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Running Heavy Follow versus the B-Gap Void

Read Running Heavy Follow versus the B-Gap Void right here.

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Running Zone Option out of Heavy

The Heavy Formation brings the Backside Tackle over to the formation side, and puts the Backside Receiver where the Backside Tackle was.

Zone Option is utilized when the defense forces a give to the B-Back on Triple.

When this happens, the offense makes the defense defend the Quarterback and the Backside A-Back.

The Heavy Tackle blocks down while the Offensive Line and the perimeter does exactly what they do on Triple Option. The B-Back becomes the extra blocker because of the numbers advantage while the Quarterback takes the snap, opens at 90 degrees, turns off the Receiver’s block and scores unless #2 can tackle him–if so, he sets his feet and parallel flicks the ball to the Backside A-Back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utilize Heavy Zone Option when the defense forces the B-Back give on Triple.  Make the defense play the Quarterback when they don’t want to do so.

What Army Does Versus Hard B-Gap Pressure

Often times when Army wants to run the Zone Option, the 3-technique can create penetration.

When this happens, they get into the Heavy Formation.

Heavy formation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they run the Down (also known as Belly-G).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a gap-scheme concept to control the penetration of the 3-technique when they run off-tackle especially when they don’t get four yards on the give to the B-Back on Triple Option.

Both Tackles block down if there is a threat in their gap.  If not, they would veer inside and block the first linebacker that shows.  The Playside Guard traps the first threat off the Heavy Tackle.  

The B-Back runs through the inside leg of the Heavy Tackle and gets vertical.

This controls the 3-technique when the offense can’t get four yards on the give phase of the Triple Option.

Taking Advantage of the Defense, and Their Understanding of Who’s Eligible, with Heavy Vert

Read Taking Advantage of the Defense, and Their Understanding of Who’s Eligible, with Heavy Vert

 

Utilizing the Over Formation to Conflict Eight-Man Fronts

Read Utilizing the Over Formation to Conflict Eight-Man Fronts right here.

Aligning and Executing with the Trips Formation in the Triple Option Offense

There is a specific reason why the Trips formation can work in the Triple Option Offense.

Read how right here.

Making the Trips Formation Work for Your Triple Option Offense

Coaches who run the Triple Option Offense must utilize Trips the right way the first time.

There are specific circumstances for Trips Formation utilization accuracy.

Read how to maximize the Trips Formation in the Triple Option Offense.

Utilizing the Trips Formation in the Triple Option Offense

Trips has a couple of purposes in the Triple Option Offense.

This 3X1 formation is utilized to gain a numbers advantage to a single side.

The Trips formation aids in several run-based concepts.

In addition, throwing the ball out of the Trips formation can be helpful to gain a numbers, angles, or field advantage.

Below is the article that covers the Trips Formation:

Utilizing the Trips Formation in the Triple Option Offense

 

Properly Utilizing the Trips Formation in the Triple Option Offense

In this episode, Dr. Cella discusses how to properly utilize the Trips formation in the Triple Option Offense.  Dr. Cella advocates that Trips should predominantly be utilized to throw the ball and to run Midline White.  Several coaches over-utilize formations in the Triple Option Offense and an overall use of formations leads to a vast number of mistakes by the players AND coaches in the Triple Option Offense.  Also, Dr. Cella provides interesting data and empirical research on first down rushing.  The Triple Option Football Academy Podcast with Dr. Lou Cella is published at the start of every day on tripleoptionfootball.com.

Utilizing the Trips Formation in the Triple Option Offense is found right here.

Trips Formation. This is the formation primarily utilized to throw the football.

 

TRIPS RT MIDLINE WHITE RT

TRIPS MIDLINE WHITE RT

Trips Right Vert Left versus 4-4. PR- Vert MA- Vert PA- Vert OL- Slide Away BR- Vert Q- Five-step Drop, throw Vert to BR B- Veer Path-Kick 1st threat off PT

Trips Right Vert Left versus 4-4.
PR- Vert
MA- Vert
PA- Vert
OL- Slide Away
BR- Vert
Q- Five-step Drop, throw Vert to BR
B- Veer Path-Kick 1st threat off PT

Trips Four Verticals versus 4-4 Defense PR- Stretch PA- Vert PA (3)- Vert to Post (if middle of field is open) OL- Slide Away BR- Stretch Q- Five-Step Drop, throw to uncovered A B- Veer Path-Kick

Trips Four Verticals versus 4-4 Defense
PR- Stretch
PA- Vert
PA (3)- Vert to Post (if middle of field is open)
OL- Slide Away
BR- Stretch
Q- Five-Step Drop, throw to uncovered A
B- Veer Path-Kick

Trips Four Verticals Versus Cover 2. PR- Stretch MA- Vert PA- Stretch to Post (if MOF is open) OL- Slide Away BR- Vert Q- Five-Step Drop-Throw to Post B- Veer Path-Kick

Trips Four Verticals Versus Cover 2.
PR- Stretch
MA- Vert
PA- Stretch to Post (if MOF is open)
OL- Slide Away
BR- Vert
Q- Five-Step Drop-Throw to Post
B- Veer Path-Kick

Utilizing the Over Formation to Score a Quick Touchdown

How many times have you aligned in the Over Formation and the defense simply slides the safety over as their “adjustment.”

Over Formation.  This is the formation utilized versus one-high safety defenses to force the defense to declare themselves.

When they do this, come back the next play and run Over Brown, Vert.

Over Brown.  This formation is utilized to throw four verticals when the defense does not bring a full-man over to the Over side.

Over Brown. This formation is utilized to throw four verticals when the defense does not bring a full-man over to the Over side.

Over Brown Right, Vert Right. If the Defense does not want to bring an extra man over to the OVER side, walk the backside A-Back up, walk the Middle Receiver back, and run four verticals.

Over Brown Right, Vert Right. If the Defense does not want to bring an extra man over to the OVER side, walk the backside A-Back up, walk the Middle Receiver back, and run four verticals.

Utilize this concept during the 2016 season to score a quick touchdown.

Executing Triple Pass out of Double Flex

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 When the Corner flies up to stop the pitch, have the Playside A-Back wheel right past him instead of block him.

Double Flex Triple Pass PR- Vert-Post PA- Wheel OL- Slide Away BA- Pitch-Kick BR- Vertical Q- Triple Pass Steps-Throw to Playside A B- Veer Path-KickDouble Flex Triple Pass
PR- Vert-Post
PA- Wheel
OL- Slide Away
BA- Pitch-Kick
BR- Vertical
Q- Triple Pass Steps-Throw to Playside A
B- Veer Path-Kick



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…

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Running Heavy Follow versus the Open B-Gap

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In short-yardage/Goal-line situations, when the B-gap  is uncovered by a down lineman, run the Follow.

Here’s how everything works:

Heavy Follow versus Under Defense.  The Playside Tackles base and the Quarterback follows the B-Back to daylight.  Everyone else has the same assignments as Triple. Follow is a great concept especially when the B-gap is uncovered.Heavy Follow versus Under Defense. The Playside Tackles base and the Quarterback follows the B-Back to daylight. Everyone else has the same assignments as Triple. Follow is a great concept especially when the B-gap is uncovered.

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

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


Over the last five years, 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…

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Proper Trips Formation Utilization in the Triple Option Offense

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The following are examples on how to utilize Trips within the framework of the Triple Option Offense:

Trips Formation.  This is the formation primarily utilized to throw the football.Trips Formation. This is the formation primarily utilized to throw the football.

Trips Triple OptionTrips Triple Option

TRIPS MIDLINE WHITE RTTRIPS MIDLINE WHITE RT

Trips Vert Right. The Quarterback will throw the ball to the Middle Receiver here. The Offensive Line slides away from the call, both receivers run fades, the Playside A runs a vertical because the Middle of the Field is closed, and the B-Back blocks the 1st threat off the Playside Tackle. The Quarterback 5-step drops and throws the ball to the Middle Receiver.Trips Vert Right.
The Quarterback will throw the ball to the Middle Receiver here.
The Offensive Line slides away from the call, both receivers run fades, the Playside A runs a vertical because the Middle of the Field is closed, and the B-Back blocks the 1st threat off the Playside Tackle.
The Quarterback 5-step drops and throws the ball to the Middle Receiver.

Trips Right, Vert Right.  This takes advantage of one-high safety defenses and forces the safety to declare himself.Trips Right, Vert Right. This takes advantage of one-high safety defenses and forces the safety to declare himself.

Trips Right, Vert Right Backside.  This is designed to isolate a weak cornerback on a wide receiver.  The ultimate one-on-one matchup is right here.Trips Right, Vert Right Backside. This is designed to isolate a weak cornerback on a wide receiver. The ultimate one-on-one matchup is right here.

Trips Sprint Pass--a GREAT 3rd and 10 concept (Triple Option Football Academy)Trips Sprint Pass–a GREAT 3rd and 10 concept (Triple…

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Running Triple Option to the Nub out of Over

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When defenses align in eight-man fronts, the Triple Option Offense could take the opportunity to align in the Over Formation.

Over FormationOver Formation

If the defense brings someone from the backside to the Over side to match up numbers, now there is one less defender to the Nub side, and the primary/secondary run force defender is in the count.

This can spell big trouble for defenses.

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 pitch and the Backside A will have a clear path to the end zone.

Over Triple versus Odd Stack.  If the Playside A runs the circle on #3, there is no secondary force and once the ball is pitched, this is big problems for the defense.Over Triple versus Odd Stack. If the Playside A runs the circle on #3, there is no secondary force and once the ball is pitched, this is big problems for the defense.

Utilize Over versus one-high safety teams…

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10-Step Process to Running Trips, Triple Option

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Here is the 10-step process to running Triple Option out of Trips:

1. Playside Receiver- Deep Defender
2. Middle A- #3
3. Playside A- Twirl, Pitch
4. Playside Tackle- Veer
5. Playside Guard- Base to Ace
6. Center- Veer to Ace
7. Backside Guard/Tackle- Scoop
8. Backside Receiver- Cutoff
9. Quarterback- Veer 1, Pitch 2
10. B- Veer Path

Trips Triple versus Three-Man Surface PR- Deep Defender MA- #3 PA- Twirl, Pitch PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTrips Triple versus Three-Man Surface
PR- Deep Defender
MA- #3
PA- Twirl, Pitch
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path

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Running Rocket Crush from Over Green

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Another way to outflank the defense when the Mike Linebacker is blitzing is to get into Over Green and Toss the football.  The Playside A moves up as another Tackle and blocks down.  Both Playside Receivers block the Deep Defender over the top of them.  The Guard and Tackle pull and block whoever shows in the alley.Do this when the Mike is blitzing.

Over Green Rocket Blast versus 4-4 Defense PR- Deep Defender MA- Deep Defender PA- Blast PT/PG- Arc C/BG/BT- Scoop BA- Rocket BR- Cutoff Q- Rocket Steps B- Veer Away Path-KickOver Green Rocket Blast versus 4-4 Defense
PR- Deep Defender
MA- Deep Defender
PA- Blast
PT/PG- Arc
C/BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Rocket
BR- Cutoff
Q- Rocket Steps
B- Veer Away Path-Kick

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Advantages of the Spread Formation in the Triple Option Offense

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Paul Johnson likely wishes that he, Tim Stowers, and Erk Russell came up with another name for this formation.

When they started running Triple Option out of the “Spread” formation in 1985, this represented the balanced set seen below:

Here are the advantages of the Spread Formation in the Triple Option Offense

The balanced structure of the offense creates balance in defense.  This leads to 3-on-2 matchups when running the Triple Option.

Defenses must decide if the offense is 2X2 or 1X1 due to the alignment of the slots.

Four verticals blows the top off coverages, especially Cover 3 as seen below:

Over the last several years, Navy has utilized the Spread formation more than any other formation.  Navy stayed balanced 7 out of every 10 plays in 2013.

 

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Running Midline out of Trips

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The following diagram shows you how to run Midline out of Trips:

TRIPS MIDLINE WHITE RTTRIPS MIDLINE WHITE RT


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Double Flex, Rocket Toss Maximizes Blocking with a Small Offensive Line

Dr. Cella will be speaking on this topic next Saturday in Lancaster, PA (March 5, 2015).

When you run Double Flex, Rocket Toss, you cancel the Defensive Line from ever making the tackle.  The ball is pitched too wide for the Defensive Line to make the tackle.

Utilizing Double Flex Rocket Blast to Load #1 PR- Blast PA, PT, PG- Arc C, BG, BT- Scoop BA- Rocket BR- Cutoff Q- Rocket Steps B- Veer Away Path

Utilizing Double Flex Rocket Blast to Load #1
PR- Blast
PA, PT, PG- Arc
C, BG, BT- Scoop
BA- Rocket
BR- Cutoff
Q- Rocket Steps
B- Veer Away Path

 

 

Double Flex, Rocket Blast to Constrain the 5-technique on Rocket. PR- Blast (1st level defender) PA, PT, PG- Arc C, BG, BT- Scoop BA- Rocket BR- Cutoff Q- Rocket Steps B- Veer Away Path

Double Flex, Rocket Blast to Constrain the 5-technique on Rocket.
PR- Blast (1st level defender)
PA, PT, PG- Arc
C, BG, BT- Scoop
BA- Rocket
BR- Cutoff
Q- Rocket Steps
B- Veer Away Path


Learn how to maximize your Offensive Line blocking.  Call the Triple Option Football Academy at 570.332.0265.

 

Installing the Spread Formation with All 11 Positions

The diagram below shows you exactly how all 11 players align in the Base Formation of the Triple Option Offense–The Spread Formation.

Alignment and Stance of All 11 Skill Positions

Alignment and Stance of All 11 Skill Positions

Running Four Verticals out of the Spread Formation for a Big Play Passing Game

Running Four Verticals out of the Spread Formation is fairly simplistic.

1- Four Verticals is called to one particular side.  If the middle of the field is closed, the Quarterback will throw the ball to the A-Back who the Free Safety does not cover.

Four Verticals vs. one-high safety.

2- If the middle of the field is open, throw to the Playside A-Back who will run the post in the middle of the field.

Vert Right versus Two-High Safeties.  The Playside A runs to seven yards and posts into the middle of the field because it is open.


This simplistic concept blows the top off the coverage and leads to big plays.

If you are interested in creating a Triple Option Offense that can also throw for big plays, call the Triple Option Football Academy at 570.332.0265.

 

Utilizing the Trips Formation to Advance the Four Verticals Passing Game

By placing both A-Backs on the same side, the defense has to make the decision whether to close the middle of the field or open the middle of the field.

If the keep the field closed (as listed below), the Quarterback will throw the ball to #2 (A-Back in red).

 

Trips Four Verticals versus 4-4 Defense PR- Stretch PA- Vert PA (3)- Vert to Post (if middle of field is open) OL- Slide Away BR- Stretch Q- Five-Step Drop, throw to uncovered A B- Veer Path-Kick

Trips Four Verticals versus 4-4 Defense
PR- Stretch
PA- Vert
PA (3)- Vert to Post (if middle of field is open)
OL- Slide Away
BR- Stretch
Q- Five-Step Drop, throw to uncovered A
B- Veer Path-Kick

If they keep the field open, the inside A-Back will run a post to the middle of the field and the Quarterback will throw him the ball.

Trips Right, Vert Right. This takes advantage of one-high safety defenses and forces the safety to declare himself.


 

Learn how to run the Triple Option and possess a vertical passing game by calling the Triple Option Football Academy at 570.332.0265.

Triple Option Spread Formation Alignment

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All 11 positions and their alignment are included here:

Spread Formation Alignments Offensive Line- 3-plus foot splits--inside hand on heels of Center.  Center in four-point stance. A-backs- one yard behind Offensive Tackle; inside foot on outside foot of Offensive Tackle. Receivers- 12 yards from Offensive Tackle.  If ball is on hash, eight yards from Offensive Tackle.  B-Back behind Quarterback.  Depth is determined how fast he can get into the point when the Quarterback points the ball on Triple/Midline. Quarterback- behind center with balanced feet.Spread Formation Alignments
Offensive Line- 3-plus foot splits–inside hand on heels of Center. Center in four-point stance.
A-backs- one yard behind Offensive Tackle; inside foot on outside foot of Offensive Tackle.
Receivers- 12 yards from Offensive Tackle. If ball is on hash, eight yards from Offensive Tackle.
B-Back behind Quarterback. Depth is determined how fast he can get into the point when the Quarterback points the ball on Triple/Midline.
Quarterback- behind center with balanced feet.

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

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


Over the last five years, Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous…

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What is the Double Flex Formation in the Triple Option Offense?

Double Flex is when the Receivers align two yards from the Playside Tackle with their outside foot up and their inside foot turned inside at a 45 degree angle.


The Double Flex formation is utilized to compress the formation, force the corner to become the run support player, and allows the offense to outflank the defense.  This is very helpful at the high school level as cut blocking is prohibited outside of the tackle box in 48 states (Texas and Massachusetts are the exceptions).
Double Flex. This formation is utilized to run Rocket better versus the blitz.

Double Flex. This formation also helps the offense run Rocket better versus the blitz.


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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