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DEFIANCE COLLEGE COACHES CLINIC

“The Zone Running Game”


Keith Grabowski

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(440)930-7461
“The problem with many of us is simply this….
we like this, we like that….
we go to clinics, we talk to coaches….
Ultimately, though, we fail to recognize that 
successful offenses are ‘packaged.’  I don’t care 
if you run wishbone, the wing­t, or the I.
YOU MUST HAVE A SYSTEM.
Ask yourself this question:
DO I HAVE A SYSTEM…
OR JUST A COLLECTION OF PLAYS?”   

Jerry Hanlon, Former Offensive Line Coach
The University of Michigan
Presentation Goals:

3. Share how we went from a collection of plays to a system

and the results of our efforts.

2. Communicate what we believe to be the keys to a


successful zone run game.

3. Identify and illustrate the fundamentals of our zone plays


for each position.

4. Show video cuts illustrating our variations of the play.


Our Zone Running Game :
• 3 Distinct Zone Plays:
• Inside Zone - Read the 1st Covered
Down Lineman.
• Outside Zone (OZ) - Read the End Man
on the Line of Scrimmage
• Stretch - Read Force Player-Get it
Outside!
Difference in Zone, OZ & Stretch
Aim Points & Primary Reads: ZONE
Read is the block on the 
first Down 
Lineman(DLM).

Aim Point on Zone is hip of 
the 1st covered offensive 
lineman past the Center.  A 
shade does not count.

Note:  We adjusted this in 
2006 – play numbering would 
tell TB where we wanted him 
to read.
Difference in Zone, OZ & Stretch
Aim Points & Primary Reads: OZ
Read is the block on the 
End Man on the Lin of 
Scrimmage(EMOL).

Aim Point is inside foot of the 
TE or ghost TE
Difference in Zone, OZ & Stretch
Aim Points & Primary Reads: STRETCH
Read is the block on 
force defender:
He can be outside and 
off the LOS, coming 
from the alley, coming 
from the corner, or up 
on the LOS.  He can be 
blocked by FB or WR.
Aim Point on Stretch is 
1 yard deep by 3 yards 
outside a TE or “ghost” TE.
How we switched to the
Zone Running Game
• Discovered we had a problem against odd fronts
2003 Run Efficiency vs. Even Fronts
opponent(8­3) 71%
opponent(1­9) 67%
opponent(4­6) 62%
opponent(3­7) 62%
opponent(6­4) 58%

2003 Run Efficiency vs. Odd Fronts
opponent(0­10) 53%
opponent(7­4) 50%
opponent(7­3) 44%
opponent(2­8) 38%
opponent(15­0) 33%
How we switched to the
Zone Running Game
• Discovered we had a problem against odd fronts
• Went back and studied ourselves versus the top
tier of the conference 2000-2003
Opponent Study 2000-2003
• Record 1-7 versus opponents studied
• 40% run efficient
• 3.44 yards per carry
• Only 8 total +12 yard runs in 8 games
• 32 different run calls used
• Could not identify a “base offense” from
what was called
How we switched to the
Zone Running Game
• Discovered we had a problem against odd fronts
• Went back and studied ourselves versus the top
tier of the conference 2000-2003
• Started with some questions
Conclusions about our
run game(‘03):
• We have become scheme heavy while sacrificing being
fundamentally sound
• Our schemes do not provide us with a sequence of
problems for a defense.
• There is not a logical progression for us. When one
scheme does not work we just try something else.
• We cannot effectively practice all of the schemes we have.
Conclusions about our
run game(‘03):
• Our man scheme blocking causes our lineman to become
tentative if the defense presents a new look or movement.
• We must simplify our offense by cutting down our schemes,
but make it appear more complicated to the defense by
presenting more looks(formations, shifts, motion).
• What we have been using has not allowed us success against
the top tier of our conference.
2004-2006 Offense
• 1. Attitude - We will attack with a punishing
running game that destroys the defensive
line.
• 2. We will use spread formations &
compressed formations to open up the run &
pass. (Expand & Contract)
• 3. We will use a base offense week after
week.
• 4. We will adjust with formations, not by
adding new plays.
• 5. We will take advantage of our abilities with
personnel packages.
The Stretch Play 2004-2005
• 178 carries for 1,840 yards
• 21% of our offense attempts in 2004-
2005
• 10.3 yards per carry
• 73% efficient (+4) yards
• 53 explosives(+12 yard runs)
• 17 TD’s
The Stretch Play 2006
• 68 carries for 409 yards
• 11% of our offense attempts in 2006
• 6.0 yards per carry
• 62% efficient (+4) yards
• 12 explosives(+12 yard runs)
• 4 TD’s
• Starting TE injured for 6 games/FB was converted TB-175 LBS
• Needed to be creative with how we blocked the edge.
• Still a good play for us. Became better as the game wore on.
Primary Objectives of the
Stretch Play
• To get the entire backfield and line on a
wide “railroad” track
• To force the defense to stretch quickly.
• To beat them to the corner with a show of
force.
• to cut up in a lane they open by pursuing
incorrectly.
• Linemen think overtake & flat course to LB
Worst Case Scenario:
All linemen running parallel with the line of scrimmage

Cut­up lanes will open for the Back.
Our Teaching Progression
• Gap responsibility
Gap Responsibility

TE T G C G T TE

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Our Teaching Progression
• Gap responsibility
• Technique versus different alignments
Outside Technique
Both Linemen step laterally
The outside OL is going at 
the outside bicep; inside  
OL is going at inside 
12 #/sternum.
If the inside # disappears,  
the inside OL should stay 
flat and climb to level 2.  
He should NOT climb 
straight upfield

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Outside Technique
Coaching Points:
OL going to 2nd level should 
flatten and let the LB come 
to him.  NEVER turn back 
on zone plays.  
12 He should stay on his tracks and 
continue on past level 2 to the 
safety.
When blocking a LB he should try 
to run him over.  At the very worst 
he will get in the way.

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Head-up Technique
OL should know the % of him 
coming inside is now greater.

Outside OL will step with 
outside foot and punch 

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with inside hand.

Inside OL aims for inside # 
landmark.  He should 
attempt to overtake.
Lineman who comes off should 
come off flat and let LB come 
to him.
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Inside Technique(uncovered)
This is not the outside OL’s gap 
responsibility.
Outside OL will step with outside 
foot and punch with inside hand to 
help stop penetration.  He should 
12 get the 2nd  step down quickly.

He should attempt to overtake the 
next adjacent DL or flatten and let 
the LB come to him. 
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movement  by DL to inside

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Drill outside technique; movement  by DL to outside

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FB Blocking TE Side    
 ­ Phase 1 Drill

Stretch to the perimeter for 7 yards.  Maintain outside leverage.
When he attacks, block his outside half.

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FB Blocking TE Side ­ Phase 2 Drill

Stretch to the perimeter for 7 yards. Fight for outside leverage.
Continue stretching until you get to the numbers, then kick out.

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FB Blocking TE Side ­ Force shows immediately. Phase 3 Drill

Arc to begin stretch to perimeter. Attempt to pin him in, 
but kick out if you must.
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FB TECHNIQUE
No force in alley­FB can chip the edge
SE STRETCH
Until force shows.

Split End Stretch

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Phase 4:  Stretch
Set­up perimeter block drill

Keep inside hip relationship
To set up hook block.  When 
FB blocks outside half, make move.

Get on the FB’s
Inside hip
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Phase 4:  Stretch
Set­up perimeter block drill

Keep inside hip relationship
To set up hook block.  If defender comes across hard
Let FB kick out, make move N/S  and get 
back outside.

Get on the FB’s
Inside hip
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Stretch:  Climb the Levels Drill

Open Crossover at land mark 3x1 off TE
As TB approaches 1st defender(cone or bag) he 
should dip his inside shoulder to simulate a cut 
up & accelerate.  Continue dipping and 
climbing the levels at each cone or bag.  Cut up 
after last cone.

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Stretch TB Coaching Points
• Distinct Read especially on down & distance 
situations(know how much you need)
• 1st step is open and 2nd is at landmark.  Get 
Shoulders pointed to sideline.  Make the LB’s move.
• You will have a primary read and adjustments to what 
happens on your track
• Track adjustment:  you read the blockers numbers 
and opposite color is showing outside­cut up.
• Unblocked opposite color flashes on your track­cut 
up.
• Goal is to get to the perimeter quickly(climb your 
track) and take advantage of improper pursuit.
• Dip your shoulder inside to set up your blocks.
• If you cut up, get back outside  after the cut.  
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Primary TB Read: Force

Get on your path and read the 
block on the force player.  Keep 
climbing on your track to the 
outside!

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Tailback 6 Second Rule-
Stretch
• Identify your Read: Force player.
• Based on his alignment how quickly will he
force?
• Check alignment of DE on TE. Potential
problem or adjustment?

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Tailback Climbing Levels on Stretch
In this example the TB has 3 blockers on the edge.

His progression should be to read each as he stays on 
his track toward sideline.

1st blocker gets the outside half of defender =
Stay on track, eyes to next block outside. 
To make blockers commit, dip your inside shoulder.
This will help your blocker get outside leverage.

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Tailback Climbing Levels on Stretch

2nd  blocker gets the outside half of defender =
Stay on track, eyes to next block outside.

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Tailback Climbing Levels on Stretch

3rd blocker fights to get the outside half of defender 
=Stay on track and continue to run towards sideline.
If you are gaining ground do not cut up because pursuit 
from the inside will get you.  The result is +12 yards.

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Stretch Reads and Adjustments: Blockers on your path
On your path, you see the 
TE’s numbers facing you.

Opposite Color shows on 
his outside half.

Cut up North­South

Get back outside & read force
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Tailback Stretch Reads:  
As you are on your track you read your blockers numbers.
If opposite color is showing on the blockers 
outside half, this means the defender has 
aggressively run out and upfield. 

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Tailback Stretch Reads:  
As you are on your track you read your blockers numbers.

If opposite color is showing on the blockers 
outside half, this means the defender has 
aggressively run out and upfield. 
Your cut should be up and then back outside.

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Stretch Reads and Adjustments: Unblocked defender on your path.
Unblocked Opposite Color 
flashes in your path.

Immediately cut North & 
South and get yards.

If you get into open 
space, look to get back 
outside

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Tailback Stretch Reads:  

As you are on your track opposite color jersey flashes in 
your path.

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Tailback Stretch Reads:  

As you are on your track opposite color jersey flashes in 
your path.
You must plant and cut N­S to get yards. 
Your cut may bring you back into open field.

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Tailback Stretch Reads:  

As you are on your track opposite color jersey flashes in 
your path.
You must plant and cut N­S to get yards. 
Your cut may bring you back into open field.

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Tailback Stretch Reads:  

As you are on your track opposite color jersey flashes in 
your path.
You must plant and cut N­S to get yards. 
Your cut may bring you back into open field.
Now get back outside away from pursuit.
Sprint to Mesh Point­ Phase 1

QB will open at 4 o’clock(8 o’clock)
Fully extend ball and reach to the cone.
He will sprint through the mesh point.

Emphasis is opening correctly and sprinting the ball back.
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Sprint to Mesh Point­ Phase 2

QB will open at 4 o’clock(8 o’clock)
Fully extend ball and reach to the cone.
He will sprint to the mesh point(6 quick steps).

Gather his feet and ball himself up.
Emphasis on getting his feet gathered and balling up.
C.P.  Balling up makes QB look the same whether he has ball or not.
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Sprint to Mesh Point­ Phase 3

QB will open at 8 o’clock(4 o’clock)
Fully extend ball and reach to the cone.
He will sprint to the mesh point.
Gather his feet and ball himself up.
Fake Hand­off and get depth step, natural arc 
to bootleg.

C.P.  Snap head and shoulders after depth step
Arc should be deep enough to escape end,
 but not waste energy by getting too much 
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Boot­ Phase 4

QB will open at 8 o’clock(4 o’clock)

He will sprint with the ball extended for 4 
steps.

There WILL NOT be a mesh with the TB. 
 The ball extended and the action of the 
TB should move LBs.
Depth should be to about 6­1/2 yards, just 
short of the original alignment of TB.
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Receiver Blocking
• Playside - Block Man On. Drive him out
of bounds.
• Backside - Block Near Safety.
• Maintain blocks until whistle.
• WR Blocks turn a big gain into a TD.
• Backside block is just as important; play
may cut up.
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Receiver Blocking
Never allow this path by  Make him bubble around
the defender!

Not This!
Receiver needs to 
gain leverage and 
“dig him out”
WR
Angle & # of steps 
depends on depth and 
distance(applies to both 
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Set­up perimeter block drill(with WR)

SS

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Set­up perimeter block drill(with WR)
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Assignment
48 Stretch Coaching Point
TE(Y) Covered:  Make “Trey” call “Punch” on a 1 technique before 
Uncovered:  work your track to level 2going to level 2.  “Duece” call 
overrides your “Trey” call.
RT Covered:  Make a “Duece” call Punch and work to level 2 if 
Uncovered:  Listen for “Triple” call uncovered and no call made. “Ace” 
overrides “Duece”
Trey­aim for hip of DL
RG Covered:  Make a “Ace” call Duece­aim for hip of DL, Can Punch 
Uncovered:  Listen for “Double” call on a 1 tech. before moving 

49 Rules C Covered:  Make a “Charlie” call
Uncovered:  Listen for “Ace” call
Ace­aim for hip of DL, Can Punch on 
a shade tech. before moving 
LG Covered:  Make a “George” call Charlie­aim for hip of DL, Can punch 
Uncovered:  Listen for “Charlie” call on a 3 tech. before moving.
LT Covered:  Make a “Tom” call if you  Sift:  get on your track and block most 
have a backside TE.  No TE you are dangerous.
on your own.  Uncovered:  Sift, listen George­aim for hip of DL
for “George” call
FB Open and get on track(outside of  Block outside half of force defender 
TE/ghost TE).  Block force defender. with inside half of your body.  Try to 
To SE side block overhang player.    maintain outside leverage.  If he flows 
(see HB assignment for 38 Stretch) outside, drive him out of bounds.
Bongo technique to SE side.
HB Open­2nd step get on track at your 
landmark(2 yards outside TE/ghost 
TE).  Stay on path until 4 yard crease 
opens or a wrong colored jersey 
shows.  Cut Nort & South.
Z Stalk on playside/Cross Field on  Possible crack or other blocking 
backside. adjustment playside by game plan
X Stalk on playside/Cross Field on  Possible crack or other blocking 
backside. adjustment playside by game plan
QB Open to 4 o’clock.  Sprint ball to TB, Eye up the backside DE.  He is your 
gather get depth and naked fake after man.  Gun­read DE, if he close down 
hand­off. line pull & keep around end.
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48 Stretch (TE Side) vs. 5­2
FS

C
SS C
W M
R E N T S
X Y

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48 Stretch (TE Side) vs. 4­4
FS Pro vs. 4-4

C B B B B
C
E T T E

george ace

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48 Stretch (TE Side) vs. 4­3
FS SS On Pro vs. 4-3

C B B B
C
E T T E

george ace trey

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48 Stretch (TE Side) vs. 3­3
FS Float to On Pro vs. 3-3

B B B B
C B
C
E N E

charlie duece

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49 Stretch (SE Side) vs. 5­2

FS SS
Off Pro vs. 5-2
C B B
C
bongo E T N T E
X
charlie tom Z

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48 Stretch (SE Side) vs. 4­4
FS
Pro vs. 4-4

C B B B B
C
E T T E

george ace

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49 Stretch (SE Side) vs. 3­3
FS

Off Pro vs. 3-3


B B
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The Zone Play 2004-2005
• 203 carries for 1,278 yards
• 20% of our offense attempts in 2004-5
• 6.3 yards per carry
• 58% efficient (+4) yards
• Zero Lost Yardage Plays
• 12 TD’s
The Zone Play 2006
• 146 carries for 1,008 yards
• 23% of our offense attempts in 2006
• 6.9 yards per carry
• 59% efficient (+4) yards
• 21 Explosives(+12)
• 13 TD’s
Gap Responsibility

TE T G C G T TE

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DL Outside Technique (3)

Step at 45 degrees with
The outside foot at the

12
DL’s outside #.

Most likely he is outside
Gap responsible, so we
Want a hat on his outside #.

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DL Head Up Technique(2)
Step is straight ahead with the
Outside foot at the outside #.
The DL has a 2­way go, but the

12 OL is outside gap  responsible.

If he comes outside the OL will 
Still have outside leverage.

If he goes inside, it is not the OL’s
Gap responsibility.  He will punch
& go to level 2.

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DL Inside Technique (1)
(Uncovered Pry Technique)
Come off the ball with the
Inside foot to the outside #
Landmark.  Do not allow
Penetration.

12 One hand punch until help 
From the inside gets there.
This DL technique rarely
Will come across to the 
Outside gap, so OL will
Be working up to level 2.

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Frontside Combo Calls
• “Ace” Call by the Guard for the Center 
to combo with him.  Made if there is a 2 
or 1.
• “Double” Call by the Tackle for the 
Guard to combo with him.  Only vs. 50 
(2 or 3)
• “Triple”Call by the Tight End for the 
Tackle to combo with him.  Vs. 2 or 3.
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Backside Combo Calls
• “Charlie” Call between C & BSG to give 
BSG help on the shade(1 technique)
• “George” Call between BSG & BST
• “Tom” Call between BST & BSTE (if 
there is a TE backside only)

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Combo Calls

“Ace” “Triple”
“George”

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“Ace” “Triple”
“George”

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Combo Calls

“Triple”
“Charlie” “Double”

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Combo Blocks

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Landmark inside hip Landmark outside #
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Combo Blocks

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Landmark inside hip Landmark outside #
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Backside Scoop Technique
Punch to buy time &
Get off to gap responsibility

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Scoop & get head
In front to prevent
Penetration.
Dip& rip, grab grass get the shoulder underneath.  The T is trying to scoop him or drive him down the 
line if he can not get him scooped.  The guard takes a short step but does not get too occupied with 3 
technique.  Worst case scenario should be a stalemate.

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Uncovered Backside Tackle
(No George Call from BSG) = Sift Tech.
Step with near foot to
Stop penetration, then
Block most dangerous 
Man in your area

DE moves away from play.
LB becomes most dangerous.

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Uncovered Backside Tackle
(No George Call from BSG) = Sift Tech.
Step with near foot to
Stop penetration, then
Block most dangerous 
Man in your area

DE slants to play.
DE becomes most dangerous.

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Zone TB Coaching Points
• Distinct Read especially on down & distance 
situations(know how much you need)
• 1st step is open and 2nd is at landmark.  Get 
Shoulders pointed to sideline.  Make the LB’s 
move.
• You will have a primary and secondary read.
• Goal is 3.5 yards minimum every play.  
• Adjust aim point based on Front or Hole 
called.

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Tailback 6 Second Rule-Zone
• Identify your Read: 1st DLM past C(shade
does not count).
• Identify the LB you need to move.
• Identify your secondary read-the next
inside DLM from your primary.
• Identify alignment of End-inside of our last
lineman(OT or TE) realize that the play
may come all the way out the backdoor.
TB Read Coaching Points
Unless your read pinches, your eyes 
should be going to your secondary 
read.

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Primary TB Reads
Read the outside hip of the first
Covered lineman playside.

React to what he does.  In this example
Cut inside.

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Secondary TB Reads
Read the outside hip of the first
Covered lineman playside.

React to what he does.  Once you see 
his movement outside, get eyes to next 
DLM inside.

In this example he is reached by the 
BSG, so cut up through playside A 
gap. 

1 cut & get yards!
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Secondary TB Reads
Read the outside hip of the first
Covered lineman playside.
React to what he does.  Once you see 
his movement outside, get eyes to next 
DLM inside.

In this example his movement takes 
him into the PS A gap, so cut up 
through backside A gap behind the 
BSG. 

1 cut & get yards North & South!
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Jump Cut Drill

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TB Footwork Drill
Purpose:  Teach the back to 
Make a quick lateral move
(simulate cut behind OL) and
Then burst.

Can vary direction after lateral 
Move.  Coach can stand at top 
Of drill and point, or have a
Player simulate an LB. Other 
Variations are to add yards after 
Contact moves.

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Inside Zone
Press the Line Drill

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Press the Line Drill

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TB Zone Reads:
TB Aim Point & Primary Read is 1st Covered OL (#50).
He sees #50 take drive his man out=eyes to secondary 
read, the next DLM inside.

LOS

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TB Zone Reads:
TB Aim Point & Primary Read is 1st Covered OL (#50).
He sees #50 take drive his man out=eyes to secondary 
read, the next DLM inside.
C, BSG & BST wash their men past.
TB Cut is behind the BST, inside the FB kickout.

LOS

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TB Zone Reads:

TB’s cut presses the LOS­his cut is on their side of 
the LOS.

LOS

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TB Zone Reads:

TB makes one cut and gets North­South

LOS

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TB Zone Reads:

Free Safety is the TB’s man to beat.

LOS

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FB Zone Reads
The FB Zone is no different than the TB Zone as far 
as reads, but it will be quicker because of the FB 
distance from LOS.
Primary­1st Covered OL
Secondary Read­next inside DLM

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Primary read­eyes to RT #65.

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DT is flowing out and RT takes him that way.
Eyes go to secondary read(Center #57)

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Center cuts his man off, so running lane is straight 
through the A gap.  

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FB should get N­S and get yards!

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Gain extra YAC by delivering a blow and falling 
forward when tackled.

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OZ TB Coaching Points
• Distinct Read especially on down & distance 
situations(know how much you need)
• 1st step is open and 2nd is at landmark.  Get 
Shoulders pointed to sideline.  Make the LB’s 
move.
• You will have a primary and secondary read.
• This play cuts up, not back!
• This play is effective when the edge 
defenders are flying out for stretch

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Tailback 6 Second Rule-OZ
• Identify your Read: EMOL
• Identify the LB you need to move.
• Identify your secondary read-the next
inside DLM from your primary.

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Primary TB Reads
Read the outside hip of the end man 
on LOS playside.

React to what he does.  In this example
Cut inside.

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Primary TB Reads
Read the outside hip of  EMOL
playside.

React to what he does.  In this 
example cut inside.

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Primary TB Reads
Aim at the inside foot of the TE 
and read his block.

React to what the defender over the 
TE does.  In this example Cut it up 
the C Gap off of the TE’s kick out 
block.

Get North & South after your cut.

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Primary TB Reads
Aim at the inside foot of the TE 
and read his block.
React to what the defender over the 
TE does.  In this example get 
around the TE block and get upfield 
immediately.  Force is being kicked 
out.

Force is the secondary read, but 
should not be a factor inside.

Get North & South after your cut.
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TB Secondary OZ Reads
Aim at the inside foot of the TE 
and read his block.
React to what the defender over the 
TE does. In this case your eyes 
should take you to the next inside 
Down Lineman.  

 In this example Cut it up the C Gap 
off of the TE’s kick out block & 
inside Tackles reach block.

Get North & South after your cut.
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TB Secondary OZ Reads
Aim at the inside foot of the TE 
and read his block.
React to what the defender over the 
TE does. In this case your eyes 
should take you to the next inside 
Down Lineman.  

 In this example Cut it up the C Gap 
behind both kick­out blocks.  
Realize that the cut will be made N­
S and not back.  Movement of the 
defenders will go beyond the 
aimpoint.  Backside is attempting to 
cut block so all pursuit is cut­off.

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FB Blocking ­ OZ

Stretch to the perimeter for 7 yards. Kick Force Out!

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TB Oz Reads:
Get on track to aim point(inside foot of TE.)

LOS

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Use the asterisk as a reference to where & how the cut is made.
It is in the same spot on the field in every picture.

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TB Oz Reads:
Get on track to aim point(inside foot of TE.)
Press the line of scrimmage to get defensive movement 
and open a running lane.

LOS

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TB Oz Reads:
Get on track to aim point(inside foot of TE.)
Press the line of scrimmage to get defensive movement 
and open a running lane.

LOS

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Using the asterisk as a reference point, while the cut 
takes the TB behind the BSG’s block, he actually is 
cutting over the original alignment of the TE.
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TB Oz Reads:
THE TB’s cut is not back, it is North & South.

LOS

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TB Oz Reads:
The proper cut into the running lane leaves the TB one on 
one with the FS. 

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RESULTS 2004­ Run Efficiency Improved in Almost  Every Game
•                 2004 Improvement
71%L 67%W ­4%
67%W 86%W +19%
62%W 68%W +6%
62%W 56%W ­6%
58%W 60%W +2%
53%W 78%W +25%
50%L 58%W +8%
44%W 55%W +11%
38%W 73%W +35%
33%L 47%L +14%

Avg. 10 Games +11.0% per game
RESULTS 2004­2006

• Broke every school rushing 
category record in 2004. (records 
held since 1980’s)
• Then, broke them again in 2005.
• County’s 1st back­to­back 2,000 
yard rusher.
• 2004­2006 Led the county in 
rushing.
• 2005 Ohio Div. I Rushing & Scoring 
Leader
• Soph. TB in 2006, 3rd best season 
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