My Newest Project: 101+ Read Game Plays

In 2013, I released 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays.  This interactive book is the first of its kind, blending the information you normally get in a coaching book-text, diagrams, and coaching points, with the information you normally get on a DVD – video and game film.  The innovative format is able to go way beyond what you get in a book or DVD, giving coaches a depth of knowledge well beyond the other coaching products on the market.

I released my second interactive book in March 2014 – The Zone Offense Create a Structured System.  This utilizes even more capability of the technology, loading the book with 167 pages that included 662 interactive slides and 51 total minutes of video.

My new interactive book which will be released soon is 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays:  The Read Game.  This includes the details on running zone read variations, zone option, veer, power read, play action off of the read game, and gives ideas for developing other types of read plays.

It will be available soon.  In the mean time, check out my other two books.

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Constraint Play for Power Read

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In studying game film from a previous season, I found a play that became of interest as we began to use the power read play more and more.  We were looking for constraint plays for the power read play and other than the pop pass to the tight end, we didn’t have many plays that worked off of the power read backfield action.

Colgate appears to be reading the frontside end.  The play would be diagrammed as follows.  The read player is outlined in red.

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We were putting the play in at the end of the season, so we wanted to avoid the time on task the read would require.  Our plan included blocking the defensive end who was the read in Colgate’s scheme.  As the week progressed, we like the ice of pulling the guard as we do on power read to provide a false key and influence the linebacker to the play side.

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The play show some really good potential.  We were left one on one with the safety and ended up just short of the end zone.  Below are tight view clips from practice and the game.

The power read is a play that can put stress on a defense.  Finding plays that complement it make it even more effective.

More on Power Read:

Keys to Effective Power Read: QB/Sweeper Mesh

Pop Pass off of Power Read

Power Read for a Non-Running QB

Follow-Up On Power Read for Non-Running QB

Power Read/Inverted Veer Resources

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Follow-up on Power Read for a Non-Running QB

Recently I posted an article about adjusting the power read for a non running quarterback.  (Read it here).  The power read with the QB as a runner was very effective in every game in 2013.  We ran it 62 times for 429 yards (6.9 yd. avg.).  It was 60% efficient (runs of 4 yards or better) and we had 16 runs of 10 yards or more.

There is a way to run it that allows the quarterback to stay out of the run game if that is what is necessary or preferred.  The diagram below shows how this concept can be incorporated in a way the quarterback doesn’t have to run inside.

Power read shovel


I asked for readers to provide any film that shows this type of play in action.  Fortunately, Andrew Coverdale had experimented with this play, and provided a video clip to illustrate the potential of this play.

Power read shovel

Read more about the power scheme and the details to run it in 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays available for the Mac or iPad.  The chapter on power  includes diagrams, presentations, and game video on Power as well as many other effective concepts for any offense, not just the pistol.  It’s a football resource like no other.

On AFM: Stress the Defense with Quarterback Power

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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

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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.

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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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On AFM: The “Pop” Pass in Modern Football – A Simple Yet Effective Play

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As a young quarterback playing pee wee football, one of the first pass plays I learned was the tight end “pop” pass. It was a quick hitting play- action pass off of a dive play. From what I can remember we ran it from the straight-T formation made famous in Ohio by Woody Hayes. After faking to the fullback, the quarterback stops and fires the ball to the tight end who simply releases from the line of scrimmage and looks for the ball just after he cleared the linebackers who are filling downhill on the dive play to the fullback. It was a very short pass, yet the yardage it gained on the seam created in the defense allowed for big plays.

I don’t have my playbook from those years, but to my recollection, the play looked something like this:
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This simple play remains effective today, and is making its way into spread offenses that use the read game. Teams are using it as a packaged run-pass option with the quarterback making his decision to give the run or throw the pass based on a post-snap read on the linebacker. They are also calling it as a pass to complement the power read/inverted veer and zone read plays….read more

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Power Read (Inverted Veer) Resources

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In August, I wrote an article on American Football Monthly on the power read play.  It’s a play that we started implementing in 2012, but we needed to learn more about it.  In the article I share what we knew in August about the Quarterback and Sweeper Mesh.  Read more here.

The power read play was very effective in every game in 2013.  We ran it 62 times for 429 yards (6.9 yd. avg.).  It was 60% efficient (runs of 4 yards or better) and we had 16 runs of 10 yards or more.

Here are some more resources on the Power Read/Inverted Veer play:

Smart Football – What is the Inverted Veer/Dash Read Play?:  The article provides the typical detailed explanation from Chris Brown on the inverted veer play.

The Urban Meyer Ohio State Offense: Stretching the Defense:  A very detailed explanation of Ohio State’s Inverted Veer and complimentary plays tracing back to his days at Florida.

Nebraska defeating Michigan’s Inverted Veer play:  Gives an explanation of why Michigan’s inverted veer play did not work against Nebraska.

University of Michigan Inverted Veer:  Counter point to the above article.  Here is a good explanation of what the inverted veer is and how the blocking scheme functions.  Also, the use of a fullback to help defeat gap exchange is illustrated and explained.

Inverted Veer-Comboing Two of the Best Plays into One:  Article diagrams the inverted veer against several fronts and has youtube video links.

Youtube Playlist of Power Read Plays:  The playlist includes 8 videos with 22 minutes of video clips including Ohio State, Auburn, New Mexico State, La Tech, and Nebraska.

Power O, Inverted Veer, and the FB Adjustment to Scrape Exchange:  This appears to be the same info as the Michigan post.

Inside the Clemson Offense: Inverted Veer/Dash:  Article on Clemson’s use of the inverted veer.  Includes diagrams and explanation of video clips of several other college team running the play.

Spread Offense- inverted veer/frontside read play:  Includes a brief explanation and video of Ohio State.

University of Nebraska:  Inside the Playbook: Multiple Ways to Option the Playside DE:  The article includes explanations of the traditional veer and the inverted veer.  Diagrams of variations like Inverted Veer Triple Option and Inverted Veer Bubble are included.

All 22: A Look at the 49er’s Inverted Veer Scheme:  The article provides a still shot explanation of the 49er’s play.

Will We See the Inverted Veer in the NFL?:  The article provides a brief look and some video clips of the inverted veer play.

Mississippi State use of Inverted Veer against Northwestern:  Provides a still shot explanation of the play in the 2013 Gator Bowl.

Insider’s Guide to the Zone Read Play:  This article explains the inside zone read, midline zone read and inverted veer (power read plays).  Diagrams and video of each type of read are provided.

Stopping the Ole Miss Inverted Veer:  A short explanation of how the Alabama gap exchange stopped Ole Miss.  There are some things Ole Miss could have done better in their execution to defeat a gap exchange. A link to the video clip of the gap exchange is included.

INVERTED VEER, CAROLINA PANTHERS-STYLE, PROVE THE READ OPTION ISN’T DEAD:  An explantion of Carolina’s inverted veer with video clips, still shots, and a great overhead view.

University of Michigan Inverted Veer Blocking:  Commentary and opinion on what the writer believes are problems with the blocking scheme.  Still shot illustrations and video clips are provided.

From the Far Hash: A Preseason Primer on the Veer and Inverted Veer: Diagrams and explanations of the basics of the inverted veer.

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