Play of the Day: Mills off Toss Read Play Action

Today’s play of the day is from Mississippi State (2018-19).

They run this concept to the boundary and fake a toss read (power read with toss action) in the backfield. They actually scored on a QB pull off the toss read the previous drive. They dial up the “Mills” concept to Hi/Lo the Safety with a Dig from #2 and a Post over the top from #1. The #1 WR does an excellent job of “bowing” his route stem to widen the corner’s leverage and give the QB a lot of space to throw the post once that safety picks up the Dig from #2.

PA Mills

Play of the Day: RB Flood/Scissors

Today’s Play of the Day was from 2019 LSU against Bama.

More and more teams are running this RB Flood/Scissors look which uses the RB from the backfield on the Corner/Out.

#1 WR Runs a post, #2/TE runs a flat, and the RB runs a corner or deep out. Such an effective concept because it just isn’t used that often and it is tough to pick up #3 vertical and outside from the backfield.

Post clears the CB and Safety, Force defender goes with the flat, wide open RB out of the backfield. LSU runs a levels concept backside in this example.

RB Flood/Scissors

Play of the Day: Goal Line Sneak Flat

Today’s Play of the Day is from Illinois.

They line up in 30 or 21 personnel (depends if you consider the Y sniffer a Back or a TE) and run split zone action. They’d run split zone action earlier in the red zone. This time however the Y bypasses the TE to “sneak” to the flat. The backs criss cross with the left back coming across the formation to get a second route into the flat should the first flat route be covered. There’s an added “Rub” element to the play with the single WR working inside to pull his corner with him as well as create a natural rub for any one covering man to man out of the backfield. Could do this as an RPO but I think this is a called play action with how flat the OL stays.

GL Sneak Flat

Play of the Day: TE Throwback Screen

Today’s Play of the Day comes is a Tight End Throwback Screen from Indiana.

Indiana starts in a 3×1 FIB (Formation Into Boundary) condensed set with the RB cheated out to the field. The slot WR runs across the formation in deep motion with the QB faking to him and continuing to semi roll to the field.

The motion, RB alignment, and QB path all attract the defense’s eyeballs and you can see most of the defense pursuing to the wide side of the field. The #1 works inside to crack/seal the inside backer while the corner actually begins to follow him across the formation expecting a drag route and roll out. The LT & LG work inside showing a zone or slide look then leak out to the flat to lead block for the throwback screen.

TE Throwback Screen

Play of the Day: Bunch Toss

Welp, since we still can’t practice yet I am going to try to do random write ups in plays I like. One play a day, try to vary the team and concept. Just something that pops off the screen and catches my eye.

Today is from 2018 Stanford.

Bunch left, they use a double crack concept with the 2 outside players and pull #3 to block force and the PST to lead through the alley.

What makes this play pop is USC has their inside LBs at the LOS mugged up inside at the snap. Why are they walked up? Stanford had run Zone or Duo (do not start an argument over which one, they literally were running BOTH from this set) all game… at least 8 times prior to this snap. USC for the most part had been shutting it down walking the backers up or being very aggressive/quick to fill. Here is an example

Coach Kenny Simpson Gun T Rpo Buck Sweep

Coach Kenny Simpson has been putting out some great content on his site/twitter over the last year. @fbcoachsimpson

He recently put his Gun T RPO offense into multiple courses on CoachTube. I recently checked out his Bucksweep course here.

Overall I came away very impressed with this course. Coach Simpson goes over every detail you could need if you are looking to install this Bucksweep package. There is white board time, drills, game film and a plethora of adjustments. He does a great job going over not just the playside blocking scheme but multiple adjustments for QB reads/runs and RPOs on the backside of the concept to attack various defensive adjustments. I highly recommend checking this course out whether you are brand new to Buck/Wing T concepts or you are a card carrying Wing T veteran who just wants to dress up his Bucksweep with some sexy Gun Read/RPO concepts.

Meal Prep: Easy Lunch/Dinner

In my last post I wrote about an easy way to PREP BREAKFAST for the week.

Now I will explain how I make my Lunch/Dinner at the same time (i try to be as efficient as I can.

For Lunch I make a CajunAlfredo pasta with ground turkey.

For Dinner a Turkey Burrito Bowl.


I make Lunch and Dinner on the stove WHILE my breakfast is in the oven (multi tasking at its finest).

Super Easy,

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 Packs of Ground Turkey (I use 93/7)
  • Pasta and Sauce of your choice
  • Black beans/taco seasoning/salsa of your choice

Step 1: Start boiling water for Pasta while you get the ground turkey cooking (I start making my breakfast while I am waiting on water to boil.

Step 2: Cook Pasta and drain.

Step 3: Once Turkey is cooked add half to pasta, add sauce, and add some spices… I like to make it Cajun.

Mix it all together, divide out into tupperware for the week and Lunch is done.

Step 5: Take the rest of the turkey still in pan, add some taco seasoning and black beans. Divide into tupperware and top with salsa and/or whatever veggies you like.

Super simple recipes, easy to cook, and easily adaptable to fit your specific tastes.





Running DUO from BUNCH

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hearing formers Raiders assistant OL Coach Tim Holt speak on Bunch Run Game Concepts. One of the concepts Holt spoke about was “DUO”.  Duo seems to have taken over the social media coaching fraternity in the last year.  I first heard about duo about 2 years ago.  I saw a few diagrams and saw a few cut ups of a play quite often called “Power without the puller”.  I REALLY started to notice it more and more watching NFL games this past season.

At first glance it can appear like just another Inside Zoneplay; I think it is a bit more powerful, with better angles like you get in GAP schemes.

Coach Holt did an excellent job of explaining how they teach it and the key to making it all work.

Offensive Line:

The play starts with the Center “ID”ing the Will LB(#1 LB).  He will work with the BSG to double team on a path to pick up the Will.

The BST can work OUT on the backside DE similar to how he would by himself on an inside zone block.

The PSG and PST can double back on the DT on a track toward MIKE(#2 LB) like how they would on Power. Coach Holt made a very specific point that they ONLY need to worry about the Mike IF he fills A gap.  They don’t need to worry about him if he goes over the top into B gap because the RB is reading him (more on this later).

The Bunch:

The TE and 2 WRs in the bunch are what make the play work.  The TE (aligned off the ball) kicks the DE out.

The 2 WRs in the bunch HAVE to account for the #3 LB(Sam in the diagrams below).  This was Holt’s biggest key to making the play work.  Duo can only work if they are able to get #3 blocked. Their general rule is to “zone it” both working inside to pick up the #3 LB and the next closest box threat (Diagram 1).

Diagram 1

If the defense aligns with a defender heavy on the point man on the bunch, they can also use a fold scheme… having the point man block out, and the other WR go behind him to pick up #3 (Diagram 2).

Diagram 2

The last blocking variation they use is to Push the outside bunch WR to Safety when they see a Cloud Corner… they figure the Corner can’t make a tackle on an inside run so they are better off getting the safety blocked (Diagram3).



The success of the play is built around being able to block #3 (drawn above as the Sam).  IF the QB feels the WR can’t get to him because of his alignment (too far inside or too shallow) the QB must check out of the play.  They would most often just check to Stretch to the bunch (Diagram 4), which makes sense if Sam is playing tighter inside or they can check to a pass concept.

Diagram 4

RB READ:  The RB is READING the Mike LB.  This is what allows the PSG/PST to focus on their double team getting vertical push… whichever gap Mike fills, the RB should cut into the opposite gap.

I like this version of Duo from the bunch set.  I have always felt that GAP doubles are more physical than zone doubles and this scheme allows you to get 2 double teams.  By using Bunch you can usually get a consistent alignment from the Defense.

Qb/RB Mesh:

They just opened up and handed the ball off to the back… his aiming point being outside leg of the guard, and let him read the Mike.

Some teams, specifically the New England Patriots work almost counter steps/mesh in the backfield in an effort to freeze the LBs which lets them stay with the double teams longer.

This concept is also often run from 21 or 12 personnel as well.  Using one TE to block OUT on the DE and using a FB or off the ball TE to account for #3.

Below is a clip James A Light posted of Sean Kugler talking Duo when he was with the Steelers.

Here is a solid play action scheme from the New England Patriots (you can also see the counter like Qb/RB mesh in the backfield). This is from Ted Nguyen.