Saturday, February 4, 2012

One Play Four Options

First and foremost let me apologize for my rudimentary drawings that I completed with Microsoft Paint.

After watching Coach Stivers DVD I was inspired to add his pre-snap straightline bubble read to our offense.

If you look at the picture embedded within this blog you will see four separate options one play. It is my contention that when you start adding these types of folds to your offense you are forcing the defense to defend the entire field on every play.

The four separate options are pretty easy to add to your offense and the first option is a pre-snap read to the frontside of the play. The quarterback will check the depth of the cb and make a decision to throw the ball out to the Y as soon as they receive the snap from center.
The Y and the Z are communicating on this play using the red, yellow, and green concept that is explained in an earlier post.

A red call tells the Y to run the straigh line bubble but don't expect the ball because the corner is pressed.

A yellow call tells the Y to run the straighline bubble at about 3/4 speed because the CB is in between a red and and green call.

A green call tells the Y to bust his butt on the straightline bubble.

On each of these calls the Y does not know if the QB will be throwing the ball therefore they need to slighlty turn their shoulders and head to see if the QB has decided to use option #1. If the QB decided to throw the straightline bubble the offense still runs the play that was called by the offensive coordinator.

Option #2 is for the quarterback to hand the ball to F and run the counter.

Option #3 The QB puts the ball out for the F to take with two hands and reads the backside defender. If the backside defender crashes looks like he may be able to make the play on the F the QB pulls and ball and places his eyes on the overhang over the H.

Option #4 The QB reads the backside overhang and if he attacks the QB then the QB throws the ball to the H. If the backside overhang flies to bubble or drops into coverage the QB runs the ball.

It is my contention that by having multiple options built into your run plays you are stressing the defense and putting them in a conflicted position. When you are adding these components to your offense make sure you install them one at a time. When you are completed with installing each of the components you will have four viable options on any run play in your offensive arsenal.


  1. Quick question - do you expect to run this concept against any type of front?
    Great job as always, keep up the good work!