TFP 02: How to Create a Devastating Run Game Using Only the Inside Zone

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I love the inside zone. I think it is the greatest running play in all of football. Yet, many teams don’t sell out to the Inside Zone. Coaches say that Inside Zone is too difficult for their kids. Or, my I love Power instead of the Inside Zone. Or, I like the Inside Zone, but I don’t want to run it that often because my kids get bored.

Well, in this episode of Talking Football with Coach McKie, I talk about how you can use the Inside Zone as your only run scheme. Yes, I know I’m crazy. But your kids will love it. You will love it. And the scoreboard will love it because you will be scoring a ton of points.

Why the Inside Zone? It’s simple. You can have tags to make it look complex. Every gap is accounted for. You can use Run Pass Options off of it. You can utilize your quarterback as a runner if you want to. (Lucky jerk)

Simply put – the Inside Zone is the most versatile run scheme in all of football, and you should make it the only run play you have.

Until next time coaches, let’s continue to Master the Spread, Score Points, and Have Fun.

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Robin Lee - January 16, 2018 Reply

What is the footwork of the OL on your inside zone?

    Coach Ron McKie - January 17, 2018 Reply

    We follow Alex Gibbs method. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b61YUoaetTo&t=36s

      Robin Lee - January 17, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for the link! We have been a vertical displacement team the last few years, I am interested in the lateral displacement footwork and the rules that goes with it. Working vertical we always tried to create dbl teams, and hence there was a lot of communication that took place and to an extent it slowed us down as we were trying to be a tempo team. Could you tell me what are your splits for the OL while running the IZ?

        Coach Ron McKie - January 17, 2018 Reply

        No problem coach. I loved our move to more horizontal displacement. We had more explosive runs. We are a two foot to two and a half foot split team.

Leo Abellera - December 30, 2017 Reply

Thank you for all the info. I like how you explained 2 ways to do inside zone, and also how simplicity helps with the limited time we have in practice.

Aloha and much Mahalos Happy Happy Holidays!

    Coach Ron McKie - December 30, 2017 Reply

    Coach Abellera,

    Thank you for the kind words sir, and thank you for listening to the podcast. It means a lot to me. Could you rate and review it on iTunes if you haven’t already? It helps get the word out.

    Do you run the inside zone? If you do, what type of inside zone guy are you? Vertical or horizontal? If you aren’t, then what type of scheme do you use?

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