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The “O” in Power-O

12 Jul

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Given the way youth defenses leverage the outside to prevent running plays beyond their contain personnel, we would argue that a well-run Power-O — more than most Sweep or Pitch actions — has the most potential to bust for long yardage.  Consider first the advantages of your basic Power-O play:

— It permits the OL to come off hard and aggressive.
— It uses a gap blocking scheme which lets the OL handle slants, stunts, and blitzes.
— It can be run from any number of formations and personnel groupings.
— And, lastly, the play is downhill which reduces the risk of tackles behind the LOS.

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Offensive Play: Bootleg

28 Mar

bootleg (combined).jpgA bootleg is schizophrenic or something.

For starters, it’s a misdirection play.  The Quarterback fakes a hand off in one direction then rolls out to the other.

It’s also a play-action pass in that it starts out looking like a running play.  The run fake does two things: it confuses the defense and it slows down any pass rush.

And, lastly, it’s an option play — sort of.  Depending upon how the defense’s backside reacts to the Quarterback’s sudden appearance with the ball, the Quarterback has the option to either run or pass.

The defense, in this case, is specifically the force defender.  He’s the lone wolf in a defense’s perimeter who’s entrusted with “forcing” a ballcarrier back into the pursuit.

When he sees the Quarterback with the ball to his side of the field, he has two choices: he can lay back and protect against the pass, in which case the Quarterback can run.  Or he can rush the Quarterback who will then throw to the open receiver.  When executed properly, a bootleg is basically a no-win situation for the defense.

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