Saturday, August 23, 2014


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 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


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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


LB Call: We use this when we want to block the “regular” Pitch Key defender in order to give the defense something more to think about; instead of reading the OLB as #2, the QB will read the Safety to his side as #2 (Pitch Key).

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Arc Scheme Assignments
X: Cut off block
BST: Scoop
BSG: Scoop to Ace
C: Base
PSG: Base
PST: Double with PSG to MLB
Z: Stock Near Deep Defender
BSA: Get into pitch relationship (no motion)
B: Dive track (inside leg of PSG)
PSA: Arc block safety to your side
Q: Mesh with B-back; either give or keep ball depending on what #1 and #2 defenders do; #1 = Dive Key (unblocked); #2= Pitch Key (unblocked).

Monday, March 3, 2014


Load Scheme Assignments
X: Cut off block
BST: Scoop
BSG: Scoop
C: Ace (with PSG)
PSG: Ace (with Center)
PST: Veer to middle ILB
Z: Stock Near Deep Defender
BSA: Get into pitch relationship (no motion)
B: Dive track (inside leg of PSG)
PSA: Load ILB to Safety
Q: Mesh with B-back; either give or keep ball depending on what #1 and #2 defenders do; #1 = Dive Key (unblocked); #2= Pitch Key (unblocked).

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Many coaches believe that the one downfall of running a triple option offense, is the possible health hazards that come with the territory...namely, your QB taking the BIG HIT as he pitches the ball to his pitch back.  A simple solution to this dilemma is to teach the QB how to "leverage pitch".

Leverage pitching is a very simple concept to teach and may allow your QB to have many more successful pitches during his career without taking a huge hit.  Here is how it works!

One Way Thought Process: Once your QB is out from the Mesh with his B-Back (1st option in the triple play) and he has received a "pull" read from the Dive Key (see #1 in diagram), we teach our QB to immediately "replace the Dive Key defender".  This allows one of your best athletes (QB) to get up field NOW.  What this also does is allows the QB to play aggressive and take the game to the Pitch Key defender (#2 in diagram).  The thought process is simple: once the QB attacks the original location of the Dive Key, he will continue taking the ball towards the end zone until he knows that he has out leveraged the Pitch Key to an extent that he will not be able to tackle the pitch back.  Once the QB knows that the Pitch Key is incapable of tackling the pitch back, the QB should pitch the ball.  This allows the ball to be in the hands of one of your best athletes (A-back) and allows you to get to the perimeter NOW.

Hope this helps!

Friday, February 14, 2014


Many coaches have asked what they can do if that very tough 3-tech DT is eating up their play side OG while running the triple option play?  I have two suggestions:

1) Simply have your QB audible to the Midline Option play.  This way, instead of having to "block" that 3-tech, your QB can read him.
2) Have your QB "flip" the play to the opposite side so that you are able to run the play away from that great 3-tech DT.

Hope that helps!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Triple Pass is a play-action passing play that should be used when the safety (ies) start to cheat up in order to provide run support to the perceived point of attack.  When those safeties start to blow up your base triple option play, it is time to make them pay the price by using this very effective play.  The main target is the play side WR doing the fly route.  In most cases, he will either be all alone along the sideline or have a single corner back on his tail.  Either way, this will be a very high percentage play for your option offense. Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


In order to prevent a disaster when running your triple play vs 2 high safeties with the corners rolled up, I suggest that the play-side WR and play-side A-back make a "switch" call in order to exchange responsibilities on the play.  This will prevent the possibility of the rolled Corner immediately attacking the pitch-back on the snap of the ball (in most cases, your WR will not be able to make this block).  What happens is when facing 2-high safeties, that SS may exchange responsibilities with that rolled Corner so on the snap of the ball, the SS takes the WR in man coverage while the Corner attacks your pitch option phase.  The traditional triple option blocking scheme has that play-side A-back sealing the inside and then blocking that SS while the play-side WR normally blocks the near deep defender (man-on).