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Tim Stowers, Former Georgia Southern Head Coach, Discusses Running Triple v. 4-3

Answers to the Test on How Well You Know Paul Johnson’s Numbering System

1- Triple Option is 12/13

2- Midline Lead is 10/11 Lead

3- Zone Dive is 22/23

4- Rocket Toss is 58/59

5- Triple Pass is 312/313

6- Trap is 32/33

7- Down (Belly-G) is 44/45

8- Down Option (Belly-G Option) is 48/49

9- Counter Option is 18/19

10- Rocket Pass is 358/359

Test on How Well You Know Paul Johnson’s Numbering System

I’ve posted Coach Johnson’s numbering system on this site many years ago and have reposted it ever since. Now, I want to see how well you know the numbers he utilizes for the major important concepts. I’ll post the answers at noon today. Here we go.

Example- Zone Option is 26/27

1- Triple Option

2- Midline Lead

3- Zone Dive

4- Rocket Toss

5- Triple Pass

6- Trap

7- Down (Belly-G)

8- Down Option (Belly-G Option)

9- Counter Option

10- Rocket Pass

Answers will be posted later.

Paul Johnson’s Numbering System

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

In the Paul Johnson system, plays are numbered as the following:

10/11 Midline Triple Option

12/13 Triple Option

16/17 Counter Speed Option

18/19 Counter Option

22/23 Zone Dive

26/27 Zone Option

28/29 Double Option

32/33 Trap

44/45 Down

48/49 Down Option

58/59 Rocket Toss

60/70 Dropback Pass

312/313 Triple Pass

358/359 Rocket Pass

360/370 Dropback Pass with Hot Route off Mike

512/513 Triple Pass Out

560/570 Dropback Pass with Hot Route off Overhang

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Why Block Defensive Linemen?

For 55 years, the Triple Option Offense has proven that you can win big without blocking Defensive Linemen.

Army finished #19 in the country last year… with no athletic scholarship football players. They run the Flexbone Triple Option.

Navy has been to bowl games 14 out of 16 years… with no athletic scholarship football players. They’ve run the Flexbone Triple Option in all 16 years.

Kennesaw State finished #4 in the FBS (1-AA) last year… and they’ve only had football for four years. They’ve been Flexbone Triple Option since day 1.

Lenoir-Rhyne went from 3-7 (2017) to 12-2 (2018) in Division-2 after installing the Flexbone Triple Option… biggest Division-2 turnaround in the country last year.

When you run the Flexbone Triple Option Offense, you make Defensive Linemen INVISIBLE.

If you want to learn how to do this the right way the first time, connect with Dr. Cella at 570.332.0265.

How Do You Refer to the Offense–Is it Flexbone, Triple Option, Veer, or Something Else?

The offense is called a lot of things… feel free to comment on Facebook and Twitter  if you call the offense something other than Flexbone, Triple Option, or Veer.  The poll will be up for a week.

Paul Johnson’s Seven-Step Flexbone Triple Option Installation Procedure


Seven Principles for Dealing with Flexbone Triple Option Haters

1. It doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it. What matters is how many people do.

As long as you’re accomplishing your objectives with the Triple Option, the haters will possess a cascading effect–and then they don’t matter.

2. 10% of people will find a way to take anything personally.  Expect it.

NEVER respond to the criticism or respond to things that do not warrant a response.

3. Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.

If you respond to EVERYONE about the Triple Option, you’ll get more behavior you don’t want and less behavior you do want.

4. If you are really effective at what you do, 95% of the things said about you will be negative.

The best coaches are almost always the people who get the most criticism.

5. If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

Train yourself to be effective at dealing with, responding to, even enjoying criticism… In fact, take the quote a step further and encourage people to actively pursue being thought foolish and stupid.

6. Live well.

If a vessel contains acid and you pour some on an object, it’s still the vessel that sustains the most damage.

7. Carry onward.

If you believe you can change lives with the Triple Option, do what you believe is right, expect resistance, and expect attackers.

Six Mandates of a Flexbone Triple Option Quarterback

Six Mandates of a Triple Option Quarterback 

by Dr. Lou Cella

1.When it comes to football–Ignore the noise.

People are going to hate the Triple Option because they do not see this offense on Sundays.  Get over this fact.  Fans only like what they are able to understand.  If you listen to them, you’ll be sitting with them in the bleachers soon enough. 

2. Behavior is the following: a. Serious; b. uni-polar; c. obscure.

Celebrities can’t run an offense.  Eliminate the panic button because you can score on your next play.  Only uni-polar people apply to play Quarterback.  You must be the same man every day.

3. Read #1 and Pitch #2 with your legs.

Squat and move to the right spot. 

4. Know the Triple Option cold as the goal is accuracy on every play.

If you accurately react to the blood stunt and the easy stunt, you are on your way.  You make every, single play when you put the ball in the right person’s hands and when you administer the game.

5. Know your B-Back, A-Backs, Receivers, Center, Guards, Tackles, and what they are attempting to do on the Triple Option.

This is because when one of them fails, we all fail.

6. You are evaluated by scoring NOT yardage.

  The team with the most points always wins.

If Your Small Offensive Line Scares You Right Now—Read This

After running a camp with Dr. Lou Cella as Camp Director, Bayfield HS (CO) had an undefeated regular season for the first time since 1996 and advanced to the state championship game in Colorado.  Their Offensive Line averaged 180 pounds.

“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, Bayfield High School (CO).  Bayfield (CO)- went to the state championship game just months after their Triple Option Camp with Dr. Cella.

– Marshall Hahn, Head Football Coach

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The Amazing Benefit of Outside Releasing the Playside Tackle on Rocket


Exactly What the Playside Guard and Tackle Do Versus a 50 Defense

Read Exactly What the Playside Guard and Tackle Do Versus a 50 Defense right here.

Defined Differences Between the Wishbone and the Veer

This article describes the differences between the Wishbone and the Veer.

Read all about the differences right here.

Install the Triple Option Offense in a 12-step progression right here.

Have the Triple Option Offense installed at your high school this summer–go here.

ONE Flexbone Triple Option Offensive Line Drill that Must Get Done

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.

The podcast can be heard right here.

Learn how to install the Army-Navy / Georgia Tech Triple Option Offense right here.

Want Dr. Cella to install the Triple Option Offense at your high school this summer?  Go here.


Working Scoop Blocking and the Veer Release at the Same Time

Triple Option Football Academy -- The Flexbone Offense from Army & Navy

The below-listed diagram shows you how:

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

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The Difference Between the Wishbone and the Veer

The wishbone formation, also known simply as the ’bone, is an offensive formation in American football. The style of attack to which it gives rise is known as the wishbone offense. Like the spread offense in the 2000s, the wishbone was considered to be the most productive and innovative offensive scheme in college football during the 1970s and 1980s.[1]

The Veer is an option running play often associated with option offenses in American football, made famous at the collegiate level by Bill Yeoman‘s Houston Cougars. It is currently run primarily on the high school level, with some usage at the collegiate and the professional level where the Veer’s blocking scheme has been modified as part of the zone blocking system. The Veer is an effective ball control offense that can help minimize mismatches in a game for a team.