If it’s said that we hang our hat on one running play, that play would most definitely be the Power.
Last season, we called the Power 231 times for a 4-yard average, which in our world great. Below, I’ll outline the Power and some of its variations.
DIAGRAM 1: Power. (“Packers”)
- Offensive Assignments: “Power”
- Backside offensive tackle: Gap Hinge
- Backside offensive guard: Pull and aim for the play-side linebacker
- Center: On-backside
- Play-side offensive guard: Inside Seam-On-Pop & Seal
- Play-side offensive tackle: Inside Seam-On-Pop & Seal
- Halfback: Kick-out block on the end man at the line of scrimmage
- Fullback: Drop and slide, hug the double-team block of the play-side offensive guard and play-side offensive tackle
- Quarterback: Steps at 3/9, and must know that it is his responsibility for the mesh. After handing the ball off, the quarterback must carry out his fake convincingly, every time
Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re reading this article and thinking: “Sheesh, I already know how to run the Power, Coach Monroe.”
Well, that’s great, but how many ways can your guys execute a play like “Power” and still be effective time-and-again? Execution every, single time – and getting inside the defensive players heads because your offense is so good at running the Power – that it forces them to start cheating with anticipation?
When that occurs, that’s when the fun begins, because it opens things up for variations and option pass plays off Power. That was where we made our money in the “Gold-Rush Offense.”
Power Slip is a variation of our Power Play. It’s essentially the same, exact look and feel of “Power,” only the difference here is that the fullback slips the end man on the line of scrimmage (EMOL) and blocks the defender who has responsibility for the flat.
DIAGRAM 2: Power Slip
The Quarterback reads the EMOL, goes upfield and either gives it and/or carries out the fake. He closes space or shoulders turn = pull.
“Power Slip” Offensive-Line Assignments:
- Backside offensive tackle: Gap hinge
- Backside offensive guard: Pulls for the play-side linebacker
- Center: On-backside
- Play-side offensive guard: Inside seam-on-pop and seal
- Play-side offensive tackle:Inside seam-on-pop and seal
“Power Slug” Run-or Pass Option (Off Power)
If we call “Power Slug” it essentially means that we are running what we call an “Under/Over Route” where our No. 2 receiver goes under the apex defender and over the top of the play-side linebacker at about 7-yards deep.
DIAGRAM 3: Power Slug.
DIAGRAM 4: Quarterback Run-Or-Pass Read (Power Slug).
The quarterback has a second-level read on this play. If the linebacker squats and buzzes his feet, then we instruct the quarterback to hand it off, just like in the Power play. But if the linebacker cheat and steps up in anticipation of stopping the Power, then the quarterback has the option to stop and throw to the Slug off his back ear.
This article was written by Shea Monroe, Offensive Coordinator, QB/RB Coach, Lincoln High School, Lincoln, Ala.
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