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Founder and Owner of the Flexbone Association. Since 2007 we have provided the tools necessary for teams to succeed running the Flexbone Association System. Over the last ten years over 200 teams have been instructed by the Flexbone Association. I've consulted with teams and or run camps everywhere from Belfair, WA to Key West, FL. The Flexbone Association strives daily to help coaches succeed with this time tested offense, I have been a football coach for 16 seasons, currently at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, GA I played at St. Mary's Springs High School in Fond du Lac, WI under legendary head coach Bob Hyland. I've been fortunate to be part of five state championship teams (1997,1998,2002,2011,2012). In 2011-2012 St. Mary's Springs led the state of Wisconsin in scoring and set consecutive school records for points scored, Psalm 27

Why You Must Commit to the Flexbone Offense Part One – It’s System Based

springfieldasdWhat Does it Mean to be System Based?

The Flexbone Offense is a system-based offense. As such it has inherently, a schematic approach to solving problems on game day that are contained in the system. Many other offenses may be passed off as being system based, or have some types of “if-then” elements included in them. When I discuss a system based offense, what I am talking about is each and every schematic, as well as each play-calling decision that  you will face, will have a definitive answer. The guess work is taken out of it for you. Your job is to install and adhere to the core components of the system. Your task as head coach very simply is to become a master of that system.

Outside of the Flexbone Offense, there are very few purely system-based attacks. The Wing-T is considered a system based attack, as well as the Air Raid. Outside of those system based offenses, the rest will have elements of a system, but game day decisions will not have an all-encompassing framework, that should be able to handle any situation that you face. If you aren’t running a system-based attack, you should reconsider how you approach offensive football.



hardingolWhy Should a System Based Attack Appeal to Me?

Let’s face it, the vast majority of high school football teams simply cannot win on a week in and week out or year in or year out basis simply by having better players than their opponent. Some can, of course, but the vast majority of teams cannot. If you cannot simply overpower or outrun your opponent every Friday night, you should counteract that by running a system.

Let me pose this question to you. Are you are a coach who takes an intellectual approach to the game? Do you realize that games cannot simply be won on brute force on a consistent basis? The answer to that question should be yes. If you weren’t, you would likely employ a more “forceful” system of offense predicated simply on being able to physically dominate your opponent. There are very few programs nationwide, much less statewide, that can rely on this tactic on a yearly basis. If you find yourself at one of 99% of schools who cannot pummel your opponents physically weekly, then its time to commit to this offense full time, and commit immediately. If you happen to be at the 1% of schools who can in fact do this, then you have to ask yourself this, “how much more dominant would we be if we committed to a system”?


citadelWhat Does it Mean to Commit to the Flexbone Offense?

It means that you are going to run triple option as much as possible. You are also going to commit to learning all the intricacies of the offense. You are going to commit to fully understand each and every aspect of every play and why and how it is run. It means that you are going to foresake the elements of the offense you used previously. You wont be running buck sweep anymore. You wont line up in the Power-I anymore on all short yardage situations. It means that if you are down 28-20 game late in the 4th, you wont get into the gun because that is your “comfort zone”.

To commit to running triple option as much as possible, you must also commit to practice it daily. There is no more getting bored during practice by running option drill, or working on quarterback reads. You cannot allow your receivers coach to repudiate the stalk block to get more time doing ball drills. It means you must be willing to defend this decision to your staff, your defensive coordinator, and your booster club president. You must stand in the face of outside pressure and advocate for yourself and your program. There will be outside pressure with any choice you make. We booked a 2013 Flexbone Association State Championship Football Camp because the head coach specifically said “I am committed to this system, and I want to get so good at it, that it will shut up the doubters we have in this community.” If you have those similar doubters in your community, this also has to be your mantra.

If you truly decide to commit to this offense, it becomes a way of life. You will find yourself simply not wanting to even watch high school or college football unless its Flexbone-Triple Option football. You cannot allow doubt to creep into your mind about this decision. If you begin to doubt, so will everyone around you. You are the captain of your own ship, start steering it with purpose.


salsWhat Are the Benefits of Truly Committing to the Flexbone Offense?

The benefits are many. It means you have taken control of your offense, of your team, and of your future. Coaching is a profession. Those who master their profession enjoy their professional lives. They are more secure in their jobs, they are offered better jobs. They are sought after by schools who will pay more and allow the coach to exert more power and control over their program and community. You will find that you will be able to raise more money for your program, and you will have more time to spend with your friends and family.

You will spend less time breaking down film, practices will have more of a purpose, and be broken down on a scientific basis into intricate parts so your team can master the offense rather than simply practice football skills. You will spend far less time game planning. You will be able to focus more on what your team needs to do, rather than what your opponent can do to you.

Once you master the system, you will rarely be able to be out coached. You will have an answer for everything the defense does to you. Your players will become confident when they see the system work. They will start to internalize the lessons and you are trying to give them. They will play fast, play fearless, and play with confidence. These are the most important factors in winning.

If you commit to the offense today, you will win the time of possession battle. Your defense will not be on the field forever. You will take the pressure off them to win the game for your team. Your team will become more disciplined due to having a system, therefore you will turn the ball over less, and commit less penalties. Your team will become a force to be reckoned with. Many more reasons you should commit to this offense full time immediately will be discussed and advanced later in the week, but this is just a sample.


colosoAre There Drawbacks to Committing to This Offense Right Now?

To answer that honestly, the answer is yes. When you commit full time to the Flexbone Offense, you must take your job as Head Football Coach seriously. I have to assume if you have read this far in the article, you do. Many coaches out there, even head coaches, take their jobs lightly, or approach it in a casual manner. They don’t really put the time, effort and energy into becoming the best coach they possibly can. They are simply happy to have the title, wear the head set and do the interviews with the newspaper people. We all know coaches like this. Going 4-5 on the year does not bother this type of coach. A tough 27-24 playoff loss does not effect this type of coach for very long. For a serious coach, a loss like that bothers you for years.

When you commit to running the complete Flexbone Offense on a full time and exclusive basis, it means you must put in the time to learn the entire system. It isn’t enough just to learn triple, midline, and toss on the basic level. You must also learn the tags, the line calls, when, and why they are used. You must become a master of calling the offense on game day. You must coach your assistant coaches with a purpose during practice and in games.

If you played  quarterback in high school and or college, you will have to learn the details of offensive line play. It’s too important to pass the buck to somebody else. It is important to hire a very good offensive line coach, but you must also be as competent as that coach in those skills. You will have to be able to coach every skill to every position on any day of the week. To do any of these things, takes time, effort, and sacrifice, but once you reach that pinnacle, it becomes an investment. You get all that time back in terms of game  planning, practice preparation, game preparation, as well as having more time to devote to your family and friends.


lrolineIf I Choose to Commit, What’s the Best Way to Do So?

When you make that choice to become a master of the Flexbone Offense, there are no shortcuts. You will not be able to simply go to a few clinics, or watch a video or two and “have it down”. Reading posts on a message board won’t cut it. You have to actively seek this information on a daily basis. You will watch film of Division-1 colleges running this offense over and over again, until you can explain why they are doing everything they are doing. You will find that the offense itself and how to get better will be in the back of your mind on an almost constant basis. You have to make the investment upfront to reap the dividends later. The Flexbone Association Academy will provide that to you coming in the spring of 2014. Contact us for more details. 

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