Strong Football: Breaking Down the Triple Option Quarterback’s Mechanics and Reads

West Point QB.West Point Public Relations
Photo by West Point Public Relations.

The second part of my blog post on triple option quarterback play is up over at Strong Football. If you didn’t get a chance to read the first part it can be found here – Breaking down the Triple Option Quarterback’s Responsibilities. Check out the excerpt below and be sure to link over to Strong Football to read the rest.


During the mesh, the quarterback has his eyes on the Dive Read and is thinking to himself, “Give the ball unless the Dive Read makes me pull.” As the mesh is occurring the quarterback sees the Dive Read squat and he knows he will be giving the ball to the fullback. To initiate the give, he stops the forward momentum of the ball with his front hand and slides his back hand out from in between the ball and the fullback. As the back hand is removed and ball’s momentum stops, the quarterback creates pressure on the fullback’s stomach. The pressure is the fullback’s indication that he will be the ball carrier. The quarterback keeps his front hand on the ball until he feels the fullback’s grip tighten on the ball. Click here to read the whole thing.

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Have a great weekend!


Strong Football: Breaking Down the Triple Option Quarterbacks Responsibilities – Part 1

West Point QB via West Point Public Relations
Photo by West Point Public Relations.

I’ve got a new article up over at Strong Football that breaks down the triple option quarterback’s responsibilities. It’s the first part of a two-part series and has a lot of information. Check out the excerpt below…

Developing the option quarterback is an essential aspect of most offenses, and this is certainly true for option football. In an option football scheme it is the single most important element of success. The reality is an option football play can be blocked perfectly, but if the option quarterback makes an incorrect read, the result will likely be a loss, or worse, a turnover. In light of this, lets break down exactly what the option quarterback does in the triple option from the time he breaks the huddle to when the whistle is blown.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Head over to his site and check it out. While your there, take a look around at the other great content. Coach Peterson is an awesome source of football knowledge. I particularly enjoyed his posts on using the option to keep defenses gap sound and why offensive line coaches need to understand defensive run fits. Both are excellent reads and I appreciate the opportunity to work with @CoachCP.

In Other News…

I am also working on a few other things to feed your football addictions. I am currently developing a piece on discussing offensive linemen development in the zone scheme. More to come on this as it develops. Additionally, I am working on the first installment of my Ride and Decide section that will review products, applications, books and other various things of interest to those of us in the coaching profession.

Also, for those of you who have subscribed to my email list, I am also working diligently on my Flexbone eBook. I am hoping to have it completed by the end of January. Know the Option. Run the Option. Love the Option.


Flexbone eBook…Guest Posts…and More Motivation from Navy!

I apologize for the long gap between posts. I have had a very busy December as I have been working on a few projects and recovering from hip surgery.

The big project has been an eBook that I will be publishing very soon on the Flexbone Triple Option. The book will focus on the basics of installing the offense and include some in-depth analysis of the techniques and schemes involved with running the triple option. If you are interested in a free copy, subscribe to my email list and when it is ready I will send out a free download link.

Continue reading Flexbone eBook…Guest Posts…and More Motivation from Navy!

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.

Continue reading Dissecting the Option Football Read

Option Football carries Navy to Another Victory

Option football and Keenan Reynolds leads Navy to their 5th win in a row. Photo by the Official U.S Navy

The Midshipman win again. This time in a come from behind 24-17 victory over FAU. Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for a career high 159 yards and a touchdown. That’s 5 in a row for Navy. All coming after Reynolds was given the starting job.

Below you can see the most recent Friday Night Motivational video Navy watches before their games. It features a phenomenal speech and a soundtrack that includes the orchestra version of Metallica’s One. Gotta love Metallica. I’ve embedded it below, check it out. I’ve also embedded a few highlight videos, all from the Navy Football Videos Vimeo page.

Continue reading Option Football carries Navy to Another Victory

Fear the Goat!

I am beginning to really enjoy the pre-game motivational videos created for the Navy Football team. Fantastic stuff again for the ECU game.

The focus is on fear and there are some great quotes in here from legends like Ronnie Lott, Lawrence Taylor and Deacon Jones. Stephen King also provides some thoughts. Who better than King to speak on fear.

Check it out below.

Continue reading Fear the Goat!