Five Areas to Stop Overcoaching When Running the Flexbone Triple Option Offense

Sometimes too much information becomes bad information.  Many Flexbone Triple Option Offensive techniques require an approach that can be taught to players in one sentence.  This way, players can develop visual pictures in their minds of how to accurately technique their assignment.

All Triple Option techniques are VERY important… it’s the manner in how others teach these that lead to too much information by coaches. Coaches worry and tend to overcoach certain aspects of the Triple Option.  

These are the five areas are the most commonly overcoached on the Triple Option:

1- Quarterback/B-Back exchange. All the Quarterback has to do is the following: Take the snap, seat the ball, hop into the playside A-gap, point the ball, give the ball to the B, unless #1 tackles the B… if so, re-seat the ball, step with playside foot, replace #1, and score.  This article in gave a detailed description of this.  Honestly, it doesn’t take that much work.  Ask the clients with whom Dr. Cella has worked.

2- Quarterback Reading the Stack. The Quarterback follows the same steps above except he reads from the top-down (#2 to #1).  Everything else still applies.

3– A-Back blocking #3 on Triple. The A-Back will dropstep, crossover, and run into the alley.  He collisions whoever shows up in the alley.  If #3 aligns in the middle of the field pre-snap, the Playside A runs a straight line to #3.  There is no need to teach “switch” blocks or utilize fancy signals anymore in order to do any of this.

4– The Veer Release. The Offensive Lineman takes a six-inch zone step (lateral and vertical), grabs grass with his opposite hand, and pounds his arches through the 2nd level.  If nobody shows at the second level, he runs to the third level.  Anytime anybody invades his personal space, the Offensive Lineman punches his inside hand through the outside breastplate of that player, and the Offensive Lineman pounds his arches through the echo of the whistle.

5– Scoop Blocking. All the Offensive Lineman has to do is open at 90 degrees, run past the threat in his gap, and vertically turn once he is past the threat in his gap, and go back to the huddle.  If there is no threat in his gap, he turns vertical and uses his outside hand to punch anyone attempting to cross his face.