Chris Ault: Pistol Inside Zone Basics

Chris Ault Pistol Inside Zone

It’s official: The inside zone has taken over the game of football.

Look far and wide, but it’s increasingly rare that you’ll find a team at most levels of the game who doesn’t have it somewhere in their playbook, especially in college or the pros.

Still, there are holdouts. Maybe you’re one of them?

Don’t worry, Chris Ault, renowned creator of the Pistol offense, knows exactly how you feel.

As he talks about in the video below, he was never a big zone guy.

Now? He’s considered one of the foremost experts in the zone run game, especially the pistol inside zone.

After retiring as the head coach at Nevada, Ault now works as a consultant with the Kansas City Chiefs.

You may not be able to hire him as a consultant for your team, but he’s got a great video course over at CoachTube on the basics of the Inside Zone, and I highly recommend it.

For now though, let’s talk about what made him change his mind and embrace the inside zone. » Read more

Excerpt from Speed Kills: Breaking Down the Chip Kelly Offense

I hope you’re as excited as I am about the release of my upcoming book Speed Kills: Breaking Down the Chip Kelly Offense. The pre-sale has closed, so if you didn’t get a chance to reserve your copy, you’ll have to wait until the release date of April 8.

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Until then, here’s a short passage from the book to hold you over. This is from the chapter on the inside zone and how it fits into Kelly’s offense.

It probably comes as no surprise that a large percentage of Chip Kelly’s offense involves a zone running scheme. However, most fans and casual observers would be surprised to find out that instead of the zone read, it’s the version of the scheme in its most basic from, the inside zone. » Read more