This report details how veer option concepts can be adopted to avoid blocking the oppositions least blockable player.
By Shea Monroe
Former Offensive Coordinator
Lincoln High School (AL)
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In the years leading up to my last season at Lincoln, we were primarily a 20 personnel Pistol team that ran power, counter, split-zone, and buck sweep variations. Going into the 2017 season, we knew that we would be greatly undersized but still very athletic on offense. For that reason, we adopted more veer option concept going into the year. The thing that makes this offense unique is the ability to read any defender that we feel is a match-up problem for us on the line. It sounds difficult but all I am trying to do is fool that 15-17 year old on the other side of the ball and we found it to be rather simple.
We really want to run Bama to an even front whether it’s a 4-3 or 4-4. Odd fronts can be a little dangerous because of the threat of a Hot #1, and #2. In a perfect world we would really like to attack the A-Gap defender, but it’s not the end of the world if we run it to a 3 technique.
Inside Veer (Bama) / Outside Veer (Auburn)
Back Side Tackle, Guard, and Center: Scoop
Play Side Guard: Double to the backer.
Play Side Tackle: BD (B-Gap Double Team to Backer). Against a 4i he will make a “loop” call.
Tight End (If applicable and play side): Veer release to the backer.
QB: Bama footwork is simply flipping hips to the side called. The dive key is the first man head-up to outside the play side tackle. The pitch key against a 2-high safety look is the stacked LB. Against 1-high looks, it is the Force Player. His Auburn footwork is 1 big step to the side called. On Auburn, the only change we make is our dive key. The dive key in outside veer is now the last man on the line of scrimmage. Note that we want to “give, unless” meaning give it unless you are 100% sure you can pull it.
B-Back: Slide step. Aiming point in Bama is the outside leg of the play side guard. Once you have cleared the defensive line, your aiming point becomes hash, numbers, and sideline. Aiming point for Auburn is the outside leg of the play side tackle. Once you have cleared the defensive line, your aiming point becomes hash, numbers, and sideline
A-Back: Pitch relationship is 4x2, meaning 4 yards deep and 2 yards from the QB
Z-Back: Against a 2-high safety look, he will block Alley defender. Against a 1-high safety, he will crack the box.
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I hope this finds benefit to those who are looking to change their offensive system for the better. The most important thing is for you as an offensive coach is to believe in the system and know it will take time. We found that the ability to leave their most disruptive DL un blocked helped us across the board and kept us ahead of the chains.
Meet Coach Monroe: Shea Monroe has been coaching high school football now for 6 years. He has contributed articles to AFCA Football weekly, and was a featured speaker at the Midwest Wing-T & Spread Clinic in 2017. Coach Monroe now serves as Linebackers Coach at Anniston HS (AL) and resides in Jacksonville (AL) with his wife Alison and 2 children Addilyn and Briggs.