with Chris Klenakis, University of Louisville Assistant Coach/Run Game Coordinator
The Pistol Down Pass
If you run plays from a pistol formation, you need the down pass in your playbook. Chris Klenakis, an innovative offensive line coach who helped develop the pistol offense, details his play action passing game. In this presentation, he explains how the play action pass stresses defenses by forcing them to defend both the run and pass. This gives the offense a clear advantage when throwing the ball, especially when it's been successful running the ball.
The down pass uses a simple yet aggressive blocking scheme that gets your quarterback on the move, adding a run threat to the play. This play is a safe, easy completion that helps you break defensive coverage rules and your own run/pass tendencies. Watch as the drill helps your quarterback become more confident.
Beginning with offensive line assignments, Coach Klenakis shares a complete overview of the blocking scheme for each position, plus the calls or adjustments players make based on what the defense is showing. Using game footage, he covers the basic form of the play and then gives answers to situations that may occur as the defense tries to adjust.
Coach Klenakis also explains quarterback responsibilities and the correct mechanics to attack the defense with confidence. You'll learn how to teach your quarterback to read high to low and to run if covered.
Drawing Xs and Os on the whiteboard, Coach Klenakis then shows game footage to clarify and reinforce the concepts he's introduced. See how this play was used successfully at Nevada, Arkansas and Iowa State. He does a great job of showing the blocking adjustments, quarterback mechanics, and formation adjustments using a wing and motion to pin the defense so the quarterback can break contain.
Coach Klenakis is one of the masters of the pistol offense. His detailed presentation of the down pass is essential for your offense this season. Take this easy-to-implement scheme to your offense to keep defenses off balance and convert those critical third down possessions. 49 minutes. 2014.\
The Pistol Horn Play
Effective, easy to implement and adaptable to many different situations, the horn play is an integral part of one of the most exciting offenses to come along in decades. Chris Klenakis, an innovative offensive line coach who helped develop the pistol offense, details one of his top running plays in this dynamic presentation. The horn play, which is similar to the traditional "Wing T Buck Sweep" play but with a tight end, will help stretch the field while creating a north-south downhill power running approach.
This true power scheme stretches the field horizontally. It utilizes an athletic, powerful and guard or tackle to pull lineman in the scheme. Coach Klenakis breaks down each position and their responsibilities, and also details the adjustments needed based on opposing defensive techniques.
Coach Klenakis shares his progression for running the horn play from a 3-by-1 set, a double tight end set and a 2-by-2 set. You'll see how he uses a counting system and a pass run option to take advantage of the defense and their adjustments, while leaving the offense ahead in the game.
Finally, Coach Klenakis moves into a two-part game film session. Various formations are shown, along with detailed adjustments and the responsibilities and techniques each player must execute in order to be successful.
This video shows you how to stretch the defense horizontally while executing a downhill power run play. Make your offense successful this season by maintaining time of possession while still getting the quick strike play you need in your offense. 82 minutes. 2014.