Pistol Option Offense
Part I: Why the Pistol

Anthony M. Pratley
Head Coach, Leonardtown (Md.) High School


The Pistol offense is quickly becoming one of the latest crazes in the world of football.

Ever since coach Chris Ault at the University of Nevada Reno introduced it to the world, the variations have exploded across the high school and college ranks.

Having been a spread option (Navy and Air Force style) and spread offense coach, I decided to take a closer look at the Pistol and have since adopted my own variation of it known as the Potomac Offense (POTOMAC stands for Pistol Option To Optimize Matchups And Coverages).

As a spread guy, I was married to option plays such as inside veer and zone read.

The problem running it out of the shotgun was that most teams were able to key on our offense because of the alignment of the back.

The back had to be next to the quarterback and it was a dead giveaway as to which direction the ball would go.

With the Pistol, we were able to line the back up directly behind the quarterback and still be able to run the base plays that we love without tipping our hand to the defense. ... To read this article, and for full access to all CLN resources, get your MEMBERSHIP NOW.