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Coach Niumatalolo 2009 WFCA Clinic Notes


 Keys to a Successful Offense

(1) an identity – this is the same offense we ran in 1987 at Hawaii

(2) a “philosophy 

–          run the ball

–          control the clock (time of possession – we want opponent to have 8 series max)

–          pass for big plays (throw it over their heads)

–          have a “system”

–          practice the “system” every week – players will get good at it

–          K.I.S.S. principle

(3) a “package”

–          we are a triple option team first and foremost

–          everything we do comes off the triple option

–          complementary plays:  counter, midline, trap, belly

–          key premise – we’ll take what they give us

–          multiple formations (over 20) – ability to run the same plays out of most of them

–          play-action passing game that mirrors our running game

–          sprint-out package

–          a simple goal line package

  • “heavy” formation80% red zone efficiency in 2008
    • there are really only 3 plays
      • rocket toss
      • QB iso

(4) a “package” you can fix

–          early adjustments

  • during a series and between series
  • NOT on Saturday mornings!!! (Sundays if college)

–          to do this – play caller and offensive assistants must watch the game

–          no script!!! (it is tough to see the game with your head buried in a script)

–          have answers!! – be prepared for anything

–          entire staff/coaches must be on the same page – speak same language/vocabulary

–          examples of a “fix-it” during the game

  • can’t block 3 tech or a good 5 tech
    • down block him
    • G block him
    • read him
    • double team him
    • trap him
  • vs. zone blitz? – run option away from it
  • vs. 4-3 defense – can not get the MLB blocked
    • go to “heavy” formation
    • loop the FST to him (vs. Duke – 2008)

–          be specific in your fix-its – focus on one thing at a time – for example:

  • work on the ILB
  • work on the FS

Play-Calling Philosophy – Attacking the Defense

–          good defenses limit what they do (too much will hurt them) – prep time is short

–          defense must play balanced

–          we saw basically 3 fronts all year in 2008 (4-3/6-1, 50 (odd) variations, 8-man front) 

–          basically 3 coverages (4-across, 3-deep, man free)

–          no nickel or dime coverages

–          secondary must read run/pass (high hat, low hat, etc.) yet still handle cut blocks

–          what we check for (in order):

  • numbers advantage
  • different formations help us get this
  • start in spread
  • then go unbalanced
    • trips (slot/HB over to his buddy’s side)
    • over (WR over – ineligible inside receiver)
  • blocking angles (usually to the smaller technique, i.e. shade vs. 3 tech)
  • 2 on 1 blocks if at all possible
  • to the field (example – double 2Is have no technique advantage)
  • play-action passes (P.A.P.) to hurt specific defenders on the field  – this is why we want to make it look like the running plays as much as possible
  • vs. 8-man front – the free safety (alley player)
  • vs. quarter coverage – whomever the run support is
  • vs. cover 2 – the roll corner
  • vs. mike LB –
  • other passing game elements (especially if vanilla coverages)
  • 1-on-1 routes (since usually ‘man” coverage
  • 7 or 8-man protection allows for “double-move” routes off of this
  • possible double move routes:
  • post
  • post corner
  • dig or post-dig

Keys to Implementing a Successful Offense

–          be committed

–          be patient

Cadence:

–          in the past  – it has been this:    Ready – Set – Hike

–          we are experimenting with these ideas:

  • Down – Set – Hike
  • Down – Ready – Set – Hike
  • Going on 1st sound

Formations:

–          Spread

–          Trips (both HBs on one side – both of them off the LOS) – a good run and pass formation

–          Over (both WRs on one side – inside WR ineligible)

–          Over Green (over-side HB steps up onto LOS – inside WR off)

–          Over Brown (HB opposite the over steps ontp LOS – inside WR off)

–          Heavy (both OTs on one side – one plays TE position – WR plays nub side OT)

  • used a lot in goal line situations
  • TE responsibilities the same as the HB

–          Double Flex (both WRs in tight)

Splits:

–          O-line = 3 feet    

–          Slots = inside foot touching OT and 1 yd back (used to be 1 yd x 1 yd) – based on pitch timing        

–          WRs = basically on the numbers of the field when the ball is in the middle      

–          FB = heels at 5 yards from the tip of the football – we experimented woth 4 yards but it was too quick for the mesh

Stances:

–          O-line = narrow stance, lots of weight forward, feet under armpits

The Triple Option

FSWR

–        block the near deep defender

–        (1/2 field safety in Cov 2-like looks) (a “switch” with the FSHB)

–        (deep 1/3 CB in Cov 3-like looks)

–        (non-inverting safety (Cloud) or CB (Sky) in 4-Across looks)

FSHB

–        block the run support or force

–         (roll CB in Cov 2-like looks) (a “switch” with the FSWR)

–        (invert safety in Cov 3-like looks)

–        (inverting safety (Sky) or CB (Cloud) in 4-Across-like looks)

–          if there is a FS in the middle of the field (i.e. 8-man front) – load block the FSLB

  • if the FST has him blocked:
    • go to the FS
    • go to backside safety (if load is called vs. a 2-safety defense)

FST

–          dip and rip by dragging your knuckles on the ground

–        take your best release (outside or inside) to block the FSLB

  • if the FSG is covered (2I-2-3) – inside release automatic
  • if the FSG is uncovered – outside release (loop)

–        to determine your FSLB – the key is your outside hip

  • if the LB is inside of your outside hip – it is your FSLB – make an IN call to the QB
  • if the LB is outside of your front hip – it is not your FSLB – make an OUT call to QB 

–          if you can’t get the FSLB (MLB vs. 4-3) – go to the next level

  • vs. 2 deep safeties = the backside safety
  • vs. 1 deep safety (FS) = the FS

–          if in “heavy” formation – combo the 3 tech with the FSG 

FSG

–          base block man on (2I-2-3)

–          if uncovered – block the near LB

–          if you can’t get the MLB (4-3) or FSLB (50) – block the backside safety (2-safety look)

C

–          scoop/base

–          if uncovered – go playside A-gap

  • if MLB = block him to backside safety (2 safteies) to fold (1 safety)
  • if 2-LB defense = block FSLB (plug) to BSLB

BSG

–          scoop

  • 45-60-90 steps (45 1st step – 60 2nd step – 90 3rd step)
  • you must scoop the area from your crotch to the C’s crotch
    • we want the best of both worlds – width and gaining ground
    • head to the playside thigh board
    • take whatever shows

BST

–          scoop

–          45-60-90 steps

–          you must scoop the area from your crotch to the BSG’s crotch

–          if no one to scoop (i.e BSG uncovered)

  • dip and rip
  • work more vertical to prevent 5 tech a flat release to run QB down from behindlook back to the fold player
    • this is a “feel” thing
    • is the “tunnel” closing up on you?

BSHB

–        tail motion (pitch path)

–        you must get at least 1 ½ steps in the ground before the ball is snapped – preferably 2 steps

–        get to the FB’s butt in his initial alignment

–        take 3 flat steps

–        get downhill!! – marry yourself with the QB’s path

–          we want the pitch relationship ILLEGAL if possible (a forward pitch)

–          clinc talk would say the relationship is 4 yards by 1 yard

BSWR

–          cut-off

FB

–         inside leg of guard

QB

–          almost a double “hop” step to get the 2nd step on the ground ASAP

–          we do not drag the back foot like some programs

–          work to have feet land in a “staggered” position – front foot ahead of the back one a little

  • gets us on the proper angle for the FB
  • gives us a fraction of a second longer to ride it

–          get the ball back as far as possible

–          do not transfer the weight – stay even and balanced

–          make a decision by the time the ball reaches your front leg

–          push off downhill

–          the “read”

  • don’t over coach it
  • if you think he can tackle the FB – pull it
  • if not – give it
  • a ton of reps solves the problem

–          reading of stunts (every day in practice)

  • blood stunt
    • toughest read
    • read key (#1) (FB) and pitch key (#2) (QB) both coming hard
    • if #2 comes hard:
      • disengage with FB immediately
      • pause for a split second to determine #2’s angle (he may run to the pitch)
  • X-stunt
    • a “stack” look with the read key (#1) and a stacked LB (#2)
    • #1 and #2 will switch responsibilities
    • we will “area” read this
  • hard stunt
  • up stunt
  • mesh stunt

–          we let the QBs get a “game feel” of what is going on

Play-Action Passing

–          Protection:

  • low hat – drive and press – screw in the shoulder pads
  • big on big
  • FB blocks FSLB
  • QB takes care of #3 on the frontside edge
  • if 4 come weak? – look out!!!

–          QB footwork

  • fake T.O and get back!!
  • we tried 3 down the line and 2 back like Nebraska  – QB got killed before setup

–         Routes

  • Verticals
    • triple option action
    • vs. 8-man front = FSHB down the middle of field
    • vs. 4-Across Invert = FSHB run down the hash
  • Switch route (vs. Cov 2) – even in the red zone with hard CB support
    • Out of triple option play-action
    • Also out of rocket toss play-action
  • Boot/Naked
    • off the rocket toss
    • variations:
      • hit FB in the flat
      • hit the WR vertical, dig, or skinny post
      • switch route
  • Crossing routes
    • good out of Double Flex
    • variations:
      • double drag (vs. alley FS)
  1. FSWR and FSHB double drag to the backside
  2. BSWR skinny post
  • HB single drag (vs. Cov 4 with a deep MLB)
  1. FSHB drags to the backside
  2. BSWR runs vertical
  • WR single drag
  1. Off the rocket toss (vs. safeties making the hit on the toss)
  2. QB drops straight back
  3. BSWR runs the drag across

Photo: Noah Scialom

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