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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

So, You Want to be the Best Triple Option Coach in the Nation?

Are you willing to do everything you can to make it happen? If you are, there are a few things you will have to come to terms with. You have to marry the offense. You cannot date the Flexbone. Like history, football often reaches back into the past for ideas. Like empires football tastes rise and fall, ebb and flow. Make no mistake the Flexbone Triple Option is not going away. Army has hired Jeff Monken to stay with the Flexbone Triple Option, The Citadel has hired Mike Houston to stay with the offense, and Lenoir-Rhyne has done the same after hiring former Army Offensive Coordinator Ian Shields. Similarly, Navy has made a commitment to stick with the offense by hiring Ken Niumatalolo to replace Paul Johnson when he left for Georgia Tech years ago. Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk has made a commitment to keep coach Niumatalolo in Annapolis as well.

 What’s old is new again. Urban Meyer along with Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators reached super stardom, really for running the Single-Wing. Football trends come and go, option football remains. The Flexbone Triple Option is a way of doing business. Now is the time to become the team that pressures defenses every week. You can build a competitive offense that remains a winner. 

If you want to do this the right way, you have to gain the trust of your players and coaches. They have to believe in your decision making without fail. You must be willing to invest in every detail you are teaching. If you are not the most invested Flexbone Triple Option coach on the field, you will not be able to convince everyone under your charge. Leaders act with conviction. Like Peter from the Bible:

His effectiveness as a leader is evident in his charismatic style, his conviction for his beliefs, and the resulting conversion of thousands during his early ministry

Conviction stands opposed to doubt and skepticism. Take the time to learn every detail of this offense. As a leader, you must be able to equip your players with the tools they need to succeed. Players must learn the exact details of alignment-assignment and technique. Give them the confidence to perform against any opponent. 

You will be challenged by your doubters. They are all around you. Therefore you must challenge your team. That starts with challenging your quarterback. Demand flawless reads on #1 and #2 even in stacked situations. Run Option Drill every day to make it happen. Challenge your Guards and Centers to cancel every player inside the read. Run the 3 on 3 drill every day to make it happen. Challenge your tackles to perfect their veer/loop releases. Do this daily. Challenge your A-Back’s to block #3. Challenge your entire team to secure the ball without fail. 

 This offense has proven itself at every level of football. The Flexbone Offense is perfect. If you can’t commit to the offense, the next coach will. The only thing that can hold this offense back is people. Find the weak links in your offense, correct their alignment-assignment and technique. Challenge every detail. Win with the details.

Do not be intimidated by any defense, no matter how they align, and no matter where their good players are. They have a good nose tackle: So what. They have two really big defensive tackles: So what. Their defensive end is committed to the SEC: So what. They have two all-state safeties who will play at seven yards: So what! Teach the system, secure the ball. If you teach the system, and teach each player how they fit into that system it does not matter.

You will be criticized. Deal with it. Keyboard commandos will critique every decision you make from the comfort of their home. At some point there will be some booster club member/ alumni/ principal/ former coach/ influential parent/ who criticizes you and your offense. Some of these people want you to fail, because they want your job. Deal with it. 

Your players have to know how to line up, where to go, how to get there and know what to do when they get there, and they have to be able to do it fast. That is your job. If they do it fast and secure the ball you will win. Players who know what they are doing play with confidence. Confident players play fast. Fast players win. 

You must become a repair man. You will have to fix some aspect of your offense every week. Some part of it will need to be corrected. You must have a willingness to fix problems. When the Triple Option is broken, fix the technique, don’t abandon it. Your players want to be coached, they want to perform. They want feedback, care and love. Value them with your time and coaching. Put the work into the system to work over your opponents on Friday nights.

You cannot be great if you are spread too thin. Hire good coaches and let them do their job. When you fix the offense, you take care of the ball you win the time of possession. You limit the opportunities for the opposing offense. If you aren’t coaching with anyone who can handle this, find new coaches. If you can’t find new coaches, find a new job. Don’t wonder what if?

No excuses, nobody cares. Find a way to get the players where they need to be as fast as possible. Make sure your team has the ball when the play is over. Teams that win find a way to make it happen. They don’t beat themselves and they honor the football. No excuses, nobody cares. 

Take advantage of your opportunities. Each time you have the ball, you have the opportunity to pressure the defense, with a time tested offense that is very difficult to prepare for in three days of practice. Make the defense wrong. Learn the entire system. It will tell you how to do this. Your players will be confident because they believe in you, and they believe you have their best interests at heart. They see their hard work pay off because their technique is flawless. Deliver your message with confidence. Teach the offense properly, eliminate doubt, achieve mastery with the Flexbone Association.

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