When I first started running the flexbone my research lead me to a unique blocking scheme that Air Force vs. this look. (In the past 3 years I believe I've still seen them incorporate this at times.) We want the best of both words. By veering the tackle with the defensive tackle squeezing down, we insure that the dive is taken essentially eliminating the need for a double to handle the nose. By pulling the guard around for the backer, we have ensured a seal block on the scrape linebacker, basically doing the same thing that the loop did but getting the results we want. (fig 3)
There are a couple of coaching points on this play:
- The veer tackle, once the linebacker scrapes and is on his way to cutoff the backside safety must check the backside linebacker. With the nose in frontside A, the backside linebacker can come off late and be a factor on the quarterback. So the tackle has playside linebacker to backside backer to backside safety.
- When pulling the guard must open step. This gives him about ½ yard of depth. Additionally he wants to stay as square as possible to the line of scrimmage and as tight as possible to the tackle. This accounts for the tight scrape by the linebacker and does not let him come underneath and play the quarterback. (fig 4) We want his eyes on the linebacker so he can adjust to the wider scrape. In order to do that and come tight to the tackle, we tell him to take his playside hand and pull himself (feel himself around might be a better term) around the tackle. (fig.5)
- Some people don't like this scheme because of the guard pulling in front of the quarterback's vision. With practice though I never have had a major problem. You do need to tell the quarterback that any contact made on the guard is an automatic give. Thus the handoff key crashing the mesh would usually be disrupted by the guard and a give would result.
Vs. a 4i
As with all our veer schemes when we get a 4i we will make a call and block the 4i, turning the triple into a double option. (we read our way out in our "loop" scheme) When the fullback hears this call, he will abort the fake and am at the inside leg of the wing, wrapping himself around for the scrape backer to the backside safety. The quarterback will skip out and execute double option technique on #2 (OLB) (fig.6) We have two people on the backer (Guard and fullback); of which, we expect one to block the backside safety. We can get a hat on EVERYBODY here.
In conclusion, although we haven't used this scheme recently because we don't see a 50 that much, in the past it has been very successful for us. It has given the offense a chance to "veer" a 50 without using a tightend or tackle over. It also adheres to basic 3 back option philosophy of have two people on the inside linebacker.