Pin & Pull Resources

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Pin and Pull has been a great play to allow us to get the ball out on the perimeter with force.  Here are a list of resources beginning with my own.  I have a detailed chapter on pin and pull in my iBook 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays for the iPad and Mac. Here are some Pin and Pull Resources to aid you in learning more about the scheme:

From Me:

My article on AFM

Pin and Pull from the Spread

Trailer on my AFM Video on Pin&Pull

Sweep Read that Attacks Both Perimeters

Use the Proper Tool-Pulling Technique

Smart Football/Chris Brown:

Outside Zone Variant:  Pin & Pull

Sweep Read Play

Colt’s Stretch Play


Sweep Read Play

Strong Football

Loosening Up the Box


Pin & Pull Scheme Cut-Ups

Pin & Pull Cut-ups

Auburn Buck Sweep

Complementing the Power O

Offensive Line-Sweep Pulls

On AFM: Stress the Defense with Quarterback Power

QB Power Musky Wide

Over the past four years, we have used some form of our power scheme with the quarterback as a runner. This has served as a play for us both with our starter in the game as well as part of a wildcat package.

Our initial use of it started as part of wildcat package when our starter’s style and skill set was more of a pro style drop back quarterback. While he was a capable as a runner, we saw his primary function as that of a distributer. His job was to get the ball out quickly, and when it was a run to be selling and setting up play action.

Our second team quarterback had the skill set of a runner, so we utilized wildcat packages to highlight and emphasize his abilities. We built his package around two different thought processes. First, we knew that because he was also a quarterback, we probably would not see cover zero. If we did, he was more than capable of hurting the defense with his passing ability. The video below emphasizes his ability as a passer. In this particularly game we used this exact set to run the ball the majority of the time, but in this play we protect and let him hurt the defense as a passer. The safeties filled tentatively after he showed what he could do as a passer, and opened up the run…more

Learn more about our offense in my iBook for the iPad & Mac 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays available here on the iBookstore.  It contains over 229 pieces of dynamic content including diagrams and over 30 minutes of game film.  The ideas shared can apply to any offense.



Power Read for a non-running quarterback

My former quarterback who is leaving to play his 5th season in Europe contacted me about the power read and asked if it would be possible to do it without running the quarterback by pitching to a receiver coming underneath the backside pulling guard.

He will serve as the quarterback and offensive coordinator for a team in Switzerland.  When he played for us we ran a little of the shovel option with power blocking, as well as a ton of zone read.  Because he is recovering from achilles surgery, he is trying to do less running this season.

If you are not familiar with the shovel option, it can be viewed below.

shovel opt wide


shovel opt tight

We actually toyed with this idea during the season, but actually never put it into the game plan.  The play is blocked exactly like power read, and the defensive end is stretched and the decision is made off of his reaction the same way.  However, instead of planting and getting up field on the keep, the quarterback pitches to the man underneath.  The diagram is below:

Power read shovel

Looking at the play and seeing what we did in the few practice reps we gave it, the quarterback could really stretch the mesh on the defensive end, because he doesn’t have to run up inside.  It is somewhat safe as well because if there is any danger, he can shovel it into the ground.

The theory seems sound on this on play, but I have never run it in a game.  If you have tried this and have video, let me know.


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