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The Actual Purpose and Process of the Over Formation



Proper Double Flex Formation Alignment

Below is the alignment for the Double Flex formation, which is Army and Navy’s modern-day primary formation.

Throwing Triple Pass Out of Double Flex Simplifies the Process

When throwing the Triple Pass out of the Spread formation there are two situations:

Triple Pass Vertical (versus Middle of Field Safety)

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.


The Quarterback will throw to the Playside Receiver. If the Safety drifts toward him, the Quarterback throws to the Backside Receiver.

The Quarterback throws to the Playside Receiver unless the Safety drops. If so, the Quarterback throws the wheel to the Playside A.









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Executing Double Flex, Zone Option versus 6-2 Defense

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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Running Double Flex Midline Lead versus 4-2

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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How the Triple Option Offense is Evolving with Army and Navy as We Move Into 2018

Army and Navy’s top three formations in 2017 (combined):

1- Double Flex

2- Heavy

3- Flex Spread

Army and Navy’s top three concepts in 2017 (combined):

1- Zone Option

2- Zone Dive

3- Triple Option

Happy 2018!

Navy Flexes 99% of the Time

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.






























The Two Offensive Formations Army West Point Ran in 2017

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.

Running Midline to the Trips Side

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.

Trips Right, Midline White Right Quarterback gives the ball to the B-Back unless the 3-technique cancels the B-Back. If so, the Quarterback replaces the 3-technique and scores.

Utilizing the Over Formation to Make the One-High Safety Defense Declare Themselves

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. 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.