimeter Blocking Calls

WR Calls 1

WR Calls 2

H-B/OL Adjustments


RUNNING GAME “FAMILIES”

  • The easiest way to learn the running game is to understand that all of our runs basically fall into one of 4 “families,” or “schemes,” or basic ways we assign people to block!

  • These basic families are: “Gap,” “Zone,” “Reach,” and “Base.” If you know which of these families a play falls into, you have a pretty good idea how we’re going to get defenders blocked!

    • In GAP family plays, frontside blockers block back one “Gap,” looking for the opportunity to double team combo on defensive linemen back to linebackers. We will pull one or two blockers from the backside to kick out and/or lead through the hole frontside.

      • 46-47 Counter and 16-17 Counter Trey are our “Gap” plays

    • In ZONE family plays, covered and uncovered linemen work together to get movement on a defensive lineman, working up to the nearest linebacker, stepping frontside to do so.

      • 42-43 and 18-19 Option are our “Zone” plays

    • In REACH family plays, all linemen “reach” one gap to their frontside, looking to “Reach and Overtake” a down lineman in front of him, or “Reach, Rip, and Run” on a wide railroad track to intersect a flowing linebacker.

      • 44-45 Stretch, 28-29 Jet, and 48-49 Toss are our “Reach” plays

    • On BASE blocked plays, linemen drive block the lineman or linebacker over them. It is generally a “man on man” scheme. Generally, the H-Back is assigned to block a linebacker frontside…the lineman whose LB is taken by H blocks backside, potentially using a “Slam and Slide” on his way.

      • 12-13 Draw, 21-22 Blast, 23-24 Blast, and 25-26 Lead are ”Base” plays.

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RUN GAME Summary Table

12-13

DRAW

16-17

CTR TREY

18-19

OPTION

21-22-23-24

BLAST

25-26

LEAD

28-29

JET

42-43

ZONE

44-45

STRETCH

46-47

COUNTER

48-49

TOSS

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  • CALLS/VARIATIONS

  • “Fold” (C & G)

  • “Throw & Go” (BST)

  • “Bob” (H-B on BSLB)

  • “QB”

12-13 “DRAW”

“Base” Family

  • 12 & 13 Draw take advantage of linebackers who get into their pass drops too deep too quickly, opening up running lanes in front of them!

  • This is primarily a play we will run against 5 defenders in the box, unless the 6th defender (a LB) really removes himself quickly!

  • The basic rule for all linemen is to show pass for one count by raising their chest and showing their hands, then to go drive block the DL or LB over them in whatever direction that defender wants to go.

  • Any time we get a 1 technique or a heavy 2 technique, the Center and Guard will execute a “Fold” block to handle that defender and the Middle or Frontside LB!

  • The Draw will be a good 1st down or 2nd and long call against people who play heavy coverage on those downs!

  • KEYS to a successful play:

  • The QB does a GREAT job selling pass with his eyes on 1st 2 steps!

  • FB stays low and does NOT raise up prior to taking ball!

  • Linemen SHOW HANDS to help give LBs the wrong key!

  • Linemen use wide splits and good drive blocks to create running lanes!

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12-13 “DRAW”

FS Outs: Release inside, Recognition Stalk. Use “Roadrunner” technique to get him upfield past you, then reset your hips and stalk him.

12 DRAW v. “Split”

FS Ins: Release inside, Recognition Stalk. Use “Roadrunner” technique.

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“Roadrunner” technique

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FS TE: Pass set, then Base.

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“BASE RULES”

*Block the man on you whichever way he wants to go. If uncovered, release to the first LB over to inside you. Use his leverage & movement against him…block becomes an A, B, or C DRIVE.

*You cannot be wrong unless you LOSE CONTACT! Drive your feet and finish the block! This is true one-on-one blocking!!

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“Fold”

FS T: Pass set, then Base.

FS G: Pass set, then Base. MUST dig your man out of the hole!

CENTER: Pass set, then Base. In an even defense, call “Fold” with G covered by the 1 or 2 technique, Dead Step back to seal the 1 while the G “Folds” around to the LB.

Step out low, show pass set

BS G: Pass set, then Base. If covered by a 1 or 2 technique, you should get a “Fold” call, which tells you to step tightly around the C’s block on the DL, keeping your shoulders square and blocking the first LB frontside .

BS Ins: Release inside, Recognition Stalk. Use “Roadrunner” technique.

BS T: Pass set, then Base. If you get a “Split” call, make a “Throw and Go” call, telling other linemen that you will club the E after pass-setting and work up to the extra LB on your side.

FB: Step backside, staying low, showing a pass set. As the QB turns to you, give him a good pocket and eye blocks on LBs. Take ball, press the block on the 1st down lineman, make 1 and only 1 cut off blocks on LBs, then get North & South!.

BS TE: Pass set, then Base.

QB: Take two full pass drop steps, making eye contact with the backside LB as you do. As you take your third step, turn to find the FB, who will be sliding underneath you. Look ball into his stomach, follow with your eyes, then set up for pass convincingly.

BS Outs: Release inside, Recognition Stalk. Use “Roadrunner” technique.

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  • CALLS/VARIATIONS

  • “Double” (FS)

  • “Double Lock” (FS)

  • “Arc” (TE)

  • “Solid”

16-17 “Counter Trey”

“Gap” Family

  • 16 & 17 Counter Trey is a “meat and potatoes” play that gives us good blocking angles on the frontside and power through the hole with two pullers from the backside at the point of attack!

  • We generally like to run this play to a 3 technique side to allow us to get a strong double team to open up the hole!

  • This play will always be successful if we do two things: Get MOVEMENT on frontside double teams, and SHUT OFF backside penetration!

  • We can and will use a variety of sets and motion to get different people in a position to help SEAL the backside!

  • This play should be very good on any down, at any spot on the field if we execute!

  • KEYS to a successful play:

  • Frontside blockers are patient on double teams and get movement.

  • The C and backside Slot shut down penetration!

  • Pulling linemen run full speed courses!

  • The Fullback stays “in the cheeks” of the pulling tackle and makes a strong “L” cut!

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16-17 “TREY”

BS TE:Punch C gap to EMOL.

FS TE: Gap rules – far LB. 6 or 9 doesn’t count as “covered.” If T is uncovered call “Arc” (Arc to support player) or “Lock” to tell G & T to lock on Dbl b/c you’re coming down to LB.

16 COUNTER TREY v. “Split”

“GAP RULES:Far Backer”

*Frontside linemen responsible for the GAP inside them! First step will always be a 6” flat step to that gap!

*If I’m uncovered, I call “Double” and look to try to Double Combo with the lineman inside me to the 2nd LB inside us! We will stay on the combo until the LB threatens the hole vertically! If the DL over my man to the inside disappears inside by alignment or movement, then my block becomes a Down block to the 2nd LB.

*If I’m coveredby an inside shade, I B Drive him down! If he slants away from me, I work up to a LB!

*If I’m covered by a head-up player or an outside shade, I expect a “Double” call from the man outside of me! He and I will Double Combo to the first LB inside us! If my man slants inside, it becomes a B Drive block for me!

**If I also have a DL on my inside gap, I must call “B, B, B !” to the man behind me to wave off the Double and tell us both to B Drive the man inside us!

*The Center, if uncovered, will always DEAD block with a flat step back to Backside A gap. He must ensure that the 1st DL backside does not get penetration!

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FS T: Gap rules – far LB. 4 or 5 doesn’t count as “covered.”

FS Outs: Inside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!

FS G: Gap rules – far backer

FS Ins: Inside stalk man on.

CENTER: Gap rules. If covered, can stay part of Dbl Combo unless A or B gap is threatened by a DT or DE. If gap isthreatened, make “Down” call to FSG & Dead block.

BS Outs: Convoy, cut off deep middle 1/3 saf. TD Block!

BS Slot: By alignment or motion, seal off E.M.O.L. backside!

BS G: Pull through hip of C,“Long Trap” E.M.O.L. frontside. Use inside-out head position & DIG HIM OUT of the hole.

FB: Step laterally backside, gather on 2nd step, take handoff deep over top of QB and get in phase with pulling tackle. “L cut” and explode off kickout, make final break if needed off T’s block on LB, get North & South as quickly as possible.

BS T:Pull and lead through first available hole on the frontside to frontside LB. Should maintain a 1 x 1 relationship with G to keep from being knocked off. Eyeball LB on your course for run-throughs. Keep shoulders on an angle through hole, do not square up!

QB: Step 5 or 7 o’clock opposite call, get depth, turn and hand ball to FB. Follow handoff with eyes 1-2 steps, boot out and find E.M.O.L. backside!

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  • CALLS/VARIATIONS

  • “Crack”

  • “Door”

  • “Reach” (Block just like 44-45, option support defender)

18-19 “Option”

“Zone” Family

  • 18-19 Option is an all-purpose, simple Option play that allows us to improve our blocking angles by “optioning” a defender (the End Man On the Line of Scrimmage) instead of blocking him!

  • This is a very useful play against any type of man-under coverage, and will be one of our #1 checks at the line of scrimmage away from an overloaded side…it gives us an easy way to take advantage of defensive mistakes!

  • We can use 18-19 in a number of situations depending on what we’re seeing defensively, but it can certainly be an effective Red Zone play, Goal Line play, and is a great tool on any blitz down!

  • KEYS to a successful play:

  • Penetration is shut off from the frontside guard back!

  • The FS Tackle or TE gets a good rip & takes a good angle to seal the FS LB!

  • The QB gets depth and takes a good attack angle at the DE!

  • The Fullback stays in pitch phase on his “Tether”!

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18-19 “OPTION”

FS Outs: Outside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!

FS Ins: Outside stalk man on. KEY block! Must maintain!

18 OPTION v. “Split”

FS TE:Rip inside E.M.O.L., waddle up, pick off 1st LB inside you. If you think you’ll have trouble cutting off his pursuit, call “Back” to tell FS T/G that you’re going to the 2d LB back!

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“ZONE RULES”

*If I’m covered, and the next man back is covered, I call “SOLO” and drive block the man over me. My first step will be 6 inches!

*If I’m covered, and the next man back is uncovered, I call “TEAM”... he & I work together to block the down lineman on me and the nearest LB. My first step will be 6 inches!

*If I’m uncovered, I expect a “TEAM” call from the man in front of me! My first step will be 12 inches!

*TEAM blocks stoppenetration!

*Frontside TEAM blockers must combo to the first LB behind the one the TE is blocking! Be alert for a BACK call which puts you on the frontsidemost LB!

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4-5 yd

“TETHER”

FS T:If no TE is outside you, rip through DL over you, pick off first flowing LB that shows insde you at the 2nd level. Alert “BACK” call v. wide or fast 1st LB (see TE rules).

If you have a TE outside you, use Zone rules, alert “BACK.”

FS G: Zone rules. Alert BACK call!

BS WR: Convoy, cut off deep middle 1/3 saf. TD Block!

CENTER: Zone rules. If TEAMING w/BSG, call “LOCK” if no LB to combo back to and stay on the double team!

BS Slot: Inside cut off the man over you..

FB: Pause, get in and stay in option phase with QB, as if tied to him on a 5 yard “tether,” slightly out in front. Upon getting pitch, think “hash-numbers-sideline” off the block on the CB. If you don’t get it early, stay in pitch phase until the whistle blows.

BS G: Zone rules, alert to make or receive a LOCK call.

BS T: Zone rules, alert to receive LOCK call.

QB: Pre-read E.M.O.L to know where your option key is. Check step back, getting depth on 1st step, then attack downhill to outside shoulder of E.M.O.L. We WANT to pitch the ball! If you get him pinned or drawn to you, step off the impact line, make a good pitch with eyes and wrist snap. If he feathers, turn N/S decisively, cover ball, drop shoulders.

BS TE: Zone rules, alert to receive LOCK call.

H (BF/Wing/Slot): Get on the next RR track outside the T /TE and block support. Attack his outside shoulder, maintain contact, drive to sideline if he widens .“Crack” tells you to block the CB.

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  • CALLS/VARIATIONS

  • “Fold”

  • “Slam & Slide”

  • “Wham” (Y takes on H’s job)

21-22-23-24 “BLAST”

25-26 “LEAD”

“Base” Family

  • 21-22, 23-24, and 25-26 are all hardball plays that employ man-on-man drive blocking, and allow us to control the game physically! They are run from 2-back sets or single-back sets where a man in motion acts as the second back!

  • 21-22 and 23-24 are referred to as “Blast” plays because the H-Back leads up on the frontside Linebacker; 25-26 is known as a”Lead” play because H kicks out the End Man on the Line of scrimmage.

  • We will run 21-22 to a 3 technique; 23-24 to a 1 technique; 25-26 anytime we feel a Def. End is playing too wide and/or upfield and giving us a good “kick out” angle.

  • Anyone whose normal “Base” assignment is taken by a Blasting or Leading H-Back works back to the first LB backside!

  • Anyone working back to a LB can “Slam” a DL on his way back to help his buddy! This is NOT a combo as he “Slides” off to the LB after one good punch!

  • KEYS to a successful play:

  • The offensive line makes this play a very personal matter and drives each of their men downfield until the whistle blows!

  • The leading H-Back takes the proper course, plays with a low pad level, and gets movement with his Lead or Blast block.

  • The Fullback picks his hole, lowers his pads, and finishes the run!

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Slide”

LEGEND

Courses for 21-22

Courses for 23-24

21-22 23-24 “BLAST”

FS Outs: Inside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!

FS Ins: Inside stalk man on.

21 & 23 BLAST v. “Split”

FS TE: Base.

ONE cut,

DROP your pads,

FINISH the run North & South!

“BASE RULES”

*Block the man on you whichever way he wants to go. If uncovered, release to the first LB over to inside you. Use his leverage & movement against him…block becomes an A, B, or C DRIVE.

*If the man in your Base rule happens to be the man the H-Back is blocking (FSLB in 21-22-23-24; E.M.O.L. in 25-26), work back to the next LB backside!

*Any blocker working back to a LB should take a 6” step inside first! If the lineman inside you has a head-up or outside down lineman on him, Slam that lineman and Slide off to your LB! This is NOT a Combo for movement!

*You cannot be wrong unless you LOSE CONTACT! Drive your feet and finish the block! This is true one-on-one blocking!!

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FS G: Base.

CENTER: Base. Can call “Fold” to a Backside 1 technique if you think the angle is better.

BS G: Base. Can request a “Fold” from the Center if you’re having a tough time digging the 1 technique out.

FB:Deepen as much as your speed allows. Follow the course of the H-B into the hole, make one cut off his block on the LB, drop your pads and finish the run North&South. Do NOT get cute. Steps for 23-24 are exactly like 43-42. First step for 21-22 is a drop step in place with your frontside foot.

BS T: Base.

BS TE: Base.

BS Outs: Convoy middle 1/3. Alert for “BOMB” situations.

QB:Get the ball to the FB as deep as possible, look it into his pocket, follow for 1-2 steps, boot out. Steps on 23-24 are the same 5’oclock/7 o’clock steps you use on 43-42; on 21-22, step almost straight behind you to 7:30 or 5:30 to clear a path along the midline for the H-B and FB.

BS Ins: Inside stalk the man over you. Cut him off.

H: BLAST the FS LB out of the hole! Course on 21-22 is right off C’s hip; off G’s outside hip in 23-24. Lower pads, deliver a blow through your hips, finish with your feet!

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Possible

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Possible

“Slam &

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25-26 “LEAD”

FS Outs: Inside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!

FS Ins: Inside stalk man on.

25 LEAD v. “Split”

FS TE: Base. Your man could well be the H-B’s.

“BASE RULES”

*Block the man on you whichever way he wants to go. If uncovered, release to the first LB over to inside you. Use his leverage & movement against him…block becomes an A, B, or C DRIVE.

*If the man in your Base rule happens to be the man the H-Back is blocking (FSLB in 21-22-23-24; E.M.O.L. in 25-26), work back to the next LB backside!

*Any blocker working back to a LB should take a 6” step inside first! If the lineman inside you has a head-up or outside down lineman on him, Slam that lineman and Slide off to your LB! This is NOT a Combo for movement!

*You cannot be wrong unless you LOSE CONTACT! Drive your feet and finish the block! This is true one-on-one blocking!!

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  • Man in base rule is H’s!

  • Go to LB!

FS T: Base. Your man could well be the H-B’s.

FS G: Base.

L cut off H’s block just as you would on 46-47!

CENTER: Base. Can call “Fold” to a Backside 1 technique if you think the angle is better.

BS G: Base. Can request a “Fold” from the Center if you’re having a tough time digging the 1 technique out.

FB: Deepen as much as your speed allows. Lateral step, crossover, attack H’s inside leg, eye block on FSLB as you do. Make a strong L cut off H’s block up into the hole, cutting straight up if no one crosses your face, or back one lane if FSLB crosses you. Explode through the hole & finish the play!

BS T: Base.

BS TE: Base.

BS Outs: Convoy middle 1/3. Alert for “BOMB” situations.

QB: Get the ball to the FB as deep as possible, look it into his pocket, follow for 1-2 steps, boot out. Steps on 23-24 are the same 5’oclock/7 o’clock steps you use on 43-42; on 21-22, step almost straight behind you to 7:30 or 5:30 to clear a path along the midline for the H-B and FB.

BS Ins: Inside stalk the man over you. Cut him off.

H: LEAD the play through the inside earhole of the E.M.O.L! Take a tight course right off FST/TE’s outside hip, keep inside leverage on EMOL, kick him out, finish with feet, work your butt out of the hole!

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v. Split

Slot Rt Split (Gun) 26 Lead

v. Bear

Right Wide Y5 25 Wham

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FSHB Load; arc if TE


  • CALLS/VARIATIONS

  • “Crack”

  • “Door”

  • “Ed”

  • “Cross”

  • “48-49” (Jet to F)

28-29 “Jet”

“Reach” Family

  • 28-29 Jet is a FAST way to attack the perimeter and get an athlete running in open space! The pace of the play makes blocking for frontside linemen much easier! The angles involved make pursuit for enemy linebackers much harder!

  • Ball carriers must recognize that, while blocked like other “Reach” family plays, this is different for them because it is a true SPRINT to the corner! We do not want to cut up on this play until we’ve reached the edge of the field!

  • We can use a number of formation variations and perimeter blocking adjustments to “shorten” the defensive edge and help the outside blockers do their jobs more effectively! “Crack,” “Door,” and “Ed” schemes are examples of this, as are different types of “Squeeze” sets.

  • Anytime we face a team that relies on interior blitzes, doesn’t pursue well, or has limited team speed, we will run this play heavily. It can be used from Goalline to Goalline, and on virtually any down and distance up to 3rd and Long!

  • KEYS to a successful play:

  • The FS Tackle or TE takes a GREAT 1st step and shuts off any upfield push by the E.M.O.L.!

  • Perimeter blockers time blocks and maintain contact!

  • The QB times his motion and snap effectively!

  • The ball carrier trusts his speed and doesn’t try to cut up early!

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28-29 “JET”

FS Outs: Outside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!

FS Ins: Outside stalk man on. KEY block! Must maintain!

29 JET v. “Split”

FS TE: Reach rules!

“REACH” RULES

*Basic premise is to REACH one gap in front of us!

*If I’m uncovered, I plan to REACH and OVERTAKE the down lineman in front of me. If that man slants away to the railroad track of the blocker in front of me, I stay on MY wide railroad track and RUN up to a linebacker.

*If I’m covered, I first identify whether there’s a down lineman the gap in front of me…if he is, then I plan REACH and OVERTAKE him. If not, then I will REACH, RIP through the man over me, and RUN on my railroad track up to any 2nd or 3d level player that first shows up on my course!

*COVERED linemen should cut their split if possible!

*All linemen: LOSE ground to GAIN an angle!

*Stay on your RAILROAD track on a wide angle!

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FS T: Reach rules!

FS G: Reach rules!

CENTER: Reach rules!

BS G: Reach rules!

BS T: Reach rules! 5 tech doesn’t count as covered!

FB: Run a 42-43 course right through the inside leg of the offensive tackle. Roll over the ball HARD as the QB passes you, get tackled. YOU must adjust your course to the QB, not the other way around. If Offset to playside in “Strong,” “Soft,” or “Split,” use H’s Backfield arc blocking rules!

BS TE: Reach rules! 9 tech doesn’t count as “covered.” Get downfield!

BS WR: Convoy, cut off deep middle 1/3 saf. TD Block!

Ball Carrier: Jet motion on QB’s heel, get to full speed by the snap. Take handoff and SPRINT for the corner…TRUST YOUR SPEED! Read block on CB. May use “dip” to set up.

QB: Give BS slot the heel, time up snap so that he’s getting to the BST as the ball is snapped. Step to 6 o’clock with backside foot, look ball into Slot’s stomach, step tight to FB then set up behind FS guard exactly as you would for play action, eyeing the Dig and Post area.

*Ball Carrier is the inside most receiver off the ball by formation. Jet motion is understood and doesn’t need to be called!

H (Backfield): Cheat alignment up & outside; arc to block support. On “Crack” call, arc to block Cornerback

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42-43

“Zone” Family

  • 42-43 is a true “Inside Zone” play in which covered and uncovered linemen “team” to double and get movement on a down defensive man, and step off to a linebacker late! This allows us to push the line of scrimmage back and give the ball carrier running lanes!

  • This is a persistenceplay…it forces the linebackers to be perfect every time. Many times it will go for 3, 4, and 5 yards a number of times in a row, then suddenly start to break for big chunks as we wear people down!

  • The ball carrier must be patient initially to let the play develop! The longer he can “press” the play into the L.O.S., the longer the double teams have to get movement, and the more the LBs will move and create running lanes! However, once he makes his cut the running back must explode into another gear and get through the hole!.

  • The simplicity of the blocking rules allows us to run this play against any front we see with minimal adjustments…it also means we can run it from anyformation!

  • KEYS to a successful play:

  • OL talksat the L.O.S. & gets “married up” to defenders properly!

  • Linemen get movement on down linemen and don’t step off double teams too early!

  • FB presses the L.O.S., has great vision, is patient to the L.O.S., then explodes through the hole!

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42-43

FS Outs: Inside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!

FS Ins: Inside stalk man on.

43 v. “Split”

FS TE: Zone rules.

Alert to “79” call: Block out to the 9, bring T to 7

EXPLODE through it!

“ZONE RULES”

*If I’m covered, and the next man back is covered, I call “SOLO” and drive block the man over me. My first step will be 6 inches!

*If I’m covered, and the next man back is uncovered, I call “TEAM”... he & I work together to block the down lineman on me and the nearest LB. My first step will be 6 inches!

*If I’m uncovered, I expect a “TEAM” call from the man in front of me! My first step will be 12 inches!

*COVERED linemen: Reduce split! Aiming point is outside armpit! MUST maintain contact!

*TEAM blocks get movement, stay on double team until LBs threaten the window vertically up into the hole!

*BACKSIDE linemen must WALL down defenders & not let them cross your face!

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FS T: Zone rules. Alert “79” call by TE, telling you to inside drive block the 7 technique.

FS G: Zone rules.

CENTER: Zone rules. If covered, maintaining contact is the key…drive man past hole if you cannot reach him!

FB:Align at 6 1/2 yds. Lateral step with your frontside foot, crossover, then step and attack the inside leg of the offensive tackle. “Slow to the hole, explode through the hole. Cut back one lane for each man that crosses your face, but don’t cut until you’re up into the line of scrimmage.

BS G: Zone rules. Backside blocks are a BIG deal! They can be the difference between 4 yards and 20!

BS T:Zone rules. 5 tech doesn’t count as “covered.”

BS TE:Zone rules: 9 tech doesn’t count as “covered.”

BS Outs:Convoy middle 1/3. Alert for “BOMB” situations.

QB:Front out to 7 or 5 o’clock, get ball to FB DEEP. Look the ball in, you are responsible for the mesh. Hesitate & follow ball with your eyes, then boot out hard, snap head to find EMLOS as you do for possible Boot/Naked.

BS Ins:Inside stalk the man over you. Cut him off.

H (Backfield/Slot): Hard fill in backside C gap right off OT’s cheek; Seal the end defender on the L.O.S. inside out

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44-45 “Stretch”

“Reach” Family

  • 44-45 is one of our “core” or “bread and butter” plays! It gets us to the edge of the field with a lot of power!

  • The basic premise of the play is to get our entire backfield and line on a wide railroad track, force the defense to stretch quickly, then either beat them to a corner with a show of force or cut up into a lane that they create when they pursue incorrectly!

  • We can use a number of formation variations and perimeter blocking adjustments to “shorten” the defensive edge and help the outside blockers do their jobs more effectively! “Crack,” “Door,” and “Alley” schemes are examples of this, as are different types of “Squeeze” sets. We can also use special “Wing” calls with the H-Back to help secure the End Man on he Line to get the play started (“Clamp,” “Chip”)

  • 44-45 is effective to wide field or the boundary, and if we find a DE or perimeter force player that’s weak, we will pound him with this ball play over and over!

  • KEYS to a successful play:

  • Uncovered linemen “overlap” their partner in front of them to keep from being split by penetrating defenders!

  • Linemen stay on WIDE railroad tracks!

  • The FB SPRINTS to his sprint spot and stretches the defense!

  • Wide blockers make good use of different calls, maintain contact!

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44-45 “STRETCH”

FS Outs: Outside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!

FS Ins: Outside stalk man on. KEY block! Must maintain!

45 STRETCH v. “Split”

FS TE: Reach rules!

“REACH” RULES

*Basic premise is to REACH one gap in front of us!

*If I’m uncovered, I plan to REACH and OVERTAKE the down lineman in front of me. If that man slants away to the railroad track of the blocker in front of me, I stay on MY wide railroad track and RUN up to a linebacker.

*If I’m covered, I first identify whether there’s a down lineman over the man in front of me…if he is, then I plan REACH and OVERTAKE him. If not, then I will REACH, RIP through the man over me, and RUN on my railroad track up to any 2nd or 3d level player that first shows up on my course! I only run once my buddy from behind takes over and yells “GO”!

*COVERED linemen should cut their split if possible!

*All linemen: LOSE ground to GAIN an angle!

*Stay on your RAILROAD track on a wide angle!

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FS G: Reach rules!

CENTER: Reach rules!

BS G: Reach rules!

BS T: Reach rules! 5 tech doesn’t count as covered!

FB: Lateral step & sprint to a spot 2 yds outside where the TE is or would be…key the blocks on E.M.O.L & support. Stay on a sprint to the sidelines unless he “skates” across your face. If he crosses face, plant sharply on outside foot and cut up North & South. This is a cut up play, not a cut back play!

BS TE: Reach rules! 9 tech doesn’t count as “covered.” Get downfield!

BS WR: Convoy, cut off deep middle 1/3 saf. TD Block!

BS Slot: Inside cut off the man over you..

QB: Depart at approximately 4 o’clock or 8 o’clock, sprint to meet the FB, ball extended. YOU are responsible for the exchange so he can eye his read…look it in and follow his path 1-2 steps before you set up behind the OT as you would on play action.

H (BF/Wing/Slot): Get on the next RR track outside the T /TE and block support. Attack his outside shoulder, maintain contact, drive to sideline if he widens .Can act as a lineman & use zone rules at times from Wing & Slot. “Crack” tells you to block the CB. “Clamp” tells you to double with T/TE on the outside shoulder of the E.M.O.L.

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46-47 “Counter”

“Gap” Family

  • 46-47 Counter is our ATTITUDE play! It is the run that we will establish against any defense each game no matter what they try and do to us! We will be so good at this play that we can impose it on any defense!

  • The basic idea of the play is to block down one gap on the frontside to get good angles and create a wall, and pull from the backside to kick out the defensive end to divide the defense! The running back must set up the block on the end, use the down blocks on linebackers, and make a strong cut North and South through the hole!

  • Because of the angles involved, we prefer to run this play to the 1 technique!

  • This is a goalline to goalline play! It is most effective against LBs who overreact to their initial key, and D Ends who play too far upfield. We can run it from virtually any of our sets, 1- or 2-back!

  • KEYS to a successful play:

  • Frontside linemen take a GREAT 1st STEP to their gap to shut off penetration!

  • The pulling guard runs a full-speed course INTO THE LINE and digs out the E.M.O.L.!

  • The FB sets up the trap block, sees lanes, & makes a great L cut!

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46-47 “COUNTER”

FS Outs: Inside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!

FS Ins: Inside stalk man on.

47 COUNTER v. “Split”

FS TE: Gap rules–near LB. 6 or 9 doesn’t count as “covered.”

“GAP RULES:Near Backer”

*Frontside linemen responsible for the GAP inside them! First step will always be a 6” flat step to that gap!

*If I’m uncovered, I call “Double” and look to try to Double Combo with the lineman inside me to the 1st LB inside us! We will stay on the combo until the LB threatens the hole vertically! If the DL over my man to the inside disappears inside by alignment or movement, then my block becomes a Down block to the 1st LB.

*If I’m coveredby an inside shade, I B Drive him down! If he slants away from me, I work up to a LB!

*If I’m covered by a head-up player or an outside shade, I expect a “Double” call from the man outside of me! He and I will Double Combo to the first LB inside us! If my man slants inside, it becomes a B Drive block for me!

**If I also have a DL on my inside gap, I must call “B, B, B !” to the man behind me to wave off the Double and tell us both to B Drive the man inside us!

*The Center, if uncovered, will always DEAD block with a flat step back to Backside A gap. He must ensure that the 1st DL backside does not get penetration!

If BSLB causes problems, C calls “CHOP”

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FS T: Gap rules – near LB. 4 or 5 doesn’t count as “covered.”

BS TE:Punch C gap to EMOL. See BST technique.

FS G: Gap rules – near backer

BS WR: Convoy, cut off deep middle 1/3 saf. TD Block!

CENTER: Gap rules. CHOP call to T if you need to work up to BSLB after your initial Dead step.

BS Slot: Inside cut off the man over you..

BS G: Pull through hip of C,“Long Trap” E.M.O.L. frontside. Use inside-out head position & DIG HIM OUT of the hole.

FB: Turn your shoulder & pick up your BS leg to simulate fake backside, keeping FS foot anchored…take handoff from QB deep, press block of Guard, then “L cut” off outside foot suddenly to get under block and explode N/S through hole!

BS T: “Punch” block…cut your split & step FLAT inside to stop B gap penetration. If a DL from either direction or stunting LB shows in that gap, lock & cut him. If nothing shows, ¼ turn back to pick off the E.M.O.L. Alert for a “Chop” call which tells you that you must clip the 3 tech.

QB: Step 5 or 7 o’clock opposite call, get depth, turn and hand ball to FB. Follow handoff with eyes 1-2 steps, boot out and find E.M.O.L. backside!

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48-49 “Toss”

“Reach” Family

  • The “Toss” is an effective companion to the 44-45 Stretch play. The blocking is exactly the same up front, but the method of delivering the ball different! It allows us to challenge the edge of the defensive front just a bit quicker!

  • This play is an excellent way to attack LBs who do not fast flow and/or read keys well!

  • Like 28-29 Jet, Toss can use a number of formation variations and perimeter blocking adjustments to “shorten” the defensive edge and help the outside blockers do their jobs more effectively! “Crack,” “Door,” “Cross,” and “Ed” schemes are examples of this, as are different types of “Squeeze” sets. Receivers must make use of these for the play to be successful!

  • KEYS to a successful play:

  • RB gets ON THE EDGE in a hurry!

  • Linemen stay on a wide railroad track and get to flowing linebackers!

  • Receivers match the best perimeter blocking scheme to what they see and EXECUTE it!

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outside TE

48-49 “TOSS”

FS Outs: Outside stalk man on. Alert for “Bomb” call!

FS Ins: Outside stalk man on. KEY block! Must maintain!

48 TOSS v. “Split”

FS TE: Reach rules!

“REACH” RULES

*Basic premise is to REACH one gap in front of us!

*If I’m uncovered, I plan to REACH and OVERTAKE the down lineman in front of me. If that man slants away to the railroad track of the blocker in front of me, I stay on MY wide railroad track and RUN up to a linebacker.

*If I’m covered, I first identify whether there’s a down lineman over the man in front of me…if he is, then I plan REACH and OVERTAKE him. If not, then I will REACH, RIP through the man over me, and RUN on my railroad track up to any 2nd or 3d level player that first shows up on my course! I only run once my buddy from behind takes over and yells “GO”!

*COVERED linemen should cut their split if possible!

*All linemen: LOSE ground to GAIN an angle!

*Stay on your RAILROAD track on a wide angle!

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FS G: Reach rules!

CENTER: Reach rules!

BS G: Reach rules!

BS T: Reach rules! 5 tech doesn’t count as covered!

FB: Pre-read alignment of E.M.O.L. and support. “trapper’s arc,” look toss in & sprint to a spot 2 yds outside where the TE is or would be…key the blocks on E.M.O.L & support. Stay on a sprint to the sidelines unless he “skates” across your face. If he crosses face, plant sharply on outside foot and cut up North & South. This is a cut up play, not a cut back play!

BS TE: Reach rules! 9 tech doesn’t count as “covered.” Get downfield!

BS Outs: Convoy, cut off deep middle 1/3 saf. TD Block!

BS Ins: Inside cut off the man over you..

H (BF/Wing/Slot): Get on the next RR track outside the T /TE and block support. Attack his outside shoulder, maintain contact, drive to sideline if he widens .Can act as a lineman & use zone rules at times from Wing & Slot. “Crack” tells you to block the CB. “Clamp” tells you to double with T/TE on the outside shoulder of the E.M.O.L.

QB: Reverse out tightly and make a soft, end-over-end toss into the FB’s outside armpit, following the toss with your eyes until the back has secured it and taken a step. Boot out deep, find E.M.O.L.

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RECEIVER BLOCKING (1)

Basic “STALK”

“BOMB” adjustment

“CRACK” call

“CROSS” call

*If man you’re cracking disappears, work to safety level.

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*Basic job is to block man over you inside or outside.

1. Release hard on an angle to gain the inside or outside leverage you want.

*Only possible v. a two safety look (0, 2, 4) Used by outside receiver normally assigned a Stalk block to “blow up” a run supporter filling from the safety position.

1. ID 2-safety look pre-snap. Possible “BOMB” situation.

*Recievers block the short defender on or inside the next man inside them.

1. Push up 1-2 steps if possible to soften the man over you. How far you can push up depends on how tight & how fast the guy is that you’re cracking..the tighter/faster he is, the quicker you have to turn inside!

*Recievers “Cross” and take the other’s guy. Outside receiver cracks defender over inside receiver, inside man tries to “hook” CB. A good way to get the ball outside.

2. “HALFWAY RULE.” Break your hips down when the defender has closed 1/2 the distance between you. Anticipate this! Keep adjusting your course to keep the leverage you want.

2. Release at C as normal. If he sits/closes, Stalk him!

2. Come inside under control, find your man, square him up with shoulders perpendicular to L.O.S. Deliver a blow up through your hips & light him up!

3. If C retreats, it often means the Safety is supporting. Break off your course, find safety as you do, come inside and blow him up!

3. FINISH the block…deliver a blow up through your hips, maintain with good choppy steps!

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RECEIVER BLOCKING (2)

“DOOR” call

“ALLEY” call

“ED” call (2 man)

“ED” (3 man)

“EXPRESS” call

*Secure the block on the low man before you step off!

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*”EDDIE” call tells outside man to Inside Stalk instead of Crack!

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*”EXPRESS” tells receivers the exact same thing as “EDDIE.” The only difference is for TE/OL!

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*Combination block by two receivers to “get the play started” by double teaming the force defender initially at the point of attack.

1. DOUBLE THE FORCE: Inside receiver inside stalks the man over him, insures against inside penetration. Outside receiver comes down to his outside shoulder to secure & move him.

*Same idea as “Door,” applied to alley safety support. Can be done with the two outside receivers or the middle & inside receiver in Trips. Double the man over inside receiver, step off to safety when he fills.

1. DOUBLE THE LOW MAN: Inside rec. inside stalks the man over him, insures against inside penetration. Outs. receiver comes down to his outside shoulder to secure him.

*Inside man, from 2-3 yard split, steps flat and seals E.M.O.L., outside man cracks. Often used from Squeezed sets to “shorten the edge.”

Inside man: Step flat, shoulders should be perpendicular to L.O.S., “shield” E.M.O.L., don’t allow upfield penetration or pursuit underneath you. Use his momentum against him.

*Inside man, often from motion, blocks CB, middle receiver executes “ED” on DE, outside receiver Cracks.

Outside man cracks, Middle man steps flat to block E.M.O.L...

Inside man (can be stationary or in motion to 4-5), step tightly around Crack block, eyeing CB as you do. If you can get outside leverage on him, “Hook” him as you would in “Cross...”

2. Both blockers eye CB. As one takes over the block on the force man, the other steps off to block CB when he closes up.

2. Blockers eye near safety; the one not taking over the block steps off, blocks him when he fills.

If CB keeps outside leverage, “kick” him out, drive him out of hole with short, choppy steps!

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H-BACK & OFFENSIVE LINE

PERIMETER ADJUSTMENTS

**Perimeter blocking adjustments by the Wide Receivers, whether made in the play call or at the line, can have an impact on the assignments of other players, particularly an H-Back in a Backfield, Wing, or Slot position, as well as frontside linemen! Following are illustrations of receiver calls that also change the jobs of other people.

“EXPRESS” call

Alerts for H: “BONUS”

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*When you’re assigned is to block “Force” from the backfield or motion, AND two other receivers are on that same side, you can sometimes become a “BONUS” player. “Bonus” means that, since the outside 2 WRs are blocking the 2 outside defenders (“Stalk,” “Door,” or “Cross”), your original assignment is being blocked.

*TE blocks down to first down lineman inside him. Step flat & redirect him!

*T pulls around TE & WR block to kick out first thing that shows outside the DE.

*G pulls deep, turns inside T’s block, stays on wide RR track to pick off first pursuing LB.

*As a BONUS player, take a course to the outside leg of the support player, cleaning him up if he beats his block. Continue on your course, looking next for pursuing LB or filling safety inside, then looking for a CB outside.

*H, from the backfield or motion, arcs around the block on the DE, becomes a “BONUS” player!

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H-BACK & OFFENSIVE LINE

PERIMETER ADJUSTMENTS

**Perimeter blocking adjustments by the Wide Receivers, whether made in the play call or at the line, can have an impact on the assignments of other players, particularly an H-Back in a Backfield, Wing, or Slot position, as well as frontside linemen! Following are illustrations of receiver calls that also change the jobs of other people.

“CRACK” call

“ALLEY” call

“ED” call

“EDDIE” call

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*CRACK leaves CB unblocked, so H now leads off hip of the outside Crack block and blocks the CB!

*ALLEY leaves CB unblocked, so H now leads off hip of the outside Crack block and blocks the CB!

*ED scheme accounts for the man the T would normally reach, as well as the next defender outside the DE, so T widens/deepens his RR track slightly, blocks CB or whomever shows first off the outside of the widest Crack block!

*EDDIE accounts for DE, but not the next man outside. T deepens around the block on the DE and looks to kick out the next defender outside along his RR track.

*If we also had H leading from the backfield, he would become a “bonus” player leading for whatever shows inside T’s course!

*If we also had H leading from the backfield, he would become a “bonus” player leading for whatever shows outside T’s course!

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