How hard is it to set up a simple offense that get’s your playmakers in space with the ball?
Not as hard as you might think. Here’s how I lay it all out for you day by day.
After 5 days of following the plan, you can have an offense like this one at the ready-aim for your next opponent.
Turn up your volume now and watch this…
You need a simple plan that keeps you focused.
If you’re reading this, you probably already know that:
- Most offensive systems are set up to run a bunch of different plays to get the ball to lots of different players. But what if you only have a couple of good ones that you can rely on?
- Most offensive systems are filled with complicated verbiage that you have to memorize and teach to everyone on your staff and team.
- Most offensive systems are hyper focused on one style of play that isn’t flexible to each season’s needs.
This offense, the Pro Style Spread Offense, is specifically designed with your best players in mind.
This installation will only take you about 30 minutes a night to learn for five days only.
This system uses simple calls and signals to easily communicate plays.
This system is flexible to all levels and abilities of players.
What else do you need? These are also included:
- Playbook – check
- Playcall Sheet – check (coming soon)
- Installation Schedule – check
- Signals to call plays – check (coming soon)
- Practice Plan – check
So let’s get started.
Day 1: Installation
On the first day you have a lot to cover with procedures and practice organization. Most first days end up pretty scattered because of lots of different reasons, but you can keep this from becoming a disaster.
What not to do:
My first day of practice back in 1995 consisted of 1 field length rolls and sprint relays, old school bull in the ring (concussion and humiliation), and some kind of bear crawl torture where we all laid down in a line while taking turns bear crawling over each other. What a complete waste of time and energy.
What to do:
The best thing about the first day is that the players are fresh…so don’t waste it on extra conditioning! Just make them do things over until is is done correctly or move on to the next group. There is guaranteed a lot of teaching to do, and nobody knows what to expect, so just chill out on the drill sergeant little tykes crap. You really just end up looking like an idiot yourself. If you feel yourself starting to lose it, take a deep breath and just re-explain things in even simpler terms. Remember kids today learn visually, show them a demonstration…I mean demonstrate everything….how to stand in line…everything. They don’t know any better!
Here’s your practice plan for Day 1:
Go over your offense…tell them the following positive about the Pro Style Spread Offense.
- Simple to understand.
- Everybody has a job to do that matters and rules to memorize.
- Works against anything the defense tries to do.
- Is fun to run!
Then go over the following:
- Huddle – Who stands where. Who talks. Who listens. Who gets the signal. How to break the huddle. Or what to do if you don’t huddle (I don’t recommend this if this is the first time running the PSSO) You can put it in later…not a big deal. Biggest deal is everybody executing the play together.
- Cadence – Who says what? Run plays on one, pass plays on two. Draws on three. Don’t have to even call it – the play tells them what it is, but start immediately with going on different counts. Create code words for lineman to remind each other what the count is.
- Five types of contact. Download this here.
Practice Expectations – When to talk, when not to talk, how to ask a question, what you are going to be doing today, what if your equipment is broken, what if you have to go to the bathroom, what if you are thirsty and what if you are hurt. And anything else you think needs covered.
Practice Schedule for Days One through Five
Note: Go in this order…you can’t skip steps and expect stuff to work. If you don’t have time…just do as much as you can, then pick it back up the next day.
Warmup (10 min)
10 minutes (do some light jogging and stretching) Don’t blow this up into a 30 minute conditioning circuit! End with a couple of short sprints out of stances.
Team Offense Walkthrough (15 min)
Teach the first two formations. Show where each position lines up (just standing). Demonstrate the Huddle break and cadence. Set up multiple huddles or groups. Rotate each group. Huddle, Playcall, Break Huddle, Cadence, Fire off to the quick whistle (no defense), Return to Huddle.
Break to individual (20 min)
OL – Review Stances and starts and alignment. Fit drill – show them proper blocking body position (work backwards). Double team calls and fits. Teach hand placement and proper steps. Lead step, Gather hands, then drive step and explode with hands into defenders chest.
Centers – Shotgun Snap and step.
QB’s learn catch and handoff as well as catch and pass (see installation schedule for plays to learn on Day 1)
RB’s – stance, start and taking a handoff.
TE/WR’s – Stances, Start and catching a Slant and Pop Pass route.
Group Time (15 min)
Run Day One Plays together (OL together with TE’s) (RB’s, QB’s and WR’s)
Team Time (20 min)
FILM THIS PERIOD!
Even if you have to do it yourself while standing behind the offense. Get a selfie stick, press record, hold it up high from about 10 yards behind the QB. Press stop after each play. Get the line and backs.
You are now a better coach then 95% of all other football coaches if you watch this film before the next practice.
First 15 minutes – teach each play with a demo group.
Second 15 minutes – run plays.
All together, full huddle, running plays called. First time here will take some extra teaching time. Avoid stopping running plays to explain to one player what to do. Find a sub and take them aside. Run plays against air or better yet, dummies and cans. If you have a lineman tape, it can be helpful to show players where to line up.
Day’s 1,2 and 3 should all be non-contact (means you don’t do anything more then block dummies or players holding bags. Follow your leagues acclimatization and contact protocol.
I Formation: 21/22 Iso
I Right 22 Iso Pop Pass
Doubles Formation 11/12 Iso
Doubles R, 12 Iso Rambo All 22 (RPO)
|Day 1 – Team Script|
|1||I Right||22 Iso||Your Defense||Air*|
|2||I Left||21 Iso||Your Defense||Air|
|3||I Right||21 Iso||Your Defense||Air|
|4||I Left||22 Iso||Your Defense||Air|
|5||Doubles Rt||12 Iso||Your Defense||Air|
|6||Doubles Lt||11 Iso||Your Defense||Air|
|7||I Right||22 Pop Pass||Your Defense||Air|
|8||Doubles Rt||12 Iso Rascal||Your Defense||Air|
|9||I Left||22 Iso F-Pop Pass||Your Defense||Air|
*Rascal=RPO tagged with Slants
Installation Videos Day One:
ISO Run Install
Pop Pass/Rambo ISO Install
Offensive Script Google Doc
Bonus Playbook Download
Clarification on video:
So if you are trying to run it to the weak side…your F is the Pop Pass receiver. Fake the handoff to the H while your F runs past the LB to catch the ball – I don’t think I was clear on that point in the second video. It’s also a good changeup if teams don’t think you will be running pop pass to the weak side or if you have a nice weak side gap and you have been running it there successfully.
End of Practice
Hold a Five Minute Meeting (quick chat with coaches while walking off the field)
Reflect on the day’s positives and negatives.
Ask: What do you need tomorrow to help your players learn what they need to learn.
Even if I think it’s a minor ask by the coach, I’ll include it in the plan if possible to keep these meetings valuable. It’s easy to put in a quick 10 minute period in somewhere to work on something that a coach sees a need for right away.
Day 2: Installation
Talk about Day one – things you saw, what today’s focus needs to be.
Review and correct just ONE of the big errors discussed in your meeting with the coaches the day before. Examples of this could be…improper huddle, forgetting snap count, etc. Put a challenge out to the team that you will be watching this issue specifically and will be checking in periodically throughout practice to see how it is progressing.
Watch practice film. WATCH PRACTICE FILM. WATCH PRACTICE FILM.
Nothing else helps better then to show players what they need to be working on and communicate how you need it done. Then talk about why it needs to be done this way. I love using practical examples like why do you think tanks are build low to the ground with a wide base?
Before your warmup, hold a team walkthrough of every formation you have installed. Rotate all players in. Set up multiple huddles or groups. Have a group waiting with a playcall as soon as the play is run, the next group is up. Huddle, Playcall, Break Huddle, Cadence, Fire off to the quick whistle (no defense), Return to Huddle.
Same as Day 1.
OL: Continue with stance and start fundamentals. Steps out of stance are critical. Teach the reach block and the skip pull. If defender fights outside, maintain contact and drive, know that backs will cut off of you. I love the straight line block. I would have them step laterally to get into position, then while maintaining a base parallel to the line of scrimmage, block the outside number vertically.
RB: Work from the pistol alignment and a two point stance. Step and run laterally. Catch the pitch with two hands and tuck into outside arm. Do not get downfield, this makes the angles very difficult to catch the pitch and then the back has no room to stretch and cut.
QB: Work toss mechanics and handoffs. Emphasize sprinting out after the handoff. Catch the snap, open one step toward the RB and pitch the ball like a basketball chest pass. Aim for his numbers. I am not a huge fan of the underhand toss seen in traditional toss plays. It’s more difficult to time and you need to get the ball outside quicker and the traditional toss is riskier in my opinion.
WR: Continue to train stance and starts. Eliminate false steps by getting them to put more weight on their front foot. Talk about how sprinters start low and drive out…don’t take short choppy steps when accelerating against soft defenders. Aim your route right at the center of the defender forcing him to bail as fast as possible. Introduce stalk blocking principles. Push, chopping it down at 5 yards, mirror and maintain contact. Practice routes on route tree. Run #2 – Slants, Bubble from the inside slot, #6 – 12 yard comeback by turning inside and coming back to the QB, #7 – 6 step corner route by breaking to the front pylon of the end zone.
QB’s and RB’s run through backfield execution. Use cones for landmarks. Use run plays on script.
QB’s, RB’s, WR’s and Y’s run through pass play execution. Use pass plays on script.
15 minutes – Walk through new plays against both looks. Make quick corrections on mental errors.
Coaches all need to be watching and ON during this period. No standing around hands in your pockets coaching allowed. If they aren’t doing it, remind them of what the players and you need help with at the end of practice. Good time to remind players and coaches how and when to ask a question during this period. Don’t talk until after the whistle blows to end the play, then talking is EXPECTED! Make yourself better for 30 seconds until the next play is called in the huddle.
10 minutes – Team Run Script vs Cans and Coaches
10 minutes – Team Pass Script vs Cans and Coaches
I Right 28 Toss
I Left 27 Toss
Twins R 28 Toss
Twins L 27 Toss
Doubles Right Wing, Fly Right
Doubles Left Wing, Fly Left
I Right Sprint R 16
I Left Sprint L 16
Doubles R Wing Sprint R 70
Doubles L Wing Sprint L 70
Offensive Script of the Day
|Day 2 – Team Script|
|1||I Right||22 Iso||Your Defense||Bags*|
|2||I Left||27 Toss||Your Defense||Bags|
|3||Doubles Rt Wing||Fly Sweep R||Your Defense||Bags|
|4||Twins R||23 Iso||Your Defense||Bags|
|5||Twins R||28 Toss||Your Defense||Bags|
|6||I Right||Sprint R 16||Your Defense||Bags|
|7||Doubles Rt||12 Iso Rambo All 22||Your Defense||Bags|
|8||Double Lt Wing||Sprint L 70||Your Defense||Bags|
|9||Doubles Lt||11 Iso||Your Defense||Bags|
|10||I Right||28 Toss||Your Defense||Bags|
|11||Doubles Lt Wing||Fly Sweep L||Your Defense||Bags|
|12||I Left||21 Iso||Your Defense||Bags|
|13||Twins L||27 Toss||Your Defense||Bags|
|14||Double R Wing||Sprint R 70||Your Defense||Bags|
Day 2 Installation Video
Day 3 Installation
OL: Continue with stance and start fundamentals. Steps out of stance are critical. Teach the angle down block and review double teams and coming off on LB’s. A key point here is to get your body angled before attacking on the down block. So a down block to the left, the lineman should drop step his left foot back about 6 inches and open up to the defender. His second step gains momentum to drive through the mid-line of the defensive lineman. Helmet placement is also down the defenders midline. Use of hands is left hand punch on the chest, right hand on the hip. Keep double teams hip to hip with one hand inside the outside hand on the hip. They should not leave the double until the LB triggers and starts to attack.
RB: Work from the pistol alignment and a two point stance. Practice getting handoff timed up – can add a drop step if needed to slow down approach. Get aim point correct by going right for the outside leg of the Tackle if Power, and Guard if it is BOE.
QB: Work handoffs and sprint out mechanics along with throwing on the run. The handoff is the same as ISO. When throwing on a sprint out -right before the throw taking short, choppy steps can help with getting a more controlled throw.
WR: Stance, Starts, Routes for the day. Teach the 5 route comeback. Vs a soft defender, 17 yds like a Go route then break back down to the outside to 15 yd. Vs a Cover 2 – Deep safety and Corner squatting, release inside and run at Safety, then break back to the Cover 2 hole. Vs. Man, run the Top Gun technique! See video for explanation.
I Right 24 Power
I Left 25 Power
Pro Right 24-25 BOE
Pro Left 24-25 BOE
I Right 25 Boot R F15
Pro Right 24 Boot R 105
Offensive Script of the Day
|Day 3 – Team Script|
|1||I Right||24 Power||Your Defense||Bags*|
|2||Pro Left||25 BOE||Your Defense||Bags|
|3||I Left||25 Power||Your Defense||Bags|
|4||Pro Left||25 BOE||Your Defense||Bags|
|5||Doubles Rt Wing||Fly Sweep R||Your Defense||Bags|
|6||Pro Right||22 Iso||Your Defense||Bags|
|7||Twins Left||27 Toss||Your Defense||Bags|
|8||I Right||25 Boot Right F15||Your Defense||Bags|
|9||Doubles R||15 Power||Your Defense||Bags|
|10||I Right||Sprint R 16||Your Defense||Bags|
|11||Doubles R Wing||Sprint R 70||Your Defense||Bags|
|12||Pro Right||24 Boot R 105||Your Defense||Bags|
|13||I Right||22 Iso Pop Pass||Your Defense||Bags|
Day 4 Installation
Continue to rep and review all techniques covered before as well as any new one’s needed for today’s play. The install has slowed down a bit here because a big chunk has already been put in that needs more repetitions. However, putting in the counter play should not be that difficult. The reason is because it is essentially just a variation on Power.
Trips Wing 24 Counter (RPO)
Doubles R Wing 25 Counter
Offensive Script of the Day
|Day 4 – Team Script|
|1||Trips Wing Right||24 Counter Rambo||Your Defense||Control|
|2||Doubles Right Wing||Fly Sweep Right||Your Defense||Control|
|3||Double Right Wing||Fly 25 Counter||Your Defense||Control|
|4||Doubles Left||16 Power||Your Defense||Control|
|5||Pro Right||24 Boot R 105||Your Defense||Control|
|6||Pro Left||21 Iso||Your Defense||Control|
|7||I Left||25 Power||Your Defense||Control|
|8||Twins Left||27 Toss||Your Defense||Control|
|9||I Right||25 Boot Right F15||Your Defense||Control|
|10||Pro Left||25 BOE||Your Defense||Control|
|11||I Right||Sprint R 16||Your Defense||Control|
|12||Doubles R Wing||Sprint R 70||Your Defense||Control|
|13||I Right||22 Iso Pop Pass||Your Defense||Control|
Watch it here:
Day 5 Installation
As the last day of the 5 Day installation wraps up, you will finish with the Bubble Screen Package.
The Bubble Screen Package is an essential play series that gets the ball out to your best players on the perimeter. It also forces defenses to defend the entire field horizontally and vertically.
If you are considering running RPO’s, it is essential to know exactly how to execute this aspect of the spread offense.
Many coaches will stop at just the basic bubble screen but what they miss out on is the opportunity to take advantage of defenses when they adjust to stop it.
That’s why the bubble slant is also installed today. When LB’s cheat, you will make them pay anywhere on the field with this simple adjustment.
When you put this in you can easily rep it multiple times by getting lines of receivers being throw to by the Quarterback. It’s helpful to wait a few days to install it because by then you have covered WR blocking concepts and you are simple expanding on your perimeter game with a play that is a take what they give you concept. You can probably make these a one word play call that can be run no-huddle up-tempo so that defenses get stuck in a look they cannot change. The play works best when you get the ball to your best perimeter athlete. When you force defenses to cover down on everyone to stop the bubble screen, you gain better numbers somewhere else…either the backside of trips, the run game, or even the all-vertical pass game.
Doubles R Bubble Right
Doubles L Bubble Left
Trips Right Bubble
Trips Left Bubble
Doubles R Bubble Slant
Doubles L Bubble Slant
Trips R Bubble Slant
Trips L Bubble Slant
Offensive Script of the Day
|Day 5 – Team Script|
|1||Trips Right||Bubble Right||Your Defense||Control/Thud|
|2||Trips Wing Right||24 Counter Rambo||Your Defense||Thud|
|3||I Left||27 Toss||Your Defense||Thud|
|4||Trips Right||Bubble Slant||Your Defense||Thud|
|5||Doubles Right||14 or 15 ISO (Call to bubble)||Your Defense||Thud|
|6||I Right||24 Power||Your Defense||Thud|
|7||Doubles Right Wing||Fly 25 Counter||Your Defense||Thud|
|8||Doubles Left Wing||Fly Sweep Left||Your Defense||Thud|
|9||Pro Right||24 Boot R 105||Your Defense||Thud|
|10||I Right||22 Iso Pop Pass||Your Defense||Thud|
|11||I Left||21 Iso||Your Defense||Thud|
|12||Doubles Right||28 Toss||Your Defense||Thud|
|13||I Right||25 Boot Right F15||Your Defense||Thud|
|14||Pro Right||24 BOE||Your Defense||Thud|
|15||Doubles R Wing||Sprint R 70||Your Defense||Thud|
|16||Doubles Rt||12 Iso Rascal||Your Defense||Thud|
You need an installation plan.
Just be sure you follow these steps to make sure your installation is worth the time and effort you put into it.
Step 1: Have a playbook with just the plays you will be installing. It can also double as a play card for your offense to learn from each day.
Step 2: Run an efficient written down practice that has teaching time built in and then splits up to practice individual skills before coming back together to run plays. If you don’t write it down, you won’t give fair time to areas that need work.
Step 3: Record and watch practice film with your players. Be positive and highlight the good. Be positive all practice because a 6 positive to 1 negative correction ratio is proven to be the most effective in learners developing.
I have packaged up the playbook and diagrammed plays against multiple fronts so you know exactly what to do. After you download it, print it out and follow the plan diagrammed above.
Remember, this is targeted for a High School level team putting in this offense for the first time. Lower level teams may need to simplify.
Start now and never look back.