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The Ultimate Offense – Run Plays and Concepts (Part III)


By Bruce Pielstick, Offensive Coordinator

MidAmerica Nazarene University








Inside ZoneVertical ZoneG-Toutside hip G


Outside ZoneReach ZoneTEoutside hip of TE


JetReach ZoneTE or wk OToutside TE or wk OT



PowerDown, Kick & Pull TE or wk OTA or B gap


Counter Down, Kick & Pull TE or wk OToutside T


“G”Down & KickT-TEoutside T



Option Man, & ZoneTEoutside TE


IsolationMan, & ZoneG-Toutside G


DrawManC-GPS Guard



Pass Play Concepts



Level Read, Double Slant, Out-Verticle, Slant-Fade, Slant-Wheel, Fade-Out


Mid Quick’s  

Out-Seam, Smash, Corner, Post-Out, Fade-Elect, Curl-Out


Dropback Pass   

Curl-Locate, Curl-Gate, Dig-Seam, Flat-Locate, Fly-Dig, Locate-Out, Post-Curl, Smash-Post, Post-Sail


Deep Dropback Pass  

Double Post-Wheel, Dig-Post-Post, Post-Wheel-Angle


Sprint Out Pass

Out-Corner, Fly-Choice, Curl-Wheel



Tunnel, Bubble, Swing, Slip


Play Action Pass

Quick, Mid-Quick, Regular, Deep, Movement


Multiple Personnel – Using multiple personnel allows you the flexibility to use ALL the talent you have on your team. This is created by placing each athlete into the position(s) that use their strengths rather than forcing them to play a position that they may not be able to perform well at. This allows you to get the most out of the talent you have.


Multiple Personnel Groupings – Using multiple groupings creates more involvement by more personnel. This builds greater active depth. It will also allow that each position will be asked to learn less because they will only be required to know what is needed when they are in the play. This also creates greater competition to be on the field within your own team.


Multiple Formations – Even though only 9 terms are used to call formations there are even more formations created by using different personnel. Each position will have different alignment rules for the same formation term.

For example: Black Right means different things to each of the different personnel that can be used.

To the X receiver it means go away from the strength side and align ON the LOS.

To the Z receiver it means to align towards the strength call but align OFF the LOS.

To the 3rd WR (W) it means align to the strength side OFF the LOS.

To the 4th WR (R) it means to align to the strength call ON the LOS.

To the Y Tight End it means to align to the strength call ON the LOS.

To the 2nd TE (B) it means to align as a Wing towards the strength call side.

To the 3rd TE (V) it means to align away from the strength side ON the LOS.

To the Tailback/Ace it means to align behind the center at 6-7 yards depth.

To the Fullback it means to align in an off-set position toward the strength call side.


*There are 9 different looks for the term Black created by using different personnel and without adding any additional “tags”. However, each position is only asked to learn 1 term and alignment. This simplifies what is needed to be learned and yet multiplies the looks a coach can use and a defense will see.


**Now add in a Shift or a Motion and you have further multiplied the look that the defense is seeing.


Simple and yet Multiple styles of Run Game

We use 3 different base run blocking “Concepts” with 3 versions of each. That adds up to 9 run schemes.


Base Route concepts used with a variety of QB Drops

We use a base route tree for each position, but we mix and match what each position does on each play call, creating a high number of possibilities to be used each week.



Now, do all of this at a fast pace using all the advantages of both the high speed spread style offense and the multiplicity of the multiple-pro style offense and you have what I call the “Ultimate” offense. 





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Bruce Pielstick Offensive Coordinator MidAmerica Nazarene University

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