Veer Keep Wrong Shoulder Defensive End

We were facing 4th & 1 on our opening drive.

Our fullback had been pretty effective to that point, but their defensive end (#18) was giving us trouble. We decided to run Outside Veer and make that kid the dive read, and see if we could get a yard one way or the other.

I almost called timeout when I saw they’d moved him from end to defensive tackle, right where we were trying to run.  We’d talked to our offensive tackle about how to down block a guy like that, just this week – but he was just too athletic for our guy, and our fullback was in major trouble.

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4th & 1.

The back story here is that our quarterback asked me two weeks ago why it seemed to him ‘easier’ to break inside on many of the Outside Veer plays, rather than to pull and pop around the dive key. I told him that what he was probably seeing were ‘wrong shoulder’ defensive ends.

By that I meant that an end can crash down on our fullback on this play, but do so with his head on the wrong side, to try to hedge the quarterback from pulling and getting two on one with the cornerback. You get a great view of a wrong-shoulder defensive end on the video above.

I showed him how the defensive end might play the fullback, and told him that his instincts weren’t necessarily wrong in those cases. Many times you can get some nice yardage by cutting inside the fullback on the outside veer play. I didn’t know that the conversation would bear fruit quite so quickly, but I’m really glad he asked me about it.

This isn’t a perfectly executed play by any means. Our playside tackle doesn’t get much of that kid (#18) and he would give us fits the whole day. (Our tackle is actually pretty good. But that guy is just a really big, athletic sixth grader, and against some teams in our league, he will probably be able to shut down an entire side of the field.)

Our playside guard doesn’t take a great angle to the MLB. He only had eyes for the fullback though, so that worked out.

Our quarterback, once he breaks clean, looks like he’s pretty sure he’s going to score, and he’s a little careless with the ball. I’m on the sideline screaming ‘BALL, BALL, BALL!’ because I just know that #2, who is one of the fastest kids in the league, is going to chop the ball out. He didn’t, and we were a little lucky.

I have two parts of the play that I love, in addition to the great pull read and cut by our quarterback.

The first is the reaction of the opposing coaches when they stone our fullback. That was pretty fun to watch on video.

The other is our backside guard (#3), who blocks THREE GUYS on that play. If every kid worked that hard on every play, youth football would be a lot easier.

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