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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

Flexbone Offensive Backfield Sprint Out Passing Game Rules


The Quarterback takes a step with PS foot at 5 or 7 o’clock, brings ball to under the chin with both hands and turns belt buckle to sideline. Second step should continue on the 5 or 7 o’clock path and QB drives until he gets to 7 yards deep, where he will begin to get more width with his rollout.

His eyes must be downfield on his read key, but he must also read the B back’s block on the force/contain player. If force really pushes upfield causing B back to kick him out, then the QB must pull up and set his feet. If B back is able to log the force player, then the QB should continue the roll.

B-Back (Fullback)

Fullback is at normal depth. At snap he attacks outside the PSA. He does not attack the LOS, but rather bows or arc his track in an attempt to log the force defender if possible. B back needs to move fast and attack. He cannot wait on the defender. If he does, he causes the pocket to collapse.

A-Backs (Slotbacks)

They can have numerous tasks on this play, depending upon formation. I am going to cover the blocking responsibilities of the player that is outside of the PST, for now I will call him PSA.

PSA (slotback next to PST).

PSA must seal the C gap defender. PSA will step with PS foot upfield and will turn his body much like the OL does. PSA doesn’t have to maul the guy, he just needs to ensure that he seals the C gap.

Sometimes the play can be run with bringing the BSA (slotback) on Pitch Route to help block PS with the B back. When that occurs, the BSA has the same responsibilities as the B back, namely, log or kick out the force player.

Sprint Out Pass Protection

This is probably the easiest protection in the world, yet it always seems to be a challenge to get your guys to really master it.

It is a hinge protection where we will work the backside gaps. It looks odd at times, but it works pretty well once your guys get the hang of it. The four words that we use to teach the protection are: PUNCH, SET, SCAN, SCOOT. We teach them the following progression. They must go through the steps in order to successfully execute the play.

Punch – where you spit/Set – where you spit

We want the OL to punch with their PS arm to the PS gap or to the man on them if covered and step with their PS foot upfield. They should pivot to the BS gap, pointing their belt buckle to the BS sideline.

Coaching Point – I tell my guys that I want their feet straddling the LOS and when they don’t understand what that means I tell them to put their ballsack on the LOS. They usually know what that means. I like to really attack the LOS on this play because I want to cut off pursuit down the LOS and stop DL from climbing over the top of us. I also want our guys to be aggressive. If they don’t step and punch aggressively, gaining ground, then they will be very soft in their protection and your QB will get crushed. I don’t want them to take the down off.

Scan – eyes in your gap

They should have a good idea pre-snap who will be in their gap. Still, we want them to punch & set aggressively. They need to get their eyes into their gap immediately. They need to not worry about the man to their PS gap or the man over them if covered. The PUNCH to the PS will allow them to help PS gap or if covered will help get the man on them to declare a gap 

Scoot – down the line

We tell them to CLOSE THE DOOR or SQUEEZE THE MAN. Either way they need to move down the line in one direction or the other (PS or BS). If someone is in their BS gap, then they CLOSE THE DOOR. We want them to ATTACK a threat in their gap. If there is no threat in their BS gap, then they need to SQUEEZE. We accomplish this by backing up like a crawfish. I call it butt blocking. We will keep scooting backwards to the PS gap like we’re blocking out for a rebound in basketball, until something shows up in our BS gap. Once something shows up, we go back to CLOSE THE DOOR.

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