Offensive Football Strategies


Use strategies straight from many of football's all-time greatest coaches! Offensive Football Strategies offers you special access to the sharpest football minds in the game's history. Pick and choose portions to use to optimize your game plan each season.

Offensive Football Strategies is the most comprehensive and detailed book of its kind, containing the most popular and effective offensive philosophies, systems, formations, and plays over the past 40 years. This extensive ...

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Use strategies straight from many of football's all-time greatest coaches! Offensive Football Strategies offers you special access to the sharpest football minds in the game's history. Pick and choose portions to use to optimize your game plan each season.

Offensive Football Strategies is the most comprehensive and detailed book of its kind, containing the most popular and effective offensive philosophies, systems, formations, and plays over the past 40 years. This extensive collection includes 73 articles written by many of the greatest coaching strategists in football history, including Bob Devaney, Bear Bryant, John McKay, Joe Paterno, Tom Osborne, Marv Levy, Hayden Fry, LaVell Edwards, Steve Spurrier, and many more.

The articles are organized into the following sections:

- Developing a System
- Attacking the Defense
- Building Backfield Excellence
- Running the Wing-T
- Running From the I
- Running the Wishbone
- Running the Veer
- Running an Option Offense
- Establishing a Passing Scheme
- Passing From Sets and Formations
- Keeping the Defense on Edge
- Incorporating Play-Action
- Creating Quality Quarterback Play
- Protecting the Passer
- Gaining Key Yardage
- Dominating the Red Zone

Developed in cooperation with the American Football Coaches Association, Offensive Football Strategies is loaded with instructional points, experienced insights, and more than 700 X-and-O diagrams. Whether you are seeking another option for your running or passing attack, or looking for that sure-fire scoring play in the red zone, this book offers a wealth of winning strategies for your game plan.

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What People Are Saying

Phillip Fulmer
Since entering the coaching profession in 1972, I've gained a great deal of insight from many different coaches to form my strategic approach to the game, Now one of the very best collections of offensive football wisdom is available in one book from the American Football Coaches Association. Offensive Football Strategies features the schemes, formations and plays that have been producing points, wins, and championships for the past 40 years. It doesn't matter if you're a high school or college coach, or what offensive philosophy you have, this book provides a wealth of information for a more successful scoring attack.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736001397
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/16/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 326,050
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Since its establishment in 1922, the American Football Coaches Association has striven to provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching and to maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession. These objectives, first declared by founders Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman, and others, have been instrumental in the AFCA's becoming the effective and highly respected organization it is today.

The AFCA now has more than 10,000 members, including coaches from Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Russia. Through annual publications and several newsletters, the Association keeps members informed of the most current rules changes and proposals, proper coaching methods, innovations in techniques, insights in coaching philosophy, and business conducted by the board of trustees and AFCA committees. A convention is held each January to give members a special opportunity to exchange ideas and recognize outstanding achievement.

The Association promotes safety in the sport and establishes strong ethical and moral codes that govern all aspects of football coaching. In addition, the AFCA is involved in numerous programs that ensure the integrity of the coaching profession and enhance the development of the game. It works closely with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Football League, the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Pop Warner, and other organizations involved in the game of football. Indeed, one of the goals of the Association is to build a strong coalition—TEAM AFCA—of football coaches who will speak out with a unified voice on issues that affect the sport and profession.

The AFCA is the team of the football coaching profession. All current and former football coaches or administrators involved with football are encouraged to join. For more information about becoming a member of the American Football Coaches Association, please log on to the AFCA Web site ( or contact them at

American Football Coaches Association
100 Legends Lane
Waco, TX 76706
(254) 754-9900

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Table of Contents

Part I The Game Plan

Developing a System
Creating an Offensive Philosophy (Joe Paterno)
Adapting Offense to Personnel (John McKay)
Implementing the Multi-Flex System (Joe Restic)
Using the Spread Offense (Bob Devaney)
Communicating the Plan (Jack Bicknell and Sam Timer)

Attacking the Defense
Running the No-Huddle (Chan Gailey)
Gaining a Pre-Snap Advantage (Hayden Fry and Bill Snyder)
Creating the Pass-Run Bind (George DeLeone)
Soaring Through the Double Eagle (Homer Smith)
Passing to Set Up the Run (Al Molde and Marty Higgins)
Running to Pass(Ted Tollner)

Part II The Running Game

Building Backfield Excellence
Drilling for Error-Free Execution (Homer Rice)
Perfecting Quarterback Fakes (George Chaump)

Running the Wing-T
Integrating the Wing-T (Harold Raymond)
Face-Lifting the Wing-T(Harold Raymond and Ted Kempski)

Running From the I
Featuring the Fullback in the I (Dick Sheridan)
Shifting in the I (Tom Nugent)
Developing an I Series (Tom Osborne)
Running the Option From the I (Dave Triplett)
Winning With Basic Schemes (Pete Schmidt)
Incorporating the Sprint Draw (Don Christensen and Howard Ross)

Running the Wishbone
Teaching the Triple Option (Emory Bellard)
Adding to the Triple Option (Charlie Taaffe)
Training the Wishbone Quarterback (Pepper Rodgers)
Blocking the Wishbone (Jimmy Sharpe)

Running the Veer
Changing From Wishbone to Veer (Fred Akers)
Attacking Gaps With the Veer (Don Morton, Ross Hjelseth, and Pat Simmers)
Adapting the Veer (Bill Yeoman)
Adding the Whirlybird for the Big Play (Bo Rein)
Blocking the Perimeter for the Veer (Larry Zierlein)

Running an Option Offense
The Option Package (Eddie Crowder)
Four Options for More Yards (Jim Carlen)
A Simple Dive Option (Doug Carter)
The Freeze Option Game (Dick MacPherson)
The I Option Package (Jimmy Satterfield)

Part III The Passing Game

Establishing a Passing Scheme
The Pass Protection System (Homer Smith)
The Fully Dimensional Passing Game (Steve Logan)
The Flare-Flood Offense (Mike White and Roger Theder)
The Green Wave Pass Attack (Larry Smith and Linde Infante)
The Quick Passing Game (Billy Joe)

Passing From Sets and Formations
Passing From the Wishbone (Fisher DeBerry)
Passing to Complement the Veer (Bill Yeoman)
Passing With Bootleg Action (Frank Kush)
Building a Passing Series From Basic Sets (Larry Kehres)
Passing From a One Back Set (Bob Griffin)
Attacking With Two Backs (Joe Tiller and Larry Korptiz)

Keeping the Defense on Edge
Using Motion in the Passing Game (Darrel “Mouse” Davis)
Adjusting Pass Patterns(LaVell Edwards)
Spreading the Defense (Jim Wacker)
Passing to Win (Steve Spurrier)
Striking With a Strong Side Screen (Darryl Rogers)

Incorporating Play-Action
Adding the Action Pass (Herb Deromedi)
Moving the Pocket (Rich Brooks)
Inserting the Play-Action Pass (Gary Moeller)

Creating Quality Quarterback Play
Establishing Quarterback Consistency (Sam Rutigliano)
Drilling for Quarterback Improvement (Dave Arslanian)
Training Quarterbacks to Read Coverages(Steve Axman)
Developing the Winning Quarterback (Bill Snyder)

Protecting the Passer
Breaking Down Protection Techniques (Merv Johnson)
Defending the Passer (Don Powell)
Blocking for the Drop Back Pass(Jack Little)
Building Effective Pass Protection (Jack Bicknell, Mike Maser, and Vince Martino)
Training for Multiple Pass Protection (Kent Stephenson)

Part IV Down-and-Distance Decisions

Gaining Key Yardage
Play-Calling on Third Down (Pokey Allen)
Beating the Clock (Marv Levy)
Executing in the Four Critical Zones (Paul W. Bryant)
Moving the Chains (Grant Teaff)
Gaining the Most Important Yard(Bruce Snyder)

Dominating the Red Zone
Passing at the Goal Line (Denny Stolz)
Putting It in the End Zone (Jim Tressel and Jim Bollman)
Executing in the Red Zone (Gary Pinkel and Mike Dunbar)
Scoring Inside the 20 (Dal Shealy)
Coaching for Goal Line Success (Lee J. Tressel)

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