|The triple option is one of the most consistently effective running plays if it is run correctly and practiced often.|
The quarterback must be able to read the defense quickly, and make decisions based on what he sees. The first read is the defensive end on the play side. If that end turns his shoulders perpendicular to the line of scrimmage and commits himself to stoping the full back, the quarterback keeps the ball and runs along the line of scrimmage. The quarterback then looks for a hole to get upfield. If that hole is filled by someone (the free safety fills the hole in this diagram), he then pitches the ball to the tailback to take the ball out wide.
Triple Option, Part 2