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Drop-Back Passing Series Perfectly Complements Option Attack

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© June, 2005


by Bruce Bendix
Former Head Coach, Owosso High School, Owosso, Mich.

AS A VEER-OPTION offensive team, the majority of our offensive practice time was previously devoted to perfecting option assignments and techniques. Our basic passing game was built around play-action and roll-out passes designed to take advantage of the soft spots in our opponents’ schemes to defend our veer plays.

We recognized, however, that a drop-back passing series could be a valuable — and sometimes necessary — complement to our base offense. The benefits of this drop-back passing series becomes clear for a number of reasons:

‰    To meet game situations such as possession downs, two-minute warnings, etc.

‰    To further spread the defense both horizontally and vertically.

‰    To give the defense more preparation problems during the week, using up more of their practice time.

Time they need to spend on defending the triple option.

‰    To get the ball to your playmakers.

‰    To keep the defense from focusing its pass rush in one area.

‰    To help prepare our own defense, which faces drop-back passing teams throughout the season.
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