Monday, December 8, 2014

WHY RUN THE BALL?

Many new fast-paced, no-huddle offensive philosophies are not about taking as much time off the clock as possible.  Rather, these offensive sets are all about trying to score as many points as possible in the shortest amount of time.  Personally, I am at the opposite end of the time-management spectrum in that I have always coached my teams to take “as much” time off the clock as possible by running the ball.  Why?

  1. Taking as much time as is possible on each offensive play will give your defense more time to recover from their last outing on the field. Running the ball (unless you go out-of-bounds) will keep that clock going no matter what (even if you end up getting a loss on the play)
  2. Taking time off the clock will limit the number of offensive possessions for your opponent.  Once again, running the ball helps ensure this
  3. Running the ball breaks the will of the defense (in particular, the defensive line).  By running the ball successfully against your opponent, this will physically and psychologically tire out the defense.  This will lead to massive gains later on in the game when the will of the defense has been broken
  4. By talking time off the clock, no matter how great your opponent’s offense is, you will be able to limit the number of points they score, giving your team a chance to keep pace
RUN THE BALL!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ARMY MAKES IT 20 STRAIGHT WINS

The Army Lightweight football team won its 20th straight game dating back to the 2012 season!  A very balanced Black Knight attack gave the University of Pennsylvania defense fits all evening as the Army squad put up 47 points to the Quakers 7 on a cold Friday night in Philly.

The win by Army will once again set the stage for the National Championship game between the Black Knights and the Midshipmen of Navy on Halloween evening in Annapolis, MD.  Both teams come into this contest with identical 6-0 records.  Army has won the Championship trophy the past two years with both games being played versus Navy.  Come cheer on the Black Knights as they look for a 3-peat!

Monday, October 13, 2014

POWER PLAY

This play looks like our triple play at its beginning yet turns out to be a very different beast altogether! The key blocks are : the B-Back must kick out that DE....the Backside OG short pulls into the B-Gap and blocks first wrong color jersey.  The ball carrier must slide just inside that KO block by the B-Back.  The Play Side A-Back inserts himself into the B-Gap and blocks what he sees.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ARMY TOPS MANSFIELD 48-32

The Army Lightweight football team put up almost 550 yards in offense as they fended off upstart Mansfield in a thriller at Shea Stadium this past Friday night.  The Black Knight run game was the difference in the game as the Army running backs combined for over 260 yards on the ground!

The win makes it 18 straight for the Black Knights dating back to the 2012 season.

Army will be on the road for their final three games of the 2014 season starting with a date in New Jersey with the Princeton Tigers.  The game is scheduled for this coming Friday at 7 pm.

Friday, October 3, 2014

BLACK KNIGHTS RUN OVER CORNELL

The Army Lightweight football team welcomed the Big Red from Cornell to Shea Stadium on a cool, crisp evening.  However, the five star treatment ended with the 7 pm kickoff in West Point, NY.  Army started strong and never looked back as the Black Knights trounced Cornell by a score of 49-7.  Army's offense had a banner day with 515 yards on offense including 218 on the ground!  Starting QB J.J. Wartski had a career night as he completed 20 of 26 passes for 278 yards along with 5 TD passes.

The win marked the 17th straight win for the Black Knights dating back to the 2012 season.

Army will host Mansfield University next Friday October 10 at Shea Stadium in West Point, N,Y.

Friday, September 26, 2014

BLACK KNIGHTS SURVIVE AGAINST UPSTART FRANKLIN PIERCE

The Army Lightweight football team took on a very disciplined and fast Franklin Pierce team at West Point this Friday evening.  As happened in Army's first game of the season (last week), the Black Knights got off to a very slow start.  It was a stellar Army defense that kept Army's hopes for the win alive as the teams went into the second half of the game.  Army's pass game started to click as QB JJ Wartski passed for a game high 308 yards.  The Black Knight defense was ferocious as they sacked the Franklin Pierce QB a total of 11 times!

The Black Knights will host a very improved Cornell team next Friday night at Shea Stadium in West Point, NY.  Game time is 7 pm.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

ARMY LIGHTWEIGHT FOOTBALL WINS ITS 15TH STRAIGHT CONTEST

Dating back to the 2012 football season ( and Two National Championships later) the Army Lightweight football team continued its winning ways as they won their 15th consecutive contest this past weekend.  The Black Knights at Army beat a very talented and fast Post University team in Waterbury, Conn. by a score of 31-18.  The win gives Army a 1-0 record to start out the 2014 football season.  The win comes on the back of a very strong running game as the Black Knights rushed for almost 180 yards on the night.

Army will host Franklin Pierce University this coming Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 pm. in West Point, NY.

Go Army!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

SHOWING TRIPLE...RUNNING DOUBLE

Not every coach wants to run a true triple option offense for a number of reasons.  One of the main reasons is the perception that truly mastering the triple play is time consuming and very difficult.  While this is certainly not true, one alternative that I tell coaches who want to run some option but do not want to run the true triple play, is to run Double Option while making it "look" like triple option.  To do this, your offense MUST first master running the B-Back Zone Dive play (which is basically the first link in the triple play).  Once your team is able to use that B-back to run over some defenders and gain some valuable yardage, it is time to run Double Option with the triple look (see diagram).  Tell you QB to flash fake to the diving B-back and then read that OLB for the Keep/Pitch with the trailing A-back.  Your O-Line blocks the play using Zone rules on the play side of the offensive line while the backside linemen do a scoop block.  Tell your B-back to thoroughly sell the fake dive play as this should bring the interior D-Line to the inside.  Meanwhile, two of your best athletes are attacking the perimeter NOW.  Great play!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE TRIPLE OPTION B-BACK

The B-Back is the heart and soul of any triple option offense.  Sometimes called a "fullback", the B-Back must above all be a tough runner, not afraid of contact.  Whether or not he ends up getting the ball during the first phase of the triple, he most likely will be hit on every play so he must be willing to continue to grind it out and take the punishment.  He must never be taken down by an arm tackle or else it is time to find a new B-Back.  He should consider himself a bulldozer and be ready to plow over any oncoming tacklers.  He must also be capable of finding his "read" (Action Key Defender) prior to the snap in order to get the most out of each rush attempt. 

At times, the B-Back may rush the ball up to 25 times a game so his endurance must be impeccable.  When he does not get the ball, he must either be the decoy and be tackled by the Dive Key Defender or must himself become an unselfish, devastating blocker down field. 


So, as you can see, the B-Back position is a very diverse and multidimensional position in the triple option offense.  Only the most physical, smart and dedicated players need apply!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

FOUR PLAYS = 75% OF PRACTICE TIME

The Pistol-Flex Offense prides itself on being a relatively simple offence to implement.  This is due to the fact that we only have a limited number of plays (13 to be exact).  This allows your players to become Masters of a few plays rather than a Jack of many plays!  Having said that, we use 75% of our daily practice time and dedicate that time to only 4 of our plays.  Those four plays are the cornerstone plays of the greater Pistol-Flex Offense.  The four critical plays that should be practiced at least 75% of the total practice time are: Triple Option, Midline Option, Counter Option and Zone Dive.  Once your players Master these plays, the other 25% of your practice time should be dedicated to the remaining complimentary plays.