The Underlying Philosophy of Chip Kelly

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Another good one via Coach Bill Mountjoy:

Schemes and plays don’t win games.  Execution wins games.  You want a game plan that confuses your opponent, but if it also confuses your own players, you will lose.

Cleverness is enemy of execution.  Thinking is way too slow to work at the highest levels of performance.  Players need to stop thinking and react, using finely honed instincts developed through experience.

Never deal with hypotheticals.  You’ll kill yourself.  I could have nine million different scenarios today.  I don’t deal with all that.  I just deal with what reality is.

Chip Kelly at the 2009 Coach of the Year talk:  “With our inside zone play. We get so much practice time and so many reps that we can handle all the scenarios that come about.  Instead of trying to “out-scheme” your opponent, put your players in an environment where they can be successful because they understand exactly what to do”.

Drill Happy? A quick note from Coach Mountjoy

DRILL HAPPY?

Too many coaches are “DRILL HAPPY”.  Joe Bugel said that when he first coached the O-Line for Woody Hayes at Ohio State, he came to practice with a large stack of 5×8 index cards containing his O-Line drills.

Woody told him “you are not in the entertainment business – toss those damned cards away & just teach the O-lineman how to drive block, reach block, & down block”.

How do you do this?  No “drills” are needed – you just line a defender up on the blocker & just DO IT!

PS:  You don’t need a bunch of boards, sleds, dummies, ETC.  Those things are NOT found on the field on game day!!!

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A Plan to Break Down Defensive Frontal Structures

Bill Mountjoy is an authority not just on how to run the ball but also on when and where to run the ball.  This post from an email from Bill provides great information on how to use run schemes.  Thanks again Coach!

The document below describes the Red-White System.  Coach Mountjoy’s notes are written after the document.

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We still find IZ GOOD to the “White” side of the defense (see ATTACHMENT).  Can use it with or without “H” back ISO on it.

ALSO:  Check below:

CALLING RUNS:

 RED:

  1. “POWER”
  1. “OUTSIDE ZONE”
  1. “TOSS”  (ESP. IF MAN/BLITZ)

WHITE:

  1. “COUNTER”
  1. “INSIDE ZONE”
  1. “TOSS” (ESP. IF MAN/BLITZ)

ALSO:  “H-AROUND” (PRIORITIES IN ORDER):

A)    IF 3 MEN TO SE SIDE OF BALL AWAY FROM “TRIPS” – RUN TO SE SIDE.  IF 4 MEN TO SE SIDE OF BALL FROM “TRIPS ” – GO TO PLAN B):

B)  IF 4 MEN TO EACH SIDE OF BALL IN “DOUBLE” – RUN TO TE SIDE.

“LEAD DRAW”  TO EITHER SIDE.

A)     POWER/COUNTER:

RED SIDE (TE SIDE IN THIS CASE) WE CAN RUN THERE ON POWER VS. 4 IN THE “BOX” STRONGSIDE OF THE CENTER (with H coming in motion) – BUT NOT 5:
WE FEEL that since there will be a smaller HOLE between the 3 technique & the 7 tech. DE to be kicked out on the “POWER” to the TE side (by align) – the “H” in MOTION can get ONTO the block MUCH quicker than the OFF G would on the Counter (before the hole constricts). ALSO: In “DOUBLE” – if you ran Power to SE side – WHO is the kickout blocker??? REMEMBER: If they are WEAK on the SE side, with 3 defenders or less in the “box” – EXPLOIT IT (don’t bring another defender over WITH the motion, because we don’t like to run to the SE side with 4 defenders in the “box”).

WHITE SIDE (SE SIDE IN THIS CASE) WE CAN RUN THERE WITH 3 IN THE “BOX” WEAKSIDE OF THE CENTER ON COUNTER (with wrapping OFF G coming) – BUT NOT 4:
The HOLE on the SE side between the 1 or Shade & the loose 5 tech. DE to be trapped on the COUNTER is generally wider (by align) – taking the trapping Off G more time to get there, & if the DE DOES close too fast – we can “TANGO” block him on Counter to the WHITE side (which you CAN’T do on the Power towards RED).

Using the SEQUENCE of motioning to POWER the TE side, & coming back with COUNTER to the SE side (WHEN they over react to motion) is almost an entire offense in itself (along with the play actions). Having used these plays in this manner since 1982 – I can ASSURE you that it is what works best for US!!! We don’t get “carried away” & try to do too many things. You might call us “minimalists”, & our philosophy is “LESS IS BETTER”!!!.

Larry Beightol says that:
1. We only run Power to the TE side, AND, then only to the RIGHT!!
2. We only run Counter to the SE side, AND, then only to the LEFT!!!

His ONLY REASON??? (QUOTE) “EVEN IN THE NFL – there is not ENOUGH TIME to teach the COUNTER to the TE side AND the SE side, AND to the right and left, AND ALSO, NOT enough time teach the POWER to the TE side AND the SE side, AND to the right and left. We have to leave time for our OTHER runs, AND, Pass Pro”!!!

B)     ZONE PLAYS:

We prefer INSIDE ZONE to the “WHITE” side because the RB has a chance to CRAM the B Gap (because of the “bubble” over the ON G) without having to always make a CUT (“the BEST cut is NO cut”), & because we frequently get 3 double teams on the IZ to the “White” side:

GETTING 3 “VERTICAL” DOUBLE TEAMS ON INSIDE ZONE PLAY TO “WHITE” SIDE:

OBJECTIVE:  PUSH LEVEL 1 (DLM) BACK INTO THE LAPS OF LEVEL 2 (LBers)

—————————-W/S

C———————————————-S/S———–C

——————–W——-M——S

———————–E—–N—T—-E

———————-O-O-O-C-O-O-O

O—————————–Q—————————–O

——————————-R

INSIDE ZONE LEFT:

LE & LT = (ZONE) DOUBLE DE (#2) TO WLB (#3)

LG & CTR = (ZONE) DOUBLE NOSE (#0) TO MLB (#1)

RG & RT = (ZONE) DOUBLE DT (#1) TO SLB (#2)

RE = (MAN) CUTOFF DE (#3)

RB = 1st. STEP LATERAL WITH PLAYSIDE FOOT, ROLL, CROSSOVER, AND AIM NOSE FOR OUTSIDE LEG OF LG.   CRAM B GAP

QB = OPEN TO 7 O’CLOCK.  AFTER HANDOFF – FAKED NAKED FOR 5 STEPS AWAY FROM P.O.A.

WR’S  “PUSH/CRACK” FROM CORNERS TO SAFETIES

We prefer OUTSIDE ZONE to the “RED” side of the defense because the RB’s SECOND read (his first read – the DE – normally gives his a read to go inside) is generally a 3 technique (on “Red”) as opposed to a “1” or a “Shade” (on “White”), and he can make his decision to cut UP quicker off the 3 tech. (& more straight upfield).  On  “Red” he has a greater chance to cram the C Gap (because of the “bubble” over the ON T) – which is what we WANT!

The BIGGEST MISTAKE I see offensive coaches make it that they (in a given game) try to run ALL their plays, from ALL their formations, & run them ALL both right & left (& run them ALL to both “RED” & “WHITE”). That is a recipe for “getting your ass beat”.

 

More Zone from Bill Mountjoy

Coach Mountjoy has some great material on the zone running game and he forwarded more for me to share.  Included in this post are Alabama’s theory behind zone blocking under OL Coach Joe Pendry.  As Coach Mountjoy said, “ They BEGIN with it as a “man” scheme (DLM widens quickly) & progress to “zone” when it is needed (DLM honkers down or comes inside).”  The next piece are two photos of the Washington Redskins Zone Landmarks (2013).  Coach also shared two other pieces that he felt went along well with this info.

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Why we zone block by Coach Mountjoy

WHY WE ZONE BLOCK:

Our DEFINITION of zone blocking = “ZONE BLOCKING IS TWO ADJACENT OFFENSIVE LINEMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BLOCKING TWO DEFENDERS IN A CERTAIN AREA.” It BEGINS at the bubble. The more bubbles – the more zone blocks on a given play (the fewer the bubbles – the fewer the zone blocks on a given play. WE normally get from ONE to THREE zone combos on a zone play (strictly depending on the defense’s alignment). THEREFORE – ZONE & MAN BLOCKING ALWAYS HAS TO FIT TOGETHER WITHIN EACH PLAY!!!

1. Zone blocking means that our blockers are responsible for only HALF a man (they have “ass protection” coming from an uncovered teammate to their inside). This way, we frequently get DOUBLE TEAMS from the DLM to the LBer. A blocker can come off the ball FASTER, & with MORE CONFIDENCE if he knows that he has help. If the DLM goes inside – he will be turned over to your inside teammate.

2. In a zone blocking scheme, fleet-footedness and athletic ability trump size as desirable qualities in offensive linemen. Coordination and technique matter more than muscle in implementing a successful scheme because defensive linemen are often double-teamed at the point of attack. Creating movement on the defensive line is more important than opening a specific hole in the defense.

3. You cannot MAN block all twists, slants, angles, stacks, etc. Sooner or later – you HAVE to zone off with another man, or defenders will run free. If you look at Vince Lombardi playbooks from the 1950’s & 1960’s – he EMPHASIZES zoning off on certain RUN schemes (he called it “Do-Dad” blocking), and on pass protection schemes vs. “twists”, etc.

4. It has proven to cut off penetration, & create movement on level 1 (DLM), with someone coming off on level 2 (LBer).

5. Can interchange positions EASILY!

6. WHO to block is EASY.

The Mother Lode of Zone Running Game Resources

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The Zone Running Game
When I started researching the zone running game about a decade ago, there were very few resources available. I was able to put together a binder of articles, some clinic notes, and I found a book and a few videos that I purchased. This post would have been like hitting the mother lode for me back then. The Internet is full of resources on this topic now.

I owe my initial learning to some local coaches who were willing to give their time to sit down and teach me. I owe a lot of my initial learning and foundation of the zone running game to Russ Jacques and Ron Lewis who are both great high school coaches here in the Cleveland area.

Later, I learned from communicating with Bill Mountjoy after my first year of running the inside and outside zone. What I learned from him and a few others helped improve it and produced the Ohio HS Division I leading rusher and scorer in 2005. I posted some zone information from Coach Mountjoy here and here.

The zone has become a very popular run because of its ability to be used in multiple formations and personnel groupings. This post includes over 150 links to information in the zone running game. All of the links will take you to information that is free.

Read my zone article here:

A Multiple Run Game with the Zone Scheme

Download my zone clinic presentations here:

2007 Glazier Clinic Presentations

2005-2008 Clinic Presentations

Notes on Wake Forest Outside Zone

The zone running game is the basis of our pro style pistol offense. Learn more about it in my iBook 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays, and look for a three volume series from me to be released in the late fall.

Chris Brown/Smart Football

Simple Explanation of Zone Runs

Zone Runs

Houston Texans Running Game

Malzahn – Auburn Run Game

Inside Zone and Pin and Pull Cut-Ups

Brophy Football Blog
Alex Gibbs New Developments

Herb Hand Zone Runs

X&O Labs
Inside Zone for Maximum Efficiency

Rip, Reach and Run to the Perimeter

Utilize the H-Back in Zone Schemes

Marrying Inside and Outside Zone Schemes

Pistol Two Back Zone Run Game

Pistol Zone Read Variations

Zone and Gap Runs from Unbalanced Formations

Zone Read: Variations in the Pass Game

“Pod” Teaching the Inside and Outside Zone

The QB Midline off of Outside Zone

The Inside Zone Study

Blocking the Outside Zone

Clinic Articles, Notes, and Presentations - Materials produced by coaches
Chip Kelly – Zone Read Option

Andrew Coverdale Inside Zone

Bill Mountjoy Zone Blocking

Bill Mountjoy Run Blocks

Bill Mountjoy Outside Zone

Bill Mountjoy Inside Zone

Bill Mountjoy – Teaching the Steps of Inside and Outside Zone

Alex Gibbs Outside Zone

Alex Gibbs Inside Zone

Zone Blocking Stacks

Coaching the Inside Zone – HS

Critical Elements in Zone Blocking

Inside Zone Tutorial

Complimenting Inside Zone With the Wham

Outside Zone – Running the Defense Horizontal

IZ Notes – Steve Loney

Ken Wilmesherr – Zone Blocking Part 1

Ken Wilmesherr – Zone Blocking Part 2

Ken Wilmesherr – OL Drills

Kevin Boyd – Effective Zone Blocking Techniques

notes taken on Steve Addazzio Clinic

Chip Kelly Zone Read Option Article

Zone Blocking Drill Manual

Greenbay Zone Scheme

Atlanta Flacons – Beightol OL Zone Drills

3 Man Zone Combos

Kyle McElvany OL Manual (HS)

Blocking the Modern Zone Run

HS Zone Presentation

Outside Zone Drill

Bill Mountjoy Clinic Notes

Zone Blocking Part 1 – Philosophy and Concepts

Zone Blocking Part 2 – Schemes and Footwork

Zone Blocking Part 3 – Stances

Zone Blocking Part 4 – Drills

Zone Blocking Part 5 – Drills

PPT with Alex Gibbs Coaching Points

Defensive Stunts for Zone Read

Zone from the Flexbone

Alex Gibbs Coaching Points

Forum Thread

http://www.mycoachbook.com/group/zonerunninggame

News Articles - these articles give some insight on to what coaches believe and why they are using zone runs.

Steelers Zone Running Game

Another on Steelers Zone Run

DolphinsSwitch to Zone Run

Broncos Power and Zone Run

Seattle Commits to Zone Run

Buccaneers – Defense faces Zone Run

Redskins – Shanahan Loves Zone Runs

Alabama Inside Zone

NY Jets Run Game

Raiders Still Believe in Zone Blocking

Why Packers Should Consider Zone Read

Redskins Zone Read

Analysis Articles – These articles use still shot illustrations and diagrams to explain zone runs

Steelers Zone Run Blocking

Urban Meyer – OSU Zone Runs

Michigan State Outside Zone

Redskins Zone Run Defeats 8-Man Fronts

Zone Run Can Make Redksins a Playoff Team

Browns Zone Runs

Texans Running Game

Texans Get Run Game on Track

LSU’s Inside Zone

Inside and Outside Zone Runs

Seahawks Zone Read

Seahawks Zone Blocking

Florida State Zone Blocking

OSU/Urban Meyer Outside Zone/Stretch

Texans Wide Zone

Notre Dame Zone Blocking

Oregon Zone vs LSU

Texas A&M Zone Read

Oklahoma Zone Run

NY Jets Run Game

Michigan Zone-Stretch

Dallas Cowboys/Bill Callahan Outside Zone

Oregon Inside Zone Series

Auburn Inside Zone

Wisconsin Run Game Part 1

Wisconsin Run Game Part 2

Redskins vs. Seahawks Zone Run

Michigan Zone Read

Oregon QB Zone Read – Fishduck

Oregon Inside Zone Runs-Fishduck

Oregon Outside Zone Read Altered- Fishduck

Videos online

Texans Run Game

Youth Football Zone Cuts

Coach Berry OL Drill tape pt 2 – Howard Univ

Coach Berry Inside Zone

Coach Pogue – Seymour HS. iZ vs 8 in the box

LSU Zone Clinic

Cut up illustrating Lions Zone Blocking

Oregon Zone Read vs Stanford 2010

Oregon Inside Zone vs Cal 2008

Oregon Outside Zone vs Cal 2008

Outside Zone – Joe Daniel

Iowa State Zone 1

Iowa State Zone 2

Iowa State Zone 3

Minnesota Inside Zone

Minnesota Inside Zone 2

Minnesota Inside Zone 3

Minnesota Inside Zone 4

Minnesota Outside Zone 1

Minnesota Outside Zone 2

Minnesota Outside Zone 3

Minnesota Outside Zone 4

Minnesota Outside Zone 5

Inside Zone Blocking Scheme

Steve Campbell – Outside Zone 1

Steve Campbell – Outside Zone 2

Steve Campbell – Inside Zone 1

Steve Campbell – Inside Zone 2

Steve Campbell – Inside Zone 3

Steve Campbell Plays off of IZ

Steve Campbell -Reverses off of Outside Zone\

Steve Campbell -Triple Option off of Inside Zone

Steve Campbell Inside Zone Clips pt 1

Steve Campbell Inside Zone Clips pt 2

Outside Zone Clips

Brock Huard – Oregon’s Inside Zone Read

Zone Read Cut ups

Alex Gibbs – Outside Zone Cut Ups

Texas Playbook Spotlight: Inside Zone

X&O Labs – Monmouth Outside Zone

Inside Zone Blocking Ohio St

Zone Blocking white board prior to walk thru-HS

Zone Blocking Walk Thru 1 of 3

Zone Blocking Walk Thru 2 of 3

Zone Blocking Walk Thru 3 of 3

Rod Dobbs pt 1

Rod Dobbs pt 2

X&O Labs Southern Oregon U Inside Zone

Tony Demeo zone read

Tony Demeo zone read to unbalanced

Nevada Zone Read

Another Nevada Zone Read

Nevada zone read vs Missouri

Nevada zone read vs Mizzou give to RB

Pistol Zone Read HS

Oregon zone read 3 tech

Oregon shotgun read option

Oregon read 3 tech

HS zone read clips

Inside Belly/Zone Coach Ruckman

Tight zone explanation

Zone blocking drill

Alex Gibbs pt 1

Alex Gibbs pt2

Alex Gibbs pt3

Alex Gibbs pt 4

Alex Gibbs pt 5

Alex Gibbs pt 6

Alex Gibbs pt7

Alex Gibbs pt8

USC Outside Zone vs Cal 2008

Miami Outside Zone Blocking Larry Scott

Outside Zone and Toss – John Hart

Inside Zone and Outside Zone Technique

Another good one from Coach Mountjoy.

NOTE: O-LINE SPLITS = 18” (CONSISTENT):

INSIDE ZONE TECHNIQUE (DRIVE BLOCK TECHNIQUES):

. COVERED: Take a 6” lead step aiming eyes at playside number. Second step to crotch (do not crossover). Hands at base of shoulder pads.

2. If DLM stretches with you – stay on block and uncovered teammate works up on LBer.

3. If DLM anchors on you – double team with uncovered teammate. Stay on block until wiped off & then work upfield aiming eyes to playside number of LBer.

4. If DLM slants inside – force him to flatten his slant and double team with uncovered teammate. Stay on block until wiped off & then work upfield aiming eyes to playside number of LBer.

. UNCOVERED: Take a 6” lead step aiming eyes at helmet of DLM. Do not cross over on second step.

1. If helmet goes out on your 1st step – 2nd step upfield aiming eyes to playside number of LBer.

2. If helmet stays put – double team (hip to hip) with covered teammate & wipe him off on Lber.

3. If helmet slants inside – get eyes to his playside number. Double team with covered teammate & wipe him off on LBer.

OUTSIDE ZONE TECHNIQUE (REACH BLOCK TECHNIQUES):

. COVERED: Take a 6” lead step aiming eyes at playside arm pit. Second step slightly outside crotch (do not crossover). Inside hand on midline & outside hand under armpit.

2. If DLM stretches with you – stay on block and uncovered teammate works up on LBer.

3. If DLM anchors on you – stay on block with eyes on playside arm pit.

4. If DLM slants inside – force him to flatten his slant by stiff arming him inside. Stay on block until you feel uncovered teammate & then come off aiming eyes to playside number of LBer.

. UNCOVERED: Take a 6” lead step aiming eyes at helmet of DLM. You may crossover on second step.

1. If helmet goes out & you haven’t contacted DLM by 3rd. step – work upfield aiming eyes to playside armpit of LBer.

2. If helmet stays put – shove him over to covered teammate and work upfield aiming eyes to playside armpit of LBer.

3. If helmet slants inside – aim eyes to his playside armpit. Take him over & wipe covered teammate off to LBer.

ZONE RULES:

TEACH “COVERED/UNCOVERED” (TO DETERMINES WHO ZONE BLOCKS
AND WHO MAN BLOCKS).

. IF YOU ARE UNCOVERED (BY A DLM) – ZONE WITH YOUR PLAYSIDE TEAMMATE.

. IF YOU ARE COVERED (BY A DLM) – ZONE WITH YOUR BACKSIDE TEAMMATE (UNLESS HE IS COVERED THEN YOU MUST MAN BLOCK).

NOTE: IF YOUR MAN IS STACKED IN A “TANDEM” – ZONE WITH TEAMMATE WHOSE MAN IS ALSO STACKED.

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DRILLING ZONE BLOCKING:

1. INDIVIDUAL: (bags OR live) “1 vs. 1”

A) INSIDE ZONE

—-1. Drive Block DLM

—-2. Drive Block LBer

B) OUTSIDE ZONE

—-1. Reach Block DLM

—-2. Reach Block LBer

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2. SMAll GROUP: (INSIDE & OUTSIDE ZONE TECHNIQUES – vs. bags OR live)

A) “2 vs. 2″ (uncovered man & covered man work vs. a ILer & DLM).

—–1. DLM widens & LBer steps inside of DLM

—–2. DML pinches inside & LBer scrapes outside

—–3. DLM anchors on covered man & LBer moves behind DLM (reading the RB)

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3. LARGE GROUP: (LIVE)

A) “5 ON 5″ (Live – NO bags)

————M
—–E–T—–T–E
—–O-O-C-O-O
———–Q

———–R

4-3 = Gives the Center a chance to zone with Guards (on zone TO callside)

———-B—–B
——E—–N—–E
——O-O-C-O-O
————Q

————R

3-4 Gives the Guards a chance to zone with Tackles (on zone TO callside) or Center (on zone AWAY callside)

B) “7 on 7″ (Live – no bags)

———–W—-M—–S
——–E—–T—–T—–E
——–O-O-O-C-O-O-O
—————–Q

—————–R

4-3 = Gives the Tackles a chance to zone with the TE’s (on zone TO callside), or the Guards (on zone AWAY callside)

NOTE: The “5 on 5″ & “7 on 7″ should be your best (“O”) vs. best (“D”). Full speed with no tackling the RB. Benefits of these:

1. COMPETITIVE DRILLS VS. DEFENSE;
2. BLOCKING TECHNIQUES VS. BLOCK REACTIONS;
3. TEACHES TOUGHNESS!!!!!

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4. TEAM (11 vs. 11)

Thanks again to Coach Mountjoy for providing this info. The zone running game is a big part of our offense. Learn mor about it in my iBook, 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays. Get it for you iPad here.