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Running The Iso Out Of The “I” Brings Defenses To Their Knees

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© October, 2003


by Stuart Salling
Assistant Coach, Parkview Baptist High School, Baton Rouge, La.

THIS OFFENSE IS BASED on running isolation plays at linebackers and by having a complement of option and G schemes to keep defenses from using wholesale blitzing to stop the power game.

Running the iso out of an I-formation is by no means a new concept, but it’s somewhat neglected or rejected by some teams because they “lack the personnel” to run such a scheme.

In our system, we’re not blessed with the kind of athletes on the offensive line that can physically dominate teams 1-on-1. So our power running game hinges on combination blocking (doubling) at the point of attack. This allows our “non-athletic” offensive linemen to push around far more athletic defensive linemen.

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