Thursday, June 7, 2012

Missouri's Coach Yost

I'm always entertained and enlightened when I get the chance to see Coach Dave Yost.

His basis for offensive planning is "Attack the defense with what they don't like."

He spoke briefly about the principles of the Missouri offense

1) FOUR VERTICALS: This is one of the best ways to get the defense into 2 safeties. Some years it is better than others, but always want to have the threat of it.

2) NO HUDDLE: Keep the defense out of their comfort zone.

3) TEMPO: Change it up, to keep the defense from finding a rhythm.

4) BUBBLE SCREEN: Make the defense defense the FORMATION. Around 90% of the run game has a BUBBLE or NOW built in.

5) SLANT PATTERN: The best route that allows for run and catch up the field. They love to throw it against the blitz, The WR has the chance to catch a short route and turn it into a big gain.

6) SCREENS: The type of screen varies from year to year. Make sure to throw screens to your play-makers!

7) EMPTY: 3x2, 4x1, 5x0... There is no defense designed for EMPTY. Do not use EMPTY for dropback concepts. Use EMPTY for QUICK GAME, SCREENS, and QB RUNS.

8) FORMATION to the BOUNDARY: Defenses don't like to defend strength to the boundary, the MIKE linebacker hates going to the "weak-side". It creates a lot of space for the single WR to the field.

9) UNBALANCED LINE: The last defenders to adjust are the D LINEMEN. They are creatures of habit that like to line up in the same technique. It also affects the Linebacker's gap responsibility.

10) FORMATION ADJUSTMENTS (1 different each week): Bunch or Motion. Use it just for "window dressing". Most defenses' check for BUNCH is a secondary check...Line up in Bunch then RUN the BALL or screen away from the bunch.

11) QB RUN: The type of run depends upon the QB...When the QB can a be a primary ball carrier then the offense is more effective.

12) OPTION FOOTBALL: Speed option has been the best answer for same side RB run.


  1. Wow, I love those principles. I spend a lot of time watching Michigan and thinking about what Borges could do with Denard. Empty w/ 4 wide to the boundary gives him a ton of space and a really easy read to the field, right? Jet motion gives him another lead blocker, or a bubble with a running start on whoever's bumping over to adjust...the list goes on, imo.

    I was wondering about the unbalanced line though. Will the DL really try to align where the center is? They don't know that nothing's really changed?

  2. He said in the talk that it happens ALOT more then people would think!

  3. #9, Chip Kelly KILLED stanford with an unbalanced line last year. FishDuck details it here (jump to 7:00):

    The unbalanced line forces the FS to pick a side, and Oregon's no-huddle spread can burn whichever side he doesn't choose. FishDuck does a great job at weekly detailing Chip Kelly's spread nuances, definitely check it out:


  4. Great Find Coach Swanson! love the FishDuck!