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Running Rocket on the Goal-line

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The following is how Rocket is run out of the Heavy Formation.  Often, this is done on the Goal-line.

Heavy Rocket The play is very far away from the B-Back, but is he making contact with the trail player and leaving "no green in between" off him and the Playside Tackle? Heavy Rocket
The play is very far away from the B-Back, but is he making contact with the trail player and leaving “no green in between” off him and the Playside Tackle?

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Triple Option Offense Count System

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The system utilized to determine who the read key, pitch key, run support, near deep defender, and action key is defined below:

#1- Defensive Lineman touching the Tackle. #2- Defender on or past #1. #3- Defender on or past #2. The Near Deep Defender is not part of the count.#1- Defensive Lineman touching the Tackle.
#2- Defender on or past #1.
#3- Defender on or past #2.
The Near Deep Defender is the defender who drops into the deep zone over the top of the Playside Receiver.  He is  not part of the count.

TRIPLE OPTION COUNT SYSTEM 2TRIPLE OPTION COUNT SYSTEM 3

COUNT SYSTEM FOR TRIPLE LEFT VERSUS A SPLIT DEFENSE (4-4).COUNT SYSTEM FOR TRIPLE LEFT VERSUS A SPLIT DEFENSE (4-4).

COUNT SYSTEM FOR TRIPLE LEFT VS. 50.COUNT SYSTEM FOR TRIPLE LEFT VS. 50.

COUNT SYSTEM FOR TRIPLE LEFT VS. 4-3 COVER 2.COUNT SYSTEM FOR TRIPLE LEFT VS. 4-3 COVER 2.

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Running Triple Option at the 3-Technique

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 The key is cancelling the 3-technique with the Guard and the Tackle while the Center gets the Mike.  If the Mike runs over the top on a give read, have no fear, as the B-Back is running right where the Mike was.

Triple versus 4-3 to 3 technique side PR- Deep Defender PA- Run Support (#3) PT/PG- Deuce C- Veer (Playside A-gap) BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple versus 4-3 to 3 technique side
PR- Deep Defender
PA- Run Support (#3)
PT/PG- Deuce
C- Veer (Playside A-gap)
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path


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How College Defenses Attempt to Stop the Triple Option in Modern Times

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This diagram shows you how.

How College Defenses Attempt to Stop the Triple Option in 2014. 4-3 Defense--4 Across--Mike takes the pitch if Quarterback opens to 1-technique side.How College Defenses Attempt to Stop the Triple Option in 2014.
4-3 Defense–4 Across–Mike takes the pitch if Quarterback opens to 1-technique side.

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Working Scoop Blocking and the Veer Release at the Same Time

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The below-listed diagram shows you how:

Offensive Line Simultaneous Scoop-Veer DrillOffensive Line Simultaneous Scoop-Veer Drill


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The Life of a Guard in the Triple Option Offense

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The Guard must serve as a “road-grader type” in the Triple Option Offense.

There are specific blocks that he must master.

The following are those blocks and in order of importance:

1- Scoop (especially versus the 0-technique on Triple)

THE THREE LEVELS OF TRIPLE OPTION OFFENSIVE LINE SCOOP BLOCKING (Triple Option Football Academy)THE THREE LEVELS OF TRIPLE OPTION OFFENSIVE LINE SCOOP BLOCKING (Triple Option Football Academy)

2- Ace (on Triple and Midline)

Ace versus 2i. Guard zone steps with playside foot, takes second step goes back to base with backside foot and punches his inside hand through the playside breastplate of the 0-technique. Center zone steps with his inside foot, second step goes back to base with his outside foot, and his third step will be a zone step with his inside foot as he punches his inside hand off the third step, takes his fourth step going back to base, and squeezes his hips with the Guard and pounds his (Center’s) arches through the echo of the whistle.Ace versus 2i. Guard zone steps with playside foot, takes second step goes back to base with backside foot and punches his inside hand through the playside breastplate of the 0-technique.
Center zone steps with his inside foot, second step goes back to base with his outside foot, and his third step will be a zone step with his inside foot as he punches his inside hand off the third step, takes his fourth step going back to base, and squeezes his hips with the Guard and pounds his (Center’s) arches…

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2015 Georgia Tech Triple Option Breakdown versus Previously Unbeaten Florida State

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Georgia Tech defeats previously unbeaten Florida State 22-16

Total Plays- 56


Triple Option- 17/56 (30% of offense)

Zone Dive- 8/56 (14% of offense)

Rocket- 6/56 (11% of offense)

Midline Lead- 6/56 (11% of offense)


Trap- 4

Sprint Pass- 4

Dropback Pass- 3

Belly Option- 2

B-Screen, Counter Keep, Outside Veer, Counter Option, Rocket Pass, and Rocket Boot- once each


Notes: Triple Option, Zone Dive, Rocket, and Midline Lead was 2/3 of Georgia Tech’s Offense versus previously unbeaten Florida State.

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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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The Triple Option Process: Seven Crucial Awareness Points for Avoiding Failure

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When installation the Triple Option you must get to potential issues before they ever start.

The following seven (7) crucial awareness points must create mindfulness in the coaching staff:

1- Allowing complacency.

Players have to continually focusing on improving through the process.

2- Failure to guide through the process.

Coaches have to COACH and these coaches must continually provide players with information on techniquing their assignment.

3- Underestimating the power of vision.

Coaches have to utilize Navy as a model.

4- Permitting obstacles to block the vision.

When people, places, things, or ideas block the offense from looking like Navy, thwart these obstacles with overwhelming force.

5- Failing to create short-term victories within the process.

Players must know when they’ve achieved success in each stage of the process.

6- Declaring victory too soon.

Coaches must accept that it takes 66 practices to start a habit (2013 study) and that the…

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