Spending time on Twitter talking and reading about offensive football and game planning made me come to the conclusion that to many coaches spend to much time during the season on planning for situations that don't arise more than 20-30 times a season. One of which is coming out of the endzone inside the 5 yard line. When studying my own film over the past 4 years, we were coming out of the endzone 3 and in no more than 20 times in a season and when you move it to the 5 no more than 30 times a season. Highest was 18 inside the 3 and 27 inside the 5.
On average it was 13 times a season inside the 3. What we developed each summer the past 2 years going into the season was 1 formation that we would run inside the 5 and 3 plays off of it. We settled into 12p, 1 play call would be a shot (Bobby Bowden famously said if we are in our own endzone get ready someone is fixing to score), 1 simple run with RPO and then a 3 step pass play. We practice this every week in a 5 minute minute period. 3 plays rep it, rep it and rep it.
COMING OUT: 1 of 3 situations you must execute!— Big"O" (@thebigOsystem) December 27, 2019
1) No TFLs, Sacks, Holding Calls
2) Get ball to 5; 1 first down
2) 12 P, IZ RPO
3) 12 P, MAX PRO SHOT
4) 3rd Down, QUICK
Only Avg 10 calls/year backed up! Practice this in a 5 min period. #SituationalIdentity https://t.co/RNv95jg3ez
My advice to anyone going into the season no matter what offense they run is to find a formation, design 3 plays out of it and stick to it and see how much easier this makes life.
Attached are 4 clips of this:
Clip 1: We got a 5 yard penalty backing us up into the 5 and we stay with the split zone call. Split Zone is our number 1 run play.
Clip 2: We are in TE/Wing Trips and we take a shot to our D1 WR, he doesn't come down with it, great play by the DB and not great placement by the QB, but well worth it for us to take a shot in 1 on 1 situation to the best player on our team.
Clip 3: On second down we call Post/Over and hit the crossing route late in the 4th allowing us to milk the clock, 2 H-back formation here.
Clip 4: The 1st down call, which was split zone again. NOT a huge gain but gave us the breathing room we needed.
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