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How to Simultaneously Constrain the Will Linebacker and the 5-Technique

Read How to Simultaneously Constrain the Will Linebacker and the 5-Technique right here.

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The Best Counter Play for Triple Option Programs in 2017

Navy ran a ton of this in 2016… See what “this” is right here.

The Best Counter in Modern-Day Triple Option Football is Zoom (Midline Triple Option)

There isn’t a good counter in the Triple Option Offense.  

In fact, misdirection was about 10% of Navy’s 2015 offense.  

The purpose of counters is to keep the Will Linebacker from running to the ball.  Because of  the 3+ foot line splits in the Triple Option Offense, the rest of the backside can’t get to the ball.

Well, when Navy starting running the Zone Option in 2010, they kept the Will off the ball simply running so fast to the playside, that the Will could not get there.

Zone Option versus Triple Stack Defense. The Playside A-Back blocks #2 when #3 is on the Line of Scrimmage. Also, the B-Back has Mike to Free Safety, and often versus a Triple Stack, he will end up on the Free Safety as the Free Safety has a better angle than the Mike to make the tackle on Zone Option.

The best COUNTER Navy has run in 2016 is Zoom (Midline Triple Option).  

zoom-versus-4-4

Here, the Playside A-Back twirls and blocks #3 (run support).

The Quarterback is responsible for #1 and #2 (counts from the Guard out).

The Playside Tackle and Guard have the Mike to the Free Safety.

Center and Backside Guard cancel the Action Key (first down lineman inside of #1).

Backside Tackle cancels the backside B-gap.

The Playside Receiver cancels the Deep Defender while the Backside Receiver cuts off the Backside Corner.

Then, the Triple Option takes control from there as the B-Back runs his Midline path, the Backside A-Back runs the pitch (leaves at snap), and the Quarterback cancels #1 and #2.

The twirl motion makes this the best Triple Option counter concept of 2016.

Coaches, don’t burden yourself with counters.  In the grand scheme of things, they’re severely overrated; however, if you’re going to run ONE, Zoom (Midline Triple Option) is the way to go.

Running “Canada” when the Will Takes the B-Back on Triple Option

Canada can be utilized when the Will tackles the B-Back on Triple.

Here, the Quarterback fakes the Triple and follows the A-Back who starts his pitch route and then leads through the open gap to the Will.

The diagram shows you how this is all done. 

Canada versus 4-4 PR- Deep Defender PA- Tail Motion plant on 3rd step and lead on Linebacker PT- Base PG- Base to Down C- Ace to Scoop BG- Base BT- Base BA- Free Safety BR- Cutoff Q- Triple Steps, Pivot and run off BA's block B- Veer Path

Canada versus 4-4
PR- Deep Defender
PA- Tail Motion plant on 3rd step and lead on Linebacker
PT- Base
PG- Base to Down
C- Ace to Scoop
BG- Base
BT- Base
BA- Free Safety
BR- Cutoff
Q- Triple Steps, Pivot and run off BA’s block
B- Veer Path


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.


Also, Corning (NY), Hereford (MD), Johnson (NJ), Lakewood (SC), Petaluma (CA), Piedra Vista (NM), Poland (ME), Riverwood (GA), San Benito (CA), Seminole County (GA), and Temple City (CA) posted drastic turnarounds just months after Dr. Cella served as their camp director.


Additionally, Dr. Cella has coached three current NFL players who have been drafted within the last two years.  In 2015, Kevin White (Wide Receiver) was drafted #7 overall by the Chicago Bears and Mark Glowinski (Offensive Guard) was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks.  In 2014, Lorenzo Taliaferro (Running Back) was drafted in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens.  All three players were coached by Dr. Cella at the Junior College Level.


At the heart of the American Football High Performance Academy (AFHPA) and the Triple Option Football Academy is the mission to lead the high-performance football environment through sports science and mental conditioning coaching practices.


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