Option Quarterback: 10 Key Coaching Points

The option quarterback is the key component to an option football offensive scheme. His ability to make decisions within the context of the play directly affects the offenses ability to move the ball.  If the quarterback is unable to do this consistently, the offense will struggle to maintain any sustainability. Continue reading Option Quarterback: 10 Key Coaching Points

Option Football Mini Round Up…Motivation…GT to Big 10?

Three of the most notable option football teams in college football posted W’s yesterday while #2 Oregon lost, bringing its nation leading 13 game winning streak to an end.

Navy defeated Texas St. 21-10, GT was all over Duke 42-24, and Air Force knocked off Hawaii 21-7. Not a bad weekend for some of college football’s most popular option football teams.

Weekly Navy Motivational

And if you haven’t seen it yet, here is last weeks edition of the Navy Friday Night Motivational Video. I think I might start producing something like this for my teams using Hudl. I will look into doing a few practice runs in the off-season and post them.

2012 Friday Night Motivational vs Troy from Navy Football Video on Vimeo.

Georgia Tech Rumor

I read an article today indicating a rumor that the Big 10 is eyeing GT. I’m still not sure what my opinion is on all the moving around lately within conferences, however, I can see why the Big 10 is interested in new teams.

So what are your thoughts on the Oregon loss and a world with Georgia Tech in the Big 10? Should I produce a Thursday Night Motivational video in prep for a weekly run next year?

Let me know what you think in the comments and as always, feel free to sign up for updates in the form on the right or by clicking here.

Dissecting the Option Football Read

The most important aspect of option football is the read. It is the primary factor controlling whether or not your team will be successful.

I have seen option football teams with good offensive lines and solid running backs have less than average results when the quarterback struggles to make the correct read. With this in mind lets explore how a read is made. For the purposes of this article, I will be discussing the Inside Veer play out of a Flexbone set versus a 4-4 front using the “Ride and Decide” mesh method.

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Option Football 2012!

College football camps across the country opened up this week and needless to say I’m excited. We also start fall camp at the high school level next week. Ready to do some work!

Anyway, I will be spending a lot of time watching and breaking down option football teams this fall. Be sure to check back regularly for updates.

Oregon Spring 2012



Georgia Tech Will Be Better in 2012

In 2009 the Yellow Jacket O-Line helped GT to an 11-3 record and and ACC title. Photo by Hector Alejandro

While casual football fans clamor over a quarterback who can throw a football 80 yards, or a speedy running back that can run a 4.4 second 40 yard-dash, coaches and analytical fans understand football is a game played on the line of scrimmage. It is the 18 inches of space in the trenches that ultimately decide how successful an offense will be. Considering what Georgia Tech brings back in 2012, I expect the Yellow Jackets to contend for an ACC title and will improve upon last year’s 8-5 record.

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Welcome to the Optionfootball.net Blog


This is the beginning of a blog where football matters. Where option football is considered the best way to chew up yardage and score points. And where coaches and fans of the game share their thoughts and opinions.

I hope to provide a place where we can discuss the game of football, the option philosophy, and hopefully build a community where all feel welcome. With that in mind, here is a video from the Georgia Tech Football Blog that should help to build some excitement for the upcoming season and the great things I hope to do with this blog.

Featured Image by West Point Public Affairs