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Multiplicity Through Simplicity - Being Multiple in 21 Personnel

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© October, 2013


by Ryan Majors
Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach William Jewell College

“Multiplicity Through Simplicity”- this short phrase is a pillar of our offensive philosophy. Multiplicity means we want every player to understand that we can run our offense out of as many looks as we can. Simplicity means we define roles and alignments ahead of time for our positions to fit into those looks, and then teach our QBs how they all tie together. We are able to utilize the spread, no-huddle components of our offense while staying in 21 personnel (2 RB, 2WR, 1TE).

The first component of our offense that gives us the ability to become multiple in 21 personnel is our formation/alignment structure. We have hard calls for fifteen formations that are the sum of the pieces we can put together in any personnel grouping. The quarterbacks in our system learn that each formation/alignment combination is like a math equation. Through our meetings and homework, they learn how to see ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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