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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

Situational Flexbone

Running the Offense with Different Formations – Running the Triple out of Over, Heavy, Double Flex, Green, Brown, and even Trips must be practiced prior to week one. Don’t go into week one without practicing something you will need. 

Coaching the Sequence – Call the Offense unscripted. See who makes the tackle and come back with your next play. For example, run Triple—if the backside inside linebacker makes the tackle, come back the next play and run Counter Option. This is something I make all coaches do in camp before I leave. Do this in practice before your first game. Even if you’ve run the offense for years. It gets your team ready for it too. 

All Backed Up – Practice running the Offense from your Goal-line out. Does anything change? No it doesn’t—The Flexbone is a goal-line to goal-line attack. Very few of your plays have a chance of going backwards anyway. 

3rd and 3 or less – We are now in Zone Dive Follow territory. Run this unless the inside linebacker blitzed the previous play. If he did—run Rocket!

Inside their 3-yard line – see #4. The same concepts work. 

3rd / 4th and 8+- This is when the if/then might not be applicable. What the fastest way to keep the drive going—Four verticals? Flood? Isolate your best receiver? The best answer of course it to not get into 3rd and longs, but there will be holding penalties that you need to dig your way out of. What you should do specifically will vary by personnel. 

Hurry-up Offense – This has to be practiced when you need to score in a hurry. Work your four verticals and flood segments of your offense. Four verticals gets the ball down the field in a hurry. Flood gets yards and gets you out of bounds. Oh, and do not let the anti-Flexbone people tell you that the Flexbone is a poor “come from behind” offense. Ask them to name an offense that is a good “come from behind” offense and prove it with statistical analysis. If that offense was that great would you have to come from behind?

Four-minute Offense – You are ahead with four minutes to go. Work through the progression of starting the cadence with five seconds to go on the 25-second clock. If you don’t have a 25-second clock, wait for the officials’ signal that there is five seconds remaining on the play. Running out the clock can be as important as being able to score late. If you dont give the ball back you dont lose. 

Checks – If you call Triple and they give you a 3 technique-run Midline. If you call Midline and they do not give you a 3 technique-run Triple. If you call Midline or Triple and they give you a Bear Front-run Double Option. Work this in practice, until it’s second nature for you and your team. 

Freeze – This is when one of the A-backs goes in motion, stops, and returns to his original position. You see Navy do this often when a defense is stemming or showing blitzes. This allows the quarterback (and sometimes coaching staff) to check into the best play for the offense as the defense has just revealed themselves.


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