Quarterback Read Progression on Midline Option

The following is the progression of the Quarterback when reading #1 on the Midline Option.

1. Quarterback takes the snap.

2. Quarterbacks seats the ball six inches from his chest.

3. Quarterback laterally hops into the backside A-gap.

4. Quarterback fully extends his elbows.

5. Quarterback gives the ball to the B-back UNLESS #1 can tackle the B-back… if so,

6. Quarterback reseeds the ball, steps with his playside foot, replaces the read, and scores…



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.