Category Archives: Offensive Football

3 Reasons to Run the Midline Option

The midline option is often forgotten in today’s days of the spread offense. The Zone read, the triple option, etc… all still thrive, even when the team is in the gun.

But what happened to the Midline option? There are a few exceptions, for instance, Oregon has been known to run it – must notably getting it blown up by Auburn’s defensive tackles in their national championship game a few years ago.

But unless you’re going up against first round picks with freakish like athleticism every play, midline option is still a good concept.

QB Midline Option Pull

Here’s 3 reasons you should run the midline option, no matter what offense you run.
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How to use Inside Zone to Beat the All Out Blitz Look

Inside Zone can dismantle the all out blitz. Many coaches check to a toss play or a screen versus the heavy blitz look – however this can become overly predictable.

This article will discuss the how and why you should use the inside zone play versus the heavy blitz play, at least in some situations.
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Flexible Passing Concepts for Multiple Teams

With more and more offenses trying to be multiple in this era, there is a unique need to minimize new learning – especially in regards to the passing game and passing concepts.

I’m of the belief that excessive new learning truly tanks your teams ability to excel. I’ve touched on this topic several times already, but not so much in the passing game.

Let’s be honest, in any of your passing concepts, if a receiver screws up a route, it can be devastating to your offensive attack. For high school teams that try to be multiple with formations, this can lead to problems.

Below you’ll find a fairly solid system for passing concepts that ensures you get receivers in the correct routes, generally. While passing concept systems are not perfect, this one included, they do minimize learning, without teaching a numbered route system. And I feel this system is one of the best at minimizing learning. Continue reading

Using the H-Back Pistol Offense to Manipulate the Defense

The “H-Back”. Talk about something most coaches as the small college, high school, and youth football levels decide to give up upon because they don’t “have that type of athlete”. Well, for those of us who aren’t pessimists, the H-Back Pistol Offense adds unique elements to manipulate the defense.

Let me start by addressing some of your concerns. Yes, you probably have an “H-Back” in your program. No, he’s not a 6’6″ tight end unless your New England in 2011. Let me also say you probably don’t have a QB of Tom Brady’s caliber either, but you probably still use a quarterback in some fashion or another. Don’t let that lame excuse force you to ignore this article. Okay, so rant over. You got to coach up all your players – use tight end drills like these to start.

The H-Back, or really any movement player with some running and/or pass catching and blocking ability, can add a whole new element to your offense. The H-Back does a number of things to manipulate the defense. First and foremost, he can move the offensive gaps around quickly and easily, forcing defenses to respond with some reaction. Continue reading

Choosing and Developing the Generation Y Spread Option Quarterback

Kurt Earl Post

This is a post by Coach Kurt Earl, offensive coordinator at Lincoln Christian School and publisher of Compete4Christ, a football blog. You can follow him on his Twitter Handle, KurtEarl14.

Coaching the Generation Y Spread Option Quarterback

We work in a rapidly changing profession. The generation of young men that fill our rosters, commonly referred to as Generation Y, perceives and engages in football very differently than we did or do. The most important player on the Generation Y football team — and in the evolution of the current game — is the spread option quarterback.

If we are going to effectively lead this generation to success on and off the field we have to be willing to change and grow while maintaining our core values and integrity. We have to understand our players and know how to relate to them, but we must never compromise what it means to be a man of maturity in the process. Continue reading

The Wing-T Offense: Buck Trap

I recently wrote on the Wing-T offense’s Buck Sweep, and it’s time to follow up on the Buck Trap. The Buck Trap is the transmission that makes the Wing-T offense run in my opinion, while Buck Sweep and the Waggle Pass are tires that make it go fast.

The Buck Trap is essentially your basic trap play from an offensive line perspective, except you have an additional wing player. In addition, it has a few enhancements that help it look like Buck Sweep, putting the linebackers and secondary in a bind.

The Wing-T Offense: Buck Trap Basics

The Buck Trap is your basic trap play, as I mentioned. While there can be additional rules added to it, the main concept is inside gap and trapping the first man in our outside the B gap on the line of scrimmage. Continue reading

Creating Big Plays out of Two Tight End Formations

22 personnel. Often forgotten about with today’s spread offenses. Often relegated to the goal line or other short yardage situations, these heavy two tight end formations can create big plays.

See, there is a certain psychology that comes with two tight end formations these days, grounded in what I just spoke about, goal line and short yardage situations. Many defenders run fits change versus 22 personnel, so they need to pay extra attention to their alignment and assignment, just like they used to do versus trips formations!

Because these two tight end formations use exactly that, two tight ends, the defense must respect an extra gap. They might do this by using their own goalline set, or by removing a safety and adding a linebacker. Regardless, you force a pass responsibility defender to play in an unnatural position – either because he’s the best backup and he’s not naturally used to being on the field – or because he’s a safety and he’s near the line of scrimmage. Continue reading