Pistol-Flex is a hybrid of two well-known American football formations: Pistol and Flexbone formations. It was pioneered in 2009 by coach Paul Markowski who is currently the Running Backs coach at West Point for the Army Sprint Football team. By combining the strengths of each offensive set, the end result is a formation that is very effective both in the passing and running styles of play.

Formation: The base formation of the Pistol-Flex has the QB in a shotgun set four yards behind the Center. The B-back is in a three point stance with his down hand two yards behind the QB's feet. The two A-backs are set one yard directly behind the O-Tackle to their side. The offensive line splits are all 3 feet. There are multiple formations that the Pistol-Flex can be run from (Open, Tight, Bone, Box, Twins).

At any given time, there are at least four eligible receivers within one yard of the line of scrimmage which bodes well for the passing attack.

The triple option can be used from this set very effectively. Coach Markowski has developed a true Quadruple Option play run out of the Pistol-Flex formation. For more information about the Pistol-Flex, go to

American Football Monthly magazine has put out a 4-DVD package about the Pistol-Flex Triple Option Offense. For more information about this DVD set please go to


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