Offensive Line blocking in the Triple Option Offense is a popular topic.
Whether is double teams, scoop blocking, veer releases / finishes, or pass protection, coaches know that accuracy in these areas is crucial to make the Triple Option go.
Dr. Cella discusses the one Offensive Line Drill that must get done for Triple Option success.
Sometimes too much information becomes bad information. Many Flexbone Triple Option Offensive techniques require an approach that can be taught to players in one sentence. This way, players can develop visual pictures in their minds of how to accurately technique their assignment.
All Triple Option techniques are VERY important… it’s the manner in how others teach these that lead to too much information by coaches. Coaches worry and tend to overcoach certain aspects of the Triple Option.
These are the five areas are the most commonly overcoached on the Triple Option:
1- Quarterback/B-Back exchange. All the Quarterback has to do is the following: Take the snap, seat the ball, hop into the playside A-gap, point the ball, give the ball to the B, unless #1 tackles the B… if so, re-seat the ball, step with playside foot, replace #1, and score. This article in xandolabs.com gave a detailed description of this. Honestly, it doesn’t take that much work. Ask the clients with whom Dr. Cella has worked.
2- Quarterback Reading the Stack. The Quarterback follows the same steps above except he reads from the top-down (#2 to #1). Everything else still applies.
3– A-Back blocking #3 on Triple. The A-Back will dropstep, crossover, and run into the alley. He collisions whoever shows up in the alley. If #3 aligns in the middle of the field pre-snap, the Playside A runs a straight line to #3. There is no need to teach “switch” blocks or utilize fancy signals anymore in order to do any of this.
4– The Veer Release. The Offensive Lineman takes a six-inch zone step (lateral and vertical), grabs grass with his opposite hand, and pounds his arches through the 2nd level. If nobody shows at the second level, he runs to the third level. Anytime anybody invades his personal space, the Offensive Lineman punches his inside hand through the outside breastplate of that player, and the Offensive Lineman pounds his arches through the echo of the whistle.
5– Scoop Blocking. All the Offensive Lineman has to do is open at 90 degrees, run past the threat in his gap, and vertically turn once he is past the threat in his gap, and go back to the huddle. If there is no threat in his gap, he turns vertical and uses his outside hand to punch anyone attempting to cross his face.
In this podcast episode, Dr. Lou Cella discusses the two things that can happen on a scoop block. Situations within the scoop block are discussed. All of the footwork and angles are discussed as well. Effective scoop blocking starts with specific alignment, stance, and first step–all of which are discussed in this podcast.
In this podcast, Dr. Cella discusses the technique behind the most important backside block in the Triple Option Offense–the Scoop block. Technique and sense of purpose are discussed in detail. Utilize the commentary on this podcast to work the Scoop block with your Triple Option Offensive Linemen this summer.
1. On Triple Option, the Backside Tackle is Always Scoop blocking; however, with the federation changes in 2016, he is no longer allowed to go to the ground and go to the ground on the first-level defender.
2. The Backside Tackle slightly alters his technique to the following:
- Open at 90 degrees (same as always).
- Run past the first-level threat and dip his inside hand down once he gets past the threat (same as always).
- Step upfield with playside foot and move through 2nd to 3rd level, cutting off any threat who looks to cross from the backside to the playside (new in 2016).
This technique is taught at all Triple Option Football Academy Camps with Dr. 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.
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When turning around a Triple Option Offense, all coaches must develop a theory of action, specific to the Triple Option offense. The Triple Option Offensive Plan must focus on establishing priorities to achieve rapid and meaningful improvement. Once drafted, coaches present their plan and receive direct feedback from assistant coaches. By the end of training camp you must have a defined plan that you can put into action right away.
In your first year as a Triple Option leader, you must analyze elements critical to your offense’s turnaround plan. There is great importance of demonstrating high instructional quality and expectations, translating data into action, developing effective teams, leading a change effort, and creating meaningful engagement with players and coaches.
Triple Option Offense turnaround efforts require highly effective leaders able to create the conditions for rapid and sustained change. To successfully impact player outcomes, leaders in turnaround contexts must drive a fundamental shift in offensive culture and instructional practice that results in early gains and ongoing high performance. The demands are great, but the need to improve the opportunities for our offensive players is even greater.
Coaches must demonstrate an understanding of how to do the following:
- Transform offensive football culture
- Identify and achieve early success
- Measure your results
- Understand how to best align offensive-level efforts with conference and statewide programs
- Implement your new theory of action
The Big Idea in 171 Words
Here’s the problem. If you can’t block defensive linemen, you’ll never move the ball, you’ll never score points, and you’ll never win a game.
You need to understand why this disconnect occurs to overcome it and win.
“I know many coaches would rather install an offense the traditional way by researching it, visiting colleges that run the offense, and then picking coaches for information.
I have used that same strategy, and I know that it takes about three years to really gain an understanding of the offense and get players to execute it at a high level.
Consequently, in the research method, you do not have any collaboration with experts that are readily available when questions arise or resources that have consistency.
We wanted to give our players an offense that they could be successful with immediately.
We also concluded that by the time we visited colleges, bought DVDs, playbooks, and sent players to college camps to gain skills, we would have invested many times the cost…”
– Dr. Jimmy Woods, Head Football Coach, Timmonsville High School.
Went from 1-9 (2010) to the state semifinals (2011) in one year after working with Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella.
Here’s the solution. The Triple Option Football Academy.
Our mission is to lead the high-performance Triple Option Football Offense environment through sports science and mental conditioning coaching practices.
We focus on SIGNIFICANTLY improving the success of high school football programs in ONE season with all of the following which can be done from the clients’ home or office:
For $997, clients receive the plan to WIN NOW.
Before the 2010 season, Falls City HS (TX) had never won a regional championship in school history.
In 2010, after working with Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella, Falls City HS (TX) won the Regional and State Championship for the first time in school history in Texas while scoring 680 points in 15 games.
“The biggest thing for us is that it gave our kids the opportunity to work together in our offensive system before the season started–the techniques and fundamentals they learned was so big, so was the team bonding, and so was having an outside source (Lou Cella) teaching them–this was invaluable.”
– Mark Kirchhoff, Head Football Coach
After working with Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella, Bayfield HS (CO) had an undefeated regular season for the first time since 1996 and advanced to the state championship game in Colorado.
“We were looking to take that next step, and felt that a camp might be just what the doctor ordered. We were not disappointed. We were already committed to the triple option, but the camp brought a much higher level of focus and understanding to our team, both players and coaches. Now when we tell our kids to ‘trust the system’ they know what we’re talking about.”
– Marshall Hahn, Head Football Coach
Questions? Contact the Triple Option Football Academy at 570 332 0265.