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Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 65 : Zone Read with RPO

In the Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 65, the Zone Read from a Trips formation is shown against a 4-3 front.  Coach DeMeo points out a number of benefits of using this play as a complement to the Gun Triple, including: 1) The Handoff Key gets a different look and has to change the way the handoff is played, 2) the Offense can pick different players to run the ball, and 3) it becomes difficult for the Defense to take the Tailback out of the game.

 

In an added bonus in this Chalk Talk, a complementary RPO is illustrated and explained, which can be used in addition to the built in "flash" that is part of every run in the Triple Gun Offense. Available now in our Members Section.

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Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 64 : Stretch Pass with Whirley Motion now available 

In the Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 64, Coach DeMeo illustrates and explains the Stretch Pass with Whirley Motion - a pass play that gives the illusion of the Gun Triple Option.  By using a formation that forces the outside backer to widen his alignment, a 6 man protection is made possible - and the backside slot gets a free release into his route.

 

An added bonus in this Chalk Talk is a detailed explanation and illustration of how to adjust the pass protection if a seven man rush is possible by the OLB's alignment. Available now in our Members Section.

Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 63 : Quarterback Iso now available 

The Quarterback Iso is the Triple Gun Offense's variation of the "QB Follow" play. In addition to giving the QB a better cutback option, the Triple Gun QB Iso gives him a chance to better read the Tailback's block.   In the Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 63, Coach DeMeo illustrates and explains the play against the 4-4 Defense of a perennial powerhouse in Division II. 

 

Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 61B : Flip Screen now available 

The Flip Screen is a Triple Screen that works as a counter to the "regular" Triple Screen.  In our Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 61B, Coach DeMeo illustrates and explains the play that uses Flip motion to create easier blocks and makes the slot to the side of the screen the primary receiver. 

 

The Flip screen, like other videos in this Play of the Day Chalk Talk series illustrates a play that complements the Gun Triple core Runs and Passes.  Available now in our Members Resource section.

Attacking 8 Man fronts with Unbalanced formations

Steve Gunther, long time football coach and now Author/Publisher of a number of option books and videos returns with an article based on the concepts in his latest book, "How to Coach the Option Running Game".  In his article entitled "Flexbone Unbalanced Formations vs. 8 Man Fronts" Gunther includes illustrations and examples from Paul Johnson and Emory Bellard and adds ideas of his own based on a 43 year coaching career.

Gunther's previous articles include the Flexbone Triple (click to view) and A Defensive Front Identification System for Option Football. The latter is an excerpt from the book, How to Coach the Wishbone Football Offense, According to Emory Bellard. Gunther was an assistant for Bellard at Spring-Westfield High School, Houston, Texas from 1990-1994 - Coach Bellard's last 4 years of coaching.   Bellard is best known as the founder of the Wishbone, an offense he developed while on the Staff of Darry Royal at the University of Texas.

Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 62 : Half Reverse

The Half Reverse from the Shotgun is an efficient, single reverse that avoids the "feast or famine" scenario for most reverses, since it can be run without worry about a loss of yardage.

Half Reverse

Listen to Tony DeMeo Chalk and Talk his way through another play that complements the option by taking advantage of the  the secondary rolling and the defense reacting to the option action. Available now in our Members Resource section.

Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 61 : Triple Screen now available 

Coach Tony DeMeo is back at the digital chalkboard for Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 61. In this, the first in a new series that focuses on Triple Gun Complementary Plays, we take a look at game footage and a play illustration for the Triple Screen play. 

Other videos in the Play of the Day Chalk Talk series will illustrate a variety of plays that complement the Gun Triple core Runs and Passes. As with many plays in our Chalk Talk series, the Triple Screen can be run from virtually any offensive formation and fits into any offensive scheme.  Available now in our Members Resource section.

Play of the Day Chalk Talk Volume 60 - Defending the RPO

With Super Bowl LII just a few days away, we fired up the Digital Chalkboard for a special edition of our Play of the Day Chalk Talk series. In Volume 60, Coach DeMeo takes a look at the RPO play from the Defense's perspective against a 2x2 and 3x1 formation.

As Coach DeMeo points out, New England Head Coach Bill Belichick typically "takes away" something and makes his opponent beat the Patriots by doing something else..something they don't do as well. Coach DeMeo's prediction, which he explains and illustrates, is that the Patriots will take away the Eagles RPO pass threat and force them to run against a Patriots scheme that removes the numbers advantage in the box.

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