If you’ve been watching the college football bowl season, brought to us almost exclusively by ESPN, you’ve probably heard a few phrases more often than others during the broadcast- and I can guarantee most weren’t accurate. I’m here today to explain those misused phrases and what they really mean for the casual fan or up and coming coach.
Coaches who run the inside veer as a base running scheme are faced with a difficult defensive scheme best known as the squeeze and scrape. This scheme uses the dive key to squeeze the veer blocking tackle allowing the inside linebacker to run free and regain defensive numbers on inside veer. The same can be done on the midline option and outside veer. There are numerous ways to combat this including, but not limited to, the zone dive, counter option, belly option (Down/Log scheme), and belly dive. However, many option teams are not physically able to live without the true dive read plays due to their ability to leave 2 playside defenders unblocked. This article is a “theoretical” way to combat this technique. I say theoretical because I have yet to coach this offense.