The Spread Offense - Running Game

When people hear"spread" they think of the passing game. The truth is the spread running game could be lethal. A few years back I coached at a college that made a run to the Texas high school state championship game. We put the spread in not because we thought we would predominate from the passing game but since we knew that the team could be a great running group.
The spread is now the fastest growing crime at the high school level. I wonder how many really understand all aspects of the crime. When done correctly it may be like a complete court run 4 games in basketball and it is going to slowly wear another team down. The game is an integral part of becoming a comprehensive offense. Coaches need to rep running as much or more than the passing game and few know this.

There are 3 standard schemes for the crime line to learn inside zone, outdoor zone, and the counter trey. On some level this may appear simple. Unfortunately all three concepts are tremendously different and frequently offense lines will struggle to be good at all three.
The running back is usually put away from playside. So by way of instance if a team is operating"2-Base" then the back will be aligned to the quarterback's left and will crossover and then attack the 2 hole and is always trying to find a cutback lane. The back should be thinking bang or bend and has to read on the run. Frequently the hole will develop backside and consequently no participant should believe that they may take a playoff. Many times a rear may end up backside and if the inside receiver isn't doing his job his guy will make a touchdown saving tackle!
The foundation of the spread's running game is that the zone read. Since the rear crosses across the quarterback's eyes have been on the bottom end. In case the end stays disciplined or slow plays then it's an automatic give. In this column I will focus on the duties of the quarterback and Trainers and I will talk about lineup play in a later article.
Again repetition is crucial. Many quarterbacks will guess. They must read on the run and react to what the defense is giving the offense. 2/3 base is the base running play for its spread offense. The quarterback counter trey works off of foundation and should be learned together with 2/3 base.

Quarterback counter trey will seem like 2/3 foundation but there's no read. If the play call was 4 QB counter trey, then the back would align to the ideal cross over and imitation 3 base. The quarterback does not have to ride the ball to back, just let him cross. Backside guard and handle will tug. The shield will kick the playside end along with the tackle will seal on the linebacker. Allow me to say here that thoughts upward"4" techniques are hard to counter because it is hard to execute a down block.

One of the most common mistakes by the quarterback is going to be for him to attempt to run wide. I guarantee this drama will not function if the QB is not disciplined. If 2/3 foundation have powerful the QB counter will be successful too.
Today 4/5 counter can be conducted by the back too. The QB can read this like he can 2/3 base. Often when the backside defensive end sees backside linemen pulling he'll close along with the QB will have an chance to pull on the ball. If a team wants to be successful in the spread running game they need to become efficient at the counter. It is a miss route drama which keeps the buttocks honest.

Often within linebackers will cross vital. Tendencies for many spread teams demonstrate that a vast majority of time in the event the back is away the running drama is coming to you. Align the rear playside on counter a few. But if your group runs counter nicely this can hurt them keying crossover trends.
The third running scheme is external zone. Outdoor zone keeps defensive ends fair. And run4 game and counter work collectively so can counter and outside zone. Some groups won't extend the end but will utilize an outside linebacker to divide the difference between an interior receiver along with the handle. (This is the place where the bubble is significant ).

Having achievement running outside zone may cause defensive ends to widen making them prime targets to be pumped by pulling guards when running counter. The most difficult type of outdoor zone play and the toughest to time is the jet sweep.
The QB will begin the inside receiver in movement and before he arrives in the QB ball is going to be snapped and handed to him running full speed. Once this drama is perfected it opens up several other possibilities in the running game and passing game. Offensive linemen will reduce back and extend playside. It is easy for offensive line coaches to coach this. Teach your linemen to work to the playside arm pit and keep engaged! It is a fast play and comprehension is about the one thing that can cause problems. Playside receivers play a large role in the achievement of the play.