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Gun Option Offensive Playbook

Advantages of being in the Gun
1. The defense must account for the quarterback as a runner.

2. Every play essentially becomes an option play. 3. The QB has easier pre and post snap reads. 4. The QB is working downhill on nearly every play, as opposed to uphill from under center. 5. In a two back pro look, the defense must defend three receivers and three backs. 6. In a one back, four wide look, the defense must account for two backs and four wide outs. 7. In an empty look, the defense must account for five wide outs and one back. 8. Quarterback already had depth for the pass game – less steps for better setup and delivery. 9. The LB’s are in no man’s land versus a balanced attack. 10. The defense must defend from sideline to sideline.

Read the Backside 5 Technique
The main concept you will get from this manual is the concept of reading the backside 5 technique. The QB will read the backside 5 technique. This allows the backside tackle to work up to the second and third level. Under center, the quarterback is not able to read the backside 5 technique, he is working uphill. From the gun, the QB can read the backside 5 tech and use his rule. QB’s Rule: Squeeze and Chase, pull and replace. If the 5 technique squeezes the tackle’s release and chases the back the quarterback is meshing with, the QB will pull the football and replace the 5 technique. This is a way of reminding the QB to get downhill. If the 5 tech does anything else, the QB gives the ball and carries out a downhill run fake to hold the pursuit. We drill this with our MESH DRILL. The QB’s and running backs work together getting their mesh down, while the QB reads the 5 tech.. We vary how the 5 technique plays in each situation as we drill the mesh and read.
Mesh Drill

DE C QB RB

If the DE squeezes and chases, the QB will pull the ball and replace the DE. We want the QB to get downhill. If the DE sits at home, or goes upfield, the QB will give the ball and continue a downhill run fake.

The five technique will either be coached to contain the QB, or to chase the back. No matter what he does, he will be wrong. T he footwork for the QB and RB will be described on the next page. It is very important that the mesh is worked for at least 10 minutes on each play.

Reading the Backside 5 Technique
The main idea of this offense is being able to read the backside 5 technique. Any play in which the QB is told to read, he will be reading the backside 5 technique. This allows the backside tackle to work up the field to the second and even third level. Under center, it is nearly impossible to read the backside 5 technique, but from the gun it is relatively easy. QB Rule: Squeeze and chase; pull and replace If the 5 technique squeezes the tackle’s release and chases the back the quarterback is meshing with, the QB will pull the football and replace the 5 technique. This is a way of reminding the QB to get downhill. If the 5 technique does anything else, the QB gives the ball and carries out a downhill run fake to the pursuit. We will drill the QB and RB mesh in practice along with reading the backside 5 technique. We will vary how the 5 technique plays in each situation as we drill the mesh and read. The 5 technique will either be coached to contain the QB, or to chase the back. No matter what he does, he will be wrong. The footwork for the QB and RB will be described on the next page.

If the DE squeezes and chases (dotted line), the QB will pull the ball and replace the DE. We want the downhill. QB

If the DE sits at home or goes upfield (solid line), the QB will give the ball, and continue downhill with the fake.

The footwork of the running back must be timed up to match the footwork of the QB. The QB will take a flat step with his outside foot. He begins moving as soon as he sees the ball clear the center.Footwork for the QB and RB The footwork for the quarterback and running back is very important to the running of this offense. The inside arm up. Actually. His second step is a short step. the footwork for the QB is simple. If his feet are right. While he does this. He will step about 12 inches with his foot closest to the back. . with the forearm tight to the body. The back must time up his footwork so that the mesh with the QB is smooth. The bottom palm facing up. he must get his eyes to the read. he must reach the ball deep. The back will pivot his inside foot on that imaginary 45 degree line. and form a deep pocket for the mesh. He shows his numbers to keep his chest up for the QB. The back takes one step opposite the QB with his outside foot. We want a longer mesh to allow the QB a good read. When the QB takes his flat step. This increases both players sensitivity to the football. which will be with his opposite foot. We want the ball extended at least six inches beyond the back leg. you could draw an imaginary line between the front of each foot that would be about a 45 degree angle. We do this to elongate the mesh. We will drill it over and over so that it becomes easy. with the palm facing straight ahead. This helps to keep the elbow up.

Offensive Line Blocking Zone Combo – Two OL tracking the DT and LB. we will work combinations with the covered and uncovered lineman. This is a way to get both the safety and backer. he gets up to backer. Second step is upfield and punch near number and put helmet at near ear. The covered lineman steps at 45 degrees to the playside and gets to the playside number of the down lineman. Get four eyes to backer. The uncovered lineman step at 45 degrees and puts his indicator hand out. The other lineman will overtake the down guy. Jam step to get hip to hip. the TE will seal him and the tackle will go to the safety. If backer fills to your side. If he gets a slant. He is looking for a slat from the DL. The OL wants to get his butt rotated towards the ball while driving the defender out. If not. If not. . the tackle picks him up and the TE goes to the safety. If the backer steps up. Inside Zone – On the inside zone. you take the LB. Base – The OL will step with his playside foot on the first step and step through the crotch of the defender on the second step. he climbs to the LB. IF the LB flows over top. If he gets a slant. Two Track Two – This is a technique usually used between a TE and OT. he steps through the crotch and drives upfield. This is his hand closest to the down guy. A base block is designed to turn a player away from the play. he takes over that block. The tackle releases inside while the TE releases outside.

when in reality we are just changing the appearance. but not what we are doing. When you incorporate a variety of formations.Formations We will use a variety of formation to attack a defense. This gives us the ability to confuse the defense without changing anything that we are doing. We feel that the main formations we will use are the Ace and Cincy formations because we can run most of our offense out of these two formations. it appears to the defense that we are constantly changing. Ace Cincy Double Over Bandit Right (base) Bunch Trey Trips Empty Slot Tight . A list of the formation we may use are below. with the occasional motion. and a picture of each are on the pages that follow.

Formations Ace Cincy Double Over Bandit Right .

Formations Bunch Trips Empty Slot Tight Trey .

The list of motions we will use are as follows. By motioning a receiver. We will use motion to put the receiver in a position to make a big block for us. we will be better able to see what coverage the defense is giving us and we will be better prepared to attack it. Usually motions are used to give the defense one look and then change that look to hopefully catch the defense out of position.Motions We will utilize four motions in our offense. And finally. We will also use motion to identify coverage. Zoom Zip Zap Zag . They each will be used for a specific purpose. we will use motion to get our players into a position that the defense is not prepared for.

Motion Types Zoom – motion from one side of formation to other Zip – motion in to end man on LOS do not cross Zap – motion into backfield as running back Zig – motion in to end man on LOS and then return to original starting position .

and option. we will also be able to pass the ball effectively. counter. iso. trap. We will be able to execute a variety of run plays out of the shotgun that will keep the defense guessing. If we can run the ball effectively.Run Offense Our run game will be the basis of our offense. The run package includes zone. We have also incorporated an undercenter package in case we want/need to pound the football a little. The base series are as follows. lead. The majority of the offense will be run out of the shotgun. 10 Series – QB Runs Series 20 Series – Inside Zone Series 30 Series – Outside Zone Series 40 Series – Isolation Lead Series 50 – Series – Trap Series 60 – Series – Counter Series 70 Series – Option Series .

This series contains basically all of the same run plays we have for running backs and modified to treat the QB as a running back. It is useful if we have an athletic QB or notice that a defender is over playing the running backs.QB Run Series This series is designed to get the QB involved in the running game. 10 Draw 11/12 Trap 11/12 Zone 13/14 Lead 15/16 Counter 15/16 Iso 15/16 Counter Read 17/18 Zone 17/18 Sweep .80 Series – Draw Series 90 Series – I-Formation Series 10 Series .

Ace Right 10 Draw vs. 4-4 Ace Right 10 Draw vs. 5-2 .

4-4 Ace Right 12 Trap vs. 5-2 .Ace Right 12 Trap vs.

Ace Right 12 Zone Read vs. 4-4 Ace Right 12 Zone Read vs. 5-2 .

4-4 Ace Right 13 Lead vs.Ace Right 13 Lead vs. 5-2 .

4-4 Ace Right 15 Counter vs. 5-2 .Ace Right 15 Counter vs.

4-4 Ace Right 15 Iso vs. 5-2 .Ace Right 15 Iso vs.

Ace Right 16 Counter Read vs. 4-4 Ace Right 16 Counter Read vs. 5-2 .

4-4 Empty Right 17 Zone vs. 5-2 .Empty Right 17 Zone vs.

4-4 Over Right 18 Sweep vs. 5-2 .Over Right 18 Sweep vs.

Our QB will be able to learn to read the backside 5 technique. We don’t want penetration. Our offensive linemen will learn how to step playside. We want to push the line of scrimmage down field. 22/23 Zone Read 22/23 Lead Read . we can negate penetration. but by working downhill. We want to get our second step down and contact the defender being able to move them vertically. and work towards the playside jersey number of the defender. We use will use the term vertical with our linemen.20 Series – Inside Zone Series The Inside Zone Read is a great play to start installing the concepts of the gun offense.

5-2 .22/23 Option Read 22/23 Scissors Read Ace Right 22 Zone Read vs. 4-4 Ace Right 22 Zone Read vs.

4-4 Cincy Right 22 Lead Read vs. 5-2 .Cincy Right 22 Lead Read vs.

5-2 . 4-4 Right 22 Option Read vs.Cincy Right 22 Option Read vs.

5-2 .Cincy Right 22 Scissors Read vs. 4-4 Right 22 Scissors Read vs.

which put linebackers is conflict. Both plays have the same aiming points.30 Series – Outside Zone Series The Outside Zone play is necessary when running the inside zone play. Both plays also give the offense the ability to cut back. The outside zone and inside zone will use very similar blocking schemes. The only real change is the aiming point goes from the playside number to the playside bicep of the defender. 37/38 Zone Read 37/38 Lead Read 37/38 Option Read 37/38 Scissors Read .

4-4 Ace Right 38 Zone Read vs.Ace Right 38 Zone Read vs. 5-2 .

4-4 Cincy Right 38 Lead Read vs.Cincy Right 38 Lead Read vs. 5-2 .

4-4 Cincy Right 38 Option Read vs.Cincy Right 38 Option Read vs. 5-2 .

Cincy Right 38 Scissors Read vs. 5-2 . 4-4 Cincy Right 38 Scissors Read vs.

The only difference is that the plays will now be run from the shotgun. 43/44 Lead Read 43/44 Power Read 45/46 Iso Read . I think this series will also help with the transition to the shotgun offense. by allowing us to run plays that are familiar to us.40 Series – Isolation Lead Series The Isolation Lead series is a group of plays that will incorporate our two back system with some of our more successful plays.

4-4 Cincy Right 44 Lead Read vs.Cincy Right 44 Lead Read vs. 4-4 .

5-2 . 4-4 Cincy Right 44 Power Read vs.Ace Right 44 Power Read vs.

5-2 .Cincy Right 46 Iso Read vs. 4-4 Cincy Right 46 Iso Read vs.

50 Series – Trap Series
The trap read play works well against both even and odd fronts. It has been a successful play for us in the past and should be just as successful from the shotgun. There are several variations to the play with the line play being basically the same for each, just the back field action changes. This will be a big play for us.

51/52 Trap Read 51/52 Trap Option Read 51/52 Trap Scissors Read

51/52 Tackle Trap Read

Ace Right 52 Trap Read vs. 4-4

Ace Right 52 Trap Read vs. 5-2

Cincy Right 52 Trap Option Read vs. 4-4

Right 52 Trap Option Read vs. 5-2

Cincy Right 52 Trap Scissors Read vs. 4-4

5-2 Ace Right 52 Tackle Trap Read vs.Right 52 Trap Scissors Read vs. 4-4 .

and the backside tackle will lead through the hole. We will have the backside guard pulling and kicking out. 5-2 60 Series – Counter Series The Counter Read series is a great play to run from both the one and two back set.Ace Right 52 Tackle Trap Read vs. and if this is the case it will open up a variety of option for the QB. We will be pulling the backside guard and tackle on this play. The DE is usually taught to get in the hip pocket of a pulling tackle. 65/66 Counter Read .

65/66 Counter Lead Read 65/66 Counter Option Read 65/66 Counter Scissors Read Ace Right 66 Counter Read vs. 4-4 .

4-4 .Ace Right 66 Counter Read vs. 5-2 Cincy Right 66 Counter Lead Read vs.

5-2 Cincy Right 66 Counter Option Read vs.Right 66 Counter Lead Read vs. 4-4 .

Right 66 Counter Option Read vs. 4-4 . 5-2 Cincy Right 66 Counter Scissors Read vs.

This series is straight option plays designed to quickly attack the edge of the defense and put defenders in a position in which they must make a split second decision.Right 66 Counter Scissors Read vs. As you can see. in which the QB reads the backside 5 technique. most plays in this offense are option plays. 5-2 70 Series – Option Series Using the option based attack in this offense opens up a new set of problems for the defense. 77/78 Speed Option .

4-4 .77/78 Load Option 77/78 Shovel Option 77/78 Shovel Option (F-Zap) 77/78 Zone Read Option Ace Right 78 Speed Option vs.

4-4 .Ace Right 78 Speed Option vs. 5-2 Cincy Right 78 Load Option vs.

4-4 .Cincy Right 78 Load Option vs. 5-2 Cincy Right 78 Shovel Option vs.

4-4 .Cincy Right 78 Shovel Option vs. 5-2 Ace Right F-Zap 78 Shovel Option vs.

4-4 .Ace Right F-Zap 78 Shovel Option vs. 5-2 Trips Right 78 Zone Read Option vs.

. 5-2 80 Series – Draw Series The draw series is a good series to have especially in a shotgun style offense.Trips Right 78 Zone Read Option vs. The draw play allows you to exploit defensive players who are overly worried about the pass and forgetting about the run game. The shotgun offense puts the idea of pass in the defenses mind from the snap.

4-4 .80 Draw Cincy Right 80 Draw vs.

5-2 90 Series – I Formation This series is necessary because sometime you just need to get a few inches or you want to pound the football at the defense. This series would be used in short yardage or a change of pace.Cincy Right 80 Draw vs. This is the base run offense we used last year and many of the plays are similar to the shotgun plays we have in the 40 series. 91/92 Give 91/92 Trap .

97/98 Pitch 93/94 Lead 93/94 Power 95/96 Counter 95/96 Iso Right 92 Give vs. 4-4 .

4-4 .Right 92 Give vs. 5-2 Right 92 Trap vs.

4-4 .Right 92 Trap vs. 5-2 Right 98 Pitch vs.

Right 98 Pitch vs. 5-2 Right 94 Lead vs. 4-4 .

Right 94 Lead vs. 5-2 Right 94 Power vs. 4-4 .

Right 94 Power vs. 5-2 Right 95 Counter vs. 4-4 .

Right 95 Counter vs. 5-2 Right 96 Iso vs. 4-4 .

once the ball is snapped the QB will already be 5 yard deep and better able to see the field and should not feel the rush as quickly. Playaction passing will be an integral part of our offense because of our strong running game.Right 96 Iso vs. 5-2 Pass Offense Our pass offense will be very simple and will be used to compliment the run game. This allows the quarterback an opportunity to better scan the defense prior to the snap. Also. The better we run the ball the better we will be able to throw the ball. This allows for better reads and more accurate throws because . Our pass game will be at an advantage because we will be using the shotgun offense.

and screens. The passing game will include quicks. The passing game packages are as follows. It is important to understand coverages and to know where the open areas are in each. We have also included the different types of coverages that we will see during a game. deeps. playaction.of the extra time. Quick Series (3 step) Deep Series (5 step) Playaction Series Screen Series Coverages Passing Route Tree .

We want to get the ball out quickly and allow our players on the edge an .9 Fade/Go 8 Post 7 Corner 6 Dig 5 Comeback 4 Curl 3 Deep Out 2 Slant 1 Out 0 Hitch Quick Series The quick series will be the foundation of our passing game.

Seattle Hawaii Ohio Florida Vegas Ace Right Seattle .opportunity to make a play. The quick series is as follows. We will take what the defense gives us and we will be willing to beat them 5 yards at a time. We have several quick packages that allows us to attack a variety coverages.

Ace Right Hawaii Ace Right Ohio Ace Right Florida .

Ace Right X-Vegas Deep Series .

Again. The packages in the deep series are as follows.The deep series is important to our offense in that it allows us to pick up large chunks of yards at one time and always have the possibility of being a 10 second touchdown. our deep series has a variety of packages that will allow us to attack a variety of defensive schemes. Cali Colorado Smash Virginia Switch Twist Seminole Omaha Shake Ace Right Cali .

Ace Right Colorado Ace Right Smash .

Ace Right Virginia Ace Right Switch .

Ace Right Twist Ace Right Seminole .

Ace Right Omaha Ace Right Shake .

Trey Right Virginia Y-Cross Playaction Series .

crack. This has always been one of the most successful aspects of our offense and that will not change. We will run the football and teams will know that we will run the football. we even think it may become the basis of our passing attack. go) Blue (go. The playaction series is as follows. comeback) White (post. and then throw it over them. corner. So. out. we need to be able to fake the run. And. Pass Routes Red (drag.The playaction series may be the most important passing series that we utilize. post. draw the defense up. drag. drag. After the quick series. this package will probably be the most important. drag) Cali Playactions PA – (drop after play fake) Boot – (roll opposite the action) Cat – (roll with the action) Ace Right 11 Zone Boot Red .

Ace Right 18 Sweep Cat Red Ace Right 11 Zone Boot White .

Ace Right 11 Zone Cat Blue Ace Right 12 Zone PA Cali .

Screen Series .

Swing Screen Slip Screen Ace Right Swing Screen Left . We will run two basic screens. The screen series is as follows. one to get the running back involved and the other to get the wide receiver involved. It is very useful against a blitzing or over aggressive defense as it catches them over running the play.The screen series has always been pretty successful for us and we thought it was important to add it to this offense.

Ace Right Slip Screen Left Coverages .

The list below contains the various coverages that will be seen in a particular game. he has a definite advantage. If the QB is able to recognize the defense and especially the coverage. a QB is able to determine whether it is man to man or zone. This is especially true when it come to the passing game. He can determine if there is the possibility of blitz and where it will be coming from.Prior to every play a QB should look over the defense and see what he faced with on that particular play. a QB will know the open holes in the defense and where he has the best chance of completing his pass. And lastly. by identifying the coverage. Cover Zero Cover One Cover Two Man Cover Two Zone Cover Three Cover Four Cover Zero . By recognizing the coverage.

Slant and Wheel. Back out of Back Field C B S E T B T E S F C Cover One . Usually bringing other 6 defenders • Cover 0 .• Cover 0 – No one Deep with Man Under.Pick Routes.

Pick Routes.• Cover 1 – 1 Deep with Man Under. Slant and Wheel. Drop. bring. or spy with extra defender • Cover 1 . Play Action F C B S E T B S T E C Cover Two Man .

Shallow Crossing Routes F F C B S E T T E S C Cover Two Zone .• Cover 2 – 2 Deep with Man or Zone Under.Draw. Screen. Weak zone if bring more than 4 • Cover 2 Man .

Weak zone if bring more than 4 • Cover 2 Zone . Uncovered Receivers with 7 man front F F C B S E T T E S C . 3 verticals.• Cover 2 – 2 Deep with Man or Zone Under.Post into 2 Deep void.

4 verticals.Curl/Flat. Weak zone if bring more than 4 • Cover 3 .Cover Three • Cover 3 – 3 Deep with Zone Under. Flood the underneath zones C B S E T F C B S T E .

Weak zone if bring more than 3 • Cover 4 – Attack Flats and Hook Zones.Cover Four • Cover 4 – 4 Deep with Zone Under. Draw F C B S E T T E F C S . Screen.