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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

Game Day Responsibilities: (B-Backs Coach)


After personally running over three dozen camps and working with over 100 schools in the last few years as an association, one of the biggest areas coaches require assistance is how to call the offense, and how to utilize your assistant coaches on game day. An intimate understanding of the complete offense is paramount, but all that work and knowledge will be for naught without a detailed understanding of how to call the offense, and how you use your assistant coaches in aiding your team in getting to the end zone. The first installment of this series covered the responsibilities of the Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach on game day. Today’s submission will detail the responsibilities of the B-Backs coach on game day.

Chris SwainPre-Game

Before the game starts the B-Backs coach works his players with the quarterbacks. The quarterbacks and B-Backs work triple option and midline, both left and right, a number of times per quarterback and B-Back. The B-Backs coach should act as the action key, to make the B-Backs execute their reads. Expect at least five reps each, at each play in a ten minute period, depending on the number of quarterbacks and B-Backs you have. If time permits an option drill session and a 3 on 3 session could be in the works. 

During the Play/Series

While the play is running the B-Backs coach is watching the action key to make sure the B-Back is reading his key properly and without fail. The B-Backs coach makes sure the B-Back is executing each play with perfect ball security. Making proper reads on the action key and taking care of the football are the two more important factors for the B-Back position. If the action key makes the tackle, that information is relayed to the Offensive Coordinator. 

526c561d6e0ff.imageAfter Each Series

After each series the B-Back listens to any schematic adjustments given by the Offensive Coordinator. After that breakdown is completed, the coach reviews any assignment or technique errors that occurred during the previous series. If the action key is showing any tendencies they are discussed at this time.

At The Half

The B-Backs coach provides feedback to the Offensive Coordinator regarding the performance of the B-Back and the technique of the action key. The B-Backs coach participates in any discussion regarding changes to the scheme, with special attention being paid to the performance of the B-Back and how they action key is affecting the play.

Quinton Singleton Photo: Paul Gillsespie / Capital Gazette

Chris Swain Photo: Doug McSchooler / AP

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