Navy and Georgia Tech saw odd-front defenses at various times throughout their games with Fordham and Boston College. When #1 cancelled the B-Back on Triple, both Navy and Georgia Tech decided to block #1 and run outside with the B-Back on Outside Veer Give. As both defenses forced Navy and Tech to go outside, Navy and Tech brought the ball back inside. Here’s exactly how Navy and Tech do this:
The Playside Receiver cracks the Safety as he does not have to worry about the flank because there is no pitch phase. With the Playside A and Tackle, they Trey (double team) #1, and if #1 slants inside (this is why you’re running this–remember he’s trying to cancel the dive), the Playside A breaks off the Trey and blocks the Mike running over the top. If #1 goes in, you can bet the Mike is scraping over the top to the C or D gap. The rest of the Offensive Line, the Backside A, and the Backside Receiver have the same responsibilities as Triple Option.
The Quarterback has the same footwork as Triple Option. He takes the snap, jumps in the A-gap, points the ball, and gives to the B. After he gives to the B, he runs one yard outside of the Tackle. The B-Back has the same landmark as Triple except after he has the ball, he works vertical outside of the Trey block and to the end zone. Navy and Georgia Tech do not run Outside Veer like the “old school” split back veer coaches. They keep the mesh point the same as Triple Option.
A common question is why #2 (the 9-technique) isn’t blocked on Outside Veer Give. This is because Navy and Tech run Outside Veer Give when #1 is cancelling the B on Triple. If #1 is cancelling the B on Triple, #2 is either taking the Quarterback or the Pitch. So, there is no need to block #2 on Outside Veer Give.
This is Navy and Tech’s go-to constraint versus an Odd Front Defense when #1 forces a pull read on Triple. Navy and Tech double #1, hand the ball off to the B, and the B runs off the Trey.
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