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March 2014

March 2014


Option Football – Few Plays, Many Ways: The Passing Game (Part II)

by: Paul Markowski
Assistant Coach, Army Sprint Football, and Shane Ziats, Assistant Coach, Mansfield University
© March 2014

Five different pass concepts – play-action, quick game, sprint out, drop back, and screens – can be run successfully out of the option.

As a committed triple option coach, I try to run the ball as much as possible. However, it is critical to have, at the very least, some basic passing concepts. This is because many defenses today will stuff the tackle box with up to ten defenders if they feel that the offense will not be able to muster an effective passing game.

Just as we saw in last month’s AFM, when we talked about the running concepts, this month we cover simple yet effective passing concepts from different formations. The passing game can be effective out of the triple option, running the wishbone, flexbone,  pistol-flex, or power-I.

We believe in five different pass concepts:  play-action, qui....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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