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Former Navy Players Cover Finer Points of Flexbone Offense

In preparation for the Georgia Tech vs. Syracuse game this past weekend syracuse.com write Nate Mink contacted some former Navy players to get their insight on some finer points of this offense. The points they shared were invaluable in understanding the finer points of the Flexbone Offense.

Navy Quarterback (2005-2008) Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada

On Triple Option:

Kaheaku-Enhada: “Every game Coach would give us a test, a quiz, and every once in a while he’d have a blank play. ‘Just draw in whatever. If there’s any play you can call, what would it be?’

“I always wrote down triple option. Most people would run a passing play, but I always put triple option. I mean, why go away from your bread and butter, something you run over 1,000 times a year, you know?”

On The Pitch Read

“I try to get upfield. I try to attack the line of scrimmage. The worst thing that an option quarterback can do is run directly at the defender because then he doesn’t have to make a decision. You want that defender to have to commit, you want him to come to you. As soon as he turns his shoulders, turns his head, gives a little bit of ground toward you, he’s out of position to catch that slot back. More often than not, I’ll pitch it.”

On The Pitch

“We try to keep a 5-yard pitch relationship, so it is on that slot back to stay in that relationship. There are times where I was able to get inside my pitch key and turn up the field, run downhill 10-15 yards and then make a pitch. As long as he’s staying with me, at any time I can pitch the ball.”

On Midline:

“………I look at his body language. From the moment I step under center, I’m looking at the pressure on his hand, I’m looking at the linebackers, seeing if their feet are narrow or their feet are wide. You know, if a linebacker narrows up his stance, he’s coming up that ‘A’ gap.

cctoeckelagainNavy Quarterback Craig Candeto (2000-2003)

On Triple Option:

“………very rarely will you see any offensive linemen in the triple option turn and run laterally toward the sideline to try and block somebody. They’re usually downhill or moving forward. Everything is going toward the goal line working toward the next level.”

On Midline:

“It’s one of those things the more and more you read it, the better you get at it, and you can kind of just tell if a guy is actually going to grab your fullback or if he’s going to bounce off………………..Sometimes it’s an educated guess. The neat thing about the offense is if your fullback is going through there full speed, if that guy is not fully committed to taking the dive, he’s not going to get him.”

On Play-Action Pass:

“You’re reading the secondary then. Your footwork at quarterback should look exactly like those run plays. The backfield action a lot of times looks exactly like those run plays……..Everything should look like run for the first couple steps, and that’s when the linebackers and the secondary read run that they step up. That’s when you slip the guys behind them.”

“Good luck to the safeties. I don’t think they can see that (his eyes), to be honest with you………..It’s not like he’s in the shotgun and they can see his eyes. The quarterback’s head should be in the same position that it is when he’s reading it, it’s just his eyes are in a different spot.

“A good run fake and good action up at the line is going to be really hard for a guy in the secondary. If it’s his assignment to come up and stop the pitch, and he’s been getting blocked by the receiver, and the receiver all of sudden runs by him, that’s going to be tough for him.”

campbell_r620x349Navy A-Back Reggie Campbell (2004-2007)

On The Pitch: 

You want to be in position where you have leverage on whoever the guy is who’s taking the quarterback, so if he hits the quarterback, he won’t have a chance to hit you.”

On Play-Action Pass:

“The guy we block is not right at the line of scrimmage…..When we go out to block if a play-action play is called, you can still run up field, just run right by him………..”

On The Offense:

“……Offensively, if you execute your responsibilities, it can’t be stopped. It can be contained, but you can’t fully stop it because there are so many moving parts, and we run it so fast that it’s hard to simulate in practice at the speed that we run it in the game. We practice multiple looks guessing on what they might do and we just practice full speed against that.”

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Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada Photo: AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Craig Candeto Photo: AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy

Reggie Campbell Photo: AP

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