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Synergy is combining multiple elements so that the result is greater than the sum of the the individual elements. The synergy principle applies to packaged plays in offense. In any packaged play, the quarterback is given both presnap and postsnap keys that help him determine which concept to distribute the ball to. The packaged plays concept has been around for a while. It became popular within the spread offense with the advent of the zone read-bubble play. The play packages the inside zone with a perimeter bubble screen, and the defense is forced to defend the entire field.
While this may seem like a great way to operate offense on every play, it takes plenty of repetition in order to create the synergistic effect. In general, it uses formation, a run or pass coupled with different run or pass to place stress on a single defender. When read correctly, the defender can’t be correct. It provides additional benefits in using tempo to attack the defense. The same concept can be used multiple times in a row while giving the appearance that a different play has been called. A prime example of this can be seen in the video below from the 2012 Ole’ Miss offense against Pitt. Ole’ Miss goes 49 yards in five plays using a packaged play with four options. Moving at a high tempo, they use all four options and score in 1:01…read more
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