The Playside Tackle is going to block the first down lineman outside of the read on Triple Option.
This is how he does this block, known as the Fan Block (often referred to as HPC–High Pressure Control as well).
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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Army West Point- 31 v. Temple- 28 F/OT
Army West Point Offense total plays run- 70
56% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Dropback Pass- 12; Zone Dive- 10; Triple Option- 6; Zone Option- 6; Midline Lead- 5
The other 44% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Trap- 4; Counter Option- 1; Down- 2; Sneak- 2; Rocket Pass- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Rocket- 2; Iso- 2; Rocket Boot Pass- 1; Stretch- 1; Power- 1; B-Toss Boot Pass- 1; Counter Keep- 1; B-Screen- 1; Midline White- 1; Down Option- 1; Zone Belly Pass- 1; Zone Belly- 4; Quarterback Draw- 1
Navy- 27 v. Memphis- 30 F
Navy Total Offensive Plays- 63
70% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 19; Follow- 10; Zone Option- 6; Triple Pass- 5; Midline Lead- 4
The other 30% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Rocket- 3; Counter Option- 2; Down- 2; Cowboy- 2; Zone Dive- 1; Zone Belly Pass- 1; Midline Triple- 1; Sneak- 1; Quarterback Power- 1; Power- 1; Trap- 1; B-Toss Pass- 1; B-Toss- 1; Sprint Pass- 1
Navy- 31 v. Tulsa- 21 F
Navy Total Offensive Plays- 75
52% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Zone Option- 16; Midline Lead- 13; Triple Option- 10
The other 48% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Zone Option Block- 5; Rocket- 4; Midline Triple- 3; B-Toss- 3; Counter Option- 3; Zone Dive- 3; Slot Counter- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Down- 2; Iso- 1; Midline Pass- 1; Lucky (Slot Dive)- 1; Zone Belly Pass- 1; Follow- 1; Trap- 1; Sneak- 1; Midline White- 1; Dropback Pass- 1
Army West Point is 2-1 right now. Here are their top five concepts through Week 3 of 2017:
1- Zone Belly was run 23 times.
2- Triple Option was run 21 times.
3- Midline Lead was run 20 times.
4- Zone Dive (Pin) was run 18 times.
5- Zone Option was run 17 times.
These five concepts are 54% of Army West Point’s 2017 Offense.
Army West Point- 7 vs. Ohio State- 38 F
Army West Point Total Offensive Plays- 66
52% of Army West Point’s Offense were the following five concepts: Zone Dive- 10; Midline Lead- 8; Zone Option- 8; Triple Option- 4; Trap- 4
The 0ther 48% of the offense was the following: B-Toss- 3; Rocket- 3; Midline White- 3; Zone Belly- 2; Trap Option- 2; Midline Triple Option- 2; Belly Option- 2; Dropback Pass- 2; Rocket Pass- 2; Counter Keep- 2; Trap Option Pass- 2; Down (Belly-G)- 2; B-Toss Boot Pass- 1; Follow- 1; QB Draw (Eagle)- 1; Counter Option- 1; Stretch Pass- 1
Army West Point has run 119 plays through their first two games of 2017. Here’s the top five concepts from those two games:
Zone Belly was run 21 times. They have run this concept with some formation-based variations.
Triple Option was run 17 times.
Midline Lead was run 12 times.
Rocket and Zone Option were run 9 times each.
Compare and Contrast
Army West Point- 21 v. Buffalo- 17 F
Army West Point Total Offensive Plays- 70
2/3 (67%) of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Triple Option– 11; Zone Belly– 9; Midline Lead– 8; Rocket– 5; Zone Option– 5; Zone Dive– 5; Counter Keep– 4
Other 1/3 of the Offense (33%) was the following: Triple Pass- 3; Follow- 3; Trap- 2; Midline White- 2; Sneak- 2; B-Screen- 1; QB Draw- 1; Sprint Pass- 1; Counter Option- 1; Dropback Pass- 1; Rocket Boot Pass- 1; Belly Option- 1; Belly Pass- 1; Zone Belly Read- 1; Outside Veer Give- 1; Down (Belly-G)- 1
There are seven concepts that Army, Navy, and Georgia Tech all executed during Week 1 of the 2017 season.
Triple Option was run 14 times among the three programs.
Rocket was run 14 times among the three programs.
Zone Dive was run 11 times among the three programs.
Midline Lead was run 10 times among the three programs.
Trap- was run 10 times among the three programs.
Down- was run 9 times among the three programs.
Sneak- was run 6 times among the three programs.
Triple Option, Rocket, Zone Dive, Midline Lead, Trap, Down (Belly-G), and Sneak are the seven concepts that Army, Navy, and Georgia Tech all ran during Week 1 of the 2017 season.
Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for two touchdowns and gained 128 of his 177 yards in the first half as Army crushed Fordham 64-6 in the opener for both teams Friday night (9/1/17).
- 3/4 of Army’s Offense was Zone Belly, Belly Option, Triple Option, Midline Lead, Rocket, Zone Option, and Heavy Down (Belly-G).
- 40% of Army’s Offense was a Belly Variation (Zone Belly, Belly Option, Down).
- Army did not complete one pass the entire game, and Army average 11 yards/run on 47 attempts.
However, an ongoing issue is running Zone Option versus a 3-technique. All the college programs that run Zone Option have had issues with running Zone Option to a 3-technique. Therefore, if the defense aligns with an A and a B-gap defender, Check from Zone Option to Toss.
If the defense aligns with a 3-technique and a Backside action key, check from Zone Option to Midline Lead.
Step 1- If you don’t get four yards on Triple, call Zone Option.
Step 2- Zone Option is run unless there is a 3-technique and an A-gap defender (o/playside 1)–if so, check from Zone Option to Toss.
Step 3- Zone Option is run unless there is a 3-technique and a Backside Action Key–if so, check from Zone Option to Midline Lead.
Now, you have a singular, built-in constraint when the defense forces you to give the ball and you don’t get four yards on Triple Option. You come back the next play and check to the best concept.
The following are the four variations of Midline run by Army and Navy:
1. Midline Triple
2. Midline Lead
3. Midline White (Playside A lateral steps and leads through the B-gap)
4. Midline Twirl (Playside A motions and leads through the B-gap)
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According to Georgia Tech Head Football Coach, Paul Johnson if #1 and #2 are sitting in a stacked position on Triple Option and are sedentary post-snap, it’s time to run Double Option.
According to Coach Johnson, “After a while, you’re going to get tired of four-yard gains.”
Double Option forces #2 to play the Quarterback or the pitch instead of folding inside on the dive.
One of the many double options that can be run is Zone Option, which is Navy’s #1 answer when this happens. Allegedly, Georgia Tech is adding the Zone Option to their Triple Option Offense in 2016.
If this occurs to the 3-technique side of a 4-3, Midline Lead becomes a great alternative.