Offensive Strategy — Spread Offense Diagram


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American football is about using so-called defensive, offensive and special team players as well as the execution of the plays in the sport game of the American football, where there is a vast array of positions, strategies, plays, types of play calling systems and formations utilized. Such term as a "game plan" is simply a strategy for a particular game.

The objective of each of the used offenses is to simply score the points. Thus, the players and coaches plan is based on a variety of factors, involving the players, the opponent's defensive strategy, the number of points needed in order to win the game and the amount of time remaining before the end or the halftime of the game. The offense is known to be able to prolong their possession of the ball for preventing the opponent from scoring, involving three types of players: receivers, linemen and backs, whose duties and positions on the field vary, depending on the offensive scheme.

The position names vary from one team's playbook to another. The most commonly used are Linemen, who can be Center, Guard or Tackle. The Center is known to be a player snapping the ball to the so-called “quarterback”, “running blocking” in a way of pushing the defenders away from the ball carrier on a running play, and “passing the blocking” by stopping the defenders from tackling the quarterback or simply disrupting. Being responsible for calling the blocking schemes on the line, the “center” Linemen are those who are telling the other linemen which of the defenders have to be blocked.

The Guards are known to be lining up on both sides from the center, being usually bigger than the center and so better run blockers rather than the so-called “pass blockers”. And the Tackles are the "bookends" of the offensive line, who are simply the biggest offensive linemen, having the great foot and hand coordination for being able to successfully protecting against the pass rushes. Once some team has a right-handed quarterback, then the left tackle can be the best pass blocker on the line for a reason of them being responsible for preventing a "blindside" pass rush that the quarterback might miss if it catches him out of the blue.

The “Backs” are the players of the American football named this way because of lining up behind the line of scrimmage at the start of the play. They can be “Quarterbacks”, “Fullbacks” and “Halfbacks”. The Quarterbacks are those who line up directly behind the center of the field, taking the ball from that position to put it back into the play. The quarterback's main responsibility is to pass the ball or to hand the ball to a running back — the one who carries the ball downfield.

Sometimes, the mentioned “quarterbacks” can even act as a receiver for being able to catch a pass thrown by another player during a so-called "trick play". In most of the cases, the quarterback is the one communicating with the other players the play they are going to run. It is very important for all the quarterbacks to be able to throw the ball accurately, “to read” the defenses and make the correct decisions very quickly.

At the same time, the Fullbacks are known to be lining up behind the quarterback, being involved in blocking, running and, sometimes, catching the passes. The fullback in many of the offensive schemes is known to be considered as a running back. But this player is usually more physical and bigger to compare to the other running backs on the team, involved in blocking. Although, the Halfbacks are those, who line up behind the quarterback and sometimes behind the fullback. Their responsibilities are: to run the ball, to catch the passes, to block, and sometimes even to throw the ball on the “trick plays”.

Playing American football, it is important to know about the so-called “offenses”. One of such offenses is called as a “spread offense” — an offensive scheme used at every level of the game. The spread offenses are those placing the quarterback in the shotgun formation. Many of them also employ a so-called “no-huddle approach”, and some use the so-called “read option running play” for putting the pressure on both sides of the defense itself.

And even if you know a lot about American football and the mentioned offensive strategies, in particular, it is still very important to keep a track of them mentioning the existing ones in a way of a drawing — for example, a scheme or a plan created in the appropriate drawing application, such as a ConceptDraw PRO one. If you feel like you need help in creating such plan, then you can always rely on the developers of ConceptDraw PRO as they are the IT specialists working for CS Odessa creating the so-called “solutions”, which are all meant to be used for simplifying the ConceptDraw PRO users work with drawing the mentioned schematics.


Football Solution

Sample 1. Football Solution in ConceptDraw STORE

It is never a problem to find the needed solution as long as you have a new product of CS Odessa — ConceptDraw STORE application. Having the mentioned tool means ensuring yourself in making it possible to create the needed drawing within a short period of time, having the previously made examples of the drawings, which all can be always used for editing and so for making the unique ones based on those already created by the specialists in making such schemes and plans.


How To Create Spread Offense Diagram


Explaining offensive strategies of American Football is practically impossible without drawing a diagram. If you need to do this more than once you have to choose an appropriate tool allows you to change diagrams easily. ConceptDraw PRO extended with the Football Solution is the best choice for this case.

A combination of the "Football Fields" and "Football Positions" libraries gives you an ability to create a football-related drawing in seconds. Follow next steps to create you own football schema:

  • From the "Football Fields" library drop a field object to your document
  • From the "Football Positions" library drop all positions object you need to your document
  • Place positions on the field according to your drawing idea
  • Add arrows or text labels if needed.

Offensive strategies may be hard to explain with a single diagram. In this case you can break your explanation into some stages, and place each stage onto a different page. You don't need to draw from the start point each time, just copy and paste basic drawing to different pages, and then add arrows and text labels in order you talk about them. When you start presenting using F5 button, pages will appear one by one, that allows your audience to understand how players change their positions etc.

Sample 2. Football — Offensive Strategy — Spread Offense.

To make the plan mentioning the football players positions on the field within only a very short period of time, you should, first of all, to download the ConceptDraw PRO software from this site (unless you don’t have it downloaded to your computer yet), then to download another product of CS Odessa — ConceptDraw STORE and choose the solution named as “the Football Solution”.

Having the Football Solution means having at least a few libraries, which can be useful for making the football related drawings, as one of them is called the “Football Fields” and another — the “Football Positions”. Thus, any football positions of the football players within the football field can be represented in a way of a smart looking drawing, as well as a professionally looking one in case you have all the mentioned above tools.











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