December 1, 2011 • Football

Using Your QuarterBack In The Running Game: Full-Flow Plays

The final type of QB run plays are full-flow plays where Nielson wants to out-number the defense or, at the very least, account for all defenders with the blocking scheme. These are predetermined QB running plays where you utilize the RB as an extra blocker at the point of attack.

DIAGRAM 10: QB Outside Zone (A). In this play, block to the normal outside-zone rules and lead with the running back in a true full-flow play.

Nielson says this is his “most-run play.” He uses a variety of different motions by the receivers or tight ends to create a blocking advantage.

“By adding the running back as an additional blocker, we can truly be creative with formations. We put the ball in the hands of our QB with all defenders accounted for and blocked,” Nielson explains. “We have found this play to be particularly productive in short- and medium-yardage conversion situations.”

DIAGRAM 11: QB Outside Zone (B). A variation includes having the wingback on the strong side with a receiver coming in motion from the backside.

The running back goes inside both the wingback and receiver to block.

DIAGRAM 12: QB Power. In this play, the concept is to rely on lead QB power using the RB as an extra blocker. The RB reads the kick-out block of the fullback or H-back, then typically arcs around that block to account for the force defender.

The QB takes the direct snap and reads the block on the end of the line of scrimmage to either attack the C-gap seam or bounce the play outside.   

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