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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