Friday, April 9, 2010

Forthcoming Run-N-Shoot Series

Much to my chagrin I've been mostly silent since joining this blog. This is about to change. Starting sometime next week I will begin a series that I suspect will run for about six months or so on the Run-N-Shoot offense. The Run-N-Shoot has been around for a long time, but it's still one of the least understood offenses in football today. There is a certain mystery that to this day enshrouds the offense. The one thing that is certain is that it remains a source of anxiety within the football community. Defensive coordinators from time to time will dismiss the offense publicly, but if you speak to them privately they will tell you that the Run-N-Shoot unnerves them to the same extent that the triple option does. By the same token, the Run-N-Shoot is also a source of anxiety for those coaches who wish to practice it, that is, those who are enamored by the offense, but still cannot find the will to commit to it all the way.

I've been around the Run-N-Shoot in one form or another for about 20 years. I learned the offense from its founding architects and I now believe the time is right to share what I know.

As suggested above, this series will be extensive. I will treat the following topics in detail:

1. Origins and Evolution
2. Problems and Responses
3. The Culture of the Run-N-Shoot
4. Structural Mechanics
5. Teaching Route Coversions Today
6. Protection
7. Route Concepts
a. Streak
b. Read
c. Switch
d. Divide
e. Rails
f. Banjo
g. Go
h. Slide
i. Choice
j. Hook
l. Levels
m. Quicks and Adaptations

8. Screens
9. Run Game

Each topic will be treated globally as a concept; individual plays will be discussed only within the context of specific examples.

10. Conclusions: Dealing with Challenges and Problems.


Anonymous said...

I am very pleased that you will talk about the run and shoot.

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Anonymous said...

Always looking forward to hearing from you Hemlock. Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

I think that is a great idea, I cannot wait to read your posts on the topic!

The Flipped Coach said...

Outstanding! Bring it on! I am ready.

dacoachmo said...


Anonymous said...

Love it! Keep it coming!!!

Unknown said...

this is good stuff.

Ted Seay said...

Looking forward to an active discussion!

Dubber said...

I am ready to rock and roll too!

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Anonymous said...

I own the Mouse Davis 6 disc run n shoot installation dvds. It is from the early 90s and I have just converted it to dvd. If you would like a copy you can contact me at and we can discuss a fair trade.