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Navy Has Consistently Done These 2 Things Over the Last 3 Seasons

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Executing Double Flex, Zone Option versus 6-2 Defense

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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Running Zone Option out of Heavy

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.

The Heavy Tackle blocks down while the Offensive Line and the perimeter does exactly what they do on Triple Option. The B-Back becomes the extra blocker because of the numbers advantage while the Quarterback takes the snap, opens at 90 degrees, turns off the Receiver’s block and scores unless #2 can tackle him–if so, he sets his feet and parallel flicks the ball to 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.

How the Triple Option Offense is Evolving with Army and Navy as We Move Into 2018

Army and Navy’s top three formations in 2017 (combined):

1- Double Flex

2- Heavy

3- Flex Spread

Army and Navy’s top three concepts in 2017 (combined):

1- Zone Option

2- Zone Dive

3- Triple Option

Happy 2018!

2017 Navy Triple Option Offensive Breakdown versus Virginia in the Military Bowl

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

What Army Does Versus Hard B-Gap Pressure

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.

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.

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown versus Navy

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

Army Has The Most Wins in a Season Since 1996–Here are Their Top Four Offensive Concepts of 2017

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:

  1. ZONE DIVE (16% of offense–utilized when the defense forces a pull read on Triple Option)
  2. ZONE OPTION (14% of offense–utilized when the defense forces a give read on Triple Option)
  3. TRIPLE OPTION (13% of offense–this is the offense)
  4. 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.

Merry Christmas!

Army’s Amazing Stats from Yesterday’s Armed Forces Bowl Win Shows the Power of the Triple Option Offense

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.

Merry Christmas and God bless!

Matchup
1st Downs 11 31
3rd down efficiency 2-4 13-18
4th down efficiency 0-0 2-4
Total Yards 280 446
Passing 25 6
Comp-Att 6-10 1-4
Yards per pass 2.5 1.5
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Rushing 255 440
Rushing Attempts 21 87
Yards per rush 12.1 5.1
Penalties 10-82 4-47
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles lost 1 0
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Possession 14:00 46:00

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown versus San Diego State in the Armed Forces Bowl

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

Army West Point is off to their Best Record in 22 Seasons–Here are the Three Concepts that Drive their Offense

Army West Point 2017 Offense

  • First eight (8) win regular season since 1996.
  • #1 in FBS rushing offense (368 yards/game through 11 games).
  • #1 in FBS 3rd down conversion percentage (53%)
  • #3 in FBS least number of turnovers lost (9 in 11 games).
  • #4 in FBS yards per completion (19).  (Navy is #1 with 24, Georgia Tech is #2 with 22, Air Force is #3 with 19.)
  • #5 in FBS time of possession (34 minutes/game).

 

Triple Option is their offense.

(14% of offense, run 8 times/game).

 

They come back with the Zone Dive after the Quarterback pulls the ball on Triple.

(16% of offense, run 9 times/game).

 

They come back with the Zone Option after the Quarterback gives the ball on Triple.

(12% of offense, run 7 times/game).

 

Other concepts run:

Trap

(6% of offense)

Zone Belly

(6% of offense)

Midline Lead

(5% of offense)

Down

(4% of offense)

Rocket

(3% of offense)

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown versus North Texas

Army West Point- 49 v North Texas- 52 F

Army West Point Total Plays Run- 71

75% of Army’s Offense was the following: Zone Dive- 18; Quarterback Power- 13; Zone Option- 12; Triple Option- 10

The other 25% of Army’s Offense was the following:
Iso- 2
Sneak- 2
Iso Pass- 1
Rocket Pass- 2
Trap- 5
Midline Triple- 2
Counter Keep- 1
Follow- 1
Trap Option Reverse- 1
Zone Belly- 1

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown Versus Duke

Army West Point- 21 v. Duke- 16 F

Army West Point Total Offensive Plays- 56

68% of Army’s Offense was the following: Zone Dive- 20; Zone Option- 12; Triple Option- 6

The other 32% of Army’s Offense was the following: Trap- 3; Down- 3; Sneak- 3; Quarterback Power- 2; Quarterback Iso- 2; Trap Option- 1; Power- 1; Rocket Boot Pass- 1; Counter Keep- 1; Midline Lead- 1

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown Versus Temple

Army West Point- 31 v. Temple- 28 F/OT

Army West Point Offense total plays run- 70

56% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Dropback Pass- 12; Zone Dive- 10; Triple Option- 6; Zone Option- 6; Midline Lead- 5

The other 44% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Trap- 4; Counter Option- 1; Down- 2; Sneak- 2; Rocket Pass- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Rocket- 2; Iso- 2; Rocket Boot Pass- 1; Stretch- 1; Power- 1; B-Toss Boot Pass- 1; Counter Keep- 1; B-Screen- 1; Midline White- 1; Down Option- 1; Zone Belly Pass- 1; Zone Belly- 4; Quarterback Draw- 1

Here’s Exactly What Georgia Tech, Army, and Navy are Running in 2017

Well, to no surprise the Triple Option is Georgia Tech, Army, and Navy’s #1 concept.  This is due to fact that the Triple Option is an offense and not just a play.

Triple Option is the only concept that these three football programs all utilize at least four times/game.


Army and Navy are utilizing the Zone Option when they are forced to give the ball on Triple Option.  The Zone Option is Army and Navy’s #2 most utilized concept right now.

Army and Georgia Tech are utilizing the Follow when they are forced to pull the ball on Triple Option.  Follow is Georgia Tech’s #3 most utilized concept and Army’s #4 most utilized concept.


So if you are looking for answers into playcalling the Triple Option Offense, look no further.

Step 1- Run Triple Option.  If you get four yards on Triple Option, align and run Triple Option again.  If not…

Step 2- If the defense forces a give read and a gain of less than four, run Zone Option.  If the defense forces a pull read and a gain of less than four, run Follow.

Have a great weekend!

Army West Point’s Top Three Concepts Through October 14, 2017

In 2017, Triple Option is the most utilized concept as Army West Point has executed the Triple 67 times.

Zone Option, which is utilized when the defense forces a give read, has been executed 49 times.

Zone Dive, which is utilized when the defense forces a pull read, has been executed 49 times.

These three concepts are driving the Army Offense, which becomes bowl eligible with a victory over Temple tomorrow.

Navy’s Top Four Concepts Through October 14, 2017

In 2017, Navy has run the Triple Option and the Zone Option significantly more than any other concept.

1- TRIPLE OPTION has been run 47 times.

2- ZONE OPTION has been run 41 times.  This concept is utilized when the defense is forcing a give read on Triple.

3- MIDLINE TRIPLE OPTION has been run 28 times.

4- FOLLOW has been run 26 times.  This concept is utilized when the defense is forcing a pull read on Triple and in Short Yardage/Goal-line situations.

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown Versus Eastern Michigan

Army West Point- 28 v. Eastern Michigan- 27 F

Army West Point total plays run: 65

62% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 11; Zone Dive- 11; Trap- 6; Zone Option- 6; Iso- 6

The other 38% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Quarterback Draw- 1; Down- 3; Counterkeep- 2; Midline Lead- 4; Follow- 2; Counter Option- 1; Belly Option- 1; Stretch- 3; Triple Pass- 3; Dropback Pass- 1; Iso Keep- 1; Zone Belly- 2; B-Toss- 1

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown Versus Rice

Army- 49 v. Rice- 13 F

Army West Point ran 68 total plays.

57% of Army West Point’s offense was the following: Triple Option- 22; Zone Option- 9; Zone Dive- 8

The other 43% was the following:

Rocket 3
Mid Triple 2
Down 3
Rocket Boot 2
Follow 4
Iso 5
Counterkeep 1
Sneak 3
Midline Lead 1
Trap 2
Stretch 1
Dropback Pass 1
B Toss 1

2017 Navy Triple Option Breakdown versus Memphis

Navy- 27 v. Memphis- 30 F

Navy Total Offensive Plays- 63

70% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 19; Follow- 10; Zone Option- 6; Triple Pass- 5; Midline Lead- 4

The other 30% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Rocket- 3; Counter Option- 2; Down- 2; Cowboy- 2; Zone Dive- 1; Zone Belly Pass- 1; Midline Triple- 1; Sneak- 1; Quarterback Power- 1; Power- 1; Trap- 1; B-Toss Pass- 1; B-Toss- 1; Sprint Pass- 1

2017 Navy Triple Option Breakdown versus Tulsa

Navy- 31 v. Tulsa- 21 F

Navy Total Offensive Plays- 75

52% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Zone Option- 16; Midline Lead- 13; Triple Option- 10

The other 48% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Zone Option Block- 5; Rocket- 4; Midline Triple- 3; B-Toss- 3; Counter Option- 3; Zone Dive- 3; Slot Counter- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Down- 2; Iso- 1; Midline Pass- 1; Lucky (Slot Dive)- 1; Zone Belly Pass- 1; Follow- 1; Trap- 1; Sneak- 1; Midline White- 1; Dropback Pass- 1

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown versus Tulane

Army West Point- 17 v. Tulane- 21 F

Army West Point Total Offensive Plays- 75

69% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Zone Dive- 15; Triple Option- 13; Trap- 9; Zone Belly- 8; Zone Option- 7

The other 31% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Dropback Pass- 4; Iso- 3; Down (Belly-G)- 3; Midline Triple Option- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Power- 2; Counter Option- 2; Counter Speed- 1; Rocket- 1; Sneak- 1; B-Toss- 1; Zone Option Pass- 1

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown versus UTEP

Army West Point- 35 v. UTEP- 21 F

Army West Point Total Offensive Plays- 57

44% of Army’s Offense was the following: Zone Option- 10; Zone Belly- 5; Down (Belly-G)- 5; Iso- 5

The other 56% of Army’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 3; Zone Dive- 3; Quarterback Draw- 2; Midline Lead- 2; Outside Veer Give- 2; B-Toss- 2; Rocket- 2; Triple Pass- 1; Trap Option- 1; B-Toss Pass- 1; Sprint Pass- 1; Trap Option Pass- 1; B-Toss Boot Pass- 1; Dropback Pass- 1; Rocket Pass- 1; Counter Speed- 1