Wide Zone Fundamentals w/ Use of Gallop Technique in the Ducks Offense

by COOL Clinic
Wide Zone Fundamentals w/ Use of Gallop Technique in the Ducks Offense


The Wide Zone play provides an attack that distorts the defensive front. Oregon Offensive Line Coach Alex Mirabal teaches the techniques that allow the Ducks to utilize the scheme successfully, including the Gallop technique.  

Mirabal teaches the progression showing drills and game film.


1 Bob Wylie Introduction 6:42
Offensive Line Drills
2 Backside Knee Drill 3:23 3 Double Under 4:16 4 Double Under On A 3 Technique 0:23 5 Center & Right Guard Double To One 1:01 6 There Is An Art To Blocking 1:02 7 Center Gallop vs A 2 Technique 1:24 8 Crowther & Angle Drive 0:26 9 Double Under vs a Zero Technique 0:33 10 Right Tackle & Guard Double Under 2:27 11 How Do You Practice Zone Combos? 2:54 12 Right Inside Zone Breakdown 2:21 13 The Intent Of The Play Impacts The Double Under 2:09 14 The Play Side Of Gap Scheme Should Look Like The Back Side Of Inside Zone 2:37
Gallop Technique
15 The Gallop Technique 2:10 16 Combo To The Inside Backer 1:54 17 Smash The 2i 0:42 18 Split Flow Inside Zone 2:35 19 Double To The Backside Backer In The 30 1:16 20 Double Under With Gallop 1:12 21 Gallop Shiver Sled 2:06
Gallop Combos
22 Center Guard Combo 0:55 23 Right Guard Inside Footwork 1:27 24 Center & Left Guard Combo 0:41 25 Offensive Line Combo Drill 1:11 26 Crowther Angle Drive 1:15 27 Left Guard & Tackle Gallop Combo 1:41 28 Left Guard & Tackle Double 0:37 29 Double The Backside Backer In Gap Scheme 1:21 30 Double The Heavy 3 Technique 1:20 31 Don't Have The Tackles Knock The Guard Off 2:10 32 Double Under Gallop 1:19 33 Double The Heavy 3 Technique 0:46 34 Galloping Displaces The Defender 0:35 35 Counter vs 2i 0:36 36 What Situations Do You Use The Fold Block? 3:44 37 Inside Zone Split Flow 1:21 38 Dig In Before You Move The Backer 0:37 39 Inside Zone vs a 3 Technique 1:05 40 Displace The 2 Technique 1:26 41 Question & Answer 24:52

The Coach

Alex Mirabal is the offensive line coach for the Oregon Ducks taking that position in 2020.


Prior to Oregon, Mirabal spent five seasons as the offensive line coach at Marshall. While he was there, the Thundering Herd put together a 44-22 record, three 10-win seasons, a 4-0 record in bowl games, two Conference USA East Division titles and a win in the 2014 Conference USA Championship Game.

Prior to Marshall, Mirabal served as the assistant head coach for six years at FIU (2007-12) under Mario Cristobal.  He worked with the offensive line his final three years after three years as the head of the tight ends room.

A long-time Miami-Dade high school football coach, Mirabal taught and coached around south Florida starting in 1993 all the way up to his arrival at FIU. He helped lead Miami Christopher Columbus High School to three district championships in four years as the Explorers offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Mirabal began his coaching career at Christopher Columbus in 1993 by taking on a variety of roles. He was the Explorers' assistant track and field coach and a volunteer varsity football offensive line coach for six years. Mirabal was the school's junior varsity head football coach in 1994-95 and then took on the program's strength and conditioning coordinator responsibilities from 1996-2001. During that time, he also assumed the titles of varsity running backs coach in 1996-97 and then varsity offensive line coach from 1997-2001.

Mirabal moved on to G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School from 2001-03 and worked as the Bulldogs' offensive line coach and offensive coordinator in 2001-02. Beginning in 2003, he returned to Columbus and became an integral part of the Explorers' football success.

A native Miamian, Mirabal graduated with an associate's degree in general studies from Miami Dade College in 1991 and two years later earned his bachelor's degree in social studies education while a member of the Dean's List at FIU.

He and his wife, Berta, have two sons, Alejandro and Nicolas.

Ratings and Reviews (5)

Tim Jennings

Very informative; more ISZ and Counter than Wide Zone, but the principles and techniques carry over, which was the point.

Jul 21, 21 05:46 PM

Willard Mountjoy


Nov 17, 21 04:37 PM

Kyle Klein

Excellent information on Gallup technique

Apr 19, 22 10:26 AM

Jeff Bruno


Jul 8, 22 03:27 PM

Nick Romero

Very informational and the clips showed great examples of the explanations and teaching progressions.

May 2, 24 11:00 AM

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