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The 3 Steps to Individually Coaching All 11 Triple Option Offensive Positions–With ONE Coach





Running Your Junior High Program with the Triple Option Offense

Learn how to run your junior high program with the Triple Option Offense right here.

11 Training Camp Failures Triple Option Coaches Make and How to Avoid Them: Podcast

You’re going to want to take notes. 

In this fervent, enthusiastic podcast episode, Dr. Cella lists 11 training camp failures that Triple Option coaches make. Then, Dr. Cella provides the solutions to eliminate these failures from ever occurring in your Triple Option Football program.

You can listen to the podcast right here.

Five Reasons Why Certain Coaches Could Never be Flexbone Triple Option Coaches

Do you want an concrete or an abstract offensive football system?

Those who favor a concrete, procedural system are far more likely to install the Triple Option Offense.

Read about the ones who wouldn’t right here.

High school coaches from throughout the USA enthusiastically recommend the Triple Option Football Academy–read about their stories right here.


Paul Johnson’s Most Important Coaching Points for Ball Carriers on Triple Option

Coach Paul Johnson emphasizes what each individual on each phase of the Triple Option is to do to maximize success.

Backside A-Back

  • Backside A-back’s option route is five yards behind the Quarterback.
  • A-back will take three more steps and turn up with Quarterback.
  • When backside A-back catches the pitch, he will run wherever the blocking seam is.


  • He is the dive aspect of the play.
  • B-back is five yards from front of the ball, and he can move up in alignment if he is slower.
  • He must know interior Offensive Line blocking scheme.
  • B-back has his backside toes curled in stance to prevent false stepping.
  • 1st step is 6 inches.
  • Takeoff is full speed through the ball, just like a plane.
  • B-back’s aiming point is inside leg of guard.
  • He reads the action key and breaks behind the center if there is a 0 technique.
  • He does not bend back with “Ace” call (Center/Guard Double Team).



  • Reads #1 and Options #2.
  • He gets his 2nd step in ground and stares at read.
  • The decision to give is made when the B-back is past his front foot.
  • Gives ball if #1 does not take B-back–#1 must be able to get his head in front of the ball.
  • Running Quarterback—when in doubt, pull it out.
  • Non-running Quarterback—when in doubt, give.
  • If #1 and #2 come hard, the option turns into a toss sweep. The Quarterback will get his 2nd step in the ground  (need this to create space from the defender) and option off #2.  If #2 does not come he will keep the ball. When #2 turns toward Quarterback, he will pitch the ball with his thumb down.
  • Practice versus the easy stunt (2-1 exchange).

    Win Big With a Small Offensive Line

    In 2015, Navy’s Starting Offensive Line averaged 275 pounds/player.

    2015 National Champion, The University of Alabama’s Offensive Line averaged 315 pounds/player.

    Navy’s 2015 Rushing Offense averaged 326 yards/game.

    Alabama’s 2015 Rushing Offense averaged 199 yards/game.

    Navy finished at 11-2 and had their best final record since 1963.  They did all this with a 275 pound Offensive Line and the Triple Option Offense.

    Coach, I am a Sports Psychologist who runs academies and camps with 11-man, 8-man, and 9-man football programs throughout the United States installing the Navy/Georgia Tech/Citadel Triple Option, and have achieved great results with my clients–tripleoptionfootball.com/testimonials.

    If this is something that you believe is a good fit for you, give me a call.

    Dr. Lou Cella
    Owner/Sport & Performance Psychologist
    Office- (570) 332-0265
    Fax- (570) 388-2604

Wanted–Great Coaches to Communicate Information about the Triple Option to Players

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This article introduces key principles to ensure that football coach-player communication is effective and successful:

1- Recognize key complexities.

This can best be eliminated by demonstrating where the player has to finish on a block or a run and then break down the physical technique from there.

2- Deliver tangible & visible benefits.

Players must feel that they can technique their assignment effectively and with far less effort than anything they had ever done in football before.

3- Prioritize according to football program variables.

If a great B-Back enters the program, you might look at putting Counter Speed into the offense as a way to constrain the Action Key and the Mike Linebacker on Triple/Midline.  A great Receiver might consist of isolating the Receiver on the backside and throwing verticals to him.

4- Take a journey of 1,000 steps.

The Triple Option Offense is a process that takes 15-plus practices…

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The Role of the Assistant Coach in the Flexbone Triple Option Offense

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Flexbone Triple Option Assistant Coaches must, and non-negotiably, execute the following to maintain employment:


(not another person, place, thing, or idea).


This offense is abnormal football. It requires doing what you’re told and asking questions later–behind closed doors.


The ability to be around all the time. With this systematic, procedure-based offense, you’re not going to spend much time watching film of your opponent–because it doesn’t matter what they do or have done. Navy’s Centers/Guards Coach watches less than 1 hour of his opponent every week in preparation.


Exhibit high moral authority in education players on stance, alignments, keys, assignments, and techniques.


Experience is NOT a prerequisite for coaching in the Flexbone Triple Option–the Flexbone Triple is an abnormal offense with abnormal stance, alignments, keys, assignments, and techniques. You can’t coach this like normal football–if…

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10 Mistakes Made in the Triple Option Concept

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1- Playside Receiver not sprinting off the ball at the snap.

Triple Option Right v. SplitTriple Option Right v. Split

2- Playside A-Back’s lack of contact on #3.

Triple Option versus 4-3 Defense. 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 PathTriple Option versus 4-3 Defense.
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

3- Playside Tackle and Center fails to grab grass on 2nd step of veer release.

Triple Option versus 50 Defense. 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 PathTriple Option versus 50 Defense.
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

4- Playside Guard does not get hip-to-hip with Center on Ace.

Over Right, Triple Left versus 4-4.  #2 has to play  the Quarterback and the Pitch as #3  is loaded by the A.  If #2 takes the Quarterback NOBODY is there to take the pitch and the Backside A will have a clear path to the end zone.Over Right, Triple Left versus 4-4. #2 has to play the Quarterback and the Pitch as #3 is loaded by the A. If #2 takes the Quarterback NOBODY is there to take the…

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How Triple Option Coaches Solve the “Problem” of the New Free Blocking Zone Rule

Read the article about the elimination of the cut block right here.

How Triple Option coaches are going to adjust is listed below.

This drill set the tone for how to scoop block:

Offensive Line--Scoop the Cones. The Offensive Linemen Open-Run-Vertically Crash... Then, they align and do this again. This simulates the exact Scoop block technique.

2015 and earlier=Offensive Line–Scoop the Cones. The Offensive Linemen Open-Run-Vertically Crash

2016=Offensive Line–Scoop the Cones. The Offensive Linemen Open-Run run past the threat in their gap to cut off the pursuit angle of the 1st-level threat.

Then, they align and do this again. This simulates the exact Scoop block technique.


The Eight Components of Triple Option Executive Leadership

As the leader of the Triple Option-based football program, your job is to do the following:

1- Limit tasks to the important.

The average high school offense runs 48 plays/game.  Research has indicated that a play must be run at least four times/game for the play to be effective (NFL Run Study).  Run the Triple Option and possess basic answers to when you can’t get four yards on the Triple.

2- Shorten work time.

Since the average high school offense only runs 48 plays/game and the average offense is on the field for under 20 minutes/game, how much time do you need to be on the field?  Give your players 48 reps in Individual time, 48 reps in Team time, and send them home.

3- Coach for behavioral change.

Constantly provide players with feedback on how they can better technique their assignment.  Evaluate their footwork, angles, and ball security.  Make the players better in these areas.

4- Construct the Alpha Male.

What you say to young men matters.  The conviction you possess to the Triple Option matters.  Alphas are all about possessing conviction.  Beta males are wishy-washy and run the “offense of the week.”  Real men believe in the cause and work to become dominant at their conviction.  If you’re running the Triple, be a diehard.

5- Utilize the Progress Principle.

Celebrate progress at the end of every practice.  Find areas in which you got better from the previous practice and acknowledge those areas.  If the scoop blocks were better, acknowledge this.  If ball security was better, acknowledge what they did to make the ball security better and acknowledge the improvement.  This is the key to motivating the athlete–celebrating progress with acknowledgment/recognition.

6- Create a Taoist mindset.

Phil Jackson, famous Chicago Bulls coach made Taoism/Zen famous.  This isn’t hard, Taoists do the following: 1- Be desire-less (non-needy); 2- be excellent at what you do; and 3- go home.

7- Get players in the Zone.

Coaches create flow with their players when the players utilize repetition of the same concept versus multiple situations over an extended period of time.  This is how you create flow and get players in the zone.  Run the Triple Option thousands of times versus realistic, multiple situations.  Eventually players utilize implicitly memory and achieve peak experience through the process.

8- Employ the Sacred Scripture to evaluate your process.

If you, your coaches, and your players are following the specific teachings of Jesus and following the 10 commandments in practices and games, you’re doing things right.

If you’re looking for Triple Option advancement with your football program, call 570.332.0265 today.