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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 Two – It Neutralizes Your Opponents Defensive Line


The first part of this four part series took a look at why the systematic Flexbone Offense is system based, and why system based offenses should appeal to you, as well as what it would mean to commit to the Flexbone Offense. The second part of this series will examine one of the most pressing issues every team has on nearly every level of football. What’s that issue? The players on defense are better than the offensive line. Let’s face it. For most kids, playing the offensive line is the last step before they sit the bench or quit football. Even if the player is big, chances are if he can move well he will play defensive line. So why run an offense where all those defensive players have to blocked every play?

gasasdasklnd;oiCan You Properly Develop High Quality Offensive Linemen?

High school coaches face many challenges when trying to develop their players. Usually offensive linemen are the hardest group to develop. If they play basketball, wrestle, run track, play baseball or participate in a host of other school activities, chances are the coaches of these sports convince you that they are weight training their players. Most of the time they are not, and if they are it’s likely in a manner than is not productive for football players. Unless your players are almost exclusively football players, or you are in one of the chosen schools that allows an athletics periods during the school day, chances are your football players aren’t getting the workouts they need. Some of the kids you are getting into the weightroom are there simply because it’s a social thing to do. Getting them to work hard is another matter.  How are your players going to compete with the better defensive linemen on your schedule with these distractions? If you have several strong programs on your schedule what on earth are you going to do to block those teams 11 on 11 all season long? What if you get a few injuries. Take a look at your backups? Could they play against your schedule? Very rare is the high school team anywhere in the nation that can admit that they have five very good linemen every year. If most teams have two, they treat that as a success. 

navyoasdkoRun an Offense That Allows You to Compete

The simplest answer might be the hardest one to admit to yourself. You have to run an offense that will allow your kids to compete. You can turn on the TV, on any Saturday and see teams line up in the spread: run zone read, jet, bubble screen and a myriad of short passing routes. Yes that might appeal to some people, but these are teams playing with rosters full of kids they recruited to play at that school specifically to play in that particular offense. There are a host of bad spread teams out there. Just because it looks cutting edge or flashy doesn’t mean it works. Some of these teams spend an awful lot of time, preparation and game planning simply to get first downs. If you can’t block the kids on defense what other choice do you have?

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This answer is far less complicated. You have to block less people, especially those big people that can physically dominate your offensive linemen and thus your team. Take a look at Navy’s roster. Other than the players they have listed at nose tackle, their roster is very light, literally. They only have a handful of offensive linemen (and one starter) over 290 pounds. What kind of linemen do you have? In the summer of 2012 I went to Independence High School in Bakersfield California. They played in the tough Southwest Yosemite League. In 2011 they scored 147 points on their way to a 1-10 season. Head Coach Sean McKeown knew he had to make a change. He made the switch from the spread to the Flexbone. After running a camp, In 2012 they went 7-6, nearly won the section title and finished the season with 424 points scored. He had linemen that likely looked much like the kids you have. His biggest lineman may have been 205 pounds. Everyone else was under 195. 

lenoirrhyne030-1How Does This Offense Neutralize Defensive Linemen?

If you have not learned it yet from this site, the Flexbone Offense is designed around the triple option, more specifically the inside veer play. I use both terms interchangeably. This play is designed to have the quarterback read the first man from a 4I out for dive and the next player outside this man on or off the line of scrimmage for pitch. The midline option is used to read the first player from a 2-technique out. Midline triple can give you the chance to read both defensive linemen on either side of the center. Therefore by utilizing both the triple option and the midline option, each of which are essential to running the Flexbone Offense, you can run a play on every snap that leaves a defensive lineman unblocked. The only place a defensive lineman can play that he will be blocked every play is either in the A-gap or on the center, either shaded or head up. By scooping the nose with the center and backside guard, as well as having the B-back read the action key, this player can be neutralized as well. Within the design of the Flexbone Offense and the Flexbone Association Academy there is nowhere on the field that a defensive lineman can lineup where he will have to be blocked on every play without being read by either your quarterback or your B-back. The two main blocks utilized by the offensive linemen are the scoop block and the veer block. Both blocks are predicated on speed and designed to beat the defense to a spot, not on the sheer power of an offensive lineman to base block a defender off the ball. 

Graham Vickers, John HowellCommit to the Flexbone

Navy consistently beats BCS level teams. They beat Notre Dame three times in a four year stretch. I know the transitive property is not a good analogy in football, but Navy beat Indiana on September 7th. Less than a month later Indiana beat Penn State for the first time in school history. Their linemen are the equivalent to that 190 pound kid that you have. Maybe they work hard, do everything you ask of them, use good technique, but they are simply not big enough to move the better players they play against every year. Don’t throw those games away each season. Make the switch and commit to the Flexbone Offense. Those 190 pound kids who work hard could very well end up being your best linemen, especially if they play tackle. Stop worrying about defensive linemen. Every year teams commit to this offense, with the help of the Flexbone Association. They see immediate improvement over their performance from the previous season. The offense has proven itself for decades. This is not a fad. History has spoken, the die has been cast. Flexbone football allows teams to compete. What are you waiting for?

Georgia Southern Photos: Savannah Now

Navy Photo: Getty Images

Navy Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

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