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Why Get Good at the Triple Option Concept? Because Four Yards on First Down Means Everything

Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship games could be among the most-watched football games in the history of the galaxy. Some of the most defining and important plays of the game, though, will come at points in the telecast when many of us will be fetching a fresh beer: first and 10 at the beginning of a new drive.

You won’t see many of these plays in the highlights. More often than not it’s a handoff that, on average, goes for just over four yards. But according to an exhaustive study of NFL play data conducted by Yale professor Cade Massey, what happens on first and 10 in an NFL game is a powerful indicator of who will win.

According to Dr. Massey, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Management, the ability of an NFL team to meet certain benchmarks on each down is one of the best predictors of whether a drive will be successful. When it comes to first down, he says, the magic number is four. That’s the number of yards Mr. Massey says teams need to gain on first and 10. Those that do, he says, are more likely to be successful in making a first down and keeping the drive alive. — Reed Albergotti, Wall Street Journal

Brian Billick made this statement in the mid-1990s when he was the Offensive Coordinator for the Vikings.  This starts at the 4:37 mark on the video right here.

Get great at the Triple Option so you can get four yards on first down and win big in 2018.

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They Went from One Win in 2015 to Five Wins in 2016 and Led Nevada’s Largest Classification in Rushing

travisShadow Ridge (NV) went from one (1) win in 2015 to five (5) wins in 2016, and led Nevada’s largest classification, Class 4A, in rushing with 305 yards/game after their Triple Option Football Academy Camp with Dr. Cella.

“Having committed to the triple option the year prior, we knew we had some kinks that we needed help ironing out. We hosted a Triple Option Football Academy Camp in the summer of 2016.

Following Dr. Cella’s camp, we went on and increased our win total by four games. We led all 4A teams in the state of Nevada averaging over 305 yards rushing a game, and we broke numerous school records in the process. The most beneficial aspect of the Triple Option Football Academy was the practice structure Dr. Cella puts in place. It is up-paced and makes the most use of your practice time. We owe a great deal of credit to Dr. Cella for our success.”

-Travis Foster, Head Football Coach

Five-on-Five Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Drill–Triple Left

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The Five-on-Five Offensive Line Blocking Drill prepares the Offensive Line to block the four most common defensive alignments that they will face.

4-4, 50, Odd Stack, and 4-3 are all included.

Here is the drill:

Five-on-Five Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Drill--Triple Left Five-on-Five Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Drill–Triple Left

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Five Major Triple Option Football Run Game Considerations

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1- THE TRIPLE OPTION STARTS WITH THE FOLLOWING: PERFECT BALL SECURITY,  AND AN OFFENSIVE LINE THAT PENETRATES THE DEFENSE

2- AS A COACH YOU DECIDE WHO GETS THE BALL—AS A COACH YOU SHOW THEM HOW TO CARRY THE BALL. 

3- EVERYBODY WHO SUPPORTS YOU IS COUNTING ON YOUR BALL SECURITY.

4- OFFENSIVE LINE ELIMINATES PENETRATION WITH FAST/ACCURATE FOOTWORK, ANGLES, AND FINISH.

5- B-BACK—DOWNHILL RUNNING BACK—ONE BEND OFF ACTION KEY AND GO—REFRAIN FROM BOUNCING THE BALL OUTSIDE.

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Navy’s Top Run Concepts Through their First 10 Games of 2015

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Navy is 9-1 through their first 10 games of 2015, and they are nationally ranked.

In 2015, they have executed 659 plays.  

The following is what they are doing to become successful with their 335 yards/game rushing offense:

1- Triple Option- 153/659 (23% of offense)


 

2- Zone Option- 73/659 (11% of offense)


 

3- Zone Dive- 51/659 (8% of offense)


 

4- Midline Triple- 36/659 (5% of offense)


 

5- Outside Veer Give- 34/659 (5% of offense)


 

6- Belly- 34/659 (5% of offense)


 

7- Rocket- 28/659 (4% of offense)


 

8- Midline White- 26/659 (4% of offense)


Notable information.  In 2007, during Navy’s final season with Paul Johnson as Head Football Coach, Navy ran Triple Option 27% of time, Zone Dive 14% of time, Midline (all variations) 11% of time, Rocket 11% of time, and Counter Option 7% of the time.

Triple Option remains consistent with…

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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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Six Triple Option Offensive Line Drills that Matter

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One of my clients asked me which six Offensive Line drills matter the most.

So to provide you with appropriate visual information, here are six Triple Option Offensive Line drills that matter.

1- Scoop

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- Veer

Veer Inside Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)Veer Inside Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)

Veer Out Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)Veer Out Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)

3- Slide Pass Protection

Offensive Line Pass Protection on Four Verticals.  The Offensive Line slides away from the call.  With the Center and the Backside, if there is no immediate threat in the Center's gap, he will peel on his third step and block the first threat off the Backside Tackle.  The B-Back runs his veer path, flattens out, and blocks the first threat off the Playside Tackle.Offensive Line Pass Protection on Triple Pass and Four Verticals. The Offensive Line slides away from the call. With the Center and the Backside, if there is no immediate threat in the Center’s gap, he will peel on his third step and block the first threat off the Backside Tackle. The B-Back runs his veer path, flattens out, and blocks the first threat off the Playside Tackle.

4- Gate Pass Protection

Gate Pass Protection (Triple Option Football Academy)Gate Pass Protection (Triple Option Football Academy)

5- Ace

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The Two Concepts That Make Navy’s 2015 Triple Option Offense Go

In 2015, they have executed 659 plays.  

The following is what they are doing to become successful with their 335 yards/game rushing offense:

1- Triple Option- 153/659 (23% of offense)

Triple v. 3-4 PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Scoop to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path

Triple v. 3-4
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Scoop to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path


 

2- Zone Option- 73/659 (11% of offense)

Zone Option versus Okie Dog Pinch. #1 goes inside to the Guard, the Playside Linebacker is walled by the Playside A and the ball is pitched off #2.

Zone Option versus Okie Dog Pinch. #1 goes inside to the Guard, the Playside Linebacker is walled by the Playside A and the ball is pitched off #2.


 

 



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.


Contact: (570) 332-0265

Navy’s Top Run Concepts Through their First 10 Games of 2015

Navy is 9-1 through their first 10 games of 2015, and they are nationally ranked.

In 2015, they have executed 659 plays.  

The following is what they are doing to become successful with their 335 yards/game rushing offense:

1- Triple Option- 153/659 (23% of offense)

Triple v. 3-4 PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Scoop to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path

Triple v. 3-4
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Scoop to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path


 

2- Zone Option- 73/659 (11% of offense)

Zone Option versus Okie Dog Pinch. #1 goes inside to the Guard, the Playside Linebacker is walled by the Playside A and the ball is pitched off #2.

Zone Option versus Okie Dog Pinch. #1 goes inside to the Guard, the Playside Linebacker is walled by the Playside A and the ball is pitched off #2.


 

3- Zone Dive- 51/659 (8% of offense)

Zone Dive. PR- Deep Defender PA- Fold PT- Base PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer Steps--Give B- Veer Path

Zone Dive.
PR- Deep Defender
PA- Fold
PT- Base
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer Steps–Give
B- Veer Path


 

4- Midline Triple- 36/659 (5% of offense)

Midline Triple v. 4-4 PR- Deep Defender PA- Twirl-Run Support PT- Veer PG- Veer C/BG- Reverse Ace BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Mid 1, Pitch 2 B- Mid Path

Midline Triple v. 4-4
PR- Deep Defender
PA- Twirl-Run Support
PT- Veer
PG- Veer
C/BG- Reverse Ace
BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Mid 1, Pitch 2
B- Mid Path


 

5- Outside Veer Give- 34/659 (5% of offense)


 

6- Belly- 34/659 (5% of offense)


 

7- Rocket- 28/659 (4% of offense)


 

8- Midline White- 26/659 (4% of offense)


Notable information.  In 2007, during Navy’s final season with Paul Johnson as Head Football Coach, Navy ran Triple Option 27% of time, Zone Dive 14% of time, Midline (all variations) 11% of time, Rocket 11% of time, and Counter Option 7% of the time.

Triple Option remains consistent with the 2007 average.  

Midline (all variations) is consistent with the 2007 average.

Zone Dive has been run less; however, Outside Veer Give and Belly have been run along with the Zone Dive in an effort to keep #1 off the B-Back.

Rocket is executed far less than in 2007; however, with the emergence of the Zone Option, now there are two ways to get the ball outside when #1 doesn’t cancel the B-Back.

Counter Option has only been run nine (9) times all season.   This is 1% of the total Navy Offense.