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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

How to Create a Dominant Offensive Line


Five Ways to Create Your Very Own “Hogs” with the Flexbone Triple Option

The best way to create a productive, year-in-and-year-out offensive line is to stop blocking everyone and let the quarterback and B-back read your way out while mastering a few blocking drills. Be sure you are prioritizing your offensive approach.

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1-Allow the quarterback to read the defensive lineman aligned on the playside tackle.

-If there is a defensive lineman aligned on the outside shoulder of the playside tackle, allow the quarterback to read him.

-You can actually read the defensive lineman aligned on the outside shoulder of the playside guard AND the defensive lineman aligned on the playside tackle on the same play—This is Midline Triple.

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2-Allow the B-Back to read the defensive lineman inside the read (action key).

-The B-back stays on his dive path unless the defensive lineman inside the read impedes the dive path.

-When this happens on Triple Option, the B-back takes a lateral step with his backside foot, and bends behind this player, making him invisible.

-When this happens on a Midline Option, the B-back takes a lateral step with his playside foot, and bends in front of this player, making him invisible.

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3-Spend individual time working on the following:

– Situational scoop blocking, situational veer release progressions, situational base blocking, situational “Ace” blocking, and situational Pass Protection.  

-Practice the first step, urgency within the blocking angle, and the specific block’s finish.  

-Situations within each block must be practiced. Below is a description and purpose of the 3 on 3 drill.

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4 – Recognize and Fix Common Offensive Line Errors

-It’s often been said that the two hardest positions to coach on the field are the offensive line and defensive backs.

-The flexbone offense forces your offensive line coach to coach differently than he likely ever has in the past.

-If you’ve never coached the offensive line as a head coach, you’d better find a very good one with some experience. Here are some errors that must be corrected.

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5 – Coach Them Up on Game Day

-Far too often I’ve seen position coaches become spectators on Friday nights.

Lay out specifically what each person’s role is during the game so you are maximizing your team’s efficiency and effectiveness. 

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Allow your offensive line to dominate by reading your way out.  Neutralize your opponents defensive line. Navy’s sub 300 pound offensive line averages well over  300 yards/game rushing by reading their way out 40 percent of the time. 

Photo: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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