Monday, November 9, 2015

Getting the running quarterback to the edge. Part 2 flex split ends

In this article we will continue with our "Loaded options" in order to keep the quarterback in play. Today we will run them from our flexed end position. It is important to note that we use two distinct flex end positions. Our first "flex" places the end at 3-5 yards. He will go to 3 is there is a man on the line between himself and the tackle. and expand that area to five or even six if there is nobody on the line of scrimmage. The second or "nasty" position places the wide receiver at 3' to 5' from the tackle. (almost in a tightened position.) We can have both sides flexed or nasty or just one side. We can go ends over and have our inside receiver flexed or nasty or even have both ends flexed or nasty. (we like the rocket from the latter.)

We use this formation for a number of reasons:

  1. To create leverage on an inside defender
  2. To block an interior defender with a bigger player
  3. To change secondary structure. Seven man fronts will usually change from sky support to cloud support. In addition to changing option responsibilities, this usually puts a non-tackler (corner) in a tackling situation.
  4. To slow backside rotation by the free safety in a seven man front. In corner support there is due to alignment slower and deeper rotation then if the Free was in quarters (basically man)
  5. To bring the support player closer to the arc or, if he is getting optioned,closer to the quarterback. This does two things. First it allows the arc to leverage the pitch defender quicker as well as blocking a defender not use to this. It also allows the pitch man to quickly circle (outflank) the whole defense.
  6. It forces an eight man front to explained the force players or be outflanked quickly. This opens up the midline tuck play without the threat of a fold player outnumbering us.
  7. In cloud support, due to the two quick receivers, the safety must stay inside longer to handle the vertical threat. This allows us to run base schemes and block him easily with the wide receiver.
  8. The support player in a seven man fort is quickly put in the run / pass conflict of the wheel due to his positioning. This requires a much quicker reaction then if they are in quarters in a normal set.
  9. It forces the defense more preparation time with different problems and schemes, all while we run our base offense.
This are just some of the ways we will use the flex and nasty formations in our offense.

Now for the double options.

The first thing we will run from the flex is the normal double options (explained in part one.) With the ability to get the SE quickly on the safety, we will make their corner quickly decide to take the pitch or the QB. taking either can be deadly. (fig. 1)

Using the Wide receiver as a leverage blocker 

Wide receiver on #2

We will use the wide receiver as a leverage blocker on #2 with our chip and zone scheme (Vs 7 man fronts.) We can do this from either flex or nasty.

Wide receiver on #2 with chip scheme vs. 4-3
(fig #2)

In this scheme the wide receiver will block the stack #2. Nothing changes. The fullback must eyeball the echo stunt between the stack as he continues around and blocks the free. (If they echoed the Wr would block the mike and the HB would go to the BS safety. (He usually would not get off the chip.) We would let non-support go as there is a lot of area for the quarterback to get vertical in.

If they walked up the echo, as before we would get a gap call with the HB and Tackle would handle the stunt, the wr would go to the Mike and the Fullback to the free. (fig.4)

Finally, if #2 ups the wide receiver will crack him in flex (Fig 5) and will base him in nasty. Step near foot just get movement, quarterback will cut off him. ( Fig 6)

Note: if the OLB #2 goes on a flex end (we've seen this) he will base him as if in nasty.

Wide receiver crack with zone scheme vs. 5-2
(fig #7)

Vs. a seven man front (5-2) we will crack the lob (#2) if in flex / arc the HB around for near deep safety and let the FB wrap, reading the crack and sealing backer to safety. We run our power zone just as the first article.(remember due to FB threat DE's in a 5-2 will usually play inside conscience making them vulnerable to the scoop)

(Note: an important aspect to remember is the quarterback must work from depth off the line.  That lets him clear any penetration. We reverse (roll into our loaded options) but you can skip out in order to keep the footwork consistent with your other double options.)

Vs a reduced front (No change)
(Fig. 8)

If we get a reduction front we will have no change to our chip scheme and the WR will go back to stalking.

Using the Wide receiver as a first level blocker vs the 4-3
(Fig 9)

We haven't used this much as we haven't used our nasty formation much but there is a place for it.
The wr. receiver will now switch assignments with our nasty end and block #2. If #2 ups, he will attempt to hook him with the fullback reading his block and blocking the MLB. (He still has the echo with the HB getting the Mike.) The negative of this scheme is the inability to get the near deep safety. you are giving that up to secure an 8 yard play consistantly. (This is Navy's preferred way.)

Play action pass off the double option
(Fig 10)

With the corner tight and the deep safety also tight based upon the constricted formation we like to get on the safety quickly with two quick receivers. At 8-10 yards the wr receiver will break at an angle for 18-20 on the sideline. The Hb will continue and bend slightly looking over his outside shoulder. (aim hash to wide side / 8 yards inside corner of end zone to boundary. We throw opposite the safety. Note: If Backside safety is jumping this we will go Backside with post corner choice route by wide receiver.)

The other play-action we like off our double options is our crossing routes. (Fig 11) The backside wide receiver runs a hash route. (Near Goalpost if in middle) The playside end climbs as he crosses to 14-16 yards (must get past opposite tackle.) The play side HB crosses climbing to 6 yards by sideline. The QB will glance deep then go to the deep crosser unless the corner drops here. 

Hope you enjoyed and got something out of these two articles.

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