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February 2008

February 2008


Blocking for the Triple Option vs. 7 Man Fronts

by: John Gendron
by: Harold Nichols
© February 2008

To be an effective option team, whether under center or in the shotgun, we feel you need to have a simple system that allows you to identify the Dive Key, Pitch Key and Run Support player from the secondary. We employ a simple one-two-three count system. Not only does this count system identify who the dive key, pitch key and secondary run support player are, it is also used to determine what type of offensive line and perimeter blocking scheme we use. Essentially we have two blocking schemes. When we face 7 man fronts we employ an outside blocking scheme by the offensive line with an arc block by the playside slot. The 3-3 Defense presents a few challenges, but they are readily addressed with this system.

Count System:

Below is our count system. We count from the inside out as follows:

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