When running Zone Option out of Double Flex, the Offensive Line, A-Backs, and Backside Receiver have the same responsibilities as Triple Option.
The Playside Receiver blocks down.
The B-Back leads for the Quarterback and blocks the Mike to the Free Safety while the Quarterback takes the snap, goes down the line, turns up and scores unless #2 can tackle him… if so, the Quarterback sets his feet and parallel flicks the ball.
Here’s Zone Option versus the 4-4/6-2 Defense:
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The Heavy Formation brings the Backside Tackle over to the formation side, and puts the Backside Receiver where the Backside Tackle was.
Zone Option is utilized when the defense forces a give to the B-Back on Triple.
When this happens, the offense makes the defense defend the Quarterback and the Backside A-Back.
Utilize Heavy Zone Option when the defense forces the B-Back give on Triple. Make the defense play the Quarterback when they don’t want to do so.
Navy- 49 v Virginia- 7 F
Navy Offense Total Plays- 76
72% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Zone Dive- 20; Triple Option- 12; Zone Option- 16; Follow- 7
The other 28% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Triple Pass- 4; Trap- 3;
Rocket- 3; Trap Option- 2; Rocket Boot- 2; Rocket Boot Option; Midline Triple Option; Midline White- 5
Often times when Army wants to run the Zone Option, the 3-technique can create penetration.
When this happens, they get into the Heavy Formation.
Then, they run the Down (also known as Belly-G).
This is a gap-scheme concept to control the penetration of the 3-technique when they run off-tackle especially when they don’t get four yards on the give to the B-Back on Triple Option.
Both Tackles block down if there is a threat in their gap. If not, they would veer inside and block the first linebacker that shows. The Playside Guard traps the first threat off the Heavy Tackle.
The B-Back runs through the inside leg of the Heavy Tackle and gets vertical.
This controls the 3-technique when the offense can’t get four yards on the give phase of the Triple Option.
Army West Point- 14 v. Navy- 13 F (December 9, 2017)
Army West Point Total Plays Run- 50
68% of Army’s Offense was the following: Zone Option- 11; Zone Dive- 10; Trap- 7; Triple Option- 6
The other 32% of Army’s Offense was the following: Sweep- 4; Quarterback Iso- 4; Down- 2; Counter Trey- 1; Quarterback Sweep; Triple Pass; Sweep Reverse; Sneak- 2
In 2017, Army West Point had their first 10-win season since 1996.
Here are their top four concepts, which made up exactly 50% of their offense:
- ZONE DIVE (16% of offense–utilized when the defense forces a pull read on Triple Option)
- ZONE OPTION (14% of offense–utilized when the defense forces a give read on Triple Option)
- TRIPLE OPTION (13% of offense–this is the offense)
- TRAP (7% of offense–utilized when the defense forces a give read on Triple Option and the Backside Linebacker is tackling the B-Back–this is the best misdirection-based counter in Army’s offense)
The NFL Run Study (referenced on this website since the site’s inception) indicates that a play must be run at least four times/game for that play to be statistically effective. These are the ONLY four concepts that Army ran at least four times/game.
Army won 42-35 yesterday over San Diego State in the Armed Forces Bowl.
- The Black Knights had the ball for 46 of the 60 minutes.
- They had 31 1st downs.
- 72% of the time on third down, Army got a first down. This is by far the best in the FBS.
- Army had 440 yards rushing.
- Finally–San Diego State scored 35 points in 14 minutes and still lost the football game.
- Army achieved their first 10-win season since 1996.
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|4th down efficiency||0-0||2-4|
|Yards per pass||2.5||1.5|
|Yards per rush||12.1||5.1|
Army West Point- 42 v San Diego State- 35 F
Army West Point Total Plays Run- 83
83% of Army’s Offense was the following: Zone Option- 25; Zone Dive- 16; Trap- 12; Down- 10; Rocket- 6
The other 17% of Army’s Offense was the following:
Zone Belly- 1; Midline Lead- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Sneak- 2; Counter Keep- 1; Belly Option- 1; Rocket Pass- 1; Midline Triple- 1; Triple Option- 1; Reverse Pass- 1; Rocket Boot Pass- 1