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There have been a lot of questions on the board lately about the Belly Series, Double Dive and so forth. I have some experience with this play, so I thought itmight be helpful to share what we do and what we know about it in this article format."Double Dive" is a generic term for what we call the "Belly Series" in our offense. It is a cousin of the Wing-T Belly Series, but is somewhat different. What Wing-T coaches typically refer to as their Belly Series is really the
BellySeries. The play otherwise known as a Double Dive is typically referred to as the
Belly Series (for instance, by Rob Reade at Augustana), and that seriesis the focus of this article. I guess the real reason we don
t call it a
Double Dive
because to us
36 Belly
is easier to say than
36 Double Dive
18 Belly Keeper
is mch more manageable than
18 Double Dive Keeper
Less syllables is always a good thing.The play has its origins in the 1950
s and 1960
s, where it was predominantly run from full-house 3 RB attacks such as the Straight-T or the Wishbone. It was very popular in Texas during those years, particularly with coaches such as Emory Bellard from Texas A&M and Darrell Royal, both of whom made a living off of wishboneoption attacks. The Belly was an excellent fit for those teams, because most ofthe ball handling skills necessary for the option game were transferable to this play. One of the only books written on the subject was titled
The Belly Series
and was written by former Yale coach Jordan Olivar, published in 1958. There wasalso a more recent publication put out by thingy Tighe titled
The No-Frills BellyI Power Offense
in 1997.The Belly is a play that threatens 3 separate points of attack all to the same side of the defense, very similar to the triple option, except without the pitchand read issues. Although the play originated from the full-house 3 RB systems of the 50
s and 60
s, it has since evolved and been adapted to fit many different styles of offense.Our base is typically a 2 RB set, and you can run the Belly Series out of any 2-back formation (or any formation where you can motion to 2 RB's, like flexbone,DW, etc.):The first back (closest to playside) dives straight ahead, usually off center orguard depending on his alignment. The QB sticks the ball in his gut and rides it in either a give or a fake (we make this as a pre-determined call). The secondback (furthest from playside) drives laterally for a step, and then drives hardto the offtackle hole, coming downhill. The QB will ride him with either a giveor fake as well. Finally, when the QB has disengaged from the second back he will fake or run keeper around the end. All 3 points of attack are on the same side of the defense.Some teams run it as an option, like midline or veer with the first ride. We primarily run it as a predetermined call.We feel the Belly Series give us the following advantages:1. Very difficult play to defend because finding the football is difficult2. Puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the defense to the playside3. Relatively easy to install and teach (much more simple than triple option, with the same benefits)4. Involves all backfield players as possible ball carriers5. Base plays can be blocked multiple ways
6. Can be run out of a ton of different looks, formations, and motions7. There are a ton of possibilities for complimentary rushing and playaction plays8. It gets back to the old "game of chess" in terms of having different answersto various defensive adjustments, all within the same seriesWe run this play as a series concept, and it represents the primary series in our offense.The rushing plays in the series are as follows:BELLY- Base play, pre-determined give to either the first back or second backBELLY KEEPER-Fakes first and second back, with QB keeper around the end, playside G pullsBELLY COUNTER-Fake first man, hand outside to WB running backside counter (trapblocked), fake 2nd manBELLY OPTION- Midline or IV blocking scheme, with option as to who gets the ball(1st or 2nd man)BELLY HANDBACK- A crossbuck, fakes the first man one side, hands back to the second man opposite sideBELLY TOSS- Fakes the first man, then option pitch toss to the second back following a pulling guard to the outside.We then have a variety of play action passes off of the base play, which we willdiscuss later in the article.We use man and inside zone blocking for the base "Belly" (depending on whether or not we are being shaded, etc.) to either back. When we say
inside zone
we are really talking about a vertical push combination, for example, from a 3 tech DT toa stacked LB. The zone rotates very quickly.We can use a variety of blocking modifiers from there to change up the way we are blocking the base play:Belly "Trap" tells our OL to block the 1st man play like FB trap to the backside, so it's like a FB counterBelly "G" tells our OL to block the 2nd man play with the playside TE and tacklein a down scheme, and the guard kicking out EMOLS.Belly "Zap" is a play we use against defenses with 3 ILB's (43, or any stack look). We block it like "iso" and have the Z in the WB position loop through C gapand block the SILB for the second back.Belly "Bingo" is cross-blocked between the playside OT and TE, with the same general effect as the
scheme.From a formation standpoint, we are very multiple, so we run off of the following rules:1st man- you will run directly to the playside hip of the OL directly in front of you. If we are in a set where the 1st man is on the midline (I formation FB, etc.), then this will be the C's playside hip. If we are in an "offset" position(splitbacks, offset I, etc.), then it is the outside hip of the guard.2nd man- you will always take a timing step to the playside and drive off of tha
t step to the outside leg of the OT, reading the blocking scheme and hitting itas downhill as possible.We run Belly from the following backfield sets:I formationsplit backsoffset Ioffset HB (think wing-t 100 and 900 formations)We run Belly from the following receiver formations:2 TE and "sniffer Z"2 TE and "wing Z"2 TE and "flanker Z"1 TE and all of the same Z alignmentsSE 'over' unbalanced with X split out on same side as Y and ZWe are probably 40% give to the first back and 60% to the second back. We have found that the first back can be a devistating play if the defense is over committed to stoping the second man. We don't run a lot of Keeper, because we've had afairly immobile QB the last few years. We adapted by adding the Belly Toss play, which essentially accomplishes the same things as the Belly Keeper within thisseries.FIRST BACK STRATEGY:We used to not really focus on the first back fake up till about 2001. I mentionthis because other coaches mentioned using the "proximity fake" that wing-t teams use to the FB in their buck series. In 2001, we changed our QB steps from a reverse pivot to a direct open (exactly like veer option or midline option, depending on the backfield alignment) and dictated a long ride in the belly of the 1st back on a give or fake, much like an option ride...very patient and very deadly. It was a HUGE factor in the productivity of the play. We are very serious teaching, timing, and selling that first back fake now. I would say that if you have the time and resources to devote to it, it is worth every second.When you are talking about where to attack with the first back, there are basically 2 different choices. You can have the first back hitting the "A" gap or first back hitting the "B" gap (with either a fake or give). Both have their purposes. We, for example, will rarely run the first man in A gap against a 4-4 defenseon the base play. It's just not a good numbers advantage. We may fake it up inthere to hold both stack backers, however. When handing off, though, we'll try to get outside the 2 or 3 technique against this look, out into B gap behind thevertical push combination we discussed earlier. If we feel like we need to hit the A gaps against a 4-4 stack look, we are better served running
Belly Trap.
 However, against an odd front (like a standard 5-2 or 3-4), we will run tight atthe A gaps with the first back, right into the bubbles. This puts a great dealof pressure on the 2 ILB
s and also serves to slow up the rush of an over-active NG. Many 52/34 teams will attack our Belly action downhill to playside. As soon as backers see it, the playside ILB will come downhill hard to C gap to take awaythe second back. The backside ILB will plug hard into A gap to take away the first back. When we see teams doing this, there are a variety of answers, but thesimple handoff to the first back, if properly coached, can be as good as any. Wework hard on coaching guards and our FB up on this type of defensive reaction.The playside guard essentially just rides his ILB out into C gap where he wantsto go. That effectively eliminates him from the play. The backside G will blockthe backside ILB anywhere he wants to go. Typically this results in the G washing him down to the inside. We coach the FB to read this block and make a small little inside cut past the midline after he has cleared the line of scrimmage, jus

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