I have always (and still do) strive to become a more knowledgeable football fan each year. I feel many here share the same desire, so I thought I would post some of the things I have learned about the offense, in the hopes that others would learn some of what we do. I would consider myself still a novice when it comes to offensive football, so I want to continue to learn and I hope the discussions here will help me as well. The information contained here is mostly available online, with the exception of a few basic diagrams that are from a playbook I obtained a few years back. As you can tell the print quality is not great in some of the attachments. The Base Formation:The offensive linemen line up in a three point stance, with the facemask of each lineman aligned with the Center's waist. Our splits (gaps between linemen) are typically 3' apart. The wide splits are necessary for creating lanes that facilitate runs. The diagram below shows our backs 3' off the offensive tackle positions. This spacing is evolving with new blocking rules that limit when cut blocking can be used. In some cases the backs are lined up behind the tackles. Defensive Gaps and Techniques: Blocking Definitions (note we do not just cut): The Triple Option Play: This play gets associated with our whole offense. It is an important part of our offense, but contrary to popular belief this is not the only play we run. Let's look at the Triple option play against a typical 3-4 defense. Step by Step: At the snap of the ball the DE(#2) is intentionally unblocked. The QB is going to put the ball in the belly of the fullback (B Back in CPJs offense), and look at the body of the DE and ask himself if #2 can tackle the fullback. If the QB decides he cannot the QB hands the ball off. If the QB decides #2 is going to tackle the fullback, he pulls the ball out, and runs toward #3. The QB looks at the body of #3 (the linebacker in this case), and has to decide if #3 can tackle him. If #3 can tackle the QB he pitches the ball to the halfback. The Rocket Toss: This is another staple of our offense, and a complement to the base triple option play. There are no reads in this play, but it is often a very effective play against an aggressive defense. When the triple option play or several inside run plays have been called the defense will usually get aggressive and blitz the gaps on the side toward the halfback motion. The intent here is to overwhelm one side of the offensive line, and stop the fullback at the line, or confuse the QB into keeping the ball and taking a sack. This play is often called when an inside linebacker is making the tackle on the fullback. Step by Step: The QB will take the ball and immediately pitch the ball to the halfback in motion. The intent is to get the ball to the perimeter ASAP.