Post by Coach Campbell on Sept 12, 2011 7:21:37 GMT
Coaches to let you know. Option on Me is a method of calling best option on the line of scrimmage based upon what the defense is giving you. I created option on me some time ago and continue to update and create new methods of running the option game based upon our opponents. If you have any questions please ask. Coach Campbell
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 27, 2019 13:47:06 GMT
The option play is about seeing the front of the defense and running what works best for you and creating match ups. The three plays that you look for in the Option are Inside veer, Midline, and Load option. In practice all week long teams look at where certain defenders will be lined up and who will be the player that will be optioned. Every play gives you versatility if a team can stop the dive then the quarterback will have pulled the ball and can keep it posing another threat to the defense.
As a defensive coordinator I despise the option because it is all about assignment football and all it takes it one player to not do his assignment for the Offense to have a big play. As a defensive coach in the past we have worked with 2-3 balls to help our defenders go to the ball. This has helped us a a little, but again as someone said they are still teenagers and can lose focus in an instant. With that being said I think the Option has a lot of upside for the offense, I really like the Midline mainly because it is supposed to be the easiest read for the QB as he has the 3 technique in front of him. It is also a great set up play to dictate the defense's alignment and how they play it. When run effectively the midline will force the defense to bring defenders in a little tighter. As we know once the force defenders are in tight the outside options have now been set up. This is why on the offensive side of the ball I like Midline option as it sets up a lot for the offense.
The con I see of this defense is if you have a quarterback that can be rattled, perhaps he doesn't want to get hit so he will be more in tune to pitch. When a defense sees this they will always make sure someone is on a B line to the pitch man. This can cause some serious problems for the offense. Again if the quarterback is not good under pressure he may not be the best fit to run the offense. Another factor that could be a con is the communication of the offensive line. If they forget which player goes unblocked or which player should be blocked this could really detour the play and yet again cause chaos.
I think this offense keeps defenses on their toes and makes them really have to prepare for it, not a lot of teams in this area run the option so it is hard to prepare for it in the span of just one week. That is always a bonus for the offense.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 27, 2019 13:51:55 GMT
Option football, dealing with house cards is the best way describe this triple headed spear, and it does take time to master, but an old saying from one of my favorite people of history.
A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.” Let us take a few minutes to sharpen our perspective.
Option game is broken into 3 types of option attacks, veer, load and midline, based on the overhang of the defense and invert players the QB can begin to read and break down the defense, if he deals the right hand house wins, we are always letting him put us in house odds. If there is no overhand defender the QB will call veer to that side to a two man surface, if there is no outside invert player to the a three man surface (TE side or overload tackle side) we will call load option. Most defenses try to counter this by adding a 3 tech with a wide 9 to keep contain on veer or use dual overhand defenders the recent addition of the college tight front these days with the dual overhang defenders and double 4i's we lean on midline option to attack this front.
Quarterback will be checked into this play by me, because we are tempo check with me team, it has become a big advantage, but once we're checked into our play now our hours of drilling the mesh over and over begins to show if we have fruit born from our labor or if we didn't sharpen the right axe. He reads the unblocked defender, feeding the the back, swinging the bat from hip to hip an either giving the ball to our back or pulling it himself.
Pro's we're putting our QB in the right position with the right odds, but in the end it is a teenage boy who thinks fortnite and what color shoes match their backpack swag is more important than watching film late at night some times so in the end it is a kid out there so if you are an option team, this is what you are, you own it, and you work it over and over again. The big pros are we can get huge explosive plays and when we are running this style of offense our two best athletes are our QB and our RB, we want them touching the ball the most and giving us the best chance on Friday Nights.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 27, 2019 13:53:32 GMT
Option on is based off of a pre-snap read looking at the overhang or invert defenders outside the tackle on the open side and the tight end on the tightside. We use strong and weak same concept different terminology. To the open side if there is no overhang defender then the only option for the quarterback is Inside Veer. If there is an overhang defender to the open or weak side then there are two options midline and load option which are both ran to the strong or TE side of the formation. If there is a 2 or 3 tech on the strong side then midline is the best option. If there are 6i, or 5 and 7 techniques then run Load option.
We run an inside zone with a speed option off the backside. We also change our option defender based on the backside DE alignment and defensive tendencies. The "check with me" concept is still essentially the same. However, we use a 2 back pro set out of pistol to give our quarterback the option of running zone to the strength (TE) or weak (open side) because of the emergence and popularity of the 4-2-5 defense in our league. With the weakside safety and Rover presenting as overhang defenders and the ability of defenses to disguise their true overhang defender, we make our determination based on the defensive line as to which way we want to run inside zone and speed option. We consider the overhang defender on the backside as our "conflict" defender. This defensive player will either go to zone or slow play and stay home. If he goes to zone we run option if he stays home we run zone. Depending on the technique of the weakside DE we will either option him or "stay big" and block him. Our goal is to give our quarterback options and get the best angles to block defenders based on their alignment.
The pros to the "check with me" option offense is it gives the quarterback the opportunity to get you in a situation to be successful on the play based on numbers and matchups.
The cons are that defenses have become more and more versatile. We see a lot of movement pre snap from defenders and mixtures of fronts, stunts, blitzes and coverages. This can be problematic post-snap if your quarterback isn't disciplined in his read.
We tell our quarterback when in doubt hand it off we believe we can get at least 3 yds on inside zone no matter what the defense is doing.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 27, 2019 14:02:00 GMT
The option game is broken down into three points of attack based on different reads. The first read is to identify the invert or overhang defensive players to identify the number of players in the box and which side of the formation to attack. Depending on these reads will allow the quarterback to correctly adjust to the veer, midline or load option.
Pros to the option is that it 1.Puts your offense in best play 2. Negates computerized scouting 3. Puts pressure on the defense 4.How do they take away all three options? 5. Option Game can control the “Box” 6.Can be used as a “hurry-up” offense.
Cons to the option in my experience have been having quarterbacks that can make the reads, be patient to allow for the play to develop, and getting quarterbacks to be unselfish based on reads. The option is also very live and die by the style of pla
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 27, 2019 14:07:19 GMT
When it comes to preparing for midline and veer teams as a defensive coordinator it is extremely difficult to prepare for during one week of practice and preparation. For one, it is extremely hard to replicate in practice because our players are not completely comfortable with the rules and do not run it with the same speed and execution. It also is so physically demanding on your players. It is hard to replicate what they are actually going to see and experience during the game. In only a week’s time, it is hard to get our players prepared for the physicality that they are going to experience during the game. We created our defense to defend the spread teams because that is what we see 9 out of the 10 weeks of the season so it is hard to implement new rules on defense or completely change schemes in one week’s time to match up against an option team. In my opinion, the offense has the advantage every time they come up to the line of scrimmage. In the games in which I have coached against an option team, they have an advantage because of their ability to check at the line to a better call to match what they defense is giving them. This means, as a defense, we have to guess right with movement or stemming our front late to change the look or play simple and base the whole game and try to make the other team earn it the whole way down the field.
The quarterback has the ability to check the midline call to either side when he gets to the line of scrimmage because he wants to run it at the 3. A lot of times a team will simply call in to the huddle “midline check” as they play call because they want the qb to get up to the line and once the line is set make the call to the 3 tech and run midline at him. If he does not have a 3 tech he can look for the 2 and run midline at them as well. The qb also has a check call when veer is called because he wants to run that at the 5 technique and to have no invert on the side he is running it to, so usually away from the tight end. The other option the qb has is to check to the load option if there is no outside invert outside of the TE or if the defense is giving really wide ends in 6i or 7 techs with outside inverts. All of these options allow the qb to put the offense in the best situation possible. It also makes it difficult for the defense to key in on a certain area or sit in a certain front. If the front is consistently the same, then the offense will continue to run the same variation of play over and over again for positive yardage. This offense is also great to use in hurry up situations after you bust a big run and the defense is trying to get a call in from the sideline and you can line up and make a call or read and continue to put pressure on the defense.
This offense works really well if you have a quarterback who is physical and smart. We changed our offense one year, when I first started coaching, to a midline and veer offense because we had an athletic and smart quarterback who handled the ball really well. We wanted the ball in his hands making plays and we were loaded at running back and fullback. This allowed us to get the ball in our best players’ hands consistently. You also cannot have a quarterback that is greedy and constantly wants to keep the ball or go for the pitch because it has big play capabilities. Your qb has to understand that the right read is keeping the offense on track getting 3 to 4 yards a pop and they cannot put the offense in long yardage situations.
I believe that this offense still has the capability of being extremely effective, as we have seen lately in college football with Navy and Army. It makes sense these teams have had success with it because it demands discipline and execution - something that is engrained in those young men. It also puts a lot of pressure on a defense to prepare for something that is uncommon and causes them to be assignment sound and great tacklers. I think you still see high schools use this offense very effectively because their players have run the system consistently over the years. They know the read rules and the lineman understand playing low with leverage and how to get to the second level. I know that this is an offense I never look forward to preparing for because of the multiple looks that they can give you and the motions that they can use to get the defense in the front because they want to have success against it.