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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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