Bob Davie's offense at New Mexico is pretty awesome to watch. The Lobos are running the triple option, but they're running it out of the pistol formation. Here's one set:
Davie's not the first coach to have triple option looks out of the pistol, but man, I've never seen a formation like this:
This formation is like the Maryland I, but it's being run out of the shotgun. Normally, the Maryland I is a formation you run in extreme power offense scenarios -- like on the goal line, when you want your RB to have two lead blockers -- but in Davie's offense, it's not about power at all.
Here are some plays I've drawn up for this formation:
- Three straight play action fakes, one to each running back
- The QB and first two running backs suddenly sprint away from the middle as the ball is snapped to the REAL quarterback, the guy all the way in the back
- All four players re-enact the film "Human Centipede," totally grossing out the opponent while somebody runs into the end zone uncontested
Luckily, Bob Davie is a much better coach than I am, and therefore has real plays for these scenarios.