When throwing the Triple Pass out of the Spread formation there are two situations:
Triple Pass Switch (versus Playside Safety)
Throwing Triple Pass out of Double Flex eliminates the conversion into ONE all-encompassing concept. This is because the Corner is FORCED to be the run support due to the compressed formation.
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When running Zone Option out of Double Flex, the Offensive Line, A-Backs, and Backside Receiver have the same responsibilities as Triple Option.
The Playside Receiver blocks down.
The B-Back leads for the Quarterback and blocks the Mike to the Free Safety while the Quarterback takes the snap, goes down the line, turns up and scores unless #2 can tackle him… if so, the Quarterback sets his feet and parallel flicks the ball.
Here’s Zone Option versus the 4-4/6-2 Defense:
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When the defense aligns with a 3-technique and a Backside Action Key, Midline Lead is a great concept to run when the give is forced on Triple Option.
The 3-technique is put in a situation where he cannot be right.
Midline Lead gets tremendous numbers at the point of attack and by compressing the Receiver, the Receiver can quickly get to the Safety.
Here’s Midline Lead versus the 4-2 defense to the 3-technique side:
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In Navy’s huge bowl win versus Virginia (49-7), Navy was in a Flexed formation 99% of the time.
This means they brought the Receiver in two yards from the Tackle.
63% of the time versus Virginia, Navy was in Double Flex:
Only 37% of time versus Virginia, Navy split out a single Receiver.
Only 1% of the time versus Virginia, Navy split out two Receivers.
In 2017 Navy’s #1 formation was Double Flex. No other formation was close. The offense is certainly evolving.
In 2017, Army West Point had their best season in 22 seasons, and they were based out of two formations–Double Flex and Heavy.
They were aligned in one of these formations, or a combination thereof, 95% of the time in their bowl win versus San Diego State.
Double Flex compresses the Receivers as they are six feet from the Offensive Tackle with their inside foot up. The benefit is that this formation puts the cornerbacks in an automatic run support situation, which is often a better perimeter matchup for the offense. In addition, it eliminates the Playside Receiver and Playside A-Back having to read the Deep Defender and #3. This is because the Corner is now #3 and the Safety is the Deep Defender. If the Safety is in the middle of the field, the Receiver will load and block the Mike to the Free Safety. He has a better angle to load as if the Mike runs over the top, he is two yards wider than the A-Back to wall off the Mike.
The Heavy Formations brings the Backside Tackle to the formation side to create an extra blocker 3.5 feet away from the Formation-side Tackle. Then, the Backside Receiver replaces the Backside Tackle and aligns 3.5 feet away from the Backside Guard in a 3-point stance. At times, Army would utilize a sixth Offensive Lineman as the Backside Tackle. The benefit of utilizing a Receiver is that he is eligible and must be covered in the passing game. In addition, Army would move their Playside A-Back’s alignment to behind the Heavy Tackle in certain situations. This is especially true when they ran the Down (Belly-G) as to give the Playside A-Back a better angle to cancel the Mike.
The Trips formation creates a numbers advantage to the Trips side. This forces the defense to bring someone over from the backside to the formation-side to match numbers. Otherwise, the offense has the numbers advantage. If this is the case and they set the 3-technique to the formation-side, run Midline White.
Over Formation- This is the formation utilized versus one-high safety defenses to force the defense to declare themselves. The alignment is the same as the spread formation with the exception of the Backside Receiver splitting the difference between the Formation-side Tackle and the Formation-side Receiver.
If the defense does not bring a defender from the Backside to the formation-side to match numbers, go Over Brown.
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.