Category Archives: Offensive Plays

NIU’s Empty Formation QB Power / Counter Combination Play

Northern Illinois has a pretty nifty offense. It seems to be all the rage these days. However, when you watch the film, the vast majority of the offense relies heavily on the old, reliable power blocking scheme. In this case, since they run QB power from an empty formation, they’re kicking out the end with the guard in this specific usage of the power scheme.

You may consider this a trap play, but it’s using the power blocking concept (specifically the “counter” play scheme, with the QB’s read acting as the “wrapper” typically filled by the fullback or pulling tackle).

They run a lot of QB power, and this article will focus on their combination QB power play with the jailbreak screen. Continue reading

Basics of the Shotgun Power Read Concept

We see a lot of teams running Power Read concept. Some people call this Power Option, or Inverted Veer, or something else. Whatever you call the play, it’s the old school Power or “Power-O” concept.

What exactly is the Power Read concept? The offensive line is basically blocking Power, except the offense is reading the defensive end instead of kicking him out. If you do this from a 2 back set, the fullback or H-back player can now leak into the alley.

Power Read vs 4-2

Notice The Double Rather than a Combo Block on the 3 Technique

Let’s take a deeper dive into the play, including differences with the traditional power scheme and some clips from Baylor in 2013.
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Here’s 3 Quick Passing Game Keys to Ensure Offensive Success

Find out how coaches are easily transforming their offense with no-new concepts

There’s been a lot of emphasis on the middle to deep passing game lately that the quick passing game is losing it’s luster.

A quality quick passing game can transform your offense, eliminate tendencies, and improve 1st down efficiency.

Quick Passing Game Key #1: BE QUICK

Emphasis on the QUICK. The quick passing game depends on swift ball release. Continue reading

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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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

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