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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