If your offense runs sprint out passing plays, installing a sprint draw to your offense will help you keep defenses honest. Our sprint out passing plays are very important to our offense, so adding a sprint draw play was a must.
By David Porras Jr.
Roma High School (TX)
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Teaching gap blocking schemes in your offense can help add new wrinkles to your offense. Gap blocking allows our offensive line to understand exactly whom to block in any front. If your offense runs sprint out passing plays, installing a sprint draw to your offense will help you keep defenses honest. Our sprint out passing plays are very important to our offense, so adding a sprint draw play was a must. We run our sprint draw typically when we have a long yardage situation and/or against teams that are not as aggressive with their blitz packages. Sprint draws are also another great way to get the ball to your running back showing full flow and countering back. In addition, sprint draws are another great play to attack bubbles in defensive fronts.
Reasons to install a sprint draw into your offense.
- Great way to attack defenses that rotate their coverage to your strength.
- Shows full flow in the backfield and countering back.
- Great against aggressive pass-rushing defensive ends.
- Protects your sprint out passing game
- Creates great angles in your blocking scheme.
- Simple scheme
Coaching Points vs 3 common fronts:
4-3 Defense: the main coaching point when we face a 4-3 front is the left tackle inviting the defensive end to go up the field which allows us to open up the gap even more.
3-3 Stack Defense: the main coaching point when we face a 3-3 front is getting our down blocks and not allowing any penetration by any down linemen.
50 Defense: the main coaching point when we face a 50 is again the left tackle inviting the defensive end to up the field.
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Teaching gap blocking schemes is very helpful when installing new wrinkles into your offense. Our base run plays this past year were power and counters, so we decided to install our sprint draw play, it made things very easy for our offensive linemen to understand our gap blocking concept. As previously stated, we ran our sprint draw on any down and usually on long yardage situations. I would like to thank X&O Labs for allowing me to contribute to its members and allowing me that opportunity to share some of our gap schemes. As a coach, and like Dr. Harry Wong once told us at a teacher’s conference, sharing information for one teacher to another is essential to allow professional growth.
Meet Coach David Porras Jr: Coach Porras started his coaching career (2005) coaching the offensive line at La Grulla Middle School. Then in 2008, he coached varsity defensive backs at Rio Grande City High School. In 2015, Coach Porras was hired at Valley View High School to coach offensive line and as its special team’s coordinator. In 2017, he was promoted to defensive coordinator and led the Tigers to 243.6 yards per game (ranked 1st in district 16-5A DII and ranked 2nd in the RGV). In January of 2018, Coach Porras was hired as an offensive coordinator at Roma High School where the team rushed for 2,389 yards and threw for 948 yards.