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December 2007

December 2007


Five Things That Can Stop Your Triple Option from Being Successful

by: Nathan M. Cochran
Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Blackburn College
© December 2007

The Triple Option, when run correctly, can be a defensive coordinator’s worst nightmare. The Triple Option requires the defense to account for all the moving parts: the quarterback, the fullback, and the halfbacks. To account for each of these players every play can be a headache for any defense. However, like any other type of offense, the Triple Option can be its own worst enemy if not run correctly. In this article, I will address the five most common ‘offensive concerns’ in running the Triple Option.

I will start with a focus on the offensive line. My firm belief is the Triple Option goes where the offensive line takes it. There cannot be ANY penetration by the defense on a Triple Option play. The offensive line must block the front seven defenders if the Triple Option is to be successful. On a typical play, no one blocks ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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