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    Sideline Audibles.

    On just about every play, our skilled players, and the tight end, in unison, look over at the sidelines for an audible. So how does this work? I imagine it goes down like this:

    1. In the huddle, the QB says he will "check" at the line of scrimmage.

    2. After the huddle break, the Asst. Coaches in the Press Box evaluate the defensive scheme, and radio a play down to the sideline.

    3. At the line of scrimmage, the QB barks out a check and all of the skilled players look to the sideline for a play.

    4. Sideline coaches hand signal in a play.

    - correct?


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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    I was at the game and I can't remember seeing them get into a huddle, I would guess a formation is called in, they set up and then get the signal from the sidelines as to the play they run. I was wondering what the coaches in black shirts were in the pre-game, but they were the ones calling in the plays during the game. Not sure if one was a decoy or if one was calling in something to one skill set while the other was calling something in to the QB or what. But I thought it was pretty cool



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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    Missouri did the same thing the other night against Illinois...



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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    It's all part of the spread offense. We run the same thing at Coe and have been for the last 5-6 years. The offensive line will block the same for every play, while all of the WR's, RB's and QB look over for the play call. Everyone has to know the signals, otherwise the play is messed up.

    At least that's the way I've understood it from our coaches.


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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    It's all part of the spread offense. We run the same thing at Coe and have been for the last 5-6 years. The offensive line will block the same for every play, while all of the WR's, RB's and QB look over for the play call. Everyone has to know the signals, otherwise the play is messed up.

    At least that's the way I've understood it from our coaches.
    Could you explain this to me? How does the offensive line block the same for every play? I mean, isn't the blocking totally different for a run vs. pass? Or even a run up the middle vs. an option?



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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    Quote Originally Posted by jhill View Post
    Could you explain this to me? How does the offensive line block the same for every play? I mean, isn't the blocking totally different for a run vs. pass? Or even a run up the middle vs. an option?
    I'm completely guessing here but it could be a zone blocking scheme where the line is blocking all the same, or they are just straight pass protection...again, completely guessing here.



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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    Quote Originally Posted by jhill View Post
    Could you explain this to me? How does the offensive line block the same for every play? I mean, isn't the blocking totally different for a run vs. pass? Or even a run up the middle vs. an option?
    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    I'm completely guessing here but it could be a zone blocking scheme where the line is blocking all the same, or they are just straight pass protection...again, completely guessing here.
    I think IcSyU hit it on the head. The only thing that would be different is maybe the QB is calling out to them that it is a run and where it is going when he is yelling to them at the line of scrimmage. I'll ask one of our coaches tonight when I get home from Chicago how it works and report back.


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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    The no huddle systems I have been part of in the past, the QB still calls out the play for the OL, but the rec look over to get the signal just in case they may not be able to hear the QB.


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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    To add to this it looks like we had 3 signal callers calling in the play. I know last year Kansas used a bluff for their play calling so the opposing coaches couldn't target one coach and watch just his signals.

    I would imagine there is at least 1 legitimate call and 1 bluff. Our 3rd string QB (Bueker) was also calling in signals. He was probably either a bluff or a separate set of signals to go to a specific player/position.

    It's a heck of a system to run, albeit very difficult. It always keeps the defense guessing and allows little time for defensive substitutions. I think it'll definitely help us be more competitive in the Big XII this year.



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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    I think they may of huddled once or twice, but that was it. I think it is more like everyone gets the call, they line up, the coaches get a good look at the defense and change the play if necessary.



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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    I definitely like this way of setting up offensive plays much better than what we have had in recent years. It used to be that we would go up to the line with a set play, the defense would get in a formation that would easily stuff the play that we have called...our QB had been told not to audible out of the set play, the play runs and is blown up by the defense.

    Not saying that we're going to rule the conference with this type of offensive procedure, but certainly it is better than not adjusting on the fly to the defense that is presented.



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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    But they all look over to the sideline in unison, so the QB must be barking out a 'Check' call to tell everybody to look at the sideline.

    Also, I'm guessing the play is called from the Press Box as the coaches get a good look at the Defensive alignment - correct? Or is the play called from the sideline.

    Finally, we better have a decoy, or two - and change them at half time - or it would be easy to pick off the signals.


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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    But they all look over to the sideline in unison, so the QB must be barking out a 'Check' call to tell everybody to look at the sideline.
    I don't think its being done at the direction of the QB. It looks like they have told all the skill position players that they are to look over to the sideline after they line up each time for possible adjustments to the play.

    They did it on every offensive play except for those that came after timeouts.



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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    If it is like it was in spring ball, the QB goes through the entire cadence so that the defense will show the coverage and blitzes at the snap, then they all look over.


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    Re: Sideline Audibles.

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    Also, I'm guessing the play is called from the Press Box as the coaches get a good look at the Defensive alignment - correct? Or is the play called from the sideline.
    By all accounts McFarland calls a play down after seeing the defensive alignment. The coaches on the sideline then signal the play in.



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