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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

Five Quick Questions on the Flexbone


 

Here are five questions coaches constantly have about the Flexbone and Triple Option Offense. Today, we provide you with quick answers.

1. When do you run Rocket Toss?

A: Coach Johnson says to run Rocket Toss when the widest playside inside linebacker blitzes or if the D-gap player collisions the tackle as he tries to veer release on triple option. Only run toss when these two things occur–The force defender or the playside inside linebacker will make the tackle on Toss. The #1 reason why Toss doesn’t work (this comes directly from Navy) Playside Inside Linebacker makes the tackle from his initial alignment. Navy and Georgia Tech utilize Toss 10% of the time. Utilize Toss to beat the inside linebacker blitz!

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2. What if we get a Double Eagle Front (0 technique and two defensive linemen over the guards)?

A: Double Option the ball off the corner in a hurry. Coach Johnson said in 2009 that the dive is cancelled versus the double eagle, so the only option is double option. Refrain from forcing the dive into the double eagle front.

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3. What if we get the Odd Stack (3-3-5/3-5-3/5-3)?

A: Your quarterback reads the two defenders stacked on the playside tackle. He gives the ball to the B-back unless the stacked linebacker blitzed B-gap or the down lineman can tackle the B-back. Quarterbacks must learn to read areas; This is a non-negotiable skill and is the most important skill for your quarterback.

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4. What’s the best way to run Double Option?

A: Navy’s utilization of Zone Option is working quite well. The playside A-back and receiver block the same as triple option, the offensive line scoops (Playside Tackle veers unless there’s a 5-technique), B-back leads outside of the playside tackle to wall the playside inside linebacker, quarterback opens, runs outside the playside tackle, and turns up to the end zone for the touchdown UNLESS #2 steps at him–if this happens, he parallel pitches to the backside A-back. 

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5. How much offense is too much?

A: I will cover this in greater detail this season; but in general terms the offense is triple option based. This singular play can be stressed by #1, #2 or #3 as well as the action key, and either the playside or backside linebacker. Nobody else can stop this play. Consequently you must have a play that can counter each of these defenders on the defense. The basis of the Flexbone offense is predicated on being able to do these few things. 

 

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