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Playside A-Back Drills for the Triple Option

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The Playside A-Back’s Load Block Progression

Read The Playside A-Back’s Load Block Progression right here.

The Character-Developing Block of the Triple Option Offense

Read The Character-Developing Block of the Triple Option Offense right here.

When the In-Gap Threat Slants Away from the Offensive Lineman During Scoop Blocking

Read When the In-Gap Threat Slants Away from the Offensive Lineman During Scoop Blocking right here.

 

Defining the Veer Block for the Triple Option Offensive Lineman

Read Defining the Veer Block for the Triple Option Offensive Lineman right here.

Stop Blocking Defensive Linemen — and Start Winning 

When Navy runs the Triple Option versus a 50 and an odd stack defense, they’re only blocking ONE defensive lineman.

ONE

Triple Option versus 50 Defense—You don’t have to block those in white, they will always be wrong, and they cannot make the tackle.

Navy has won 45 games in the last 5 seasons.
They do this with ZERO football scholarships.

Many of Navy’s players join the military for the opportunity to play Division-1 Football. It’s the only way they can get the chance.


The Triple Option is the system that allows Navy to win 45 games in the last five years.


Dr. Lou Cella educates high school and college football coaches how to run Navy’s Triple Option Offense through his Triple Option Football Academy and his Triple Option Football Academy Camps.


The results of the Academy and Camp are found right here — testimonials.


If you want to stop blocking Defensive Linemen and start winning, call Dr. Cella @ 570.332.0265.

Win Without Blocking D-Linemen

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The Big Idea in 40 Words

Navy, Georgia Tech, and the Citadel are Division-1 football programs with academic-based student-athletes.

If they ran a traditional offense, they couldn’t block the defensive linemen they’d face.

Fortunately, they don’t, and because of this, they’ve gone a combined 27-7 in 2016.


The Problem

You can’t block their defensive linemen.


The Solution

hi-res-cc53f02384b6bc5c04f7f067f3c57775_crop_northThe Triple Option eliminates the need for blocking all defensive linemen outside the Playside Guard, and allows you to dominate the running game. 

Now, you read your way out by forcing defenses to learn how to play assignment football in a short three-day (3) preparation week.

The Triple Option Football Academy creates a high-performance offense through a sports-science based 12-step process.

Clients are empowered to execute this systematic offense through the Triple Option Football Academy and the Triple Option Football Academy Camps.


The Instructor

Dr. Lou Cella, Sport and Performance Psychologist


The Success Stories

Read testimonials from Dr. Cella’s clients right here.


The Enrollment

Call 570.332.0265 for pricing and to enroll in the Triple Option Football Academy and Camps.

Complete Guide to the Playside A-Back’s Blocking Assignment on Triple Option

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.

BLOCKING 3 ON TRIPLE- SKY

BLOCKING 3 ON TRIPLE- SKY–Drop-Cross-Run- and Trap #3 on his side of the line of scrimmage.

 

BLOCKING 3 ON TRIPLE- CLOUD

BLOCKING 3 ON TRIPLE- CLOUD 

 

Drop-Cross-Run- and Trap #3 on his side of the line of scrimmage.

Triple Option Perimeter Blocking versus Cover 2.

 


BLOCKING 3 ON TRIPLE- OVERHANGDrop-Cross-Run the circle-punch the inside hand to the playside stomach and pound arches through echo of whistle.
Load Scheme. If #1 comes upfield, the Playside A goes right to the Free Safety.Load scheme.  When #1 cancels B-Back, Playside A cancels Mike Linebacker.Load situations on Triple with Playside Tackle and A-Back.  If the Mike runs over the top, the Playside A blocks the Mike and the Tackle blocks #3.  This all happens via agile learning.

 

 

 

Triple Option Offensive Line Footwork–Mastering the First Step on Each Block

In this podcast episode, Dr. Cella discusses Offensive Line footwork on the Triple Option.  In recent months, Dr. Cella has had NFL Offensive Line Coaches tell him and those close to him that every footstep in the process is not as important as the placement of the hat and the hands on every block.  In teaching Triple Option Offensive Linemen, their first step is still important as this sets the direction to appropriately place the hat and the hands on each block. Dr. Cella discusses the first step of each block on the Triple Option in detail.  

The podcast can be found right here.

Triple versus 4-3 to 3 technique side PR- Deep Defender PA- Run Support (#3) PT/PG- Deuce C- Veer (Playside A-gap) BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple Left v 4-4 Stack Playside Receiver- Near Deep Defender Playside A LOADS #3 Playside Tackle- Veer Playside Guard/Center- Ace Backside Guard/Tackle- Scoop Backside A- Pitch Backside Receiver- Cutoff Quarterback- Veer #1, Pitch #2 B- Veer PathOver Triple versus 4-4 Stack. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace (v. 1, 2i, 2) C- Veer to Ace (v. 1, 2i, 2) BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple v. 4-3 to shade PR- Deep Defender PA- Run Support (#3) PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path *If the Center can base-reach the shade, the Playside Guard has the Mike and the Playside Tackle veers outside and has Mike to Free Safety

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking versus the Odd Stack

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking versus the Odd Stack

Triple v. 3-4 PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Scoop to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path

Offensive Line Blocking Assignments on the Triple Option

In this podcast, Dr. Cella goes through each Offensive Lineman’s assignment on the Triple Option.  On the Triple Option, the Action Key (first Defensive Lineman inside of the read) is double teamed.  The Offensive Linemen in front of the double team will veer and block the Mike to the Free Safety while the Offensive Linemen behind the double team will scoop.  The progression is taught in exact detail by Dr. Cella.

The podcast can be found right here.

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Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking v. 4-4 Defense

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking v. 4-4 Defense

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking versus the Odd Stack

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking versus the Odd Stack

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Guide

This column focuses on the six most important drills that matter in Triple Option Offensive Line blocking and the progression involved in executing the Triple Option as a concept.

One of my clients asked me which six Offensive Line drills matter the most.

So to provide you with appropriate visual information, here are six Triple Option Offensive Line drills that matter.

1- Scoop

The three levels of Triple Option Offensive Line Scoop Blocking (Triple Option Football Academy)
The three levels of Triple Option Offensive Line Scoop Blocking (Triple Option Football Academy)

2- Veer

Veer Inside Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)
Veer Inside Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)
Veer Out Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)
Veer Out Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)

3- Slide Pass Protection

Offensive Line Pass Protection on Four Verticals. The Offensive Line slides away from the call. With the Center and the Backside, if there is no immediate threat in the Center's gap, he will peel on his third step and block the first threat off the Backside Tackle. The B-Back runs his veer path, flattens out, and blocks the first threat off the Playside Tackle.
Offensive Line Pass Protection on Triple Pass and Four Verticals. The Offensive Line slides away from the call. With the Center and the Backside, if there is no immediate threat in the Center’s gap, he will peel on his third step and block the first threat off the Backside Tackle. The B-Back runs his veer path, flattens out, and blocks the first threat off the Playside Tackle.

4- Gate Pass Protection

Gate Pass Protection (Triple Option Football Academy)
Gate Pass Protection (Triple Option Football Academy)

5- Ace

Ace versus 2i. Guard zone steps with playside foot, takes second step goes back to base with backside foot and punches his inside hand through the playside breastplate of the 0-technique. Center zone steps with his inside foot, second step goes back to base with his outside foot, and his third step will be a zone step with his inside foot as he punches his inside hand off the third step, takes his fourth step going back to base, and squeezes his hips with the Guard and pounds his (Center’s) arches through the echo of the whistle.
Ace versus 2i. Guard zone steps with playside foot, takes second step goes back to base with backside foot and punches his inside hand through the playside breastplate of the 0-technique.
Center zone steps with his inside foot, second step goes back to base with his outside foot, and his third step will be a zone step with his inside foot as he punches his inside hand off the third step, takes his fourth step going back to base, and squeezes his hips with the Guard and pounds his (Center’s) arches through the echo of the whistle.
Ace versus slanting 2. When Ace blocking a 2-technique on Triple, the Guard's first step, which is a zone step to the playside, is the key movement. This step keeps the 2-technique in the Playside A-gap.
Ace versus slanting 2. When Ace blocking a 2-technique on Triple, the Guard’s first step, which is a zone step to the playside, is the key movement. This step keeps the 2-technique in the Playside A-gap.

6- Offensive Line Footwork Choreography

Offensive Line Footwork Choreography Drill (Triple Option Football Academy)
Offensive Line Footwork Choreography Drill (Triple Option Football Academy)

These are the six Triple Option Offensive Line drills that must be constantly practiced.  –Dr. Cella


Regardless of the front, the Triple Option Offensive Line blocking rules always stay the same.  The Offensive Line DOUBLE TEAM the first Down Lineman inside the read (Action Key), the Offensive Linemen in front of the double team VEER, and the Offensive Linemen in back of the double team SCOOP.

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking v. 4-4 Defense

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking v. 4-4 Defense


The Playside Receiver’s Six-Phase Blocking Progression of the Deep Defender

1. On Triple Option, the Playside Receiver is responsible for blocking the Deep Defender, which is the defender who drops over the top of the Receiver when the Receiver sprints off the ball.

2. The Deep Defender is the Corner UNLESS the Corner clouds (moves forward) at the snap.  If so, the Deep Defender is the Safety.

3. Here is the six-phase blocking progression for the Playside Receiver when blocking the Deep Defender:

Step 1- Sprint off ball.

Step 2- When three yards away from Deep Defender, chop feet (5 yards away is better than 2 3/4).

Step 3- Let the Deep Defender make the first lateral move.

Step 4- Once the Deep Defender makes his first lateral move, the Playside Receiver shuffles to get even with the Deep Defender.

Step 5- Once the Receiver is even with the Deep Defender, the Receiver sprints forward.

Step 6- Once the Receiver is one yard from the Deep Defender, the Receiver punches his hands through the sternum of the Deep Defender and vertically drives the Deep Defender through the end zone.

This is the Playside Receiver technique that Navy utilizes and Dr. Cella instructs this technique at all Triple Option Football Academies and Triple Option Football Academy Camps.

Receiver Blocking the Near Deep Defender (Triple Option Football Academy).

High School First-Level Scoop Blocking in 2016

1. On Triple Option, the Backside Tackle is Always Scoop blocking; however, with the federation changes in 2016, he is no longer allowed to go to the ground and  go to the ground on the first-level defender.

2. The Backside Tackle slightly alters his technique to the following:

  • Open at 90 degrees (same as always).
  • Run past the first-level threat and dip his inside hand down once he gets past the threat (same as always).
  • Step upfield with playside foot and move through 2nd to 3rd level, cutting off any threat who looks to cross from the backside to the playside (new in 2016).
Triple v. 4-3 Cover 2. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path

The Left Tackle is on the Backside of the play.  He will open flat and run past the 3-technique. Once he gets past the 3-technique, he will dip his left hand on the ground, step north with his right foot, and get upfield to scoop the 3-technique.  Effective February 2016, he is not permitted to  go to the ground on the first level defender.

This technique is taught at all Triple Option Football Academy Camps with Dr. Cella

 

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Versus the Triple Stack

This is an article EVERY Triple Option Football Coach must have for the 2016 season.

When running Triple Option, the Offensive Line possesses the following assignments based on the alignment of the Action Key:

1st step- 3-technique=”Deuce” call by Playside Guard

PT/PG- Deuce; C/BG/BT- Scoop


2nd step- 2, 2i, 1-technique=”Ace” call by Playside Guard and Center (1-technique)

PT- Veer In

PG/C- Ace

BG/BT- Scoop


3rd step- 0-technique=”Back” call by Center

PT/PG- Veer Out

C/BG- Backside Ace

BT- Scoop


Here is the Offensive Line executing the Triple Option versus the Triple/Odd Stack:

Five-on-Five Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Drill–Triple Left

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

The Five-on-Five Offensive Line Blocking Drill prepares the Offensive Line to block the four most common defensive alignments that they will face.

4-4, 50, Odd Stack, and 4-3 are all included.

Here is the drill:

Five-on-Five Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Drill--Triple Left Five-on-Five Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Drill–Triple Left

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The Most Important Block for the Triple Option Receiver: Blocking the Near Deep Defender

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

Blocking the Near Deep Defender is a lifestyle for the Triple Option Receiver. 

Here is how the Receiver can best drill this:

Receiver Blocking the Near Deep Defender (Triple Option Football Academy).Receiver Blocking the Near Deep Defender (Triple Option Football Academy).

Receiver Blocking the Near Deep Defender versus Cover 2 (Triple Option Football Academy).Receiver Blocking the Near Deep Defender versus Cover 2 (Triple Option Football Academy).

Playside Receiver versus NO NEAR DEEP DEFENDER (Triple Option Football Academy).Playside Receiver versus NO NEAR DEEP DEFENDER (Triple Option Football Academy).

If the off-season is spent on mastering this skill, perimeter blocking is maximized in 2014.

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Four Offensive Line Blocks to Master this Off-Season

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

1- Scoop

The three levels of Triple Option Offensive Line Scoop Blocking (Triple Option Football Academy)The three levels of Triple Option Offensive Line Scoop Blocking (Triple Option Football Academy)

2- Veer

Veering on the Goalpost.Veering on the Goalpost.

3- Ace

Ace versus 2i. Guard zone steps with playside foot, takes second step goes back to base with backside foot and punches his inside hand through the playside breastplate of the 0-technique. Center zone steps with his inside foot, second step goes back to base with his outside foot, and his third step will be a zone step with his inside foot as he punches his inside hand off the third step, takes his fourth step going back to base, and squeezes his hips with the Guard and pounds his (Center’s) arches through the echo of the whistle.Ace versus 2i. Guard zone steps with playside foot, takes second step goes back to base with backside foot and punches his inside hand through the playside breastplate of the 0-technique.
Center zone steps with his inside foot, second step goes back to base with his outside foot, and his third step will be a zone step with his inside foot as he punches his inside hand off the third step, takes his fourth step going back to base, and squeezes his hips with the Guard and pounds his (Center’s) arches through the echo of the whistle.

4- Slide

Slide Pass Pro Drill on Triple Option Pass (Triple Option Football Academy)Slide Pass Pro Drill on Triple Option Pass (Triple Option Football Academy)

Work these and you’ll outwork your competition.  There’s really not much else that you need…

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Triple Option Football Academy Interview with Former Army Offensive Lineman Zach Peterson: Part One

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

Zach Peterson, who as a senior starter at center was part of an Army lineup in 2010 that snapped a 14-year bowl absence, arrived home from Afghanistan on November 16 following a nine-month deployment.

Zach was a two-year starter at Center in the Triple Option Offense.  As the dominant Offensive Lineman on Army’s most dominant team over the last 30 years (only bowl-winning team since Mid 1980s), Zach talked with Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella about Triple Option Offensive Line blocking.

1-      Provide the top coaching points on Scoop blocking.

Zach: The top coaching point to me on the scoop block is feeling and seeing yourself go through the tunnel that is created when scooping someone. Pad level and explosiveness (getting off the ball) are also key points during the scoop. Visualizing your facemask go through the opponents knees was something I always did when scooping.

2-     …

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Exactly when the Playside Receiver Runs to the End Zone on Triple Option

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

There is a scenario where the Playside Receiver runs to the end zone on Triple Option….

This is when there is NO NEAR DEEP DEFENDER.

Yes, this situation happens–and in high school, where junk defenses are king, this happens more than one would think.

The following diagram demonstrates when the Playside Receiver runs to the end zone on Triple, Midline, Zone Option, Rocket Toss, and Counter Option for that matter…

Playside Receiver versus NO NEAR DEEP DEFENDER. Playside Receiver versus NO NEAR DEEP DEFENDER.

If nobody wants to cover the Playside Receiver, come back the next play, throw Triple Pass right to the Playside Receiver to get a fast six points.

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Triple Offensive Line Blocking versus 4-4 Defense (at A-gap Defender)

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

The following demonstrate how the Triple Option Offensive Line blocks the Triple versus the 4-4 defense to the A-gap defender side.

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking versus 4-4. The Center and Playside Guard make an "Ace" call and Ace the A-gap defender.  This tells the Playside Tackle to veer inside and veer through the outside breastplate of the Will. The Backside Guard and Tackle scoop and eliminate lateral and vertical penetration in their inside gap.Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking versus 4-4.
The Center and Playside Guard make an “Ace” call and Ace the A-gap defender. This tells the Playside Tackle to veer inside and veer through the outside breastplate of the Will.
The Backside Guard and Tackle scoop and eliminate lateral and vertical penetration in their inside gap.


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…

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Blocking a First-Level #3 on the Triple Option

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

According to Coach Johnson, the closer the Run Support, the faster the Playside A must move.  This is indicated in the below-listed diagram:

Playside A-Back blocking a first-level #3. The closer the run support is, the faster the Playside A must move.Playside A-Back blocking a first-level #3. The closer the run support is, the faster the Playside A must move.

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Working Scoop Blocking and the Veer Release at the Same Time

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

The below-listed diagram shows you how:

Offensive Line Simultaneous Scoop-Veer DrillOffensive Line Simultaneous Scoop-Veer Drill


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Four Common Errors of the Receiver When Blocking the Deep Defender

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

The following is how the Receiver blocks the Deep Defender in the Triple Option Offense:

Receiver Blocking the Near Deep Defender (Triple Option Football Academy).Receiver Blocking the Near Deep Defender (Triple Option Football Academy).

Receiver Blocking the Near Deep Defender versus Cover 2 (Triple Option Football Academy).Receiver Blocking the Near Deep Defender versus Cover 2 (Triple Option Football Academy).

Playside Receiver versus NO NEAR DEEP DEFENDER (Triple Option Football Academy).Playside Receiver versus NO NEAR DEEP DEFENDER (Triple Option Football Academy).

Here are the four most common errors when they execute the block on the Deep Defender:

1- Lack of effort on the sprint phase (1st phase) of the block.

2- Over-aggressiveness and shooting too soon (it’s a quick block.).

3- Turning toes East and West.

4- Lack of movement after contact.

Focus on constantly correcting these four errors in order to build a DOMINANT blocking Receiver in 2016.

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What to Do When Your Offensive Line Can’t Block the 3 AND the 5-Technique?

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

If your Offensive Line can’t block the 3 and the 5 technique, run Midline Triple.  This way the 3 and 5 technique are cancelled by the Quarterback and not the Offensive Line.

Midline Triple v. 4-4 PR- Deep Defender PA- Twirl-Run Support PT- Veer PG- Veer C/BG- Reverse Ace BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Mid 1, Pitch 2 B- Mid PathMidline Triple v. 4-4
PR- Deep Defender
PA- Twirl-Run Support
PT- Veer
PG- Veer
C/BG- Reverse Ace
BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Mid 1, Pitch 2
B- Mid Path


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