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On behalf of the Baldwin-Wallace

College offensive staff, we are extremely honored to be presenting some of our ideas to you. Over the years, we have found the AFCA Summer Manual to be a great resource and have been able to incorporate and effectively utilize some of the concepts that different coaches have shared. It is our hope that you can take away something from what we are doing with our Stretch-Power-Pass combination.

We decided in 1994 that we were going to commit to the inside and outside zone run game. Even though several programs have moved away from using the outside zone run play, it has continued to be our base run- ning play and essentially, one of our top two running plays. We felt that in order for the outside zone play to continue to be eff e c t i v e , we must continue to build off it.

How do we build off of the outside zone
play? The possibilities are:
1.Run your outside zone with the out-
side zone blocking scheme, but use differ-
ent backfield action (bounce play).
2.Use different schemes to block the
outside zone play.
3.Have play-action passes off of it.
4.Use different formations and motions
to run the outside zone.
5.Run a different running play, but give
it an initial outside zone look.
6.Have some \u201ccheck-with-me\u201d plays

(quarterback has the ability to check into one of two plays at the line of scrimmage), to go along with the outside zone. If the outside zone is not the best choice, then the check-with-me allows us to go to anoth- er play depending on the defense.

7.Off-set the play with the inside zone.

But, we found that we kept running into the \u201cwhat-if-they-do-this\u201d syndrome, and we felt compelled to take it a step further than just a two-play check-with-me. So, we then came up with the three-play check- with-me package and felt that it gave us the best chance for success. We wanted to put together a package of plays that initially looked the same, but were ideally three dif- ferent plays. The three plays may look the same based on backfield action and/or blocking scheme. We wanted this package of plays to all look initially like the outside zone running play. In this three-play pack- age, the quarterback has the option of call- ing three plays instead of just two. In this particular three-play package, the quarter- back has the choice of calling the outside zone, the power off-tackle, or what we refer

to as the stretch pass. In order to keep this three-play, check-with-me package simple for the quarterback, we tried to structure it so he only had to focus on one area or one defender to determine what to call.

What We Look For

The first thing the quarterback will check is the coverage. The secondary alignment will tell the quarterback whether we will check to one of the run plays or to the stretch pass. If the quarterback sees some form of three-deep scheme, then in most cases, we will check to the pass. The depth of the corner and the width of the flat defender are the two areas that we focus on. This is a simple read for the quarter- back and if for some reason he doesn\u2019t like how it looks for the pass, then he can always go to the run. If he wants the run play, then to keep it simple, we have the quarterback check the alignment of just one defender. We do not want the quarter- back to have too many things to look at, so if it is possible we try to make it simple and keep his checks focused on just one defender.

Against Three Deep

As previously mentioned, in our three- play package, if the quarterback comes to the line of scrimmage and has some form of a three-deep coverage, then we will most likely be checking to our stretch pass. The stretch pass will give the defense the impression that we are running the outside zone run play because of our play-action fake and blocking technique. Without ques- tion, we feel the key to selling the running play is the backfield action and frontside lineman. The quarterback will give his out- side zone run play fake by extending his arms with the ball and he should have his eyes on the flat defender. After the fake, the backs will block off of the frontside edge. The quarterback is pressing the cor- ner with full sprint out action and as soon as the flanker breaks on the out, the quar- terback should release the ball. We want to put the flat defender in a bind by giving him the run play look and either have him hold his position or step up to play run. Our flanker is driving off at the corner to give a run play look, but breaking off his pattern at eight yards and working outside, away from the flat defender. Up front, we are giving the run look with our outside zone blocking scheme, but we are not trying to come off the first level defender to get to the second

AFCA Sum m er M anual
2 0 0 0
John Snell
Offensive Coordinator
Baldwin-Wallace College
Ber ea, Ohio
St r et ch-Power -Pass

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