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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

The Three Requirements of a Flexbone Team

Some of the material I write may come across as harsh, but my goal with the association is to make sure people run this offense the correct way. There are no short cuts to doing it right, and there are some absolute musts that you have to abide by to actually be a Flexbone team. If you take the majority of your snaps in the Pistol or Shot Gun, that isn’t the Flexbone. 

Concept #1—Triple Option

You have to earn your doctorate in the Triple Option. This play is what your entire offense is based around. It’s not based on Midline or Toss, you have to know how to run Triple Option against every defense every day. It’s not a play, it’s your offense.

You can run this play at will until the defense puts a 3-technique to that side. Then the must be able to run Midline Option. 

If the defense puts two defensive linemen to the same side (Double Eagle or Goal-Line defenses) Triple Option will become Double Option (In most cases)

Zone Dive is a Triple Option compliment, to be used when the Playside Linebacker is scraping over the top to tackle the Quarterback or Pitch. It’s not really even a different play. It’s an adjustment to Triple Option 

Concept #2—A Complete Passing Offense

The most vital component of a complete passing game is to develop a robust Play-Action Passing attack. Utilize the Play-Action Pass when #3 leaves his pass responsibility to play the run. 

Rocket Toss is to be installed to defeat the blitz or when the defense collides with the Playside Tackle on his release. Use Boot Pass to counteract over pursuit on Rocket Toss. 

Sprint Out Passing is important to flood vacated zones on Triple Option or to constrain the flat player on either Triple Option or Rocket Toss. 

Use Dropback concepts to blow the top off the coverage. This will constrain the free safety in 8-man fronts. 

Concept #3—Counter Option

Navy preaches to high school coaches every year how truly important this concept is to eliminating the Backside Inside Linebacker from tackling the dive on Triple Option.  Ivin Jasper, Navy Offensive Coordinator told a room full of high school coaches in 2008—“You better find a way to make Counter Option work.”

If you simply cannot get Counter Option to work you must install Counter Iso (I’ll show you how next week). Although Counter Iso demands more of your linemen, it is your only choice if Counter Option is a no go. One of the two must be a part of your offense. The Backside Inside Linebacker must be constrained.

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3 Comments on “The Three Requirements of a Flexbone Team”

  1. Matt Carden January 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM #

    Great article. I think counter option is tough to run without cut blocking. Counter is most definitely the answer. Great play.

    • Scott Jazdzewski January 11, 2014 at 5:17 PM #

      Thanks Matt. We used Counter Iso this year. Very good play for us. I love Counter Option, it’s just difficult to get working in high school


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