Coach Paul Johnson emphasizes what each individual on each phase of the Triple Option is to do to maximize success.
- Backside A-back’s option route is five yards behind the Quarterback.
- A-back will take three more steps and turn up with Quarterback.
- When backside A-back catches the pitch, he will run wherever the blocking seam is.
- He is the dive aspect of the play.
- B-back is five yards from front of the ball, and he can move up in alignment if he is slower.
- He must know interior Offensive Line blocking scheme.
- B-back has his backside toes curled in stance to prevent false stepping.
- 1st step is 6 inches.
- Takeoff is full speed through the ball, just like a plane.
- B-back’s aiming point is inside leg of guard.
- He reads the action key and breaks behind the center if there is a 0 technique.
- He does not bend back with “Ace” call (Center/Guard Double Team).
- Reads #1 and Options #2.
- He gets his 2nd step in ground and stares at read.
- The decision to give is made when the B-back is past his front foot.
- Gives ball if #1 does not take B-back–#1 must be able to get his head in front of the ball.
- Running Quarterback—when in doubt, pull it out.
- Non-running Quarterback—when in doubt, give.
- If #1 and #2 come hard, the option turns into a toss sweep. The Quarterback will get his 2nd step in the ground (need this to create space from the defender) and option off #2. If #2 does not come he will keep the ball. When #2 turns toward Quarterback, he will pitch the ball with his thumb down.
- Practice versus the easy stunt (2-1 exchange).
In 2015, Navy’s Starting Offensive Line averaged 275 pounds/player.
2015 National Champion, The University of Alabama’s Offensive Line averaged 315 pounds/player.
Navy’s 2015 Rushing Offense averaged 326 yards/game.
Alabama’s 2015 Rushing Offense averaged 199 yards/game.
Navy finished at 11-2 and had their best final record since 1963. They did all this with a 275 pound Offensive Line and the Triple Option Offense.
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