FNF Coaches Talk for Tuesday, Feb. 19

FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. Here are some stories we’re discussing in our newsroom.

1. The secret success of the flexbone offense (GoSanAngelo.com)

The flexbone offense can be seen at the college level at the service academies as well as Georgia Tech. It’s even more popular at the high school level, where more coaches are trying to overcome significant size advantages along the offensive and defensive lines.

Why is the flexbone a good offense to counter a lack of size?

The flexbone – with the quarterback under center, a fullback and two slotbacks who take the pitch on the third level of the triple option – is an offense designed to help teams that don’t have the size and athleticism of their opponents. The flexbone option doesn’t require blocking two defensive linemen – usually a tackle or interior lineman, plus an end. Instead, the quarterback reads those two defenders, and chooses to hand off the ball to the fullback up the middle, keep the ball and cut up field or pitch to a trailing back around the end.

Similar to RPOs, the flexbone forces defensive linemen to make split-second decisions on which offensive player to pursue.

With the flexbone quarterback under center and the fullback running toward the line of scrimmage, the unblocked interior defender must make a split-second decision to take the fullback or quarterback. This opposed to handoffs in the shotgun that occur 3 yards behind the line and require time to develop. Another flexbone advantage is that, because it’s a running offense, it keeps your defense off the field for longer periods.

Coaches — How do you scheme to overcome a lack of size along the offensive and defensive lines?

2. 5 Benefits of Heavy Thrusters (BarBend)

Does your strength program include heavy thrusters? Are you familiar with the exercise? Here’s what it looks like:


Thrusters are great exercises for any football player who is going to shift power from his legs out through his hands. That would include linemen on both side of the ball as well as any athlete that will be doing some blocking or tackling.

The thruster is a total body movement that demands high amounts of force output from the quadriceps, hips, and upper body. In addition to strength, the thruster requires an athlete to be able to progressively accelerate a heavy load so that it has enough velocity to be locked out overhead. By performing heavy (and sometimes moderate to heavy thrusters), you can help to increase leg and upper body power in similar ways to speed squats and push presses.

How do heavy thrusters benefit your players?

3. FNF Coaches Product Survey (FNF Coaches)

We at FNF Coaches like to hear directly from our coaches on what products are the best for their high school football teams. In fact, we like to hear from coaches so much we’re offering some freebies for coaches who interact with us.

Prizes for completing our FNF Coaches Product Survey include a Tackle Tube, a DJI Osmo, or the opportunity to have your school feature on the cover of FNF Coaches.

Please take a few minutes to share your experiences with us. All answers will remain confidential. Each entry will be eligible for prizes.

What’s driving the conversation in your locker room? Email Managing Editor Dan Guttenplan or Tweet us @fnfcoaches. Don’t forget to use that hashtag #FNFCoachesTalk!