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Running Your Quarterback For Big Gains

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© February, 2005


by Robert E. Carlson
Senior Consultant For Football Affairs & Varsity Assistant Coach, Fenton High School, Bensenville, Ill.

WITH THE SPEED of modern-day defenses and fast-flow keys, misdirection plays have never been more important and are essential to any offense. For the majority of my 36-year coaching career, my teams have employed an I-formation power-type running game relying heavily on lead blocking by the fullback and a 3-step passing game that utilizes two wide receivers.

To create a misdirection package, we use our QB as the counter player. This tactic has served us well in a number of areas. It has given us big-play capability and it slows down the pursuit of the defense toward our FB and tailback.

In most non-option offenses, the QB is not considered a running threat by opposing defenses. In conjunction with our power-running game and 3-step drop passing game, we involve the QB by running effective plays such as the “Boot Run,” “Lead Keep,” “QB Power,” “Inside Counter,” “QB Draw” and “QB Sneak. ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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