2015 Offensive Cutups

I have written several entries about what we do offensively at Clarkston. While we have evolved some offensively for the 2016 season, I am making available the pressbox view of every offensive snap we were involved in last year: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

For those of you not familiar with what we do, we are a multiple offense that operates mostly from the gun. We run 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, and 32 personnel. Our offense is built around inside and outside zone, but we also run some Iso, Trap, and Counter. In terms of passing we have all of your standard quick game passes, and our dropback game is predicated around 4 verticals and the Smash concept.

Enjoy, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have about anything you see.

2015 Offensive Cutups

Attacking Quarters Coverages


In my last article on attacking read coverages like the press quarters style being played at Michigan State or the split field style being played by the defenses at TCU, I looked specifically at what Baylor and Oregon did to these teams with the RPO game. You can see that article here if you have not already read it.  For this article I am going to get away from the run-pass option game, and focus expressly on beating the quarters coverages that many of us will see this coming season. Continue reading “Attacking Quarters Coverages”

Attacking Read Coverages Article 1: Attacking With RPOs


In today’s game read coverages have become increasingly popular at both the NCAA level, and the high school level. Made popular by coaches like Patterson at TCU, Saban at Alabama, and Dantonio/Narduzzi in their time at Michigan State, these coverages have been popping up all over the country.

Prior to the spread of read coverages, spot drop coverage was prevalent and coaches could teach their QB where the holes in the coverage would be. With the advent of read coverages, we have to work a little bit harder. I like to think of read coverages as almost playing man within your zone scheme.

Continue reading “Attacking Read Coverages Article 1: Attacking With RPOs”

The Screen Game

At Clarkston I like to run the ball a lot. We major in inside zone and have gotten pretty good at it. If your plan is to run the ball a lot you still need to find ways to keep the defense honest otherwise they will pack the box and make it a tough go for your running backs. To combat this, I like to turn to the screen game. Some of the screens that I am going to talk about are screens that I use at Clarkston, and others are screens I have used at previous coaching spots but have unfortunately lost film access to. Continue reading “The Screen Game”

Flexbone Inside Veer Constraints Part 2: The Play Action Attack

081115-N-4565G-053 Baltimore, Md. (Nov. 15, 2008) Navy quarterback Jarod Bryant (#2), from Hoover, Alabama, eludes Notre Dame defensive end Pat Kuntz (#96) during a first quarter pass attempt in the Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 college football game between the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Notre Dame. The Midshipman fell short in a fourth quarter comeback to the Fighting Irish 27-21 in front of a capacity crowd at M&T Bank stadium. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tommy Gilligan/Released)

Continuing with my breakdown of the Flexbone Offense we are going to look at the play action attack. In this particular entry I am going to discuss two different play action passes that we used during my short stay at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah. There are many more variations that you could run off of Inside Veer, but these two were our most successful: 312/313 and 312/313 Switch. In the Paul Johnson terminology anything in the 300 series is a play action pass. Continue reading “Flexbone Inside Veer Constraints Part 2: The Play Action Attack”