Contents

Basics of the Youth Spread
Spread 'Em and Shred 'Em Offensive Plays Base Formation Player Selection Blocking Scheme Play Cues Motion Calling a Run Play Adding Motion to the Play Call Calling a Pass Play QB/FB Exchange Technique QB "FOLLOW" Technique Base Formation Variations Trips Formations Empty Backfield Power Formations Using Motion

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Formations and Using Motion

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Base Running Game

Base FB Trap Play FB Trap Play Variations QB Keep and QB Follow QB Keep and Follow Variations QB Read

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Making Adjustments

Reading and Adjusting to Defensive Tendencies Reading and Adjustments, cont. Adjustments vs. 5-2 Adjustments vs. 4-4 Adjustments vs. 6-2 Adjustments vs. the 4-3 Forcing the 4-3 to Re-align Forcing the 4-3 to Re-align cont. H Trap and H Trap Follow vs.4-3

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Jet Series

Jet Sweep Jet Lead Sweep Jet Reverse Jet Trap

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Jet Trap and Jet Trap Keep Jet Flood Right

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Power Series and JV Offense
Power Formations FB Power Jet Sweep Tackle Trap (counter) Power Pass Wedge Wedge Pass

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Passing

The Flood Pass FB Bubble Screen Pass H Bubble Screen Pass Play Action Screen Pass Screen Passes- Left and Right Screen Passes- Middle Screen Other Screens

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Installing The System
Base Run/Pass Package

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Longhorn Defense

Basics of the Youth Spread

The Nuts and Bolts of the System

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Basically the offense just runs the defense all over the field!! I am impressed with the fact they have put the system together based on what youth defensive players are capable of doing and what they are most often coached to do. leading the FB in front of the QB. we would likely see. www. 2 .. The thing that attracted me was the fact it was advertised as a Youth adaptation of the Spread. Even if something unusual comes up it can be handled usually with motion.com The basic premise of Spread is to take most of the defense's best players out of the "box" to gain a numbers advantage and then attack with a running game focused primarily on the QB and FB. the better your players the better it works.. This scheme works against any youth defense. using screens and flood passes and of course a READ KEEP OPTION by the QB if your kids had the ability to do it. the offense depends on the whole coaching staff being involved to recognize how key defensive players are reacting. What is really critical is a good center.Spread 'Em and Shred 'Em I came across this system and purchased a set of 4 DVD's advertised on their website. You will get the idea and most importantly you will see kids running it. to create misdirection or to pull a defender covering the motion back out of an area of the field we want to attack. The base play is a Tackle Trap run to either side with either the FB or QB carrying. The blocking scheme for the O-Line is simply to block down to inside gap away from the POA with the backside Tackle pulling to playside and kicking out the DE.an athletic QB and FB. Who is the LB trying to read to decide which direction to flow? Are DE's boxing or squeezing to stop the Tackle Trap? Where do we have a mismatch on a cover corner or LB? At what point have pass cover defenders stopped covering receivers and go to playing run support first? Keep in mind that it may not be necessary to install everything and there may be some things that could be added once we know the capability of the kids. It also has a POWER package with QB under center but still based on the same basic schemes as the Spread version. Anything beyond that and things just get better.youthfootballguru.. I would recommend you look at the web site and watch the DVD trailer. As with the DC Wing T.A SPEED BACK and at least one kid who can catch reliably..two linemen who can pull effectively (Tackles). What I discovered it meant was a very simplified running game with simplified blocking schemes and simplified short passing game based on a screen package and a flood package. If you have time.. like any offense. With motion calls there is also a JET package for sweeps. Personel wise..

Most if not all can be easily run to both sides and with formation variations. The thing to remember is that this is primarily a running offense. Basic Screen Left/Right 4. Jet Sweep (H or Z Back is carrying) 6. FB Trap 2. Middle Screen 5. it poses a real problem for defenses to manage. Flood Pass 2. Wedge Pass 3 . Flood Pass 4. Flat Screen The plays from the Power Formation are: 1.Offensive Plays What follows are some plays replicated from the DVD's "Chalk Board " illustrations so you get an idea of how it looks. QB Trap Keep 3. Under Screen 6. Tackle Trap (Counter)to the weakside (Z Back carrying) 3. Part of the simplicity of the system is the limited number of plays contained in it. Wedge 5. Bubble Screen 3. Jet Reverse The passing plays from the Spread Formations are: 1. QB Read (Optional) 5. Off Tackle Power (FB) 2. QB Trap Lead (FB is leading) 4. Their terminology is not always clearly identified so I have taken a little liberty but have't changed anything structurally. The basic running plays from the Spread Formations are: 1.

What you notice right away is that against a 5-3. X would be halfway between the left hash and the left sideline. We have reduced their players in the box to 6 to our 7. Even if they have two stud DE's we are always running away from one and trapping the other.Base Formation Eagle FS C B E X H B T LT G B T G RT Z C N E Y Q F 1.. Only the 4-3 creates a problem but it too is controlled by formation adjustment by adding a TE to the LOS.. The Slots are about halfway between the SE and the Tackle. 4. On a field with hash marks with the ball spotted on the right hash. It is very difficult for the lone LB to read the play because his only key is the QB or FB and they are usually going in opposite directions! Even if he is good enough to cover the entire LOS the offense simply adjusts and leads with the FB or uses the short passing game to work around him. 3. which we see a lot of.. The SE's are X and Y and they are wide.how wide is flexible based the throwing range of the QB and field position. 4 . Y would be on the right sideline.leaving only one LB to cover the entire LOS.. Other defensive fronts are handled similarly. Line splits are about a foot but can be more or less depending the players ability to cover their inside gap. 2. The QB is 6 to 7 yards deep with the FB to the right and 1 to 2 steps deeper.

Workhorse of the offense. This could be a place to play lesser skilled kids to get them in the game. Speed. Split Ends Mostly these players are blockers although their ability to catch along with a QB who is an average passer can make them more of a threat to the defense. They would be LB or TE types with size and athleticism. at least average passer and tough because he will be the #2 ball carrier. quickness and good openfield instincts are the tools he needs. These are wingback or halfback types.Player Selection The following profiles describe the prototypical skills by position the system needs to be successful. Must be able to make a consistant 7 yard snap to the QB's chest and at least win a stalemate against a NT or gap defender. Speed. Smart. They will not be asked to pull but will need to able seal their inside gaps and at least win a stalemate against a defensive lineman. power. Need to be capable but not outstanding. This could be a position that two good players could share. They must be able to pull and kickout the defense's DE's. Not really a true FB type but more of a FB/TB blend. Since they are split wide they really only have to be able to get in the way of the defender assigned to cover them. catching and blocking ability are things we would look for. Best overall athlete. These two are vital to the offense. Tackles Guards Center Slot Backs Quarterback Fullback 5 .

And much of the time the O-line doesn't necessarly have to dominate just get a stalemate at the LOS and the offense can be successful. 1. if the O-line technique is good to very good.. 6 .Blocking Scheme Base running play to the left FS C B E X H Q F B T LT G B T G RT Z C N E Y One of the attractive things about the system is the simplicity of the blocking scheme. Receivers need to be able to stalk block a defender assigned to cover them. The rule is ON-GAP. The spread formation. 4. Screen plays have a slightly different scheme but it too is pretty simple. There is much more time to work on a players technique rather than him having to make so many decisions about his assignment with multiple blocking calls. 3. If there is no defender there then we continue to read up to the next level. by removing defenders from the box makes the O-line's job fairly easy. For linemen. the running lane for the ball carrier could be anywhere from Center to Tackle. 2. However. Whenever a TE is used his rule 1st LB to the inside. It is probably true that we tend to over complicate things for kids and then are frustrated when they have trouble executing.if the play is going to the left and if there is no defender ON then you are blocking down to your GAP to the right.. For over 90% of the offense this basic scheme is all the linemen and receivers have to learn.opposite the direction of the play... Both Tackles need to able to pull and trap to the playside.

FB is the receiver. Stalk Block FB aligns on the same side as the POA and leads for the QB thru the POA. Stalk Block Trap Read Base blockingON-GAP away from POA.ON-GAP away from POA. Man ON Wedge blocking Speed blocking Base blocking. Playside releases to LB. FB or QB can be the ball carrier. FB is the ball carrier H and Z handle the ball. O-Line Trap Base blocking. The OT opposite the POA is the Trap blocker.ON-GAP away from POA.ON-GAP away from POA. Backs Receivers FB is the ball carrier and Stalk Block aligns opposite the POA.. Stalk Block Stalk Block Wedge blocking FB is responsible for playside DE Flood routes 7 . SE stalk block. H or Z is the Trap blocker. FB.. QB is the ball carrier. H or Z can be the receiver. QB reads the backside DE to determine give or keep. Base blockingON-GAP away from POA. Se will stalk block. Jet Sweep Reverse Screen Bubble Screen Wedge Speed Flood FB blocks 2nd defender from H or Z is the ball carrier outside. Sweep blocking Base blockingON-GAP away from POA. below are the basic adjustments that we would us on a regular basis. FB aligns on the same side as the POA and attacks the backside DE after fake. Stalk Block Trap Keep Trap Follow Base blockingON-GAP away from POA.. QB attacks the backside DE after fake. QB is the ball carrier. Power Same as Trap. FB is the ball carrier and aligns opposite the POA..unless "Power" is added to the call.Play Cues The system uses a series of CUE words to customize the the play calling.Base blocking. Alignment rules above apply. Backside Base blockingON-GAP away from POA. QB and FB lead for the ball carrier.

"JET" The motion part of the offense is pretty simple. "Z Power" tells the Z back he is going in motion and making the kickout block. get into a pass route or just be a decoy.Motion FS C B E X H FS B C T G RT Z B T LT G C B E T LT H G B N G B C T RT Z N E Y X E Y H Power F Q F Q Z Power FS C B E X H FS B C T G RT Z B T LT G C B E T LT H G B N G B C T RT Z N E Y X E Y H Jet F Q F Q Z Jet I have expanded the motion game beyond what they talk about on the DVD. They will also use motion to get into passing routes on pass plays. We want this to be a fast motion that enables them to take a handoff on sweep outside or get into position to kickout the DE to give another option to run the Trap. That movement will open up an area of the field for the offense to attack... The H and Z use a simple sprint motion. Using their number designations. "H Power" tells the H back he is going in motion and making the block.. 8 .or to carry the ball... Mainly it is to be more clear for the motion backs whether they are motioning to block."POWER". When we tag a play with POWER we are changing the player who will execute the kickout block from the Tackle to one of the two Slot receivers. The other use is to create misdirection or force the defense to move a player or players to cover the motion back..

Formation.. All other O-lineman know to follow their rule and block to their inside gap away from the direction of the play. Motion if any.. FB aligns to the right.opposite the POA and is the ball carrier.Calling a Run Play Trap Left FS C B E X H Q F B T LT G B T G RT Z C N E Y The interior linemen and the slot backs...but we don't need to actually call it. H and Z are assigned numbers as shown in the diagram above..Eagle. A running play call is contructed as follows: 1. B. The FB is the designated ball carrier unless the play call includes KEEP or FOLLOW which means the QB is the ball carrier.The Right Tackle knows he is the kickout blocker to the left.. C. 9 . 2.Trap Left.. "Trap Left" where: A. So the play in diagram 1 would be simply.with the FB carrying.None in this example 3..

All O-lineman know to follow their rule and block to their inside gap to the right. There are no other changes for the O-line or the QB/FB.Z Power tells the Z back he is now making the trap block instead of the RT. 2..away from the direction of the play.This additional versatility should make it more difficult for defenses to find any consistant keys to the offense. Nothing changes except that the trap block is now executed by the Z Back..Adding Motion to the Play Call Z Power Left X H LT G 0 G RT Z Y Q F Diagram 1 The play in diagram 2. 1. FB aligns to the right. "Left" where: A..opposite the POA and is the ball carrier. Motion if any. Formation. would be Z Power Left... 10 . B.Base. 3..but we don't need to actually call it.

Calling a Pass Play H Jet Flood Right 10 and Out Deep Fade 5 and Out X H LT G G RT Z Y Q Diagram 3 F The play in diagram 3 is "H Jet Flood Right" 1.. All O-lineman know to follow their rule and block to their inside gap to the left.away from the direction of the play.Base. "Flood Right" where: A. Motion if any.H Jet tells the H back he is in motion to the opposite side and running the 5 and out route. 3. Formation.. 11 . 2.but we don't need to actually call it. All receivers run their basic flood route assignments. B...

2. then brings his other foot back to get him into a midline stance. Fullback Technique The goal is to get the FB on downhill track as soon as possible. Most of the time we want him to make one cut or adjustment then GO! On the snap he will take a big counter step away from playside then adjust to get on a downhill path toward the POA. This is a technique than we taught last year and will simplify the QB's footwork for most plays. it almost looks like a hop or slide. The QB takes a 45 degree step with his playside foot. He has to run with "eyes up" to see the lanes produced by the blocking scheme. When put together. It also makes it easier for him to run with the ball on called runs. 12 . He extends the ball back to his back hip and meshes and rides with FB. Q Q F Pre-snap QB is in a couch with feet shoulder width apart and hands extended. he needs to be looking for an opportunity to break outside or cutback inside against an aggressively pursuing defense. all in one smooth motion.QB/FB Exchange Technique E X H LT G 0 G RT Z Y Post-snap QB is in a Midline position with eyes on the backside DE. The mechanics work like this this: 1. At the snap. Once he is thru the LOS.

13 . He will step back show PASS and follow the FB as he goes by.QB "FOLLOW" Technique E X H LT G 0 G RT Z Q Y F On the "FOLLOW" play the QB will not need to take the mid-line step.

Formations and Using Motion Changing the Look of the Offense 14 .

The play call will determine if the FB stays on the right or moves to the left of the QB.Base Formation Variations Eagle The base formation has the FB align to the right of the QB. X LT G G RT TE Y Q F H 15 .Pistol FB is 1 to 2 yards behind the QB. X H Q F LT G G RT Z Y . Y is a flanker off the LOS. X H LT G G RT Z Y Q F Pro Moves H into the backfield and adds a TE to the right.

Spacing for Z and Y depends on which hash the ball is marked on. X is now off the LOS.Trips Formations Trips Right The TE could be a true TE type with the ability to catch or H could be moved over to play the position. Y is now off the LOS X LT G G RT TE Z Y Q F TE X Z LT G G RT Y Q F Trips Left The TE could be a true TE type with the ability to catch or H could be moved over to play the position. 16 . The play call will determine if the FB stays on the right or moves to the left of the QB. The play call will determine if the FB stays on the right or moves to the left of the QB. Spacing for Z and X depends on which hash the ball is marked on. F will align to the same side as the Trips. F will align to the same side as the Trips.

The FB is always the inside receiver. X LT G G RT F Q H Z Y Quad Left Unbalanced formation to the left. The FB is always the inside receiver.Empty Backfield Quad Right Unbalanced formation to the right. He can be in a traditional 1x1 alignment off the RT or wider. He can be in a traditional 1x1 alignment off the RT or wider. He can be in a traditional 1x1 alignment off the RT or wider. Q Jumbo Left The FB is always the inside receiver. He can be in a traditional 1x1 alignment off the RT or wider. The FB is always the inside receiver. X Z H F Q LT G G RT Y LT G G RT TE F H Z Y Jumbo Right This is really more of a novelty formation but it does have the potential to disrupt a defense. In this case the TE is ineligible so he could also be another Tackle. X Z/6 H F Q TE 5 3 2 4 17 .

In other words.Power Formations Y H TE Z H FB TE Z Y FB BLUE RED Although this is labeled a Power/Short Yardage formation it can be used anywhere. 18 . If the SE is not thought to be a pass receiving threat then a CB might cheat inside to be more help against the run. All the base plays can be run from here plus a couple of more that are illustrated later in the POWER SERIES section. It has the traditional QB under Center with two WB's and a FB at about 4 yards in a 3 point stance. The SE receiver will usually align as wide as possible depending on how far out a defender will follow him.

Note that the FB has aligned to the left opposite the POA 19 .Using Motion H Jet Trap Left vs. No other changes for the O-Line. Man Coverage FS C B E 5 H B T 3 B T 2 4 Z C N E Against a man coverage. No other changes for the O-Line. Z Power Left FS C B E T 5 H 3 B N 2 B T 4 Z C E Now Z is the trap blocker and the left tackle blocks the backside DE. the Flood Pass to the left is automatic. If the defense makes no adjustment to the motion. the LB responsible for covering H vacates that area and improves the trap play or opens up a slant to X or post if the FS is also distracted by the motion. H Power Right FS C B B E 5 H B T E 2 4 Z C T 3 N Now H is the trap blocker and the left tackle blocks the backside DE. If the defense makes no adjustment to the motion. the Flood Pass to the right is automatic.

Base Running Game The Basis of Everything Else That Can Be Done With The Offense 20 .

Coaches Notes: The FB Trap play is the base play of the offense and can be run from just about every formation except. of course. from an empty backfield set. 21 . Handoff to Counter step away then Stalk and block Stalk and block F and attack the get on downhill path. backside DE. Take handoff and run inside the block of the Tackle.Base FB Trap Play EagleTrap Left FS C B E X H B T LT G B T G RT Z C N E Y Q F Position Split End (X) Left Tackle (5) Left Guard (3) Center (0) Right Guard (2) Right Tackle (4) Split End (Y) Playside Stalk and block ON-GAP ON-GAP ON-GAP Backside ON-GAP Pull to playside and trap block the DE Stalk and block Quarterback F H/7 Z/6 Midline Step.

FB Trap Play Variations EagleTrap Left FS C B E X H EagleTrap Right FS B C C B E Y Z X H B T LT G B T LT G B T G RT Z C N G T RT E N E Y Q F F Q Trips Left Trap Left FS C B E TE X Z Trips Right Trap Right FS B C C B E Y X B T LT G B T LT G B T G RT H Z C N G T RT E N E Y Q F F Q Pistol Trap Left FS C B E X H Pistol Trap Left FS B C C B E Y Z X H B T LT G B T LT G B T G RT Z C N G T RT E N E Y Q F Q F Eagle Z Power Trap Left FS C B E X H Eagle H PowerTrap Right FS B C C B E Y Z X H B T LT G B T LT G B T G RT Z C N G T RT E N E Y Q F F Q 22 .

We lead with FB to block him. FS B B T 2 4 C B E 5 C T 3 N E FB 23 . FS B B T 2 4 Z C B E 5 H C T 3 N E FB Eagle Trap Right Follow MLB starts to read the pulling Tackle or direction of the O-line as his key.QB Keep and QB Follow Eagle Trap Right Keep MLB starts to read the FB as his key. We run away from his read..

QB Keep and Follow Variations Eagle Trap Left Keep FS C B B E 5 H Eagle Trap Right Keep FS B C C B B E 5 Z H B T 2 4 Z C T 3 N 2 T 4 E T 3 N E FB FB Trips Left Trap Left Keep FS C B B E TE H 5 Trips Right Trap Right Keep FS B T E 2 4 C C B B E T LT G B T G RT TE Z C T 3 N N E FB FB Eagle Trap Left Follow FS C B B E 5 H Eagle Trap Right Follow FS B C C B B E 5 Z H B T 2 4 Z C T 3 N 2 T 4 E T 3 N E FB FB Trips Left Trap Left Keep FS C B B E TE H 5 Trips Right Trap Right Follow FS B T E 2 4 C C B E LT B B T G C B T G RT T 3 N E TE Z FB FB 24 .

QB Read Eagle Trap Left Read FS C B E X H/7 5 B T 3 B T 2 4 Z/6 C N E Y Q F Position Split End (X) Left Tackle (5) Left Guard (3) Center (0) Right Guard (2) Right Tackle (4) Split End (Y) Playside Stalk and block ON-GAP ON-GAP ON-GAP Backside ON-GAP Pull to playside and trap block the DE Stalk and block F H/7 Counter step away then Stalk and block get on downhill path. Coaching Point Z/6 Stalk and block Quarterback Midline Step. Once we see the backside DE chasing the FB we can allow the QB to pull the ball and keep. If QB pulls the ball. continue your path and fake running 45 Trap. If DE chases the FB. He should have plenty of open space to run in. Eyes on the backside DE. 25 . pull the ball and keep This is a simple read for the QB to make after he gains a little experience.

Making Adjustments Adjusting to the Tendencies of the Defense is the Key to Making the Offense Successful. 26 .

1. DE's key the pulling Tackle and follow him trying to get into the backfield and overtake the play. Added to that is the fact that we are always getting our ball carrier out into space right away. Assuming that our best and fastest athletes will be the one's handling the ball.. Formation change 2.. Run QB Read. Establishing the QB early as a running threat forces the LB's to account for him before they react to to the actual point of attack. 3. Run Screen Pass behind the chasing DE. LB's key the pulling tackle or down block of the O-Line and flow to playside. Plays start out looking the same then morph into something else. Call a different play based on the observed tendancy of the LB's What basically happens is that with the combination of spreading out the defense and taking defenders out of the box along with formation and/or play selection there will usually only be one defender with a chance of stopping a play and that probably won't happen until we are 5+ yards downfield. Let's take a look at some of the ways a defense might try to key the Youth Spread running attack and how the offense would respond. The Spread is really another form of series football. Use motion to change the kickout block or pull a defender out of his initial area of responsibility.Reading and Adjusting to Defensive Tendencies The key to gaining the advantage over the defense is to be able to determine how they are keying your offense. Run Power motion to have the H or Z make the the kickout block.. 27 . Run QB Keep away from the FB's track and the flow of the LB's. Run from Trips formation to get a TE involved and gain an extra blocker at the POA. no different than the Wing-T.where the QB can pull the handoff from the FB and run to the side vacated by the DE. This not a job for the players but rather for the coaches on the sideline during the game and/or in scouting reports. Run QB Lead to get an extra blocker with the FB at the POA. We have three ways to make it virtually impossible for a defense to consistantly and accurately key what we are doing.. not what High School or College LB's might do but what youth LB's will do. Against the Spread the best key that a youth defense will give is the play of the LB's. LB's key the side of the QB that the FB lines up on and anticipate a play to the opposite side. the offense has an immediate advantage over the defense. Another problem for the LB is that on most plays the QB and FB are going in opposite directions.

Whenever motion is used the defense does not adjust. until the defense adjusts. The Spread can limit their ability to get the numbers advantage they need in the box to generate pressure. Run or pass anything to the side the defense vacates. cont. Most youth defenses will choose pressure as their 1st weapon to stop a an offense that is effectively moving the ball. Use motion frequently to take advantage on the playside. Whenever motion is used the defense adjusts. 28 . The following pages will illustrate some of the ways to adjust the offense to maintain an advantage over the defense.Reading and Adjustments.

B C C B N T E G RT Z T LT G Y Even if the playside LB flows to the POA. the FB has a lot of space to run in if he needs to. F Eagle Trap Left Follow vs. Notice there is no Safety. 5-2 B B E 5 H/7 C B B N 3 2 The playside LB is reading the O-Line down block or he's just a tough guy that we need to block to be successful. The LB in coverage on the TE is also looking at the play action to his side so he is in conflict. C T T E 4 Z/6 29 . The TE is also eligible so Flood Pass is also an option.. Eagle Trap Left Keep vs. 5-2 B B E X H The 5-2 has no safety and it's not uncommon for for both LB to flow to the expected POA. 5-2 Eagle Trap Right vs. 5-2 B B E 5 H/7 C B B N 3 2 LB's flowing to where they think the FB is going. We also widen the gap between the DT and DE. The Keep play is really kind of a counter and once again the middle of the field is open.Adjustments vs. F Trips Right Trap Right Keep vs.5-2 FS C E X LT SS B C T 2 RT B T 3 N E TE Z Y With Trips Right and the addition of a TE we now get a blocker on the playside LB and can also chip the DT on the way. so once we clear the LOS there is a lot of room to run. C T T E 4 Z/6 The Follow play has the QB show Pass before running to freeze any LB read. The play can break outside easily if the receivers are getting an effective stalk block on their defenders. Any delay getting into pass coverage will mean the TE should always be open on his Flood Pass route.

The Safety is the only defender with a chance to make the play and that would be 10 yards downfield..It is really a QB Draw. Jumbo Right Trap Right Keep vs 4-4 FS C B E 5 B T 3 B T 2 4 B C Jumbo pulls three defenders out of the box and with the TE we can block the inside LB. By rule we get a doubleteam on the DT and the TE has the playside LB. 4-4 S C B B E 5 B T 3 B T 2 4 TE C E Z Trips gives us another playside blocker with a TE. The Qb would show PASS then run. Trips Right Trap Right Keep vs. The Safety is the only defender with a chance to make the play and the FB is leading the play with the Safety as his target. E Z/6 H/7 F X Y Q 30 . Trips Right Trap Right Follow vs. 4-4 Trips Right Trap Right vs.Adjustments vs. The Safety is the only defender with a chance to make the play and that would be 10 yards downfield. By rule we get a doubleteam on the DT and the TE has the playside LB.. 4-4 S C B B E 5 B T 3 B T 2 4 TE C E Z Trips gives us another playside blocker with a TE. 4-4 S C B E 5 B T 3 B T 2 4 TE B E Z C Trips gives us another playside blocker with a TE. By rule we get a doubleteam on the DT and the TE has the playside LB.

The CB's are out numbered and the only question would be how many points you wanted to score. in short yardage or goal line situations it can be used. E Y F 31 . The good news is that our base rules take care of it. 6-2 The first thing you notice is that the 6-2 can't be run against a Spread team.Adjustments vs. FS C E X H/7 Q F 5 B T T 3 B T 2 C T 4 Z/6 E Y Red H Power Right FS C E H B T T 5 3 Q B T 2 C T 4 TE Z However.

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4-3 Pro H Trap Right FS SS C E X 5 B T 3 B T 2 4 B E TE C Y Q F H/7 Pro H Trap Right Follow FS SS C E X 5 B T 3 B T 2 B E 4 TE C Y H/7 Q F 35 .H Trap and H Trap Follow vs.

Jet Series The Jet Series uses sprint motion by the H or Z back to create an additional advantage at the point of attack or as misdirection. Jet Lead Sweep Right / Left 3. Jet Flood Pass Right / Left 36 . The plays in the series are: 1. Jet Sweep Right / Left 2. Jet Trap Lead 4.

FS B B T G RT Z C B E T LT H G C N E Y X Q F This is the basic sweep play. A possible variation if the playside DE is to difficult to block would be to align Z close enough that he could get a crack block on the DE and allow the Tackle to get upfield and block the FS. 37 . the key block is the reach block on the playside DE. The opposite play would be Left Z Jet Sweep Left. Everyone else is ripping and running to get upfield.Jet Sweep H Jet Sweep Right B may or may not follow H's motion.

Jet Lead Sweep H Jet Sweep Right Follow B may or may not follow H's motion. 38 . H fakes and turns up field looking for the the 1st defender to show. except with QB carrying. FS B B T 2 4 Z C B E T 5 3 C N E Y X H FB Same as basic Jet Sweep. FB seals the DE.

Jet Reverse H Jet Reverse Left B may or may not follow H's motion. FS B B T G RT Z C B E T LT H G C N E Y X Q F O-line blocks base rules ON-GAP. QB and FB lead For Z. H takes initial handoff and hands/tosses to Z on the reverse. 39 .

Jet Trap H Jet Trap Left B may or may not follow H's motion. FS B B T 2 4 Z C B E T 5 3 C N E Y X H FB 40 .

If B follows H's motion all the way across the formation. it will create a lot of open space for the FB to run. If B follows H's motion all the way across the formation. it will create a lot of open space for the Q to run. H Jet Trap Left Keep B may or may not follow H's motion. FS B B T G RT Z C B E T LT G C N E Y X H FB The Jet motion gives a misdirection look to the play.Jet Trap and Jet Trap Keep H Jet Trap Left B may or may not follow H's motion. FS B B T G RT Z C B E T LT G C N E Y X H FB The Jet motion gives a misdirection look to the play. 41 .

FS B B T G RT Z C B E T LT G C N E Y X H FB The key for the H is to hesitate as if to block the DE before releasing into his route. 42 . FB has the key block to seal the DE.Jet Flood Right H Jet Flood Right B may or may not follow H's motion.

Power Series and JV Offense A Power Package to use Anywhere.Anytime AND An Effective JV Offense Built on the Same Principles 43 ...

Under center. 1yd x 1yd QB. G Q RT T/E Z Y H LT G FB BLUE Opposite of RED. LT H G Q G RT T/E Z Y FB RED Over Same as RED except the Y moves "OVER" to the other side of the formation so that the TE is now an eligible receiver..Align to the right of the formation as a 2nd Tackle. SE (Y).1 foot TE..Power Formations RED Line splits. 3 point stance.Align as wingbacks.not an eligible receiver.TE is NOT eligible Y H T/E LT G Q G RT Z FB BLUE Over Same as BLUE except the Y moves "OVER" to the other side of the formation so that the TE is now an eligible receiver. Y Z T/E H LT G Q G RT FB 44 .TE and SE(Y) align to the left of the formation..4 yards from QB.. FB.Align to right of the formation as wide as the defender will follow. H and Z.

anywhere on the field. Even though it is tagged as a short yardage scheme it can be used anytime. 45 .. However. extra point or 1st down. if the LB plays run and slides early to fill the hole.to indicate the use of a TE and the QB under center.. he almost guarantees that that the next time the play call will be the Flood Pass and an easy catch for a touchdown. One of the keys to the play is the block by Z on the nearest LB to him.FB Power Red H Power Right FS C B E H B T LT G Q B T G RT TE Z C E Y N The Power package starts with a different formation we'll call RED. He wants to get inside the DE if possible to make the block. You will notice that the blocking scheme for POWER is the same as always for the O-line.

Jet Sweep Red Over Z Jet Sweep Left FS C B E Y H B T LT G Q B T G RT T/E Z/6 C N E F 46 .

H is still running his motion route as on Power. Running the play requires that we have begun to influence the backside LB to flow toward the Power point of attack.Tackle Trap (counter) Red H Jet Z Trap Left FS C B E H B T LT G Q B T G RT TE Z/6 C N E Y F This was my favorite Double Wing play. The QB makes an inside handoff to the Z back after faking the Power to the FB. 47 .

48 .Power Pass Red Jet Flood Right Deep Fade FS C B E H 10 and Out B T LT G Q B T G RT C 5 and Out N E TE Z Y F The two previous running plays set this up. This is the same route package and blocking scheme as in the basic spread. One of them will be open. QB has his choice of receiver.

Wedge Red 2 Wedge FS C B E H B T LT G B T G RT TE Z C N E Y 49 .

Wedge Pass Red H Power Wedge Pass FS C B E H B T LT G Q B T G RT TE Z/6 C N E Y F 50 .

the more ability you have at QB and Receiver the more the passing game can be expanded..Passing Applying the K. Of course. The Flood Pass and several different Screen packages give the offense that capability...I.S. The principle to follow is: Run 1st and Often.everything is rollout or screen passing making the Oline's job much easier. You will notice that there is no drop back passing series.. It is necessary to be able to at least throw short high percentage passes.S.Pass only when you want! 51 . Principle Keeping in mind that the Youth Spread is primarily a running offense.

2. he will ALWAYS be open! Even if MLB recognizes the pass it is almost impossible for him to get there to cover H. The FB has the key block on the playside DE to protect the QB in his rollout. 3. The throw to Y would probably be a called throw because of a recognized mismatch on the corner.. The throw to X on a backside slant or post would be a called option. 1.. 4. If he steps up to play run or for some reason jumps H's route then Z is open.. If there is no receiver open then we want the QB to run. The QB has only one read and that is OLB covering Z. Just to change it up the the play be called as a run for the QB. If no one follows H. Pass blocking is the same as for a run to the right.H Jet Flood Right Keep.The Flood Pass H Jet Flood Right Deep Fade 10 and Out FS C B E X H B T LT G B 5 and Out C N G T RT E Y Z F The Flood Pass can be run left or right and from a variety of formations but the beauty is that the route package doesn't change.and assuming our QB had a strong enough arm.. 52 .

.. 53 .Basically Big on Big.FB Bubble Screen Pass FS C B E X H 5 H Jet FB Bubble Screen Right B T 3 B T 2 4 Z C N E Y The Bubble Screen uses a different blocking scheme for the O-Line. The play can also be run from Trips Right formation or Pistol formation with the FB aligned behind the QB.

H Bubble Screen Pass FS C B E X H 5 H Jet Bubble Screen Right B T 3 B T 2 RT Z C N E Y F 54 .

55 .Play Action Screen Pass Z Jet H Screen Left FS C B B E 5 H B T 2 4 Z C T 3 N E Q F Fake to F then quick throw to H.

Screen Passes.Left and Right FB Screen Left FS C B E X H 5 B T 3 B T 2 4 Z C N E Y Over FB Screen Right FS C B E X H 5 B T 3 B T 2 4 Z C N E Y 56 .

Middle Screen Quad Right Middle Screen FS C E X B T LT G B T G RT F H B C N E Y Z O-Line release to LB level. looking for the ball. QB draw defenders with deep drop and loop a pass over them to the FB. 57 .Screen Passes. FB steps up and gets behind D-line and slide to the left.

FS C E X FB H Z Quad Right Flat Screen B B T N T E B C Y The backside Slant or Post can also be a called variation if the FS is overplaying. 58 .Other Screens H Jet FB Screen Left FS C B B E X 5 B T 2 4 Z C T 3 N E Y Against a defense that is in man coverage the H Back in Jet motion will take the playside LB out of the area we are running the screen to. H FS C E X FB H Z Quad Right Under Screen B B T N T E B C Y The backside Slant or Post can also be a called variation if the FS is overplaying.

everything else becomes just a minor variation of one of these plays. The Power/Short Yardage package would be a separate install but would follow many of the same principles.Installing The System Because of the limited number of plays. 59 . the installation of the system allows much more time for teaching skill and techniques that can be applied to several plays rather than having to learn different skills for every play. The first group of plays are shown in the table on the following page. For the most part.

Sweep blocking rules ON-GAP rules to both sides ON-GAP rules to both sides. Handoff footwork technique and open field running. Stalk Blocking Stalk Blocking Handoff Fake technique Power ON-GAP rules to both sides. There is a lot of skill repetition for players so that they are actually learning multiple plays at a time. Play FB Trap O-Line ON-GAP rules to both sides. Flood pass route Flood pass route assignments assignments Stalk Blocking Flat Screen routes Stalk Blocking Flat Screen routes Bubble route tecnique Roll out passing technique Flat Screen routes Roll out passing technique 60 .Base Run/Pass Package This is the first group of plays to install. Stalk Blocking Handoff technique and open field running. Screen blocking technique Screen blocking technique Stalk Blocking Motion to kickout block a DE Handoff footwork technique and open field running Stalk Blocking Stalk Blocking Pass blocking DE Jet Sweep Jet Reverse Flood Pass Bubble Screen Flat Screen Stalk Blocking Handoff technique and open field running. ON-GAP rules to both sides. Split Ends Stalk Blocking Slot Receivers Stalk Blocking FB Handoff footwork technique and open field running. Stalk Blocking Stalk Blocking Handoff Fake technique and lead block on LB QB Read ON-GAP rules to both sides. Handoff footwork technique and open field running. The multiple formation possibilities can be taught at the same time. Handoff Fake technique QB Handoff footwork technique Handoff footwork technique and open field running. Handoff footwork technique Handoff technique Handoff technique Roll out passing technique QB Keep Stalk Blocking Stalk Blocking QB Follow ON-GAP rules to both sides.

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Double TE WING LIL T LIL E Big T Big E Sam SS CB FS CB Will Mike POSISTION ALIGNMENT Big E 9 Tech Away from Strenght Little E 3 tech. no TE 8 Tech on TE 4 tech opposite JC Head up on #1 rec.46 VS.opposite strength 9 tech/ 6 tech vs. If #1 TE 5X5 from DE 12 yds deep in 3 tech opposite SS 4 Tech opposite mike LB Flow to center Flow to Guard Near back A Gaps B gap Contain Rush A Gap Rush B Gap 1st back out Sam LB Mike LB CORNER TE Near Back TE or Number 1 2 gap through TE Run to‐ Flow NONE TE 1 back out Man on # 1/ Deep 3rd Deep 3rd 1 back out FREE SAFETY Will LB QB Near Back Flow to – Alley Force Flow Away‐ cut back Run to Flow .to strength KEY Flow to TE/OT Flow to Guard VS RUN Contain B gap VS PASS Contain Rush B Gap Big T LIL T SS Zero Shade 3 tech .

A.W ( 2 LB Blitz) 2 call (coverage vs. keep everything underneath kill the big play idea. Single Will Hamburger blitz ( All Lbs) Cheeseburger (All Lbs and SS) The basics of the defense are on based on pressure. • • • • Be aware of down and distance Alert to the offensive formation and tendencies in that formation Knowing the defensive game plan Maintain poise during critical game situations The advantage of the 46: • Outnumber tackle to tackle blocking scheme at point of attack .Schemes: Order of Defensive call. W.M.M.A. FORCE the offense to earn every yard on every down. The philosophy I have is almost exactly the same as in the 46 Bear. Defensive Front Base (46) Stunt Single (SS) Coverage 3 call Base Coverage Over (4‐3 look) only adjustment SS is now playing 2nd safety Sam. You may say that’s contradicting. Single Sam. 1 man Blitz) Opie (man Press) 2 LB Blitz 2 One man combos: Single Mike. A defensive player on a pressure defense has certain responsibilities at all times. Well pressure is not only stacking linebackers and D backs on the line of scrimmage. Basically putting players in a position to put pressure on the Offense and force them to make mistakes. Pressure means applying proper strategy for the situation to maximize the defensive force. Now blitzing is not a very favorite scheme for me yet I’m going to be using a pressure defense. I will blitz in situations deemed necessary to change up tempo and create more pressure to force bad decisions. Will Plug (single man Blitz) S. S. Mike.A.

L thought approach o o o o Keep IT Likeable Learnable .L. Takes advantage of the K. Force the offense to use unfamiliar schemes Blitz at will without subbing personnel Cover all possible pass patterns Dictate the flow of the game Free second lever players to run to the football.I.• • • • • • • • Pressure QB every pass play Force the offense to adjust in run and pass.

Pro set . Trips 46 VS.FRONTS VS FORMATION 46 VS. Slot 46 VS.

3 wide 4‐3 adjustment from 46 Sam Will Mike • • • • Same Alignment as 46 go opposite the LB Call Will and Mike play true LB Sam has 2 read responsibility SS plays as second true safety .46VS.

If the Offensive lineman is attempting to reach the Tackles or the Nose the D lineman must work his hips against the pressure. Must throw the hands between the numbers and the belt to stun and halt the guards progression b. The Nose and Tackles have a 4 rule guideline: 1.Defensive line play Right Right Call Left Left Call The Basics of the D lineman in the 46 bear.) Defeat pulling guards . The D line must stale mate and shut down the blockers progression and let the defensive secondary fly around and make tackles. The defensive line has to win the battle on the Line of Scrimmage for this defense to be effective.) Defeat double teams at the Line of Scrimmage a. 2.) Must disrupt and never allow a jump through (scoop block) a. We do not want penetration from the D line however. Same rules as the Reach block throw the hips into the double team and create a pile b. We want D lineman to make tackles if they can but the first job is to stop the push of the Offensive line fighting through men and working the hips into the gaps they are responsible for. Never try to split the double team! 4.) Must never get reached a. After the shot to the stomach inside hand pulls jersey toward him and rips with outside arm 3.

Must contain the QB from having an easy rollout 2. This D end has 3 responsibilities 1. 3. If facing the pull the Tackle must spill the trap by hitting with the outside shoulder never the inside.a. The guard pulls the D lineman must fire into the whole that is left and lateral run with the pull b.) Reverse a.) Counter a. b. The Defensive End: There will only be one playing the 9 tech. Must be able to see the Developing counter by seeing the back side guard or tackle pull. When the Play goes away he must keep an eye out for a RB or a receiver coming behind the run play at this point an outside angle should be taken to contain the reverse. When attacking the lead pull on the counter the D end must spill the block by hitting with the outside shoulder. Nose Tackle: • • Control both A Gaps Pressure through the center o o o D Tackle • • • 4 point stance Control outside shoulder of guard into B Gap Inside Hand needs to be in chest of the guard with a direct push forward and inside 2 gap responsibility Allowed to chose which A gap to jump Must work hips against pressure .) Bootleg a.

Inside leverage or 7 tech If Number is a RB SS will rush unless the RB Releases then SS has the RB. This will remain whether we be in a 4‐3 over or the bear. outside foot back Push through the TE outside shoulder and contain the out side Always has Number two toward the strength call o Sam LB‐ • On the Line of scrimmage Head up on TE o Feet square. Linebacker and strong safety Play Maintain Left Left Call Right Right Call Strong safety: • • • On the line of scrimmage. inside foot on TE outside foot and up. .D End • • • • 3 point stance “cocked” in 1 yard outside the last man on the line of scrimmage Attack through the outside shoulder of the last man on the Line of scrimmage Must Contain AT ALL TIMES! The defensive line needs to listen to the strength call and shift opposite the shift call.

Slot o o • In normal position Make sure # 2 in the slot is covered by a corner VS. Spread (double slot) o Take # 2 to the opposite the call . the pass 1st back out of back field to your side VS.o TE is your key 1st step jam the TE 2nd step read flow IF play action turn and run to find TE o Against 3 receiver set Line up on number 3 to run strength Key off of near back Mike LB : • • • • 4 yard off the line in a 4 tech to the call Key is Near back Attack Flow In pass Cover 1st back out of the back field to your side Will LB: • • • • Line up 4 yards off the line in a 4 tech away from the call Read Flow VS.

LBs. SS) 12 Yards Deep in a 4 tech away from strong safety Run Toward: Alley Force Player o Inside the outside force man . • • Right or left call Cornerback: • • • • • Line up Slightly inside the receiver or # 1 outside the tackle box Pass First Run second 3 steps back ward then read Your key is the receiver VS. Single Slot o • Corner away from slot comes over to take on # 2 If Trio is called you have deep 1/3rd Free Safety: • • • Quarterback the defensive backfield (corners. On a 1 man blitz Blitz the coverage is 2 call where Both Corners are now splitting the field in half each having deep half’s.Defensive back Play • Every down coverage is 3 call diagramed in the beginning is how each D Back will get into cover 3 dependant on formation. On a 2 man blitz we are in OPIE which is man coverage you are locked on your man run is the second priority.

This means any LB. or Corner . SS. Single Slot o Make sure Both corners are on the same side covering the Slot • VS. • VS. Trips o Line up in a 9 tech 12 yards deep bring your deep 3r zone over top the trips • VS. Run Away Cut back player • If no direct deep threat look to help D‐back closest to you with coverage staying over top. all other formations o o o o o Deep middle 3rd pass responsibility No one must get behind you When Dropping. favor and bring the zone to the flow side 3 steps then read Vs the run to your side o Set the outside Fence If play action turn and run into the deep 3rd VS.o o • Outside the inside foreman Run through the alley Run away: Cutback Player o Keeping the runner on the outside shoulder protecting the comeback.

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