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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

You Need Midline Triple Against Double Eagle

One of the many questions I’m asked seemingly at least once a week is, “what defense gives you the most trouble?” Here are some thoughts on practice scenarios and game planning. A few  defenses that coaches shudder to see are either the 3-3 defense or 5-3 defense, especially 5-3 double eagle defenses. We didn’t see double eagle this year until week six, then only saw it once more in week nine. We saw a variation of 3-3 once in week eight. 

So why do people run odd front defenses or double eagle defenses? The most likely answer you are to receive is because they have a very good nose tackle, and many conventional offenses put their weakest offensive linemen at center. That should never be the case if you are running the Flexbone the correct way. The double eagle has gained popularity presumably as a way to stop triple option. Lining up with 3-techniques does make running triple option more difficult, but there are ways to run triple option against double eagle fronts. You just have to make sure you have the entire package.

Defensive coaches will run odd fronts, especially stacked fronts or double eagle fronts to protect the Mike-Backer. If you use one inside linebacker rather than two, this is very often the best player on the defense. If this player is your best tackler, it would behoove the defense to do everything they could to be sure he’s unblocked as often as possible. 

Midline Triple is the best answer against 5-3 double eagle (T-N-T) style defenses. Let’s first look at specifically what we mean when discussing a 5-3 double eagle.

5-3 Double Eagle Defense


Midline Triple Rules

PSWR- Push-Stalk

PSA- Twirl, #3

PST- Veer

PSG- Veer

C- Base if Covered / Reverse Ace

BSG- Ace/Scoop

BST- Scoop

BSA- Pitch route on snap

BSWR- Cutoff

QB – Hop into backside A gap, Point, Read #1, Pitch #2

B-Back – Midline Path, Read Action Key

Midline Triple v. 5-3 Double Eagle (OLB’s in the Box)


Midline Triple v. 5-3 Double Eagle (OLB’s outside the Box)


Midline Triple v. 5-3 Double Eagle

(White Call – If you are having trouble with the backside defenders on 10/11 utilize the “White” call which directs the backside linemen to block head up to outside)


This isn’t to say that Midline Triple cannot be run against other fronts, in fact it can be a very effective play/scheme to execute against a 4-3 team, but if you don’t have Midline Triple in you quiver, expect Double Eagle (3-0-3) fronts to be especially difficult to play against. If you have trouble against a certain scheme you will surely see that defense again and again throughout the course of the year until you can prove you can move the ball against it. Defensive coaches will copy looks they see on film that you cannot handle. Be fully prepared against every front you will see next fall.

Photo: U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Scott Allen

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3 Comments on “You Need Midline Triple Against Double Eagle”

  1. Mike August 8, 2015 at 7:05 PM #

    What would you change if this were in a Pistol?

  2. Mike August 1, 2015 at 5:24 PM #

    How deep is that running back?

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