Our slowest tempo is Turtle. We will still hurry to the LOS, but the OL will get into 2-point stances and the Center will not touch the ball until the QB says “Down.” This is the tempo that we use in order to shorten the game and use up as much clock as possible. Our QB is taught that he does not want to snap the ball until the Referee begins his 5-second count down. We practice this to make sure that the QB understands what we mean.
These three tempos are the basic tempos that we use, but we have also added other special tempos that give us an advantage in certain areas.
Sugar tempo tells our team to get into a short huddle. Our center sets the huddle 2-yards from the ball. We love to use this tempo with unbalanced sets. The QB will send out our receivers from the huddle and as they get close to their spot, the QB will break the huddle with the rest of the team. Everyone must sprint up to the LOS as fast as possible. We want to snap the ball within 5 seconds of breaking the huddle as it does not give the defense time to adjust.
The last two tempos we run are Rodeo and Lasso. The goal of these tempos is to run the same play that was just previously run. Rodeo tells the team to line up in the exact same formation and run the exact same play. Lasso tells the offense to line up in the opposite formation they were in and to flip the previous play. For example, if we ran Trips Right, Zone Right, the new Lasso play would be Trips Left, Zone Left. We like to use this tempo after big running plays. It gives our team an advantage of getting up to the ball and snapping extremely fast against a defense that is reeling from giving up a big play.