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    by Published on 07-31-2011 12:00 PM
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    Running Game

    The most basic philosophy in the running game is to outnumber the defense at the point of attack, create better blocking angles by formation and thus having a leverage advantage and finally run to where they are not. I believe Chris Brown at smartfootball.com tagged this “Numbers, Leverage, Grass” when breaking down Boise. ...
    by Published on 06-19-2011 02:37 PM
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    The quarters concept is based upon the safeties reading the release of the #2 receiver to their side. Quarters should be considered a part of the robber family of coverage’s, as the safeties are “robbing” depending on the route combo.

    There are many advantages with quarters coverage:
    • Quarters provides a 4-deep look to take away four verticals from the offense.
    • Safeties can be heavily involved in the run game, providing 9 run defenders.
    • There is not much adjustment to different offensive formations and motion.
    • It forces offense’s to throw short and outside or deep to the outside. If the ball is thrown deep, the goal is to have the ball traveling in the air as long as possible, using the sideline as the twelfth defender.
    • It is easy to get into other coverage’s from a similar look.

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    by Published on 06-19-2011 02:34 PM
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    You cannot talk about a coverage scheme without talking about force responsibilities. The primary force man can be the safety, corner or backer, depending on the front and the coverage.

    There are four key elements of defending the end run:

    1. FORCE – the description of the responsibility for outside leverage vs. an end run. The force man meets the end run in its formative stage, forcing the cutback or driving the ball carrier deep so he is vulnerable to pursuit. The force man must always squeeze the width of the running lane, minimizing the area between himself and the next inside defender (the fill man).
    • Responsibility for force is designated by:

  • SKY – Safety Force
  • CLOUD – Corner Force
  • BACKER – Linebacker Force

2. CUTBACK – the description of responsibility for the middle position between the force and pursuit. When the force man successfully contains the end run, the fill man will be at the “point of attack,” usually with two gap responsibility. The fill man must control the fill area by whipping the blocker and maintaining position at the L.O.S. The fill man can be the backer, safety, or defensive end.

3. PURSUIT – the description of responsibility for the inside leverage or cutbacks vs. an end run. (Usually handled by an inside backer or defensive lineman and backed up by the free safety). All pursuit must maintain an inside-out attitude when approaching the ball carrier. While pursuing, all defenders must have awareness for the ball location to avoid overrunning the ball, losing inside-out leverage.

4. SECONDARY SUPPORT – the description of the responsibility for secondary outside leverage if force leverage is lost. Secondary support assumes outside leverage responsibility allowing the fill and pursuit players to carry out their assignments. The secondary support defender is always responsible for the HB pass and must “replace” vs. crack back blocks on the force man.
  • If a receiver releases downfield and the play shows a definite run read, this player does not have to react to the run until the ball crosses the L.O.S. Play for the run pass!

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by Published on 06-05-2011 02:00 PM
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The first play I am going to cover using the full reach concept if the toss sweep. Currently in the game the toss sweep is blocked using the G-scheme which is where the play side guard pulls and blocks the force man from the secondary. The Mike linebacker in an even stack front poses the biggest problem to the G-scheme.
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by Published on 05-30-2011 12:51 PM
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On the stretch play the landmark for the ball carrier is the butt of the tight end. The landmark is the same regardless of whether there is a tight end or no tight end. The ball carrier will take a drop step and align with his path, the important thing here is to get his shoulders turned and going directly to the landmark.

The quarterback will open step to the play at a 45-degree angle and put the ball into the ball carrier’s belly and burst out the other side on a naked action away from the play. The quarterback gives the ball to the ball carrier between his first and second steps. As the ball carrier is about to hit the ground with his second foot the quarterback begins to deliver the ball.

On the third step, the ball carrier must make a decision. The ball carrier is either going to go downhill or take the ball outside. The reason the decision is made on the third step is the timing of the blocks of the offensive line. On the third step, the offensive linemen make their push on the defenders. The push of the offensive line and the cut of the back must coincide.

He must then make his decision and commit to it. He does not juke defenders or double-cut with the ball. He takes what the picture says and gets the ball up field or outside right away.
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by Published on 05-26-2011 02:00 PM
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  2. Outside Zone
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The objective on the outside zone play is to initially try and get the ball outside. With that in mind, the offensive line is trying to force a hook block on all down defenders. Line splits are reduced to one foot when a play calling for outside zone blocking is called in the huddle and just as with inside zone the outside zone scheme uses the covered and uncovered concept.
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by Published on 05-21-2011 12:00 PM
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  2. Inside Zone,
  3. Option
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Read Triple

The Inside Read Triple is a true triple option from the shotgun however it is a split flow triple option versus a full flow option from under center.

Against the traditional double slot and teams that run the inside veer triple option from under center, they are bringing the back side slot in motion and getting ...
by Published on 05-17-2011 08:00 PM
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The inside zone read is the base play in the shotgun spread option offense and allows for a mix of power football and option concept football. The inside zone blocking scheme allows the offense to zone any fronts and movements on the front side due to the linemen blocking the play side gap to the linebacker and allows the offense to read a defender ...
by Published on 05-15-2011 02:00 PM
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  2. Inside Zone
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Over the past few articles I have covered the inside zone blocking scheme against the most common defensive fronts in the NCAA Football series. Now that we understand how to block the inside zone scheme I will cover the play mechanics from under center and will also include plays that should be added to the game.

Inside zone is designed to be a no loss play. If the back hits the hole hard, the number of double teams on the line of scrimmage should result in vertical running lanes and a consistent running game. Depending on the defensive stunts, the inside zone will often end up being a cut-back play.
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by Published on 05-13-2011 06:00 AM
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Before going any further I would like to cover the defense’s reaction to the different types of blocks seen in the zone scheme. You will also notice I did not cover the interior of the Odd Stack Front (linemen and linebackers), this is because in this defense the down linemen slant on every play and depending on the gap assigned to the down linemen the linebacker will fill the next gap opposite of the lineman’s slant.
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by Published on 05-08-2011 01:00 PM
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Here I am covering the inside zone versus an odd stack front.

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Initial movement is bad, the play is being run to the right and all the linemen are stepping to the left. With the linebackers playing to the flow of the ball this puts every blocker out of position. The tight end does not block man on against the strong safety leaving him completely unaccounted for in the blocking scheme. The tight end and tackle double the defensive end, with the Sam linebacker flowing over the top this now put both him and the safety outside the tight end to play any front side cut by the running back. The guard and center double the nose tackle leaving the Mike linebacker to flow over the top. The back side guard releases to the Will linebacker and the back side tackle and tight end block man on against the defensive end and weak safety. In all honesty the blocking on this play looks a lot like a pull scheme with no blockers pulling to the play side. The blocking is completely wrong.
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by Published on 05-07-2011 09:02 PM
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  2. Inside Zone
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Here I will cover the inside zone run against the odd front.

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Play 1:

On the front side of this play the blocking looks pretty good. The tight end blocks man on against the outside linebacker and the play side tackle and guard work a zone combo on the defensive end, the correct blocker comes off the combo as the strong inside linebacker comes over the top. The backside is where we start to see some problems. The center blocks the nose guard however it never looked as though the back side guard never looked to work a scoop block with the center and ended up releasing vertically on the weak side inside linebacker. The back side tackle blocked man on the back side defensive end and the tight end released to the weak outside linebacker. If these two would have worked the correct assignment on the weak side defensive end the tackle would have come off on the weak inside linebacker and the tight end would have ended up on the weak defensive end. The weak outside linebacker would have been controlled by the roll out by the quarterback.
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by Published on 05-05-2011 07:46 PM
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  2. Inside Zone
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As I did in covering the inside zone against the even stack front, in this article I will cover the inside zone against the even front.

Ace Normal Inside Zone


Play 1:

The play side safety does not get blocked as both the tight end and play side tackle combo block on a defensive end that is dropping into coverage at the snap. The play side guard carries out the correct assignment in blocking the defensive tackle. The center makes the correct block as at the snap the play side linebacker comes forward to plug the A-gap. The backside guard makes the correct block in blocking the back side defensive tackle; the back side tackle however pulls around the guards block into the back side A-gap to block the backside linebacker. Now if he would have worked a zone combo block with the back side guard on the defensive tackle he would have taken control of the tackle as the back side guard slides off on the back side linebacker due to the A-gap plug. The back side tight end blocks the back side defensive end as he is supposed to. Despite what was two missed assignments the play still had a chance to be successful if the play side tight end would have blocked the correct defender. Clean this up along with the back side guard and tackle combo block and this would be a clean play.
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by Published on 05-01-2011 07:00 AM
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  2. Inside Zone
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In an earlier article I covered the inside zone blocking scheme against various fronts, in this article I am going to cover various inside zone running plays against the 4-3 Normal defense in NCAA Football.
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by Published on 04-27-2011 10:00 AM
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  2. Inside Zone
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The inside zone concept operates on the principal of the linemen being covered by a defensive lineman or being uncovered. The primary concern is getting horizontal or vertical movement on the down linemen.

If the lineman has a defensive lineman on him he will execute what is referred to as a stretch-base block. With a defender that is head up or on the play side shoulder, the first step is a short four to six inch lateral step to the call. Here the lineman is trying to invite movement.
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by Published on 04-26-2011 08:00 PM
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  2. NCAA Playbook
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I would like to thank you for visiting NCAA Playbook, I go by the name of Oneback and a lot of you may have already run across some of my work here on The Gaming Tailgate or any of the other forums I’ve been a part of relating to the NCAA Football series. I’ve played NCAA Football year round since 2003 and have participated in numerous leagues and online dynasties since. Before NCAA ‘03 I mainly played Madden and the 2K Sports NFL series and have always been drawn to the chess match the game of football presents. Throughout the years I have attempted to teach the game to other fans and is what I intend to do here at NCAA Playbook.
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