Zone Optionby Triple Option
one of the hottest plays in the Flexbone offense,
changing the Flexbone offense and changing how defenses defended.
Zone Option has evolved to be a core concept of the Flexbone Triple Option at the college level and is trickling down to the high school level.
As with any innovation or shift in philosophy, Zone Option represents a solution to a problem.
The problem was how defenses were scheming against the triple option.
- Stunting to the field from an odd front, morphing the front to an Under look.
- Denying the perimeter by slow playing the pitch phase.
- Stunting and slow playing shrunk the field and turned the game into a knife fight in a phone booth.
The Solution was to attack blood stunt and read the trap corner.
ENTER THE ZONE OPTION
- The offensive line applies their base scoop rules to the backside and zone block through their playside gap on the frontside.
- For the Offensive Line, the blocking is EXACTLY the same as Zone Dive.
- A-Back uses same path as Belly/Down.
- The only new teaching is for the flexed WR and B-Back.
One of the most crucial aspects is always having a B gap protector.
- Coach Boyd explains that you could B-gap protect with your tackle, but if you choose to zone block then B-gap protector falls on a playside guard or your B back depending on the front.
Citadel has ranked nationally in the top-10 in rushing every season of Ron Boyd’s seven seasons as the offensive line coach. The undefeated 2016 Citadel team led the nation in rushing with 348.2 yards per game and the 2019 Bulldogs had 320 yards in its upset victory over Georgia Tech.
As the offensive line coach at Lenoir-Rhyne, Boyd’ s offensive line set the NCAA single season record with 5,563 rushing yards on the way to the Division II National Championship Game in 2013. Boyds offensive line set all the school rushing records at West Virginia Wesleyan during 2 championship seasons.