Drop-Back Passing Series Perfectly Complements Option Attack
© 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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