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

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 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.

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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.

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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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