Mark Richt’s Offense: Power Series

As Mark Richt takes over the once proud Hurricanes and puts his imprint on Miami, IMFB will take a look at his offensive scheme. Coach Richt comes back to Coral Gables with an offensive pedigree in coaching that includes Heisman Trophy winners, a national title, and numerous all-conference players, all-americans, and NFL draft picks. Today we’re going to take a look at the power play from 1 and 2 back sets.

22 Tight I with Z-motion – Power

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Above, UGA lines up in 22 personnel. The Z receiver goes in motion on this play which can lead to a toss crack, an end around, or a shallow cross amongst other plays.

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Power from this formation against an even front (4 down lineman) will be ran towards the 3-technique (DT) in normal circumstances and away from the 1 (NT). Here UGA runs power to the 3 and the 5 technique to the top of the screen. The purpose of power is to give the DE a different read. Here the DE is standing up in a 7 (or 9 depending on how you label them). Where in Iso or IZ the TE will block the DE here he ignores him and the FB “kicks” him out which gives him a new look. The backside guard skip-pulls around and helps block an ILB at the second level while the guard and tackle combo the 3-tech to the playside.

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As you can see in the GIF below, UGA picks up a touchdown from the 7 yard line on 2-back power.

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11 personnel “Doubles” – One-back power

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I have always called the formation above “Doubles” which is my Z/Y to one side and my H (slot) and X to the other. The purpose here is to be able to spread out the defense while still being able to run the football.

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Single-back power is different from 2-back power in that the TE will be used here as the FB and block the DE. We still call it power because of the skip-pull from the backside guard and the combo on the 3-technique playside from the guard and tackle.

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You can clearly see the TE block the DE, the combo from the G/T and the backside OG’s skip-pull, which Sony follows beautifully through the hole for big yardage.


21 personnel I – Power Play-Action

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Every coach that runs power also runs Power Play-Action or Power PA. While some coaches do pull the guard for a true false key, some do not. It’s been difficult for me to find Coach Richt pulling on play-action. In the Bulldogs 2004 playbook, I couldn’t find it either. I personally believe if you run power you have to pull power, but he’s a national title and I’m writing this for free so…

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It seems as if CMR has been using this play-action scheme for over a dozen years.

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I love running a vert to the PA side to flip the CB’s hips and chase him off. You can then easily attack short to deep with the FB (0-2 yards) and TE (5-7 yards).

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