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Thread: Keys to the Tackle Trap/Belly Counter

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    Default Keys to the Tackle Trap/Belly Counter

    There are entire video series and clinics on execution of the FB trap off Buck Series; coaches have got it down to a science of timing the hand off, every detail of the QB and FB footwork, and how to run it against every front under the sun. I'm curious why the Tackle Trap off of Belly action hasn't been given the same open attention. Especially when in watching many exceptional Wing-T teams the Tackle Trap seems to be what rips a lot of defenses open.

    We call the play Belly Counter, and almost always run it with a Rocket action behind. It's been fairly good for us, but I feel the reason it hasn't been as much of a stand out as our Buck Trap is because the Belly hasn't been our true base system. We've always been all about the Buck, so the Belly series was more secondary after teams over-committed to our Sweep, and even then it was more likely we'd run XX against a team over-committed to Sweep. So in those few instances when we felt like our Buck game had been taken away, so we were going more with Belly, and had it established would we then run the Belly Counter. The other issue though is that the Belly Sweep is so devastating that most often when it came the appropriate time to run a "counter" off of Belly action we'd go to the Belly Sweep before the Belly Counter.

    Coaches,

    What are some reasons you do or do not focus on the Tackle Trap?

    If you do run the Tackle Trap with some success what have been the keys to making it go?
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    If we see alot of even fronts, I like it alot because of the natural bubble up the middle and you can make it look just like buck sweep to the defense by false pulling the front side guard and fold blocking with the back side guard and center. You do not get the same look vs the odd front. The trap is further outside and you need alot of movement on your double team in order to get a crease. We will trap it short and trap the nose vs a team that slants its front. We would false pull the play side guard to get him to widen in order to get a crease but it's a much better play either way vs. an even front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsanny View Post
    If we see alot of even fronts, I like it alot because of the natural bubble up the middle and you can make it look just like buck sweep to the defense by false pulling the front side guard and fold blocking with the back side guard and center. You do not get the same look vs the odd front. The trap is further outside and you need alot of movement on your double team in order to get a crease. We will trap it short and trap the nose vs a team that slants its front. We would false pull the play side guard to get him to widen in order to get a crease but it's a much better play either way vs. an even front.
    Jim, what Counters do you like vs. an Odd Front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachSchelb View Post
    Jim, what Counters do you like vs. an Odd Front?
    We would run the tackle trap counter and trap the nose if they were slanting. Besides that, we would run Hand back Trap off of jet motion, which is FB trap opposite the jet motion, Jet XX, Laser, which is the counter off of Rocket, which the HB intercepts the toss, CT XX, and Belly Ct, which is a counter off of the down play, which the QB gives an inside hand off to the HB instead of the other HB like CT XX. We also run Rocket Sally, which is another counter off of rocket, where the HB intercepts the toss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsanny View Post
    We would run the tackle trap counter and trap the nose if they were slanting. Besides that, we would run Hand back Trap off of jet motion, which is FB trap opposite the jet motion, Jet XX, Laser, which is the counter off of Rocket, which the HB intercepts the toss, CT XX, and Belly Ct, which is a counter off of the down play, which the QB gives an inside hand off to the HB instead of the other HB like CT XX. We also run Rocket Sally, which is another counter off of rocket, where the HB intercepts the toss.
    Ok, makes sense. With Ctr XX and Jet XX how would you block them vs. the Odd Front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachSchelb View Post
    Ok, makes sense. With Ctr XX and Jet XX how would you block them vs. the Odd Front?
    We block Jet XX exactly like power and Ct XX is Center & Guard double team, Tackle blocks outside if there is a defender there or goes inside to LB, back side Guard pulls and traps 1st defender past double team, Tackle fills for Guard, and TE pulls and leads through hole.

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