Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 28, 2019 13:25:30 GMT
With the 'Option-on-Me' concept the QB will have three plays he can check into at the line of scrimmage based on the defensive front shown. The QB will look first look to attack the side of the defense with no outside invert (overhang) player. With no outside invert player to the open side (away from TE) the QB would look to run Inside Veer. With no outside invert player to the tightside (to TE) the QB will look to run Load option - the exception to this would be a 3 and 9 tech look - then the QB will check to Midline. Whenever the defense presents a look with dual outside invert players (one to each side) then the QB will look to run Midline option. In summary the QB will either run INSIDE VEER, LOAD OPTION, or MIDLINE OPTION - depending on the exact look the defense presents. Once the call is made the QB must continue to read the defense - the unblocked player - to determine whether he gives to FB, keeps, or pitches to TB.
Line of scrimmage 'check-with-me' plays and the option in general can be lethal if the QB is adept at correctly identifying the defensive front, getting into the right play, and then correctly reading the play as it develops. In my personal opinion, if you are going to be an option team it isn't something you can dabble in - you better commit to it 100% from the first day of camp on - so your QB's can become masterful in their execution of the option game. Just like reading a secondary, the QB must be comfortable at identifying the correct components of the play both pre and post-snap.
In my opinion, I think check with me plays are terrific. I love the idea of having two (or in this case three) calls made in the huddle and allowing the QB the opportunity and freedom to get the team into the best possible situation based on the defense presented. However, I am not an option guy, I would rather utilize check-with-me concepts to call a run at or away from the TE based on the defense or a run or PA/quick game pass based on the defense.
My thinking behind this is simply to best utilize the time we have with our players. Were we to run option we would spend a large portion of practice time running and reading the various options - it is the only way to become efficient at it. Even then, because the ball is loose - potentially faked or given to three different players - there is an increased chance of turnovers.
I think our time is better spent developing incredible fundamentals with our players in their base techniques and teaching them the best possible ways to run each play versus the various potential looks the defense could present to us. If we can become extremely comfortable in our base run concepts - we can utilize shifts, motions, and check-with-me's to gain a numbers advantage at the point of attack - this will allow us to get into the best possible play more times than not. This should lead to greater overall offensive production.