With the heralded match up between Florida State and Alabama a couple of weeks away, I decided to sit down and study one of the most intriguing offenses in the nation, Florida State’s. Since Jimbo Fisher has taken over in Tallahassee as the Head Coach the offenses have been electric, often resembling what is seen on Sunday’s in the NFL.
One of the first plays that pop up on film for Florida State is what is known as ‘Zone Extra’ to Jimbo Fisher. This is an inside zone play that features a wide receiver motioning into the weak side of the backfield to cut off the backside defensive end. The play received its name Zone ‘Extra’ due to the fullback being an extra blocker in the scheme. The fullback has the same read as the running back. He is taught to go where he would run the football. The following is how Jimbo teaches the fullback to read the play;
Dana Holgorsen clinic from 2010, when he had accepted the Offensive Coordinator position at Oklahoma State after his tenure as the Offensive Coordinator at Houston under Kevin Sumlin.
Over the course of Tom Brady’s career with the New England, the Patriots have relied heavily on throwing the ball. When watching New England it is apparent right away how much they will pick teams apart out of an empty formation. What makes their empty sets so hard to defend is they’ll go to it out of any personnel they have in the game whether that be 10, 11, 12, 21, 20, 22, etc.
In the NFL, things aren’t always as they seem. An example of this is the increasingly popular run play known as Duo, or Double. The Duo stands for two double teams. Duo is often referred to as “Power without a puller.” Bob Wylie, Cleveland Browns offensive line coach, said he started using this play in the late 1990’s while at the Chicago Bears to find a way to get the backside Will linebacker blocked.
The Atlanta Falcons are headed to Super Bowl 51 in large part due to their resurgence of the offense. Atlanta is 1st in points (33.8 ppg) and 2nd in yards (415.8 ypg). In Kyle Shanahan’s second season as the Offensive Coordinator this offense has come into its own. In preparation for the Super Bowl I decided to take a look at the offense.