Course 8: Pin & Pull

by Eric Marty
Course 8: Pin & Pull


Pin and pull concepts have become increasingly popular in the last 5 years.

Why? It’s easy to implement!

Similar to how zone, gap and power schemes work – the pin & pull scheme has a set of rules which allow for lineman to communicate with each other to execute the best possible blocking scenario. The base rules for the pin & pull system are as such:

  • If uncovered, pull play-side
  • Down blocks fill for the pulling lineman, typically in the back-side gap (which tend to be an easier leverage block)
  • Running backs follow the pulling lineman for added downfield blocking support

The pin and pull system looks similar to the outside zone play, as it still has some of the same characteristics, such as arc releasing and reach blocking.  The RB also has the same aiming point

on both PIN & PULL and Outside Zone.

However, in the pin-pull sweep, the down blocks give linemen better blocking angles instead of the reach and run technique used in a typical outside zone play.

The pin and pull starts up front, with the ease it presents offensive linemen.

There can be as many as 3 linemen pulling !!!

It’s easy to understand for the linemen. 

WANT TO RUN RPOs??   The biggest advantage is that no linemen are downfield immediately. That provides roughly 1.5 seconds for the quarterback before the linemen even consider leaving the line of scrimmage.

Since the team can run the ball anytime it needs to, the offense is always right if the QB makes correct reads

  • that QB can always take off and run,
  • or pass over the top if the defender comes up as run support.



The Coach


Eric Marty

Tight End Driven Multiple Gun Offense


California Golden Coast Conference’s 2018 & 2019 Coach of the Year Eric Marty’s TIGHT END DRIVEN MULTIPLE GUN OFFENSE has propelled Reedley College Tigers to back to back 10-1 seasons, conference championships, and Top-5 Offense Rankings in California (out of 68 CA JUCO teams).

  • Averaged 45.7 points per game this season (4th best in the state), and]
  • 41.5 points per game in 2018 (7th best in the state).
  • Ranking 10th in total offense this season at 438.7 yards per game, and 5th in 2018 at 484.5 yards per game.

Most impressively, Reedley was a 1-9 team on probation prior to Marty's arrival.

  • QBs have finished 2nd and 5th in efficiency in the state the past two years,
  • Tailback in 2019 led the state in yards per carry, rushed for over a thousand yards, and led the state in all-purpose yardage. 
  • TE's have had more catches than any other collegiate TE group in the past two years.

Before accepting the Grambling State University offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach position, Coach Marty....

  • Head Coach for Reedley College
  • East Los Angeles College Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and Quarterbacks Coach in 2015.
  • Moorpark College Offensive Coordinator, taking the offense from 64th in the state to 14th in just two years.
  • Oklahoma Panhandle University in 2012 as the Receivers Coach and Special Teams Coordinator.
  • High school coach in Washington going 11-1 in 2009 and 2011 reaching the quarterfinals of the Washington State 3A state playoffs.


  • 3-year starting QB at Chapman University, compiling a 14-8 record as a starter, broke 6 school passing records, and led the team to back-to-back winning seasons in 2007 and 2008 for the first time since 1995, 1996.
  • Led four different teams to League titles in four years in the Italian and Austrian Football Leagues,
  • Won the 2009 Italian Superbowl and the 2010 Austrian Bowl XXVI.
  • Named the MVP of Austrian Bowl XXVI.
  • Professional career record of 39-8. 152 touchdown passes to 30 interceptions (5-1 TD-INT ratio)


Ratings and Reviews (1)

Michael Westmoreland

Great video in the pull and pin run game,

May 11, 20 05:15 AM

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