Over the last five years, there has been a consistent pattern of how college football programs are defending Navy and Georgia Tech’s Triple Option Offense.
This is how…
Defenses are aligning in a 4-3 (in Triple Option circles, this is often referred to as a 6-1).
Defenses are declaring strength to the field. They are aligning the 3-technique to the field, because the Triple Option defaults to Lead. (Sometimes Navy and Georgia Tech “play it” and run Triple to the 3-technique.)
The Defensive Ends align in Tight-5 techniques and are assigned to play either the dive or the Quarterback depending on the call.
The Nose aligns in a tight-1 technique and his responsibility is to aggressive squeeze the Center.
The Mike linebacker aligns head up on the Center with his toes at a depth of six-yards. He aligns this deep so that the Playside Tackle misses him when the Playside Tackle veers into him.
The Will and Mike linebackers stack on the Defensive Ends to make the Quarterback read the stack. Often the Will blitzes B-gap and the Defensive End takes the Quarterback. This is called an Easy Stunt.
The Secondary plays four across. The Safety will run the alley to blow up the pitch and the Corner covers the 1/3 of the field. Then, the corner and safety will switch responsibilities. This is so that the Receiver and the Playside A-back have to read-on-the-run who is the Near Deep Defender and who is #3.
All-in-all, Navy has gone to 9 out of the last 10 bowl games, and Georgia Tech is now headed to their 6th bowl game in 6 seasons with Triple Option-master, Paul Johnson at the helm.
This is the best college defensive coordinators can come up with to slow down the Triple Option.