Beating the Blitz with the One-Back Offense (Bob Bratkowski)

The original one-back offense, the one that can trace its roots back to Jack Neumeier at Granada Hills high school and was popularized by Dennis Erickson, is both one of history’s best offenses and was a forerunner to today’s dynamic spread attacks. Bob Bratkowski, currently the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been one of its oldest practitioners. He coached under Erickson at Washington State, Miami, and the Seattle Seahawks, before striking out on his own in the NFL. He’s most famous — or infamous — for the decade or so he spent as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, where he coached some dynamic offenses but also was the target of a great deal of fan scorn.

In any event, below is an old coaching clinic he did about beating the blitz with the one-back back when he was with Seattle. The first twenty minutes or so or so is about wide receiver technique and releases. It’s useful stuff, but the meat of the scheme stuff comes after that. Regardless of your opinion of Bratkowski, I always found this a very useful tape.

  • Remember the earlier talk about Boise’s automatics? Said at the time that nearest safety depth appears to be how they determine a lot of their quicks and screens. For this offense it meant their slot assignment changed, and he still also ran a lot of the duties of keeping seam defenders honest so they could not help on teammate routes for their most important concepts called to other wideouts down the field.

    That slot has got to burn people vertically.

    What I like most about the concept on the three side stuff is how that seam route settles in space vs. a high safety. Looks like it would convert four verticals quite easy, those slot guys would both develop sense of when to come off the go routes. His concept would accelerate the slot’s technique in ‘the 60 series’ quite well.

  • Your Malzahn playbook sample has the smash(in the one back thread it is called China- corner in).

    In a  prior thread you discussed how a delayed slant can eat up the middle on a mirrored Smash. Same way Coach B has the hitch settle for a second then replace the route stem of the slot on his corner route.

    That is the hot for the Malzahn  playbook, convert the hitch to a slant. May end up moving the route about to where you had it going on a delayed look for zone.  If they vacate the spur, replace it on the slant, otherwise hitch, then step inside, then slant late to it as middle defenders have looked elsewhere by then and may have also vacated.

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