The 8 Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Situations

There are 8 Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Situations.

The Offensive Line aligns 3.5 feet away from each other with their inside hand at the heels of the Center.  Their bases are NARROWER than shoulder-width apart.  Center aligns with his least dominant hand down, and his dominant thumb on the laces of the ball.

Deuce

On the Triple Option, the Action Key (first Defensive Lineman inside of the read) gets double teamed.  The Action starts at a 3 technique.  If there is a 3-technique, the Guard makes a “Deuce, Deuce, Deuce” call.  The Guard puts his playside knee through the 3’s crotch, his playside hand through the 3’s stomach, and then moves his toes North. Tackle puts his inside knee through the 3’s crotch, his inside hand through the 3’s stomach and moves his toes North.  Center veers playside and blocks the Mike, and if he cannot get the Mike, he continues to the Free Safety.  The Backside Scoops (sprints their bellybutton to the hip of the adjacent Offensive Lineman.

If the Defense aligns with a 3 action key and an A-gap Defensive Lineman, Center scoops instead of veers.  By scooping, he cancels the playside A-gap with positional leverage.

Ace

If the Action Key is a 2-technique, the Guard makes an “Ace, Ace, Ace” call.  The Guard zone steps with his outside foot, then his inside foot goes through the 2’s crotch, his inside hand goes through the 2’s stomach, and his toes goes North.  Center puts his playside knee through the 2’s crotch, his playside hand through the 2’s stomach, and his toes goes North.  Tackle veers B-gap and blocks Mike to Free Safety.  If he cannot veer inside due to 4i or no B-gap threat, he veers outside to block the Mike to the Free Safety.  The Backside scoops.

This process repeats itself if the Action Key is a 2i or a 1-technique.  Always remember that the Action Key is the first Defensive Lineman inside the read and he is the ONLY Defensive Lineman who gets double teamed.

Back

If the Action Key is a 0-technique, the Center makes a “Back, Back, Back” call.  The Center snaps the ball and puts his backside knee through the 0’s crotch, his backside hand through the 0’s stomach, and his toes go North.  If the 0 slants away from the play, the Center would disconnect and vertically continue to block the Will.  The Backside Guard puts his playside knee through the 0’s crotch, his backside hand through the 0’s stomach, and his toes go North.  Playside Guard steps with his inside foot first and blocks the Mike to the Free Safety while the Backside Tackle scoops.

The Playside Tackle veers outside and blocks the Mike to the Free Safety unless he gets a “Lion, Lion, Lion” call from the Loader (Playside A or Playside Receiver).  If this is the case, the Playside Tackle veers inside to block the Mike to the Free Safety as he must protect the B-gap.  In a Triple Stack defense, the defense aligns with two Mikes, so if the Playside Mike blitzes through the B-gap, the Tackle collisions him.  If the Playside Tackle receives a “Lion, Lion, Lion” call and gets a 4i, he must outside release to block the Mike to the Free Safety.

Conclusion

You must spend your time at practice blocking these eight situations.  Once this becomes implicit, your Offensive Line will narrow the game between the Defense’s vast physical superiority.

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There are 8 Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Situations.  There are 8 Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Situations.