Difference between Inside Veer, Triple Arc, and Zone Dive

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Our email yesterday showed how head coach Kelley Lee of Eastern New Mexico University runs a lot of plays using the same blocking schemes in his GROUND STRIKE offense.   

His VEER blocking scheme is used for Inside Veer, Zone Dive, Triple arc, & Speed Option.   The email today will take an in depth look at these schemes

He uses BELLY blocking to run G-scheme off Tight End, Guard Trap, Lead, & Counter.   Same blocking for Jet Sweep & Rocket Toss.   POWER blocking is used on Power, Power Read, Trap Option, and Shovel Pass. And then he uses his COUNTER scheme to run Counter Tre, Gun Read Option, and his RPOs.

Before coach Lee became head coach of one of the top rushing offenses in NCAA D-2, he coached high school ball.   He took over a 1-9 high school program and 3 years later went 12-1, losing in the state semi-finals.  Using the SAME offense that he now uses in college, the GROUND STRIKE produced 3 of the highest scoring offenses in New Mexico high school history.

He gets it.  He knows the challenges high school coaches face.

In this article, Coach Kelley will talk about the subtle  differences with Inside Veer, Zone Dive, and Triple arc.

In order to keep the email short, he will only show blocking vs a Split Defense.  He does go thru blocking vs 3-4, Bear, and 4-3 defenses on the 21 courses he made for CoachTube.  

In addition to the 21 courses, each 45 minutes long…He has also shared over 20 hours of game film !!!  WOW.   That is over 40 hours helping coaches

 Click here to see it on CoachTube.

Let’s start with Inside Veer, which is the base option scheme.  You only want to run this play when there is only one defender outside the handoff key, which allows the Wing to block the Inside linebacker or safety.  Lee calls this a LOAD block.

Look at the play on the right.  The End with the circle around him is the handoff key and the Backer outside him will be the pitch key. By running at the “tightest tackle”, the 1-tech, it allows the RT to get the ILB and the Wing to get the Safety.

The play on the left is being ran at the “widest tackle”, the 3-tech, so the LT cannot get the ILB, forcing the Left Wing to get him and the safety is unblocked.

In order to make sure this never happens, the QB checks the direction of the play at the LOS and Lee goes into great detail explaining how he teaches his QB to make those checks at the LOS.

The Inside Veer is a 47-minute long course on CoachTube, plus an additional 10-minutes of raw game film with both pressbox and endzone views.


Even though the majority of the triple option flexbone community calls this the ZONE DIVE, it really comes off the Inside Veer blocking scheme.   9 of the 11 players do exactly what they do on Inside Veer.

The reason it is called “Zone Dive” is because the Left Tackle and Left Wing are zone blocking the D-End and ILB.

The Left Tackle does a “Pinball technique”, which means his first step is a 45-degree veer step like he is going to block the Inside Linebacker.  This is the same first step he makes on Inside Veer.  However, on Zone Dive, he pushes off his right foot to block the D-End….who was the UN-blocked handoff key on Inside Veer.

As the Left Tackle “pinballs” off the D-End to the ILB, the Left Wing aims his head at the butt of the Left Tackle and rips thru the D-End with his left arm. 

So this is not an option play.  It is a DIVE play.  The Fullback “Hits It Hard, Get a Yard.”

This 41-minute long CoachTube course is the 3rd in the GROUND STRIKE SYSTEM.  He goes thru running it at a 1-tech, 3-tech, Headup 2-tech, and odd front Nose.  Then Lee covers the SPEED OPTION play……

Continue to the full-length version of this blog…

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There are 3 ways to run triple option

  1. inside veer….
  2. inside veer arc scheme
  3. traditional 50 front inside veer arc scheme

So the question is:  WHY and WHEN do u need to arc block?

  • Coaches love inside veer triple option because 2 defenders are unblocked, allowing you to get more blockers in other places.
  • PROBLEM is when the defense put TWO defenders outside the Dive Key

That’s when you need an arc scheme.  The Wing cannot get the Inside Linebacker, which is called LOAD blocking because that leaves the D-End on the Fullback, the OLB on the QB, and the Safety on the pitch man.

So you tell the Left Tackle to get the Inside Linebacker no matter what…whether that means releasing inside or outside.  The Left Wing runs flat to get an angle on the defender that is 2nd most outside of the handoff key.

Now your QB has a handoff and a pitch key and the world is at peace.

Tomorrow’s email will move away from Option and examine the GROUND STRIKE Power, Power Read, and Counter game, which again, is run off one blocking scheme. .

There are 21 courses on CoachTube…you can get them for $247


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