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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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