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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

Don’t Enable Your Quarterback


 Make your Quarterback run the Triple Option and Midline Triple Option.

You and your Quarterback have to be comfortable with this player being responsible for two defenders on each and every snap. It does take time to work. Executing Triple Option on Friday’s requires hours of work before hand. If you aren’t comfortable investing this much time in one play (really three, and exponentially more with tags) run a different offense. I hear running zone read is popular.

Yes, the quarterback has to read the stack and wait for the EZ stunt (#2 taking the B-Back, #1 taking the QB). It takes time, get used to it.  The quarterback has to handle blood stunts (#1 and #2 coming hard); however, because of what the quarterback has to do, your playside offensive line gets to block linebackers instead of defensive linemen, which is far easier to do– this is a far worthwhile cause.

Stop using the Zone Dive as a way to get your B-back the football to take “pressure” off your quarterback. 

Zone Dive needs to be run is when the playside inside linebacker runs to the outside at the snap to take the quarterback or pitch on triple option. Unless the playside inside linebacker does this, there is no other reason to run this play.  If you spend time during the game worrying about who is touching the ball, you are not using your time determining what the defense is doing and how to defeat the defense. Throughout your season you will have games where your B-Back runs for 150-200+, the next game the Quarterback might run for 150-200+, and the very next game the A-Backs might run for 150-200+. That’s the beauty of the offense.  

Stop using Rocket as a way to get the ball to the outside to take “pressure” off your quarterback.

Rocket Toss needs to be run is when the playside inside linebacker blitzes or if #2 collisions the playside tackle to disrupt the playside tackle’s veer release on triple option.  Invest in your Quarterback.  Teach him to be right. Your team will flourish when the quarterback play improves. He doesn’t need to be a burner; he needs to be smart, willing to learn and have a coach who believes in him. See herehereherehere, and here. I’ve won state titles with quarterbacks who’ve run for less than 300 yards during the season.  Then when you are ready see here.

Photo: Matt Strasen/AP

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