Easy “Layups” with the RB Stack Concept

Aug 17, 2015 | Offense, Compressed Formations, Formation Structures

By Andrew Coverdale

Offensive Coordinator

Trinity High School (KY)

Twitter:  @andrewcoverdale


“Inbounds plays” in basketball are used for two specific reasons. First, it is used to get an easy layup or clean shot for a shooter by their design. Secondly, they are used to get the team into their regular offense. We have taken that same concept and applied it to the football field to give us some “easy layups” that can easily transition us into our base offense.

Stack Formations:

When we signal for a “stacked” alignment by the RB and a run is part of the play call, we are using the RB’s “stacked” alignment as the football equivalent of an inbounds play. We can run this to either the boundary or the field and with or without some other kind of restraint.

In our system, “stack” tells the RB to:

  1. Align directly behind the widest receiver if told to stack into the boundary

  2. Align directly behind the first detached receiver (middle of 3) if to the field


The “easy layup” we’re looking to get from the stacked alignment before ‘getting into our regular offense’ is one of our “Now” screens. For us, that means “Raider” if the RB is to the boundary or “Saint” if he is to the field.



Step 1: Upon seeing the signal/before going to align, the RB says to the QB, “stack-stack-stack” to remind him to assess the ‘inbounds play’ before running the normal play, and as a reminder to sink him into the backfield if he sees a dirty slot.