There are three things that must happen to have success in the Triple Option Offense.
Dr. Cella has worked with Triple Option football coaches for decades and when they have issues–it’s these three…
In the Triple Option Offense, the Quarterbacks, A-Backs, and Receivers have a specific manner in which they secure the ball.
The B-Backs have another.
Paul Johnson emphasizes specific points to his Quarterback, B-Back, and Backside A-Back on the Triple Option.
This article, which was published by the Triple Option Football Academy on November 22, 2016, demonstrates what really matters.
Georgia Tech Head Football Coach, Paul Johnson, has an answer when the overhang player follows the Playside A-Back.
He uses the overhang’s aggressiveness against the overhang.
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 xandolabs.com 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.
Navy’s A-Back’s Coach, Danny O’Rourke recently discussed Midline at a February 2017 clinic. Here’s what he had to say:
- In 2016, Midline is often what they ran versus an Odd Front.
- The goal of Midline is to keep the Linebackers inside the tackle box through the duration of the play.
- Backside A-Back leaves at snap (unless directed with a specific tag).
- The Playside Guard veers–if 2i, the Guard veers into the 2i, and the Quarterback pulls the ball.
- Midline Lead/White (double options) are utilized versus slanting defenses.
- Midline Lead works well versus a 4-3 because the Backside A-Back has a great opportunity to out-leverage the Mike.
- Midline Triple (Zoom)- In 2016, Navy had the Center base the 0-technique, both Guards block the first Linebacker to their side, and the Playside Tackle veers outside.
- Midline Triple (Husky)- Midline is blocked the same as Triple Option.
According to Navy A-Backs Coach, Danny O’Rourke, once Navy executes the Triple Option, the coaches and players look to answer the following three questions:
1- What did the Mike do?
- We want him downhill.
- If he is scraping to the perimeter, then we must hand the ball off where the Mike is not.
2- What did #1 (read key) do?
- We want the Playside Tackle to effortlessly veer release.
- If #1 collisions the Playside Tackle, then we must make #1 play loose.
- If the Mike is a runner and #1 collisions the Playside Tackle, then the Playside Tackle must outside release (“Slip” call).
3- What is the Playside Safety doing?
- If he flies up then throw the ball over his head.
Danny O’Rourke, A-Backs Coach at Navy recently stated the following three ways Navy makes the Triple Option Offense work in a three-practice week.
1- Oversimplify the process as this is what makes players play fast.
2- Demand the following without any excuses:
- Great effort (grade this!)
- Perfect ball security
- Execute accurate technique
3- Have a plan without having an identity crisis.
- Have answers when you don’t get yards on the Triple
- Go over assignments on the sideline in between series if you see a unique defense
- Expect problems and expect that you’re going to have to fix problems right away
- Be cautious on the formations in which you’re aligning–they might lead to bigger problems that you can’t fix
On Triple Option, the Playside Receiver is responsible for the Deep Defender, which is the defender who drops over the top of the Receiver when the Receiver sprints off the ball.
The Playside A has #3 which is the run support player.
Here are the different situations that must get practiced in order to prepare for competition.
Drop-Cross-Run- and Trap #3 on his side of the line of scrimmage.
When the Outside Linebacker is keying the A-Back on the Triple Option, Paul Johnson has the Playside A-Back and Playside Receiver swap assignments.
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According to Coach Johnson, the closer the Run Support, the faster the Playside A must move. This is indicated in the below-listed diagram:
The answer to this question is the following:
Run Triple Crack.
Here, the Playside Receiver blocks #3 and the Playside A blocks the Corner.
The Overhang, who is #2 in the count, runs with the Playside A-Back and nobody is there to take the Quarterback.
The following is how this is done:
This works well against teams who overplay the Rocket and who are keying every step of the A-Back’s path.