Dennis Erickson 1 Back Philosophy

Below are some links to posts on Matthew Brophy’s site about the basic one back philosophy of Dennis Erickson over the years. His coaching background includes moves from Idaho to Wyoming to Washington State to Miami to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL then back to college and to Oregon State then San Francisco in the NFL , then Idaho (again) then finally Arizona State where he currently coaches. Erickson was an early innovator and huge believer in the one back running concept in order to displace a defender from the tackle box. It earned him success at the college level and two national championships at Miami. His run offense centers around fundamental inside zone runs and then more vertical routes in the passing game coupled often with wide (horizontal stretch) wide receiver splits. Of course this all depends upon personnel and match ups. His current offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has put on some additional wrinkles but stayed pretty¬† true to the Erickson basic one back fundamentals.

For those interested in specifics here are a couple of posts worth reading before the upcoming USC versus Arizona State game this weekend. Even casual USC fans should watch the following 7 minute video of an Erickson presentation from the past. It is far superior to what you will pick up on the telecast this weekend from the broadcasters about his offensive beliefs. For those obsessed more with details and history I will also upload the five coaching presentations that I have from Erickson dating back to 1989.

Links to the articles on Brophy Football and Smart Football.

Link to the Erickson video explain the basics of the one back philosophy.

Dennis Erickson One Back Philosophy from ragin caucasian on Vimeo.

Link to Erickson Presentations

Erickson One Back WSU 1989

Erickson One Back Miami 1990

Erickson One Back Miami 1992

Erickson One Back Miami 1993

Erickson ASU 2008

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