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By Shea Monroe, Offensive Coordinator, Ashville High School (AL)

Grossly undersized, Ashville High School wanted to adopt a more ground and pound offense, but how would they do that when their players were smaller than their opponents? See the offense that worked.

By Shea Monroe
Offensive Coordinator
Ashville High School (AL)
Twitter: @Coach_Monroe3

 

 

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We primarily work out of 32 personnel the whole game. In some instances, when we do use “receivers” they are just flexed tight ends. We use these flexed tight ends to create extra gaps and to crack the 2nd level.

The reason: In 2018, I recently took a new position at Ashville High School in Ashville, AL. We are grossly undersized and not very big. My head coach decided that we should adopt a “ground & pound” philosophy, where we could control the clock and keep our defense off the field.

The style of offense we run was made popular of Coach Tim Murphy of Clayton Valley Charter School in California. Basically, the offense featured an exclusive two tight end set with the QB in the shotgun, the TB offset to his right or left, and a fullback and wingback off-set to the right or left. Below is an example:

Diagram 1

 

One of the best benefits of going two tight ends is the ability to go unbalanced. We run unbalanced 3 different ways:

  • 2-4 (two linemen on one side of the center, and four on the other)
  • Tackle Over (TE on the backside)
  • End over (Crack alignment covering up a tackle)

 

As an offensive play caller, I know there are only a few options the defense can do to unbalanced formations:

  • They do not do anything.
  • They slide down a full man toward the most lineman/WR side
  • They roll their secondary
  • They walk a linebacker over

 

Below are some diagrams of our unbalanced sets:

Diagram 2

Diagram 3

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Diagram 5

 

 

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Conclusion

I hope that if you do run a condensed spread offense that you use unbalanced formations. They can be a great change-up to throw at defenses, I hope this report was helpful in your pursuit to move the football! Thanks, men.

 

 

Meet Coach Monroe: Shea Monroe just finished up his 6th season coaching high school football. Coach Monroe has served as an Offensive Coordinator for 4 years and has also served as a Head Coach, and Linebackers Coach. Coach Monroe currently resides in Jacksonville, AL with his wife Alison and their two kids: Addilyn and Briggs. Coach Monroe is also the founder of the Alabama Spread and Defensive Clinic in Birmingham, AL (Feb 22-23rd 2019 www.alabamaspread.com)

 

 

 

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