it makes for a softer pocket, smoother exchange and better mesh betweenquarterback and dive back. If the quarterback gets the give read from the downdefender he should carry his option fake on out, make the defense believe that hestill has the ball. Another point to remember here is if you, during a ball game, seethat the 3 or 2 technique is taking the quarterback and or playing upfield thencompliment the midline with the trap, this will keep the defender from playing upfieldand more apt to take the dive.The pull read by the quarterback is dictated by the down defender showing his jerseynumber to the quarterback and or just simply coming down and attacking the diveback. As the quarterback keys the inside jersey number the pull will be dictated bythe down defender taking the dive. As the quarterback reaches the ball back andrides the dive back through the hole and he pulls the ball he wants to replace thedefensive tackle taking the dive. Again, replace the down defender keeping your pathinto the line of scrimmage because this negates the penetration by the defense.Remember, you will always track the play side linebacker and free safety with twooffensive blockers: One being the playside guard and two depending upon youblocking scheme the tackle, tight end, running back, and or wing back. A problemthat usually occurs when the quarterback takes it up and into the line of scrimmageis cutting up to sharply and not allowing the second blocker to clear. Yourquarterback upon keeping the ball and turning up into the line of scrimmage shouldrun behind the second blocker coming through the line of scrimmage, keeping hispath running outside.The following examples will illustrate the quarterback's path when running up andinto the line of scrimmage:
QB Midline Path
As I present 10 - 11 Midline Option I'm going to illustrate several different ways inwhich to install the midline. As you all know, and for those just starting out, youropponent has several ways in which to defense the midline and also take the midlineaway and dictate which person they want to carry the football.