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By Ryan Turnage, Head Football Coach, Lee-Davis High School (VA)


See how Coach Turnage puts run defender in binds with his play action concepts from 20 personnel. Read the report...

 



By Ryan Turnage
Head Football Coach
Lee-Davis High School (VA)
Twitter: @ldpride

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Introduction:

Our offense at Lee-Davis High School begins with our running game. Our main staples in the run game include power, inside zone and outside zone. We have been very effective in our ability to run the football in recent years. Much of the success of our ability to run the ball is largely due to our play action passing game. Our goal with our play-action passing game is to put run defenders in as much conflict as possible. We want to slow defenders down as much as possible. Our most effective play action passes are off of our power play and inside zone play. Our philosophy is to be able to run these concepts from multiple formations.  We spend a great deal of time in the off-season and during practice teaching the fundamentals of these concepts. 

Flood Play Action

The play-action pass that we use frequently comes off of our power run play which is our 100 series.  We have the ability to use multiple pass concepts with this play-action pass but the concept we use the most is Flood.  This is a basic flood concept.  In our offense, we teach the flood concept the following way (Diagram #1). 

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This allows us to use the flood concept in any type of pass action we choose. (play action, sprint out, or drop back).  We can also add tags to the concept if we want a specific player to run a certain route.  Our play action pass off power is called by stating the Formation, Protection, Run-Action, Pass Concept in that order (ex: Right 142 Flood or 143 Flood). 

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In this play, our QB will attempt to break contain and throw on the run.  The only situation in which he would not try to break contain is if the DE to the play-side is up the field not allowing him outside.  In this case, he would pull-up and deliver the ball accordingly.  The progression for the QB is deep, middle, short.  We are looking for big gains in the play-action game but we tell the QB not to pass up player who has green grass in front of him.  We do not try to attack a particular coverage with this concept rather than attacking defenders that are assigned to playing the run and pass in their responsibilities.  The player that typically is most effected is the flat defender.  

Nevada Play Action

The second play-action pass concept that we use very frequently in our offense comes off of our inside zone run play.  This is our naked concept which we call Nevada (Diagram 5).

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We can also add tags to the concept if we want a specific player to run a certain route. Our play-action pass off the inside zone is called with the Formation, Protection, Run-Action, Pass Concept in that order.  For example Ricky Pistol 322 Nevada (Diagram 6). 

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For the concept we are faking our inside zone (22) and the QB will be executing a naked bootleg away from the run.  In this play our QB, will attempt to break contain and throw on the run. The only situation in which he would not try to break contain is if the DE to the play-side is up the field not allowing him outside. In this case he would pull-up and deliver the ball accordingly. 

The progression for the QB is deep, middle, short. We are looking for big gains in the play action game but we tell the QB not to pass up player who has green grass in front of him. Like the flood above, we are not try to attack a particular coverage with this concept rather than attacking defenders that are assigned to playing the run and pass in their responsibilities.

One of the biggest factors that determine whether or not we run this play is the action of the backside defensive end. If he is chasing the run, we feel it is a good call to run the naked concept. This play also adds a misdirection element that helps slow down the defense.

The player that we find open the most is the drag route. It is important that the drag route be run properly and they avoid traffic. We will drill this part of the progression during practice. Our focus in doing this are the fundamentals of the play.  We want to make sure the QB is getting proper depth off his fakes and his ball handling mechanics are sound. We also stress proper route depth and releases by the receivers.

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Conclusion:

The play-action pass is a big part of our offense. It is important because it opens our running game up and gives our offense a high percentage pass play that can gain large chunks of yardage. The keys to both concepts are to teach the fundamentals of the concept and devote practice time to getting players to understand the concept. Each concept can be applied and run out of many different formations. Being able to run these concepts from multiple formations increases the effectiveness of the concept. We are able to keep the protections the same but attack the defense using various formations. These concepts have been very successful for us and have helped in our ability to rush the football. 

Meet Coach Ryan Turnage: Coach Turnage just completed his 19th season coaching football.  He has been a head coach for 8 years. Most recently he is the head football coach at Lee-Davis High School. Since 2015, his teams have gone 17-6 and have competed in the Virginia 5A state play-offs the last two seasons.  

 

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