What makes the run-and-shoot a perfect fit with the triple-option is that passing or running plays can be executed out of the same formations. Also, the run-and-shoot is similar to the triple-option in that decisions are made by reading the defense.
“Our option morphs based off what the defense is doing. We adjust the play-calling and blocking schemes to whatever we’re seeing,” Niumatalolo said. “I wanted the same thing in the passing game. With the run-and-shoot, you have to read coverages.”
Navy has installed a base group of passing routes that are automatically adjusted to the defensive coverage. “We might have six routes that look like 40 because of the different variations that are available,” Niumatalolo said.
Stutzmann spent considerable time during the offseason sitting in a meeting room delivering extended tutorials about the run-and-shoot. Niumatalolo, Jasper and other offensive assistants asked questions and completely deciphered the package. From those sessions emerged a plan for how Navy would implement elements of the run-and-shoot.
“Coach Niumat told me he wanted some new concepts, some easy throws to execute,” Stutzmann said. “I tossed some ideas out on the board and whatever stuck is what we went with.”