Triple Option Offensive Playbook: Triple Option versus 4-3 Cover 2

The big key against Cover 2 is the play of the Playside Receiver and the Playside A-Back.

The Playside Receiver’s assignment is to block the Near Deep Defender, which is the nearest defender covering the zone to the playside.

In order for this to occur, the Playside Receiver zone steps (6-inch) with his outside foot, steps to base and rips with his inside arm, and runs straight up the field.  He releases outside because the safety has to run with him in Cover 2 responsibilities.

The Playside A-back is responsible for #3, which is the cornerback in this alignment.

The Playside A-back will dropstep-crossover-run into the alley.  Ideally, he is attempting to run the circle on the corner and get to the corner’s sideline shoulder; however, if the corner runs upfield, the Playside A-back will trap the corner.


The rest of the Triple Option

PT- Veer (Inside because of “Ace” call)

PG, C- Ace

BG, BT- Scoop

BA- Pitch

BR- Cutoff

Q- Veer #1, Pitch #2 (Gives ball to B-back unless #2 blitzes B-gap or #1 can tackle the B-back)

B- Veer Path


Often times, you will see Navy and Georgia Tech attempt to scoop the shade and make a “Slip, Zip, or Geronimo” call.  They do this to prevent the Mike from getting over the top of the Playside Tackle and creating 3-on-3 situations on the perimeter.  Exclusively scooping the shade with the Center is not recommended as scooping the shade with the Center is a very difficult process.  Coach Johnson recommends Ace blocking the shade unless the Center can handle the shade.



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.


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