Cockley: Running Backs Coach
Mount Union College, Ohio
2009 Cleveland Glazier Clinic Presentation Notes
- No substitute for good
players, and developing good
- Base philosophy - make
every play sound.
- Align the QB at 5
- Used to align the RB
at 5 1/2 yards and behind the Tackle -
the play always went front side. Now, the back aligns at 6
yards and behind the Guard.
with the Right
- Aiming Point is hip of
- Back moves as soon as
the ball is snapped, takes an open
- Take a pre-snap read
defending Backside A-Gap.
If it is the nose (anywhere
between a weak shade and a 2i), peak at him. If the nose
crashes hard inside, hit the backside B-Gap.
- QB has to come off
hard to hold the BS Defensive End.
the End tightens, and the nose closes down, there is no cut back.
- If the nose is
frontside, there is usually no cutback. Now read the 1st man past the
Inside Zone From Under
Now the first read becomes the butt of the guard, but he still checks
for the Nose. Normally he will stay front side from under
The QB boots away every time.
not read the 2nd man on the
QB in the Gun
One-back set in 3x1 or 2x2 set, QB has a read on the DE.
the tackle on the back?
Yes: QB keeps
- IF there is no rolled
safety. With a good, athletic QB, you also might like the
match-up wtih the Will Backer or the weak Safety.
The 3 Things the Back
can do on the Inside Zone Play
ahead attack. "Good Bang It!"
Cut-back. "Good Bend!"
Bounce it outside front side. "Good Bounce!"
Coaching points tell the back that he did it right.
A good Running needs to know that he has to make one guy miss.
If the Center is having trouble getting the ball back to the center,
move him up. The window for error widens as you move the QB
You only have to pull the ball once and the defense defends it
splits. Back them up vs. stunting teams, be on vs. other
Inside Zone steps are nothing but a scoop step now, no body
both teams are good, the
Zone doesn't become effective until the 2nd Quarter. Get the
linebackers flowing, running, slow them down.
- Blocking the
Backside Edge on the Inside Zone Play
- Blocker in edge
position or off position.
- Smack tells him to
block the backside man. If it were
Purple 4, 14 Smack" then the back comes across the center and blocks
the backside end.
- Inside shoulder block
on the BS end.
- "Bad Smack" - catch
him outside and slide off. Use
technique for the bootleg.
- Attack the
- Lead the back up on
the Will Backer.
- Tackle turns out the
- Back can expect to cut
back, BUT he still runs the play
regular Inside Zone.
- Back on Outside
Running Back is still
Inside Zone no matter what. He might know what all of these
but to him it
really doesn't matter. he makes his reads and
- When you get lots of
stunting and slanting to take away the
- Block that front side
- The RB can now expect
- If you line the back
up in the 3, he can step and read the
if the end goes outside, hec an come back inside.
- A walked down safety
eliminates the QB read, he is going to
it every time.
- "Zone at the Line"
call, QB calls 14 or 15 Read, he runs it
the shade side.
- if you don't have a
good TE to attack, flex him out to walk
OLB out of the box.
- The alignment
adjustment (back behind Guard, 6 1/2 yards)
stolen from West Virginia
is the philosophy at Mount
Union. Not a system, or a scheme - it is Players, Formations, Plays
- Players - Know your
- Formations - Put them
into Formations to use their talents.
- Plays - Design plays
Game Plan: Study
how many plays you get. In High School it is probably not
than 60. Then decide how many touches you want your best
to get. If you want 25 touches for your back and 15 for the
you don't have many more plays to come up with.