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May 2013

May 2013


Running the Triple Option in the Pistol

by: Nate Cochran
Offensive Coordinator, Alma College
© May 2013

Using the triple option with the pistol offense is a natural fit and can improve both your running and passing game.

Like Army and Navy, we have been a traditional triple option team and have experienced success because our offense gave us a way to compete against superior talent. While we have had a potent rushing attack, when teams put nine or ten players in the box we didn’t have an answer. Last season, we decided to experiment and add the pistol to our offense. Adding the pistol to our offense gave us a way to make defenses more accountable for protecting the field vertically as well as horizontally. The pistol expanded our triple option and our quick passing game options that allowed us to move the ball more successfully.

We set our quarterback’s heels at two and a half yards from the nose of the football. Our slot....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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