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Defending The Best Offensive Minds Topic: Dana Holgorsen By Denauld William Brown This is a continued series on how to read and defend offensive formations pre-snap. We will discus the pre-snap formation assessment of West Virginia’s Head Football Coach and offensive architect Dana Holgorsen. We will give an in-depth look at some of the formational intent that defines this master architect. NEXT TOPIC: Mike Leach Head Football Coach Washington State University .
However adding formation with the players. X for equals distribution of the always gives you a strong . He sets the tone of the slot element with this quarterback under center. This formations pre-snap is all once the ball is snapped in is a great set and it tells you about eliminating scenarios both the running and passing how savvy of a play caller rather than guessing games. as we call strong tendencies. The back field set reinstates its Balanced sets always lend quarterback under center multiplicity. Balanced formations Dana Holgorsen is. The back sets that divide the going to do? Is the formation running back who happens backs like this usually have balanced or unbalanced to be #3 or MO. especially should be the second him.Pro Slot Number of running backs: 2 Number of receivers: 2 Number of Tight ends: 1 Formation Type: Male Formation demeanor: Run Reading and understanding offensive eligible players play action expectation. is in the “Middle” “Of” when placed in the middle of question? Notice this slot the 5 offensive eligible the field. Slot sets tendencies. the formation. Most 2 what is the offense NOT behind the center. The first question are always great play are great foundational you need to ask when action sets because the formations for a collective defending this formation is running back in this case is sequence of calls.
Trips sets like this one have relationship between the duel personalities depending on quarterback and running back. where the offense is located on the The question that should be asked field? This set is on the hash so the is if the running back being in the width of the “Z” or #1 to the trips pistol really effects the other side needs to be gauged as a offensive eligible players and the threat or not in the passing game answer is absolutely yes! Running first? Once that is established the ball without a TE is a challenge defending this formation can for an offense. will likely be the targeted ball One way to negate the effects of carrier once theX ball is snapped.Pro Trips Number of running backs:1 Number of receivers:4 Number of Tight ends: 0 Formation Type: Female Formation demeanor: Pass Pistol sets are a relatively new not having a TE is by placing the phenomena in the college football running back deep in the back landscape. They add an field to create natural cut back interesting dynamic to the lanes. . A challenge that become less stressful knowing who needs to be met with ingenuity.
The depth of the running back in motion gives an outlet option for the quarterback if all else fails in the passing game. Split back sets are a great alternative if you do not have. A good question to ask is if the this formation will still be a good running formation after the motion? X . As you can see the motion of the running back should immediately put the defense on high alert! Not only has a true trips formation been created pre-snap. but you also have a semi-quads look with the “F” also being offset to the newly created trips side. or like to use a blocking TE.Pro Number of running backs: 2 Number of receivers: 3 Number of Tight ends: 0 Formation Type: Female Formation demeanor: Pass Split back sets are always difficult to deal with as a defender.
The running back “triangle” effect when you include has the ability to become the the quarterback into this discussion. This expectation is be used out of it. expectation that he will cross the This formation likely has several formation once the ball is “bread & butter” plays that will snapped. What confirmed by the running back immediately grabs your attention being in the pistol position and the is the pistol back along with the reality that the formation is into offset fullback.“new” #3 immediately after the Misdirection immediately comes ball is snapped. His proximity to the quarterback should create an X . The fullback is that Dana Holgorsen has designed considered “MO” or number #3 in in this offensive formation.Pro Number of running backs: 2 Number of receivers: 3 Number of Tight ends: 0 Formation Type: Female Formation demeanor: Pass This is a very interesting formation. this case. This creates a the boundary. This is a true into mind in this particular indicator of the great multiplicity formation.
Every defensive football coach in America should have the privilege to defend against a wishbone formation at least one time in their career to appreciate the beauty of this once common formation. whenever you have an undeclared “MO” or #3 you will have defensibility issues. In this case the wishbone.Pro Number of running backs: 3 Number of receivers: 2 Number of Tight ends: 0 Formation Type: Male Formation demeanor: Run Inverted sets are great to talk about because it takes you to the formation that it was originally inverted from. X . Like other formations that were previously discussed. Meaning that the formation is harder to defend because “MO” is undeclared.