Paul Johnson’s Seven-Step Process on How to Install the Triple Option

Paul Johnson has discussed how to install the Triple Option.
In this column, the information provides gives a summary of the rules, installing the Triple Option versus a 4-3 Defense to the shade side, installing the Triple Option versus a 4-3 Defense to the 3-technique side, installing the Triple Option versus a 4-3 Defense versus two, 2is, installing the Triple Option versus a 50 Defense, installing the Triple Option versus a Triple Stack Defense, and installing the Triple Option versus a 4-2 Defense (4-4).
This is the same order Paul Johnson taught the Triple Option to a group of coaches in Colorado.  You can be assured that this is the proper installation progression.

Part One: Install the Rules
Playside Receiver- Stalk Deep Defender (Block for Pitch)
Playside A- Dropstep-Crossover-Block Run Support
Playside Tackle- Easiest Release for Mike 
Playside Guard- Base to Ace
Center- Playside A-gap
Backside Guard- Backside A-gap (Scoop)
Backside Tackle- Backside B-gap  (Scoop)
Backside A- Pitch
Backside Receiver- Cutoff
B- Mesh Track.  1. 1st step at Playside Guard; 2. run through ball; 3. Read block of 1st Defensive Lineman inside the read.
Quarterback- 1. Open and get two steps in the ground; 2. make read; 3. step around; 4. get downhill.

Part Two.  When instructing coaches on the Triple Option Offense, after Paul installs the rules, the next step is to teach the Triple Option versus a 4-3 Defense to the Shade side:
Triple v. 4-3 to shade PR- Deep Defender PA- Run Support (#3) PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path *If the Center can base-reach the shade, the Playside Guard has the Mike and the Playside Tackle veers outside and has Mike to Free Safety Triple v. 4-3 to shade
PR- Deep Defender
PA- Run Support (#3)
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path
*If the Center can base-reach the shade, the Playside Guard has the Mike and the Playside Tackle veers outside and has Mike to Free Safety

Georgia Tech Head Football Coach Paul Johnson’s Teaching Progression on the Triple Option: Part Three 
When instructing coaches on the Triple Option Offense, after Paul installs the Triple versus a 4-3 to the shade side, the next step is to install the Triple Option versus a 4-3 to the 3-technique side:
Triple versus 4-3 to 3 technique side PR- Deep Defender PA- Run Support (#3) PT/PG- Deuce C- Veer (Playside A-gap) BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path
If the Guard can base the 3, Coach Johnson wants the Tackle to go right to the Mike.  When this occurs, the B-Back stays inside the 3-technique.
TRIPLE VERSUS 4-3 TO 3 TECHNIQUE SIDE Guard base blocks Tackles veers into Mike
TRIPLE VERSUS 4-3 TO 3 TECHNIQUE SIDE.  Guard base blocks.  Tackles veers into Mike

Georgia Tech Head Football Coach Paul Johnson’s Teaching Progression on the Triple Option: Part Four
When instructing coaches on the Triple Option Offense, after Paul installs the Triple versus a 4-3 to the 3-technique side, the next step is to install the Triple Option versus a 4-3 with two 2is:Triple versus 4-3 with two 2is. PR- Deep Defender PA- Run Support (#3) PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Scoop to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path *The Center and Guard can double the 2i if needed.Triple versus 4-3 with two 2is.
PR- Deep Defender
PA- Run Support (#3)
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Scoop to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path
*The Center and Guard can double the 2i if needed.

Georgia Tech Head Football Coach Paul Johnson’s Teaching Progression on the Triple Option: Part Five
When instructing coaches on the Triple Option Offense, after Paul installs the Triple versus a 4-3 versus two, 2is–the next step is to install the Triple Option versus a 50:Triple versus 3-4/50 Cover 2. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace (v. 1/2i/2) C- Veer to Ace (v. 1/2i/2) BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple versus 3-4/50 Cover 2.
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace (v. 1/2i/2)
C- Veer to Ace (v. 1/2i/2)
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path

Part Six. When instructing coaches on the Triple Option Offense, after Paul installs the Triple versus a 50–the next step is to install the Triple Option versus a Triple Stack (3-3-5):Triple Option versus Odd Stack. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple Option versus Odd Stack.
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path

Part Seven. When instructing coaches on the Triple Option Offense, after Paul installs the Triple versus a Triple Stack–the next step is to install the Triple Option versus a 4-4 Defense.Triple Rules. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple Rules.
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path

This process is a great way to educate your players on how they can best technique their assignment with the Triple Option Offense.  Utilize this process to install and execute the Triple Option Offense in 2016 with your program.  
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