Fullback Passes Don’t Have To Be To A Fullback

By FirstDown PlayBook on Mar 17, 2020
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Before you scoff at the idea of how a fullback can help your pass game, hear us out for a minute. When we say fullback pass plays, we don’t necessarily mean to the fullback.

Most offensive coaches would rather throw the football against a defense playing with the middle of the field closed. The hard part is how do you get that defense? One way is to effectively run the football and force the defense to get one more man down in the box.

Most spread teams do this by going no huddle and using tempo with a zone or zone read run game. There is nothing wrong with this but what if you have a proficient drop back passer who is limited athletically?

If you’re an offensive coordinator who likes to throw it, you’re about to get a strong dose of cover 2. You may even get 2 man unless you can muster up a decent run game.

Here’s an idea. Go over to your linebacker coach’s meeting room tomorrow. See if you can’t find yourself a willing fullback sitting in there.

Our point here is that there is still merit to running the ball with lead plays inside. We saw that start showing up more this past 2019 football season. Why was that?

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For starters, offensive coaches started realizing that there were holes to be exposed in that defense that was so concerned about the perimeter run. They also understood if they wanted to get a safety down early enough to see it pre-snap they better present an inside run game threat. This opened up a whole new menu of fullback pass plays created by the mere presence of a fullback.

So if you have a linebacker or fullback on your team, this is the time of year to create a few two back formations and show the ball to them some. It might not be the sexiest play that gets run during the 7on7 season. However, you will be glad you did it this fall.