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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: (A-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. The second article in this series detailed the responsibilities of the B-Backs coach on game dayToday’s article will cover the game day responsibilities of the A-Backs coach.


During the pre-game phase the A-Backs coach are working in conjuction with other positions. The A-Backs participate in an option drill session, hopefully a 3 on 3 session as well as a team session before the game. The A-Backs coach reviews the game plan, and the expected perimeter looks from the opponent.

During the Play/Series

During the play, the A-Backs coach will be watching the play of the perimeter of the defense; primarily concerning himself with the play of #3. If the run support player is changing assignments, either with a 3-2 exchange or by #3 and the near deep defender are changing responsibilities, the A-Backs coach will relay this information to the Offensive Coordinator immediately.  The reaction of the perimeter players, and how they are handled by the offense, is vital to effective offensive execution. Like the B-Backs coach, the A-Backs coach will also ensure his players are displaying perfect ball security on every play.

6829468After Each Series

The A-Backs coach relays any needed information regarding the play of #3 and or how the defensive run support is changing assignments. He speaks to his players about any assignment changes that might occur during the series. He checks with the wide receivers coach to determine the effectiveness of the perimeter blocking between the slot and receiver. Any tendencies of any of the players in the veer count will be dissected, so that both the A-Backs and the wide receivers are on the same page, and the offense continues its effective.

At the Half

The A-Backs coach provides information to the offensive coordinator regarding the play of #3 and how he is reacting to various offensive looks, most importantly triple option. He will relay any needed information on pre-snap looks and post-snap reactions. The A-Backs coach provides information to the offensive coordinator about the general play of the A-Backs. The A-Backs coach participates with the rest of the offensive staff to discuss any scheme changes that may need to be made in the second half.

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