Third Option

The third type of option that we run is an Outside Veer. The dive path for the outside veer is off tackle.

There are two very distinct styles of Veer (the shorthand name that we give to Outside Veer) that we run. The first style is ‘goal line.’  We identify goal line defenses as any defense that has seven or more men on the line of scrimmage.

In fact, we started practicing the outside veer after scrimmaging a team that played a Gap Air Mirror defense all over the field. We still wanted to run a triple option in those situations, but needed a decent dive gap in which to do it. The C gap proved to be the best space. This type of outside veer returned the fullback dive to our offense, even against goal line defenses like the GAM.

When we see a goal line defense and run Veer, the dive key read is the #4 man, and the pitch key is the #2 man. An illustration is below.


Veer (goal line) Right Vs Gap Air Mirror - B4 is the Dive Key


We had so much success running the Veer against goal line defenses, that we created a variation of it to use against some other defenses. When we see what we call a ‘regular’ defense that nevertheless puts high pressure on the A and B gaps, we like to run a version of the veer that attacks the #2 and #1 defenders, since they have a little less help.

An example of Veer against a ‘double eagle’ 5-3 is illustrated below.

Veer (regular defense) Right vs 53 Double Eagle - E2 Dive Key, C1 Pitch Key


When we run the Outside Veer, we tend to use the point method rather than a ride/decide for the mesh. If the ball is there, our fullback takes it. If it’s not there, he tries to log block the dive key, who has approached him aggressively anyway.