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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

Managing the Utility of Rocket Toss: Part Five

The last installment of this series will examine ways to counter a defense that is running their five technique wide on the toss action or scraping their linebackers hard over the top. Parts one through four are here (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four) When we first look at a five technique running wide on rocket, he is our read key on triple option. If he is running wide on rocket action the first answer should be to come back and run triple. Can he really sprint to tackle the toss yet still come down and tackle the B-Back on triple? Of course he can’t.

As stated in part three, the process has to be the same. Is he sprinting to the sideline just on rocket action? If he is then triple with rocket action has to be your answer. If he is only reacting to seeing the ball being tossed and he can make the play, its likely execution is the issue. The ball simply isn’t being pitched wide enough. If he is trying to read and react to the situation presented to him the next answer would be to run belly iso out of the “spread” set or belly out of “heavy”.

Belly Iso from “Spread”


Belly from “Heavy”


I’d like to stress at this point that like Rocket Toss, Belly is not meant to be a cure all for poor execution. Yes it can get your B-Back the ball, but the same can be said of Zone Dive. Belly is not a play that will be effective if you plan on running it 7-8 times a game. Belly serves a purpose and can be used in these specific situations.

The last concept we will discuss here is one that has been expounded upon here in the past. That is zone dive. The purpose of zone dive is to give the ball to the fullback against teams that scrape the playside linebacker hard over the top to make the play on triple option. The same is true for Rocket Toss. If the playside linebacker is scraping over the top to make plays, the common sense answer is zone dive. Zone dive is a staple of the offense, and should be used at will against hard scraping linebackers.

This series on “Managing the Utility of Rocket Toss” is not meant to be comprehensive. To make this series entirely comprehensive it would have to be ten or more installments. Even when talking about the blast concept, it would have become a much more lengthy series to go over every single blocking assignment and technique as well as an installation guide along with game planning considerations against various defensive looks. It is my hope that be examining this entire series, you can or will begin to look at your whole offense conceptually. You will examine how you call plays situationally and improve how you sequence plays and streamline the process to do so. There are a few things you have to do to be successful as a play caller, without getting into a “rut”.

1.  Call plays with a purpose.

2.  Employ your assistant coaches to give you specific feedback about what the defense is doing. (See the Game Day Responsibilities Posts. Here is the last one with links to the rest)

3.  Base your following play calls on stimuli from the defense. (It’s System Based Offense)

4.  Go back to basics rather than to try to get more complicated. Often times the answer is, go back and run more triple.

5.  Make adjustments from play to play or series to series rather than at the half. Halftime is too late.

6.  Use formations to your advantage. Understand the importance and use of each formation with a purpose.

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