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bobcat play action attack

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Published by: Michael Schearer on Nov 16, 2008
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On behalf of West Virginia Wesleyan

College, I would like to thank the Summer Manual committee and the AFCA for the opportunity to contribute to the2003

Summer Manual. West Virginia Wesleyan

is a proud charter member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which participates at the NCAA Division II level. This past season, the Bobcats fin- ished as the WVIAC champions with a 6-1 conference record. Many factors con- tributed to our team\u2019s success from our players\u2019 extraordinary effort and a group of outstanding assistant coaches; Paul Price (defensive coordinator), Ron Boyd (offen- sive line), Andy Upton (wide receivers), Adam Martiny (defensive line), and John Fey (secondary).

During my 20 years as a head coach I have always strived to have a balanced off e n- sive attack. This year, our offense finished 22nd in the nation, averaging 417 yards per game (4,588 total). We were 15th nationally, rushing for 221 yards a game (2,431 total) and averaged 196 yards a game passing. Play- action yardage accounted for 45 percent or our passing attack production.

Benefits of Play-Action
1.Gives the offense an effective pass
play off of their own strong run action or run
2.High yardage production on each
3.Most play action passes open up
cleanly making an easier throw for the
4.Gives the defensive personnel incon -

sistent reads that will make them guess and will take away their attack mentality and aggressiveness.

5.Will help open up the running game
against a defense designed to stop the run.
6.Can incorporate different positions

(wide receivers, tight ends and running- backs); spread the wealth and keep every- one involved.

7.Players without burning speed can be
Fundamentals Necessary for
Effective Play Action
Offensive Line
1.Be consistent on selling run to the

defensive line and linebackers with drive block mechanics firing out hard with an aggressive first step. Man on, stay low, maintaining blocking surface keeping the

defender\u2019s hands down, move feet. Man off (linebacker), first step aggressive to draw linebacker up take second step for balance being prepared for blitz or hard fill then ready to help other offensive linemen.

Coaching Point: Make sure your men

up front understand the rule for illegal line- man downfield. If uncovered we want our o ffensive linemen to sell linebacker by going no more than 1-2 yards, if covered block aggressively maintaining blocking surface, if you move the defender down- field after 3-4 yards stay down!

1.Simulate the run action (Iso, Power,
Dive etc.) at the same quickness of an
actual run play.
2.Maintain a good mesh point with the
quarterback so the fake does not occur on
air but in the pocket of the runningback.
3.Make pocket with arms as usual

rolling over top with shoulders and upper arm at mesh point with quarterback to hide your pocket.

4.Sell run into the line of scrimmage

keeping shoulders down to be able to hide your pocket as long as possible making the defenders think you have the football.

1.Use two hand fakes whenever possi-

ble, never fake on air. Make sure quarter- back uses quick steps to get to mesh point with runningback.

2.Look runningback into the line of

scrimmage with your eyes to help sell the p l a y. Depending on play design, some looks can be longer than others.

3.Have the quarterback hide the full-

back in the \u201cV\u201d of his crotch in a vertical position so the defenders cannot see the ends of the ball.

Your most effective play-action passes will come from the run actions that your offense is most successful with, at West Virginia Wesleyan they are (Iso, Power, Dive and Counter-Tre).

Diagram 1 shows our Iso Pass from an I-Pro formation. This is a pass that we have had a lot of success over the years using on the first play of the game or on a first and 10 situation when the Iso run play is used most f r e q u e n t l y. If we notice a real active free safe- ty on run support we will use this to try and get behind him. It is a big yard gainer or touchdown. And if incomplete, it will help keep that free safety more honest and slow run support when he sees the Iso action.

Quarterback:Open opposite at six

o\u2019clock, work depth to tailback. Two-handed Iso fake placing ball in \u201cV\u201d of crotch to hide from defense, use off hand to extend out towards the tailback as separation develops. Slightly hesitate and freeze eyes on tailback then take a gather step and make read:

1.Read free safety, if he is reacting and
attacking the run throw post to Z.
2.If free safety sits in third, look for X on
the deep out. Good safe throw.
Fullback: Attack and block area outside
of the front side tackle (C gap).
Tailback:Use Iso steps and make fake

with quarterback attacking into the line of scrimmage. Be ready to block after selling fake!

Flanker (Z):Run eight-yard post, cut,
get behind free safety and look for ball. Be
ready to run to it. You are primary receiver.
Split End (X): Run 18- to 15-yard out.
Look for ball.
Tight End:Aggressive inside lead step
protecting the quarterback\u2019s backside.
Front Side Tackle: Aggressive inside
lead step (B Gap).
Front Side Guard:Sell Iso block (dou-
ble team with center) versus an odd front,
block man on.
Center:Aggressive front side lead step
(double with guard vs. odd front), check for
A gap blitz.
Backside guard:Aggressive inside
lead step.
Backside tackle:Aggressive inside
lead step.
Diagram 2 shows our power or off tackle
play-action pass. On this play, the tight end
is our primary receiver but with both the Z
and X wide receivers easily incorporated.
Quarterback:Open at (5-7); use quick

steps to get proper mesh with the tailback. Use two hand fake placing ball in \u201cV\u201d of crotch and a quick off hand action following tailback. Use a quicker look with your eyes and start boot action. Use guards block to break contain and find the tight end on his route.

Coaching Points:Don\u2019t throw over line-

backers, find tight end in open voids, throw on run attacking line of scrimmage, run for posi- tive yardage if tight end is not open.)

Fullback:Fill for pulling guard, block
first man that shows that side of the center.
Ta i l b a c k :Use power steps going off tack-

le. Make good mesh with quarterback rolling over top of the quarterback\u2019s ball fake, keep shoulders down and block defensive end.

Flanker (Z):Vertical outside release
fade route (possible post tag).
Split End (X): Vertical outside release
fade route (possible post/corner tag).
Tight end: Inside release run route (7-
15); look for ball in open voids.
Front Side Tackle:Aggressive inside
lead step.
Front Side Guard:Pull and sickle, block
defensive end through the outside thigh.
Center:Aggressive front side lead step.
Back Side Guard:Aggressive front side
lead step.
Back Side Ta c k l e :Aggressive front
side lead step.

Diagrams 3 and 4 show play-action pass- es to the tight end and wide receivers off of fullback dive action. In going to the tight end we want to hit the tight end in the vertical seam just as he is clearing the front side linebacker. The slant routes to the wide receivers have been effective particularly against two deep cornerbacks with limited underneath support.

Quarterback:Open (5-7), quick two-
hand mesh with fullback, keep two hands
on ball and get quick delivery. Hit the tight
end just as he clears the linebacker.
Fullback:Take dive steps attacking into
the line of scrimmage selling the run. Roll
over top of quarterback\u2019s fake.
Tailback:Block defensive end that lined
up over the tight end, get his hands down.
Can be from offset alignment or I Pro.
Wide Receivers:Gain inside position
on cornerbacks showing stalk block to sell
the run.
Offensive Line:Aggressive front side
lead steps.
Coaching Point:Uncovered backside
guard or tackle is responsible for edge
Quarterback:Open (5-7), quick two-

hand mesh with fullback, keep two hands on ball and get quick delivery. Hit wide receiver on slant route. Check front-side wide receiver then backside if needed.

Fullback:Take dive steps attacking line
of scrimmage selling the run. Rollover top
of the quarterback\u2019s fake.
Tailback:Attack and block area outside
of tackle (offset alignment).
Wide Receivers:Both run slant routes
Tight End/Offensive Line:Aggressive
inside lead steps, get hands down!

Diagram 5 shows a very successful play action pass for us off of our tailback counter- tre run action. This is a progressive read for our quarterback looking at our flanker (Z) first on the fade and then reading the underneath coverage looking to the fullback in the flat and then the tight end up the seam.

Quarterback:Opens at (5-7), fake dive
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