Smash Mouth Football: Power

by | Jul 22, 2018 | News

The play we are going over today, is a play that involves smash mouth football. This play is ran by teams that know they can move the ball on the ground against you. Its mono-e-mono, one on one, and a guard pulling around to steam roll you. This play appeared late in the first half in the spring game, ran by the garnet team. A portion of the Taggart formula is tempo, and when a play works run it again. In this case, the power worked three times in a row, all three times ran under a minute. The power is a play that can absolutely grind some teams out.

Power X’s and O’s


In the spring game FSU ran the power out of a single back set, and trips to the right (yes we include the TE in trips). One thing I find interesting on Coach Taggart’s power is that there is a tag, or pre-snap option for the QB. The slot WR runs a bubble, and I am sure the QB has free reign to throw it out there with the right match up. On this play the defensive back was to close, and the LB was apexed (split the difference between TE and WR). If the corner was lose, I am sure the QB is slinging that ball.

The playside on the offensive line has a huge responsibility in blocking down, and clearing out the C gap. The last FSU offense tackle that mastered the down block was Roderick Johnson. The TE has to get the last man on the line of scrimmage out of there, with a down block. The offensive tackle on the playside will down block on the three technique, and clearing him far away from the running lane. The playside guard takes an angle to back side LB, keeping him away from the right side. The center also down blocks on the one technique (backside DT).

The most intriguing part of the Power is the backside guard pulling, and hence where the play got its name. His responsibility is to pull, and have his eyes on the playside LB. With the playside blocking everything down, the playside LB is the last chance of defense towards a succeful play. In the gifs we will watch, you will see Derrick Kelly pulling around and driving the playside LB.

Once again the backside tackle has the easiest job, and that is to not let the back side defensive end cross his face. If he lets the DE get inside of him he could disrupt the running play. The terminology of “seal” is the backside offense tackles responsibility.

The featured back takes the hand off, and follows his pulling guard into the C Gap. If assignments are taken care of, he should only have the safety to beat.

Power #1 GIF

Power #2 GIF

As you can see on both gifs the playside of the offensive line does a great job of sealing the front seven away from the C Gap. Derrick Kelly #74 (the puling guard) had two great pulls staying inside out, allowing Laborn to follow him for an easy gain.

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