A QUICK EXPLANATION OF THEVEER
by Hugh Wyatt***********
I am taking the advice that I give to my kids at the start of everyseason. "There is no such thing as a dumb question at football practice, if you'reconfused, then there are probably 5 others that are confused as well." I playedfootball for 15 years and have coached for 6, been to high school and college clinicsthroughout Illinois and read hundreds of football books in my life and I still don'tunderstand exactly what VEER means. I always hear people talk about running theveer, or veer blocking or that they run a split back veer or the veer option. I don'twant to sound ignorant, but is there a specific VEER OFFENSE or is this a genericterm used by coaches across the country for different schemes they use. Don't wantto waste your time, but I was sincerely curious and always trying to learn. Thanks
This is not a stupid question. The veer is an offense, a formation, and a play, or, actually,a couple of plays.It was invented by Bill Yeoman, in 1965, while he was head coach at the University of Houston, and it is still often referred to as the Houston Veer.It introduced to the game of football the concept of a triple option - the idea of reading(eliminating the need for blocking) two different defensive people, and doing one of three possible things depending on what those two defensive people did.The Houston Veer is now often referred to as the "split-back" veer, because in the original"veer" formation, the two running backs were split - one behind each guard.There is normally one tight end as shown above, but sometimes two. Sometimes the widereceivers are deployed in a "pro" set as shown above, but sometimes both wide on theside opposite the tight end, in a "twins" formation.It attacked the 5-2 defense so in fashion back then by taking large line splits, wideningthe defensive tackles and then diving a back inside one of them.
For example, in its simplest form, running the "true triple option" or "Inside veer"play to a tight end side...
The back on the playside would dive, and the far back would sprint to playside as anoption pitch man.They would double the nose man, and the playside offensive tackle would release insideto block the inside LBer, much as he would on our trap play.