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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 Eagle Adjustment to Counter Option

As discussed on this site previously, Counter Option is a basic staple of the Flexbone Offense. Counter Option is to be run when the backside linebacker is making the tackle on the dive phase of Triple Option. There will be occasions throughout the year however when the Backside Linebacker is running to the playside, but Counter Option needs some fine tuning off it’s rules to be successful for you. I’ve written recently about why and when you need trap. If the backside linebacker is not getting to the dive on inside veer there is no reason to run counter option. 

The “Eagle” adjustment is to be used when the guard is covered up by a 3 technique and the PST is covered by a linebacker. Very simply what the Eagle adjustment does is send the BSG (the pulling guard) to the PSLB instead of having him log #1 (the 5 tech).

Blocking Rules for Counter Option Eagle

PSWR – Stalk

PSA – Twirl and block #2

PST – Double 3 tech to BSLB

PSG – Base

C – Back to 2i, to BSLB to Ace

BSG – Pull and log Eagle LB, if 7 comes down log outside thigh

BST – Anchor down 5 tech out

BSA – Pitch route after ball is snapped

BSWR – Cross field technique

B – Run dive path opposite of call,  if no down lineman go to BSLB

QB – Triple option steps opposite of call, let BSG clear and pitch off of #1. If Eagle LB shows outside #1, pitch off Eagle LB


Counter Option Eagle v. 4-4 


Counter Option Eagle v. 4-3


If you are wondering why the content on the site has slowed down in the last week or so; it’s because I am working feverishly on the materials for the Flexbone Association Academy.  This article will be included as part of Module Nine.  Rather than churning out subpar “filler” material, I will write articles when I can turn out ones that meet my requirements of the site. With games included I expect to have over 60 modules included! Last night I loaded another module with 54 minutes of content. Contact me to see what you are missng. 

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5 Comments on “The Eagle Adjustment to Counter Option”

  1. Lawrence Landy February 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM #

    Scott – you are doing a great job; can’t tell you how much I enjoy reviewing the items you post. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Scott Jazdzewski February 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM #

      Thanks – I just wish there were two of me to do more.

    • TJ Cavaliere February 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM #

      Definitely agree, love looking at the posts and reading to learn more….

  2. TJ Cavaliere February 28, 2014 at 6:13 AM #

    Coach I was wondering why this adjust would be necessary…If they are giving you a 3 tech why would you not just go to the midline series to the 3 tech? It seems as if you are going away from the simplicity of the offense if you make the adjusts in situations like this.

    • Scott Jazdzewski February 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM #

      Yes you can run midline back there because you have a 3-tech, but it doesn’t solve your problems on Triple. If the BSLB consistently runs over the to the playside you need an answer.

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