Tag Archives: 4-3 defense

Attacking the Defense’s A-Gap Void



Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Read the Stack

Read Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Read the Stack right here.

The Quarterback Reads the Stack Versus a 4-3 Defense

Learn the Quarterback’s stack-read process right here.

Eight-Man Triple Option Football: Rocket Toss versus the 4-3 Defense

In any level of Triple Option Football, when the defense forces the Triple Option Offense to give the ball and the offense cannot get four yards, the offense must get the ball outside.

Rocket Toss is one of the ways to do this, and can be masterfully done in eight-man football.


The Quarterback must pitch the ball one yard outside the Playside End.  This is because the Playside End is veering outside of #1 and has the Mike to the Free Safety.  By veering outside, the Playside End keeps #1 in the B-gap and the Playside End cannot make the play on the Toss.  The Playside Guard has the alley defender while the Center and Backside Scoop.

The cadence is Down-Ready-Sethut with the ball snapped on the “S” of sethut.  On the “R” in ready, the A-Back hammer steps, drives to five yards depth, and stays on that five yard highway until he catches the pitch.  Once he catches the pitch, the A-Back hits the seam, and scores.  If the A-Back needs to leave earlier than the “R” in ready to do this, he can certainly do so.

Utilize this concept when you run Triple Option and do not get four yards on the give to the B-Back.  This applies in 8-man, 9-man, and 11-man football.

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Dr. Lou Cella’s Triple Option Football-based Camp System has helped produce state champions, state championship appearances, state semifinals appearances, has had clients break school records, and has produced drastic one-year turnarounds–read all of these stories right here.

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The Triple Option Football Academy gives you and your assistant coaches the following plethora of resources:

  1. Video Library
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Zone Dive—Navy Says there is Only ONE Situation in Which They Run this Concept

In this podcast, Dr. Cella discusses the Zone Dive.  Navy says they only run Zone Dive in one situation–versus a 4-3 with #1 cancelling the B-Back and the Mike Linebacker taking the pitch; however, coaches are enamored by the concept.  Dr. Cella states that coaches are in love with the Zone Dive because the play is easy to run and requires less coaching.  The issue becomes that if the play is run against something other than a 4-3 with #1 cancelling the B-Back and the Mike taking the pitch, the play is only effective if the offense possesses vast physical superiority.  When Zone Dive works against anything else, the offense is simply “getting lucky.”

The podcast can be heard right here.

Zone Dive Pin versus 4-3


Navy’s #2 Concept of 2015: Zone Option (Illustrated vs. 4-3 Defense)

Navy’s #2 concept of 2015 was the Zone Option (#1 was obviously the Triple Option).  They utilize the Zone Option when the defense forces the give read on the Triple Option.  When the defense forces the Triple Option Offense to go inside, the Triple Option Offense must go OUTSIDE.  The Zone Option is a great way to do this, and this was a huge part of Navy’s best season in 53 years.

Zone Option versus 4-3

Running Midline Lead versus 4-3 Defense

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 Find the 3-technique and cancel him with the Quarterback and the B-Back.

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Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Football System In Four Years

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 20-year coaching veteran of the college and high school level.  

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella

Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his triple option-based camp system. Just months after Dr. Cella served as camp director, Cashmere (WA) and Timmonsville (SC) went to the state semifinals, Bayfield (CO) went to the state championship game, and Falls City (TX)won their first regional and first state championship in school history.

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