When I coach against it, not so much. Defenses love to swarm and get lots of people to the ball. If you do and they pitch it, goodbye! Defensive Accountability The first way the triple option forces defenses to account for is tackling three backs with two unblocked defenders. This is the essence of the triple option offense. Leaving defenders unblocked.
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Triple Option Football In the Beginning…before there was triple option football… Here we can see the QB with his eyes on the Dive Read 98 and the pitch back working to get into a pitch relationship as the FB runs his path. Faurot noticed the defender could not make a play if the offensive players executed properly. If the defender decides to pressure the ball, the ball handler makes a quick pass to his teammate who scores a basket.
If the defender decides to cover the player without the ball, the ball handler will not pass and score a basket on his own. This insight has brought us, in my opinion, the best offensive concept in football. Football Fast-break? The first option in this case is the Fullback. The second option is the Quarterback. The last option is the backside Slot Back. Stopping the Triple Option In order to defend the triple option effectively, the defense will need to have three unblocked players in various areas on the play side.
Additionally, in this set, the defense must also defend the Split End and the vertical threat he presents. The Offensive Goal The key concept of any option play is isolating defenders. The offensive team will begin by identifying the players they will isolate.
The isolated players are known as read keys and will be left unblocked. The offense will then attempt to seal off block remaining defenders to create the necessary isolation. In most cases this will be the defensive end on the triple option. This is usually the next hard run defender outside or behind the dive read.
For us, this is usually the play side outside Linebacker. Some counting systems will go on to count a 3 and a 4 and will base their blocking schemes on the defensive alignment. I will cover this at another time, however, it is not necessary to understand the basics of option football. The diagram below illustrates what the front side of the triple option play looks like. The inside is sealed off by blockers, the Dive and Pitch Reads are unblocked, and the Corner is blocked by the Split End.
The 1st Option The Quarterback gets the snap and must get his eyes on defender 1. This is his first read. The 3rd Option The 3rd option occurs when the Pitch Read does not cover the pitch back. If the defender crashes inside, the QB will pitch the ball to the Slot Back. This will happen just before the QB is tackled or when the pitch back has leverage on the Pitch Read. Bringing It All Together Below you can see a complete diagram of the triple option out of the Flexbone.
The offense seals off all backside defenders while also securing the play side perimeter players Corner and Free Safety. The Dive Read and Pitch Read are left unblocked and the play develops through the two read progressions outlined above. The play stretches the defense horizontally and forces the two unblocked defenders to defend three potential ball carriers.
This is a fast break and we all know that leads to scoring points. Questions or Comments? Let me know what you think. Other Football Resources.
Wishbone[ edit ] The wishbone formation. The wishbone triple option can use several formations including the flexbone or Maryland I. The wishbone triple option is a running play where either the fullback, the quarterback, or one of the halfbacks also called "running backs" [RB] or "tail backs" runs the ball. First, the quarterback receives the football from the center. The quarterback then starts the play in one direction by appearing to hand the football to the fullback right behind the play side guard on a standard fullback dive play.
Triple Option Football 101
Triple Option Football In the Beginning…before there was triple option football… Here we can see the QB with his eyes on the Dive Read 98 and the pitch back working to get into a pitch relationship as the FB runs his path. Faurot noticed the defender could not make a play if the offensive players executed properly. If the defender decides to pressure the ball, the ball handler makes a quick pass to his teammate who scores a basket. If the defender decides to cover the player without the ball, the ball handler will not pass and score a basket on his own.
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