This was the best season in Navy’s 140-year football history–until 2019….Notice the similarities and differences between 2015 and 2019, which are the two best seasons in Navy’s history. Here’s Navy’s 2015 Offense.
This is the first of a four-part study on Navy’s 2015 Triple Option Offense. The data derived from this study is based on Navy’s play selection during all games during the 2015 season. You will learn what Navy actually does to execute their Triple Option Offense, and what created Navy’s best season in 53 years.
Navy versus Colgate
Navy (48) v. Colgate (10)
Navy Total Plays- 54
Notes: 59% of Offense v. Colgate was Triple Option, Belly, and Trap.
Navy versus East Carolina
Navy won 45-21
Versus East Carolina- Notes: 72% of offense was Triple, Zone Dive, Zone Option, Midline Triple, and Down
Neither Georgia Tech nor Navy ran any variation of Midline in three total games; however, Navy ran Midline variations 12/81 total plays v. East Carolina (15% of offense).
In Navy’s win versus Colgate (2015), 6 of the 54 plays they ran were classified as misdirection. This is because they were run away from the A-Back’s pitch route/motion. This was 11% of their offense.
In Georgia Tech’s win versus Tulane (2015), Tech ran 66 plays. 12 of the 66 plays were away from the A-Back’s pitch route/motion. This was 18% of their offense.
So in making decisions on how much offense you need to run the Triple Option offense effectively, less than 20% of your offense should be misdirection based.
The average high school game consists of 48 plays.
20% of 48 is 10.
Arizona Cardinals’ Offensive Line Coach, Larry Zierlein has done extensive research in running the football over the last 15 years. He has indicated that for a play to be successful, the play must be run at least four times/game.
The answer to how much misdirection do we need in our Triple Option Offense is the following: Less than two concepts.
In Georgia Tech’s First Two Games and in Navy’s Game versus Colgate…
Midline Option was run a total of zero (0) times.
One Head College Football Coach told Dr. Cella that the reason why Midline is being run less frequent is that coaches don’t want to get their star Quarterbacks (Justin Thomas-Tech and Keenan Reynolds-Navy) hurt.
Navy versus UConn
Navy won 28-18
Notes- 2/3 of Navy’s Offense was Triple Option, Zone Option, Midline White (Heavy), B-Back Toss, Belly, and Rocket Toss.
Navy has a tremendous focus this year on putting the ball in the Quarterback and B-Back’s hands. They are putting the ball in the A-Back’s hands way less than in the past.
Navy has won two conference games this season (East Carolina and UConn) and a non-conference game vs. Colgate.
Navy’s First Three Games of 2015
Navy has run 200 plays so far this season.
Here’s what they have done to date:
Triple Option– 45 times (23% of offense)
Zone Option– 19 times (10% of offense)
Zone Dive– 18 times (9% of offense) (Note: All 18 reps of Zone Dive occurred in ONE game.)
Belly– 16 times (8% of offense)
Midline White- 11 times (6% of offense)
Midline Triple- 11 times (6% of offense)
Follow- 10 times (5% of offense)
Rocket- 9 times (5% of offense)
These above-listed concepts consist of 72% of the offense.
Zone Dive and Belly are utilized when #1 forces a pull read.
Zone Option is utilized when #1 forces a give read.
Navy and Georgia Tech’s Similarities and Differences through October 22, 2015
The Triple Option is 31% of Georgia Tech’s Offense and the Triple Option is 22% of Navy’s Offense. Both Georgia Tech and Navy run Triple Option more than any other concept.The Zone Dive is 12% of Georgia Tech’s Offense and the Zone Dive is 9% of Navy’s Offense. Both Georgia Tech and Navy utilize the Zone Dive as their #1 most utilized constraint. Both Georgia Tech and Navy run Zone Dive when #1 cancels the B-Back.
Georgia Tech’s #2 most utilized constraint is the Rocket Toss. They utilize Rocket Toss 7% of the time and call this when #1 does not cancel the B-Back (the Mike cancels the B-Back in this case).Navy’s #2 most utilized constraint is the Zone Option. They utilize Zone Option 9% of the time and call this when #1 does not cancel the B-Back (the Mike cancels the B-Back in this case).
Georgia Tech and Navy have many more similarities than differences.
|Triple Option||Base Concept||31%||22%|
|Zone Dive||#1 cancels the B||12%||9%|
|Rocket||#1 does not cancel the B||7%||4%|
|Zone Option||#1 does not cancel the B||Georgia Tech does not run Zone Option||9%|
Navy versus Air Force and Notre Dame
|Navy Triple Option Offensive Breakdown Versus Air Force and Notre Dame|
|Concept||# of times run v. AF (Won 33-11)||# of times run v. ND (Lost 41-24)||% of Offense in both games|
|Triple Option||5||20||(25/113) 22%|
|Triple Pass||10||4||(14/113) 12%|
|Outside Veer||0||11||(11/113) 10%|
|Zone Dive||9||0||(9/113) 8%|
|Zone Option||6||2||(8/113) 7%|
Other concepts that were utilized:
Follow- 7, Lead Option- 6, Counter Speed- 5, Midline White- 4, Dropback Pass- 4, Belly- 3, Rocket Pass- 3, Rocket Boot Pass- 3, Rocket- 2, Counter Option- 2, Trap- 2, Trap Option- 1, QB Draw- 1, Sneak- 1, Midline Lead- 1, Belly Option- 1
Navy versus Tulane
Navy beat Tulane 31-14
Notes: 48% of the offense was Triple Option, Midline Triple Option, and Zone Option.Navy had more passing yards than rushing yards in this game.
Navy versus Memphis
Navy defeats Memphis 45-20.
Total Plays- 68
Notes: Nearly 3/4 of offense was Triple, Rocket, Midline Triple, Zone Dive, and Zone Option.
46% of offense were Triple Options (Triple, Midline Triple).
So How Did Navy and the Triple Option Beat an 8-0 and #13 Ranked Memphis Team?
Navy ran Triple Option and Midline Triple Option 46% of the time. This means that they attempted to read two down linemen just about every other play.
Triple Option versus 50 Defense.
PR- Deep Defender
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
Q- Veer 1 Pitch 2
B- Veer Path
Navy knew they couldn’t block Memphis, so they made Quarterback Keenan Reynolds read their way out. In 2015, Navy has run Triple Option 22% of the time; however, versus Memphis, they ran Triple Option 37% of the time and Midline Triple 9% of the time. The lesson to be learned from all this: Run as much Triple Option as you can–because it works! Navy beats an AP Top 15 team for the first time since 1984–because they read defensive linemen instead of blocking them.
Navy ran the below-listed concept nine (9) times in their win versus previously undefeated Memphis on Saturday night:
Midline Triple (10/11)
On Midline Triple, the Receiver has the Deep Defender, the Playside A-Back has #3, and the Backside A-Back has the pitch, the Backside Receiver has the cutoff.The Quarterback takes the snap, jumps in the backside A gap, points the ball, gives to the B-Back who is running the cylinder, unless #1 takes the B-Back. If so, the Quarterback re-seats the ball, replaces #1 and scores UNLESS #2 steps at him. If so, the Quarterback parallel pitches the ball to the Backside A-Back.
Midline Triple Drill with Skill Positions.
This is the third of a four-part study on Navy’s 2015 Triple Option Offense. The data derived from this study is based on Navy’s play selection during all games during the 2015 season. You will learn what Navy actually does to execute their Triple Option Offense, and what created Navy’s best season in 53 years.
Navy versus SMU
Navy won over SMU 55-14
Navy versus South Florida
Saturday, October 31, 12:00 PM
Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Total Plays- 76
Notes: 2/3 of offense v. South Florida was Triple, Zone Option, Zone Dive, and Outside Veer Give.
Navy versus Tulsa