Triple Option Coaching: Pre-Snap Identification

Triple Option Coaching: Pre-Snap Identification

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#1=Read Key– First man in a 4i out on the line of scrimmage; playside tackle makes a call to distinguish between a 3 and a 4i.

#2=Pitch Key- Next man out from #1; will be the linebacker if playside tackle makes an “outside” call.

#3=Support Player- A-back is responsible for blocking; run “Load” if #3 if aligned inside the playside tackle box.

NDD=Near Deep Defender- Secondary player blocked/cancelled by the wide receiver; aligned seven yards deep near the sideline—this is not considered a part of the count.

The quarterback must do the following:

1. Come to the line of scrimmage expecting a different front from the previous snap and use the simplicity of our count system to assist you.  As he sets, your tackle will make a technique call to help you with the identification of #1 and make an “inside” or “outside” call to tell you if the linebacker in his area is a part of the count.


2. Find the side where #3 is inside the box so we can run “Load” since we want to run “Load” whenever we can.  “Load” is the blocking scheme which puts the Playside A-back on the Playside Linebacker to Free Safety from the outside-in while the tackle veer releases inside.


The Big Idea in 171 Words

Here’s the problem.  If you can’t block defensive linemen, you’ll never move the ball, you’ll never score points, and you’ll never win a game.

 You need to understand why this disconnect occurs to overcome it and win.


“I know many coaches would rather install an offense the traditional way by researching it, visiting colleges that run the offense, and then picking coaches for information.

I have used that same strategy, and I know that it takes about three years to really gain an understanding of the offense and get players to execute it at a high level.

Consequently, in the research method, you do not have any collaboration with experts that are readily available when questions arise or resources that have consistency.

We wanted to give our players an offense that they could be successful with immediately.

We also concluded that by the time we visited colleges, bought DVDs, playbooks, and sent players to college camps to gain skills, we would have invested many times the cost of the camp.”


–Dr. Jimmy Woods, Head Football Coach, Timmonsville High School.

Went from 1-9 (2010) to the state semifinals (2011) in one year after their three-day camp with Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella.