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Offline coachnick

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the counter cut back
« on: June 19, 2015, 09:15:30 AM »
here is coach calande from 2008 regarding the counter cut back:

"As I sit back on the couch and hit the rewind button for the seventh or eighth time and think "Holy Sh%$ thats a sweet looking play!" it struck me that this play might be the prettiest looking play in all of football.

Am I speaking of the toss?

Am I speaking of the single wings spinner trap?

While both of those plays are absolutely sweet I think I have a new favorite when it comes to pure beauty when executed nicely...THE COUNTER CUTBACK!

I have a huge pile of highlight and game dvds that I am reviewing and without a doubt teams have bought into the counter cutback as I have preached it! It has become part of THE DOUBLE WING CORE and appears to be here to stay.

Watching pee wees, middle schoolers and high school teams simply RUN OVER FOLKS while displaying rock and roll in motion , sheer power and just enough misdirection is a blast.

One of the things I enjoy most about the play is the RUNNING DOUBLE TEAM block by the backside guard and quarterback. When properly fitted and timed well that block is BONE CRUSHING on the defensive end and its clear that the defensive end JUST DOES NOT LIKE THAT AT ALL!

I also really like seeing the linebackers and safeties just FREEZE , even when they arent fooled by misdirection you can almost hear them "UUUUUUUUUUHHHHH OHHHHHH!" as the calvary begins its stampeed! IN fact, I think one could easily rename the play "Stampeed" and do it poetic justice.

For those of you not familiar with my system and my plays, THE COUNTER CUTBACK is a "counter trey" on super juice. Seriously, heres whats happening...

"Ray 35 counter cutback"

Left wing (3 back) goes into "Ray" motion, he catches a short non spinning , dead ball from the qb. He plants his right foot and then lead steps back to the off tackle hole where he started his motion from. The qb and bsg will cross his face quickly double teaming the defensless end. They will move him...yes, they will move him. The fb will jab as if leading on power, plant and link up with the pulling tackle. The two of them AND THE BACKSIDE WING will form a FLYING WEDGE thru the off tackle hole in front of the runner. (Remember mass momentum plays were outlawed to save lives....but the rules committee hasnt yet banned the counter cutback!)

On the playside, the te, tackle and guard and center will seal up the line of scrimmage and the GOOD GOD rules will create double teams that drive defensive linemen off the ball and into the frozen backers. Just enough misdirection from the motion and fbs first step to allow the posse to form and lead thru the hole. Of course backside we take care of chasers with a tight end cut block.

I have seen SO MANY LONG RUNS FROM THIS PLAY THIS YEAR!!! Without a doubt it was a staple for some of the best double wing teams in the World.


One of the key coaching points to this play, and I cant stress this enough, is to have the non motion wing run directly between the seam created by the fb (leading thru and looking outside to kick the corner) and the pulling tackle (leading thru and looking inside to seal backer to safety) and this allows the non motion wing to pull thru the hole and clobber the playside safety for THE TOUCHDOWN BLOCK. The key in teaching the runner is to train him to push on the non motion wings back and ride him thru the hole.

Man, I love that play.  ;)"

now, I have heard other coaches stress that they want the wing to catch the ball on this play at least where the center is and some have said to catch the ball all the way at the other "sweet spot" (4 yards behind the backside guard)........thoughts?  where do you want the wing catching the ball?

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Re: the counter cut back
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2015, 09:32:02 AM »
........thoughts?  where do you want the wing catching the ball?

I would have him catch the ball exactly where he catches it on Power so that the defense reads Power.  i.e. if he is Left WB, catch it behind LG and take that step past the QB/Center before planting and reversing direction to playside.

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Re: the counter cut back
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2015, 09:32:33 AM »
I am very much a visual guy... is there a diagram to accompany this?

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Re: the counter cut back
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2015, 09:42:02 AM »
We have always had him catch the ball at his power spot as well and then take another step towards power. I think it is less to teach. The problem is that sometimes that wing will get impatient and not take that extra step which doesn't allow his blockers to get to their respective blocks.

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Re: the counter cut back
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2015, 05:05:23 PM »
good point---