News from Option Central

Play of the Day Chalk Talks feature Quick Game Hitch Variations

A pair of Play of the Day Chalk Talks from Tony DeMeo's Quick Game Virtual Playbook are now available in our public section. Volume 24 is a variation of the Hitch pattern and Volume 31, a variation of the Fade.  These high percentage pass concepts are shown against an even shell.  

Final Triple Gun Webinar recording now available: How to Practice the Triple Gun

The final recording from the 2015 Triple Gun Webinar series is now available in our Member video library. Entitled  How to Practice The Triple Gun - Practice is Sacred, this session, like many others in year's series of webinars, should have broad appeal to Head Coaches and Offensive Coaches regardless of their scheme or role.  This is an ideal topic for wrapping up what was another great year of Webinars from Coach Tony DeMeo.

Like the 2014 Triple Gun Webinar series, the 2015 webinars provided 8 hours of instruction on 8 different topics. Option Central provides unlimited, on-demand access to the recordings in cutup format (usually 4 per webinar) that makes viewing convenient for our Members.

Ferris State Bulldogs ranked #2 in Division II NCAA Pre-Season poll.

The accolades continue to roll in for the Ferris State Bulldog Football program.  The defending Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Champs were recently selected 2nd in the NCAA Preseason Poll.

The high powered Bulldog Offense was first introduced to Option Central Members in 2013, and now includes a total of twelve videos on different aspects of the Pistol Option Offense ..presented in cutup format for convenient viewing.  The success of the Bulldogs will come as no surprise to Option Central Members who have watched one or more of these videos, as they provide a comprehensive look at all facets of the offense, including game video cutups and recordings of practice sessions, including voiceover narrative.

New Triple Gun Webinar recordings: Controlling the Clock with The Triple Gun High Percentage Pass Game, Attacking in the Red Zone.

In the second hour of Webinar 3 of the 2015 Triple Gun Webinar series, Coach DeMeo discussed the rational behind the use of Quicks, Screens and Hitches.  Includes the rationale for including this "West Coast Offense"  type of "pick and poke" attack in the Triple Gun package. Also available now for our members is the recording of the first hour of Webinar 4 - Attacking in the Red Zone.  We'll have the recording for the final session from Webinar 4 online by the end of June. How to Practice The Triple Gun will, like many of this year's webinars, have broad appeal to Head Coaches and Offensive Coaches regardless of their scheme.  This is an ideal topic for wrapping up what was another great year of Webinars from Tony DeMeo.

Triple Gun Virtual Playbook Vol III  now available

The third volume of the Triple Gun Virtual Playbook is now available.  Produced by Option Central, and using the same approach and technology that was introduced in Volumes 1 and 2, the Triple Gun Virtual Playbook Volume III includes video, chalk & talk as Coach Tony DeMeo focuses on the Quick Passing Game and the built-in Bootleg option.

Coach DeMeo chose the Triple Gun Quick Game for the third volume because it can be used with any offense, and is an essential part of today’s game - especially for a team that must control the clock. The Quick Game fits in perfectly with the Triple Gun Principle of “Strategic Flexibility” because the play changes after the snap of the ball (The Triple Gun Quick Game uses route conversions and converts to a bootleg pass as an escape for the Quarterback if he doesn’t like the front side routes).

This DVD includes includes eleven Triple Gun Quick Passes, bonus sections on the Quick Game protection vs the game's most popular fronts and blitzes, and the philosophy and concepts of The Triple Gun Quick Game, including the influence of Bill Walsh and his "West Coast Offense" on the Triple Gun.

More Triple Gun Webinar series video recordings available

We continue our rollout of the Triple Gun 2015 Webinar series with recordings dedicated to attacking specific defenses. In Attacking the 4-3 Defense, Attacking the 3-3 Stack, and Attacking the 3-4 Defense Coach DeMeo dissects each defense and identifies the specific plays from within the Triple Gun Option package, Complimentary Runs, Quick Passing Game, and Play Action Passing game that he has found to be most effective against each defense.  

The videos should appeal to both Offensive and Defensive coaches, and present many concepts and strategies that can be incorporated into any Offensive or Defensive scheme.  Additional Triple Gun Webinar recordings coming this summer include Controlling the Clock with The Triple Gun High Percentage Pass Game, The Triple Gun Red Zone Attack, and Practice is Sacred: How to Practice The Triple Gun Offense

Quick Game, Play Action passing and other Chalk Talks to resume this month

As always, Spring is a busy time for us here at Option Central.  We recently wrapped out our latest Play of the Day Chalk Talk series on The Quick Game Pass Attack. 

A total of 5 new plays were added to our Member Resource library during April 2015, including the Fade/Stick (Volume 31), which we decided to make available for viewing by members and guests on our public facing page Play of the Day Chalk Talk and on Youtube.

Other new plays added in April include The Quick Game Boot, Slice/Corner, Fade vs Cover 2, Fade-Stick and Skinny/Stick combination.

Triple Gun Webinar series concludes - video recordings coming to Option Central this Spring (2015)

This year's Triple Gun Webinar series wrapped up with two great topics -  The Triple Gun Red Zone Attack and How to Practice The Triple Gun Offense.  This year's full slate of topics included:

Installing the Gun Triple in Year One
Adding the Zone Read and Shotgun Mid-line to The Triple Gun Offense
Attacking the 43 Defense
Attacking the 33 Stack Defense
Attacking the 34 Defense
Controlling the Clock with The Triple Gun High Percentage Pass Game
The Triple Gun Red Zone Attack
Practice is Sacred: How to Practice The Triple Gun Offense

As a sponsor of the Webinars, Option Central was able to offer its members complimentary admission to the webinars.  We're now in the process of adding the recordings for each webinar segment to our Member Resource section, and expect to have the entire series online later this Spring in our Triple Gun Resource section. 

Coach Mike Roark talks Defending the Option with the 3-3 Stack on Chalk Talk

In Volume 3 of the our new Chalk Talk series, Coach Mike Roark talks with Host Tony DeMeo about Defending the Option from a 3-3 Stack. Using Powerpoint with animation as his presentation tool, Coach Roark covers a wide range of topics, from basic philosophy and assignments to unbalanced adjustments, motion adjustments and Goal Line Defense vs an Option team.

Coaches Roark and DeMeo begin with a preview of the OBX Football Clinic that is held on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in late March. The clinic includes 5 hours of instruction on option topics, including HS Coaches talking on the Pistol and Flexbone, and Coach DeMeo talking on his Triple Gun Offense. Visit http://obxfbclinic.com for more clinic details and check out this preview video in which Coach Roark, clinic director talks about the OBX clinic, now in its third year.

Triple Gun 2015 Webinars to begin Wednesday, Feb 25

We're looking forward to another great year of webinars from Coach Tony DeMeo. The first webinar from Coach DeMeo for 2015,  Installing the Gun Triple in Year One, will be held on February 25th from 7PM until 9PM EST.  In the second hour, Coach DeMeo will discuss how the Zone Read and Shotgun Mid-line can easily be added to The Triple Gun Offense.

Once again, this years webinars will be sponsored in part by Option Central. A limited number of complimentary "seats" are available on request to Option Central members. Coaches interested in attending who are not current members of Option Central can sign up for the webinars at http://tonydemeo.com/clinic.

Finally, we'll be featuring a new series of Webinars based on Coach DeMeo's new book, Commonsense Rules with Everyday Leaders.  The first webinar recoring in this new series, Being A Leader, can be viewed on our video page.

Quick Game and Play Action Passing, Flexbone Option and Rocket Play  featured in our first Chalk Talks of 2015

Four new videos from the Triple Gun Quick Passing Game are now available in the Option Central Member Resource library.  The videos include one "Chalk and Talk" session that focuses solely on Pass Protection against today's popular Defensive schemes, as well as three new Play of the Day Chalk Talks that also include game footage: The Hitch, Hitch Seam, and Hitch/Boot to Trips. 

Coach DeMeo is now hosting a new type of Chalk Talk session, entitled Tony Talk. In this new series, Coach DeMeo will interview some of the best coaching minds in Option Football and beyond.  His first two shows featured past Option Central contributors - John Iannucci and Steve Gunther. Coach Iannucci talked about the Flexbone Option and related Quick and Play Actions passes, along with his Rocket sweep play, and Coach Gunther spoke about the blocking scheme of legendary coach Emory Bellard. Both are now available in our Member Resource Library.

Triple Gun Virtual Playbook Vol II  now available. Play of the Day Chalk Talks resume with Quick Game series 

The second volume of the Triple Gun Virtual Playbook is now available.  Produced by Option Central, and using the same approach and technology that was introduced in Volume 1, the Triple Gun Virtual Playbook Volume II includes video, chalk & talk as Coach Tony DeMeo focuses on one phase of his Triple Gun Offense: The Double Option. Double Options get the ball to the perimeter quickly, and are ideal when an offensive line is struggling inside. Approximately two hours long, Volume II includes eleven Triple Gun Double Options - including Speed Options, Stud Options, The Zone Read, The Counter Zone Read, The Gun Midline and the Counter Speed Option.   A number of formations are featured for their ability to "capture the flank".

We're back to the Digital Chalk Board in January, as we begin publishing the next phase of the Play of the Day Chalk Talks which focus on The Quick Game. 

More from the FSU Bulldog Playbook - Complementary Plays for the Pistol Option, Power Read and Jet Zone Read

In this recently produced series of videos, Coach Rob Zeitman presents plays that complement the Pistol Option, Power Read and Jet Zone Read plays.  Chalkboard sessions and game video from the Bulldogs 2013 season illustrate the way the Bulldogs use the Jet Sweep, Quarterback Iso, Counter Option and Zone Read, along with Play Action passing to super-charge their offensive attack.  Run from a variety of Spread Gun formations, these 8 running plays along with a number of play action passing derivatives make great additions to any Spread Gun Offense.

Power Read, Jet Zone Read videos from Ferris State's explosive 2013 Offense

The Power Read and Jet Zone Read plays are an important part of many of today's most explosive Spread Offenses. In a new video series, Coach Rob Zeitman presents each of these plays in depth - on the "board", and in both practice and game video from the Bulldogs highly successful 2013 campaign.

Six additional Triple Gun Play of the Day Chalk Talks now available to Option Central Members

Play of the Day Chalk Talks 19 through 25 are now available in our Member Video Library.  All "double option" plays, each was chosen by Coach DeMeo for eventual inclusion on his second Triple Gun DVD, which is scheduled for release later this year. Produced by Option Central in collaboration with Coach DeMeo, the Play of the Day Chalk Talks collectively represent the most significant "original content" initiative of Option Central in its 15 year history.  

Double Option Chalk Talks illustrate the use of formations to create explosive Speed Option plays

Play of the Day Chalk Talks 17 and 18 are Speed Option plays. In Volume 17, the Speed Option is run away from an Unbalanced set, and in Volume 18, from a formation with one Slot widened to spread the Defense. Both include tips and insights into the use of formations to create numbers advantages for the Offense that result in big plays.

New Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 16 - Flip Zone Read Counter Double Option

Available now in our public section is a new Play of the Day Chalk Talk from Coach Tony DeMeo that uses "Flip" motion to create misdirection and results in a "Lead Zone" Read play. A Double Option play, the Flip Zone Read is run from a formation with one wide and one tight Slot.

*Play of the Day 15, available to Option Central members, is a Midline play run against a 5-3 Defense.

New Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 14 - Double Option with Counter Lead Motion and Playside Crack

In the second play from our new series of Double Option plays, we illustrate the use of Counter Motion against a 3-4 Defense that is playing their Defensive Ends in "4i" alignments.   Members can view this edition of our Play of the Day Chalk Talk series in the Triple Gun Offense section of our Video Resource Library.

Triple Gun 2014 Webinar series recordings now available in our Member Video Resource Library 

The 2014 Triple Gun Webinar series, sponsored in part by Option Central, offered an expanded slate of topics and a number of additional benefits to attendees. Now in its second year, the Triple Gun Webinar series, like the Offense with the same name, continues to grow in popularity (no surprise to those in attendence, we're sure). 

This year, a total of four sessions and seven (7) topics were available to Webinar attendees - a total of 8+ hours of instruction. As an added bonus, 2014 webinar attendees have access to recordings of the webinars they attended.   Option Central Members can now view the webinar recordings in our Video Resource Library.

The 2014 Triple Gun Webinar lineup included the following topics:

Webinar 1: The Gun Triple from Soup to Nuts
Webinar 2: The Triple Gun Play Action and Quick Games
Webinar 3: The Jet Sweep and the Empty Package
Webinar 4: The Screen Game and Attacking the 4-4 Defense with the Triple Gun

Coaches who are not members of Option Central can purchase individual webinar recordings, or the entire series at www.tonydemeo.com/training.

New Play of the Day Chalk Talk, Flexbone Article kick off Spring at Option Central

Two new resources are available to our Members and Guests, as we kick off Spring here are Option Central. We welcome back Guest Contributor Steve Gunther, long time Football Coach and now an Author of books and videos on coaching the Wishbone and Flexbone Offensive schemes. Coach Gunther's article, the Flexbone Triple appears as a free Article this month (see our Article Index), with a followup article appearing in our Member section for those who want to learn position-specific techniques for executing the Flexbone Triple against many of today's defensive schemes.

Also available now in our public section is a new Play of the Day Chalk Talk from Coach Tony DeMeo that features a Double Option play from an "End over" formation. See how the play attacks the perimeter with an Option while including a built-in read that keeps the ILB honest.

Triple Gun 2014 Webinar Series Review/Preview

The Triple Gun Webinar series for 2014 concludes on April 9th with two one-hour sessions. The first hour of the webinar will cover the complete Triple Gun Screen Game , and the second hour will be devoted to Attacking the 4-4 Defense.  Option Central worked with Coach DeMeo to put together these short videos - the first a preview of Webinar 4, and the second, a review/preview of this year's Triple Gun Webinar series.

Pistol Option Offense series rollout concludes with Volume 9 - Complementary Plays

Need a "change-up" play or two to round out your Pistol based Option attack? We've got a few candidates for you to consider this month at Option Central as we complete our rollout of the 9 part Pistol Option Offense video series from Rob Zeitman and his colleagues at Ferris State. In Volume 9, Complementary Plays, Coach Zeitman first reviews the play distribution from the Bulldogs 2012 season, and then presents the Pistol version of the Spin Trap, a play that looks a lot like the Trap Option popularized by Option Central contributor, Larry Beckish.  Additional plays in this video are the Jet and Fly (Navy Toss) Sweeps from the Pistol, the Wing Counter play, the Zone Read, the Jet Zone Read (Inverted Veer) and the Outside Veer - all run from the Pistol.

The package of six additional plays is delivered in shorter, cutup-style videos. Each play is illustrated and accompanied by game footage, voice-over explanations, commentary and coaching points from Coach Zeitman.   A fitting wrap-up to the outstanding 9-part series on the Bulldogs Pistol Option Offense - aka "The Showgun" from the FSU Head Coach Tony Annese.

New video Chalk Talks, Pistol Option Volume 8, and Tony DeMeo webinars slated to begin in February

Some great new material has arrived to kick off February at Option Central.  Two more Play of the Day Chalk Talks from Tony DeMeo, and the 8th video in the series from Ferris State - this one on Situational Offense are now available in our Member Resource Library. 

We are a sponsor of Coach DeMeo's Triple Gun webinar series again this year, which benefits our members and guests in a number of ways (a description of the first of these member benefits for 2014 has been posted to the Home page in our Members section and emailed to our Member eMail List).  
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Coach DeMeo was a guest on the first Coaches Corner football podcast for 2014,  discussing the specifics of how he turned around struggling football teams, and the role of the Option in those turnarounds. The podcast also includes Coach DeMeo's perspective on the recently concluded College and NFL seasons.   

Mesh Point Option / Wings and Things Clinic slated for March 7th and 8th in Lancaster, PA  (New, earlier date)

The 2014 edition of the Mesh Point Option / Wings and Things Clinic is scheduled for March 7/8 at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, PA. The clinic offers two "tracks" to attendees and features an outstanding speaker list with both National and Local speakers (including Option Central contributors Rob Zeitman and Joe Sells), and complimentary (GREAT !) meals are included.  A $10 discount for pre-registration and group/staff discounts are available.  Full details are in the Clinic Brochure, or Contact Clinic Directors Anthony Sottasante (717-424-5840) or Dennis Iezzi (610-781-9787).

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Ferris State's Rob Zeitman talks Pistol Option Offense on The Mest Point podcast

We're excited to kick off 2014 with two great educational resources from Coach Rob Zeitman of Ferris State University.  Fresh off an outstanding season, Coach Zeitman visits with Host John Anderson on our latest Mesh Point Edition of the Coaches Corner podcast to discuss a variety of topics related to the Pistol Option Offense that was at the heart of the FSU Bulldogs success this past season. 

Game Planning in the FSU Pistol Option Offense - video now available in our Member Video Library

We've also added the 7th video in the outstanding series from Coach Zeitman on the subject of Game Planning to our streaming video library for Option Central Members. The video provides a comprehensive look into the way the Bulldog staff prepares its team each week - covering such topics as practice structure, situational Offense and the thought process that goes into Game Planning. The video concludes with a look at how the Showgun Offense attacks the major Defensive schemes utilized in the game today, including the 4-2-5, 4-3, 3-4/5-2 and odd stack defenses like the 3-5-3.  Also included is a discussion of the use of an unbalanced set to attack a Goal Line Defense.

The video runs approximately 40 minutes and is as close to a "must-see" video for both Offensive and Defensive coaches as we've seen in a long time.  The Ferris State Bulldogs compete in the tough GLIAC Conference in the NCAA's Division II.

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