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By Chad Stadem, Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Washington High School (SD)


There are many ways to have the quarterback run the football. While the power, inverted veer, zone read, and midline read are among the most effective in today’s game, Coach Stadem has had great success running his the quarterback is with your zone game. Read the report here.

By Chad Stadem
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Washington High School (SD)
Twitter: @Mr_Stadem

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There are many ways to have the quarterback run the football. Power, inverted veer, zone read, and midline read are among the most effective in today’s game. Another way to run the quarterback is with your zone game. We like to use outside zone with our quarterback to add another option for our run game without needing more practice time to perfect it.

QB Zone Basics:

We are an up-tempo, inside/outside zone team at Sioux Falls Washington. We have been fortunate the past few years to have good linemen and running backs to perform this type of run scheme. We have also had some good running quarterbacks as well. We believe in having multiple formations and keep our scheme simple enough to be able to run our schemes effectively. One play we like to run at teams is the quarterback outside zone. We will also add a simple RPO to these runs to make the defense defend more than just the run scheme. We feel that a running quarterback puts additional stress on the defense, and in some formations, we can gain an additional blocker by using our running back as a lead blocker. 

We teach our quarterbacks to run the outside zone just as our running backs would. During our mesh period, our QBs run the OZ play just like our running backs would, along with the same gap reads. With a tight end or H back, we read the C gap. With no tight end, we read the offensive tackle’s block. We like having our running back as a lead blocker because he already knows how to read the blocking. We find this to be an efficient way to add an additional blocker to the scheme.  We run the running back lead from the pistol and the gun.

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At Washington, we feel this play is an effective way to add a wrinkle to our run game. Practice time is so important, and that time must be used wisely. As coaches, we can be very creative each week to scheme against our opponents, but this scheming can lead to adding too much to the playbook. Our philosophy is to play fast but with perfect execution. That means we need to be very good at what we do. Adding more plays each week will eventually harm our execution on offense. Less is more. The outside zone play is a staple in our offense, so adding the quarterback run keeps things simple for the guys up front.

Meet Coach Stadem: Chad Stadem just completed his 4th season as head football coach of Washington High School. Washington repeated as State Champions in 2016 in South Dakota’s largest class, and added to their national record of 41 total State Championships since 1905. Coach Stadem has been a head coach for 14 seasons with a record of 100-43. He has a total of 4 State Championships – Howard 2004, Flandreau – 2010, and Washington 2015-2016. Washington is currently on a 22 game winning streak. The Warrior offense averaged 38.8 points per game and 433 total yards per game (216.2 passing & 216.8 rushing) in 2016.



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