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April 2010

April 2010


Packaging The Inside Zone With The Bubble Screen Out of a Stack Formation

by: Mike Emendorfer
Head Coach University of Wisconsin-Platteville
© April 2010

In this article, we will discuss our stack formation and cover the basic principles of our inside zone play. We will then explain the quarterback’s and running back’s reads and meshing techniques. In the end we will focus on the bubble screen concept.
We decided to go to the stack formation for the 2006 season to improve our running game. In addition, we were looking for a run/pass option on choice downs without having to audible. We were looking for a four to seven yard gain on choice downs leading to manageable medium to short yardage situations on second and third down.
The zone/bubble combination is a very easy pre-snap read for the quarterback. The quarterback determines whether the defensive alignment is in our advantage for the bubble screen (i.e., overloaded in the box - See Diagram 1),

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