“Gold-Rush Offense” Adds Versatility To Power Run Game

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By Shea Monroe, Offensive Coordinator, QB/RB Coach, Lincoln High School, Lincoln, Ala.

In the 2014 season, our “Gold-Rush Offense” averaged 30-points per game and over 315-yards of total offense per game, while winning our region for the first time since 2008 and advancing to the second round of the Alabama High School 5A State Playoffs – which was our first year in 5A competition.

Offensive Philosophy

Our team primarily utilizes a 2-Back, Spread Offense that adheres to the following core principles

  • Establish the Running Game – while being multiple in our approach and utilizing various blocking schemes
  • Everyone involved must be physical – the offensive linemen, tight ends, fullbacks, wide receivers and even the quarterback
  • Be multiple in everything we do – which means utilizing various formations and motions to put us in a favorable position. That said, we never sacrifice complexity for simplicity (Ask yourself, “Is the juice worth the squeeze?”)
  • Be efficient in the passing game
  • Limit Turnovers

Power & Variations

If its said that we hang our hat on one running play, that play would most definitely be the Power.

Last season, we called the Power 231 times for a 4-yard average, which in our world great. Below, I’ll outline the Power and some of its variations.

DIAGRAM 1: Power. (“Packers”)

Offensive Assignments: “Power”

Backside Offensive Tackle: Gap Hinge

Backside Offensive Guard: Pull and aim for the play-side linebacker

Center: On-Backside

Play-side Offensive Guard: Inside Seam-On-Pop & Seal

Play-Side Offensive Tackle: Inside Seam-On-Pop & Seal

Halfback: Kick-out block on the end man at the line of scrimmage.

Fullback: Drop and Slide, Hug the Double-Team block of the play-side OG & play-side OT

Quarterback: Steps at 3/9, and must know that it is his responsibility for the mesh. After handing the ball off, the QB must carry out his fake convincingly, every time

Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re reading this article and thinking, “Sheesh, I already know how to run the Power, Coach Monroe.”

Well, that’s great, but how many ways can your guys execute a play like “Power” and still be effective time-and-again? Execution every, single time – and getting inside the defensive players heads because your offense is so good at running the Power – that it forces them to start cheating with anticipation?

When that occurs, that’s when the fun begins, because it opens things up for variations and option pass plays off Power. That was where we made our money in the “Gold-Rush Offense.”

Power Slip

Power Slip is a variation of our Power Play. It’s essentially the same, exact look and feel of “Power,” only the difference here is that the fullback slips the end man on the line of scrimmage (EMOL) and blocks the defender who has responsibility for the flat.

Gold Rush Offense: Power Slip

DIAGRAM 2: Power Slip

The Quarterback reads the EMOL, goes upfield and either gives it and/or carries out the fake. He closes space or shoulders turn = pull

“Power Slip” Offensive-Line Assignments:

Backside Offensive Tackle: Gap Hinge

Backside Offensive Guard: Pulls for the play-side linebacker

Center: On-Backside

Play-Side Offensive Guard: Inside Seam-On-Pop & Seal

Play-Side Offensive Tackle: Inside Seam-On-Pop & Seal

“Power Slug” Run-or Pass Option (Off Power)

If we call “Power Slug” it essentially means that we are running what we call an “Under/Over Route” where our No. 2 Receiver goes under the apex defender and over the top of the play-side LB at about 7-yards deep.

Gold Rush Offense: Power Slug

DIAGRAM 3: Power Slug.

Power Slug: QB Read Keys (Run or Pass)

DIAGRAM 4: Quarterback Run-Or-Pass Read (Power Slug).

The QB has a second-level read on this play. If the linebacker squats and buzzes his feet, then we instruct the QB to hand it off, just like in the Power play. But if the linebacker cheat and steps up in anticipation of stopping the Power, then the QB has the option to stop and throw to the Slug off his back ear.


Look for PART 2 On The “Gold-Rush Offense” — Coming Soon!

Shea Monroe is the Offensive Coordinator and QB/RB Coach at Lincoln High School, in Lincoln, Ala.

Follow Coach Monroe on Twitter@Coach_Monroe3

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