- Learn six plays to maintain a "traditional" running game in a spread offense
- Discover a proven running scheme for a small, quick offensive line
- Learn how to play off the success of your run game to hit big screen plays on the perimeter
- Learn how to add versatility to your offense with the Jet play to get a play-maker on the edge quickly
with Derek Pennington,
Zeeland East (MI) High School Head Coach
Using a run first, spread formation philosophy, Coach Derek Pennington has turned around the Zeeland East program. When he took over in 2008, the program was coming off 10 straight losing seasons. He has quickly produced five straight winning seasons (2009-13) and two conference championships. In the last three years, Coach Pennington's squad has averaged 40 points a game and have gone 32-1.
This two-back scheme is largely influenced by Rich Rodriguez and Rick Trickett.
Using coaching diagrams and game-action clips, Coach Pennington shows you six core running plays that you can incorporate into your spread offense. Building off the success of the run, he adds three perimeter screen plays to take advantage of the defense when they start creeping into the box to stop the run.
Spread Shotgun Core Runs:
Coach Pennington shows you how to run the ball and control the clock in the spread. Using these six core running plays, Coach Pennington has produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his six years at Zeeland. The runs you'll see include:
- Stretch - In this outside, base run play, the back runs east/west and reads the tackle's block.
- Q GT - Run off the stretch set, this is a counter trey run by the quarterback. Backs show the stretch look but linemen pull and the quarterback follows their lead.
- Power - This is an "Old School" I-back formation. Coach Pennington runs Power when the defensive ends get wide to stop the stretch play. He shows a double tight end formation for goal line/short yardage situations.
- GT - This is the same scheme as the Q GT, but it's a cross back action that misdirects the linebackers to create a seam for the running back to exploit. This is a great option if you don't want to run your quarterback.
- Counter - H back set to run against teams with good defensive ends. Lets the H back lead the running back through the hole.
- Lead - In this isolation play against an aggressive defense, blockers match up "body-on-body" so the back isn't waiting on a pulling player, which makes it a quicker hitting play.
Perimeter Screen Plays for the Spread:
Make the defense defend the entire width of the field. Coach Pennington gives you a great overview of perimeter passes and runs from his spread formation or what he calls width plays.
From a 4-3 to a 5-2, Coach Pennington covers a variety of passing plays to exploit various defenses. He gives his quarterback the freedom to audible into a pass play to stop "cheaters" or players creeping into the box to stop the run. To take advantage of those alignments, he diagrams three perimeter screens:
- Bubble - The biggest part of their width package. In a one-back set, the QB reads the box and when it gets too heavy, he throws the Bubble. Perfect for the player on your team who's the hardest to tackle in space.
- Bubble Slant - A counter to the Bubble that creates a window behind the defender who's trying to get wide to stop the Bubble.
- Gator - A throwback screen that's run off a sprint action back to the short side of the field.
In addition, Coach Pennington shares a couple run plays—the Jet and Spread Option—to help get a slot receiver on the perimeter and force the defense to make plays outside the hash marks.
This is a great presentation that provides a number of ideas to fine tune your spread offense.
Produced at the 2014 Louisville Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.
90 minutes. 2015.Football Videos