8Man Ram Option
The Ram Option is a very quick hitting option play. The
Ram hits quicker than the Freeze Option but the hole is
basically the same. The Ram is an easy play to install
especially if your team already knows the option. It is
one play that is good to run against any defensive front.
The rules for the Ram are pretty simple. We plan to
block down with our TE and kickout with our FB much
like a basic outside lead. If the DE comes down our TE
knows to block him on down but if he plays an outside
technique (5 Tech.) the TE will block the first inside LB.
We like the Ram because it hits quick and is easy to run.
A smart, quick thinking QB will make this play
successful but as always an athletic QB makes the play
even more lethal. This play is really a trap play. Instead
of using your backside Guard you trap with the FB. This
is why it hits faster than a trap.
Here are some other ways to block the Ram Option.
Once again our rules apply. If the onside DE plays
inside our TE will take him inside and our FB will look
to seal the LB to the inside. We work on maintaining
pitch relationship with the QB even after he has broke
This is how we block a 3-3. Most 3-3 defenses will bring
either the outside LB or the DE inside (B gap). On this
defense we tell our TE to take whichever of the two
that come inside on down. Our FB will kick out the one
that goes outside. Some teams teach there defenders
to wait. However, if the defense is not moving at the
snap of the ball we feel like we can take advantage of
that with the Seal Option. On the Seal we would simply
arc release the TE and then bring him back inside to
seal the LB. This would allow us to pitch off the end
and run a regular dive or lead look behind the Seal.
Here is the Ram vs a 5-1 defense. Our rules here tell
the TE to block down on the defensive guard because
he is lined up in an outside shade. If the DG lines up
headup with the OG we would send the TE to the MLB.
You can see that this play creates a natural alley in the
defense much like the one created by the lead or the
Freeze Option play.
The Ram is much like the regular lead but has the
advantage of another option with the pitchman. Even if
you do not use the pitch man very often the defense
knows that if they leave him uncovered and the QB
gets a good pitch to him he will score.
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