The Hambone did not go nearly as extreme with it’s splits as the Triple Shoot. However, I give credit to the concept of adjusting splits based on the Hambone as well as other option offensive attacks.
Here’s how accordion splits work…
Reduce the A & Expand the B.
What we mean by this is that our linemen would determine whether we had an A-gap or B-gap player to the direction that we were running the Pop Out. If we noticed an A-gap player, the Guard would reduce his split and the Tackle would expand. If we saw a B-gap player, the Guard would expand his split and the Tackle would reduce. Note: We would use the same accordion split principles for the backside of the dive and Pop Out play.
Because our linemen were in a 2-point stance, they were able to shift, thus creating the illusion of an accordion. Guards were able to adjust from “toe to toe” with the Center or widen up to 5 feet. Tackles could expand from “toe to toe” with the Guard or expand up to 8 feet. Much of our accordion concept would depend on the athleticism of each lineman and his ability to handle a linebacker attacking the line of scrimmage. This also gave us the ability to adjust if we were over-matched from a personnel standpoint.
In 1999, in my first game as offensive coordinator at Wyoming we played the University of Tennessee in Knoxville… To say we were out-manned would be an understatement. Take a look at some of our Dive & Jet Sweeps versus John Chavis’ defense.