Cross-motion in the Wing-T.
One of the most-winning football coaches of his time (1948-93), Chuck Klausing won 310 games, lost 112, and tied 10 in his 46 years of coaching at three high schools and six colleges. The feat for which he is best remembered is winning 54 games in a row at Braddock H.S. (PA) in 1954-59. A guru of the Wing-T, he still operates a string of Wing-T summer camps.
After the T Formation revolutionized football in the early 1940s, most coaches started putting their single-wing offenses into drydock. I had played the single wing at Penn State under Bob Higgins, and I wasn't ready to scrap it when I got my first high school head coaching job in 1948. I simply put my blocking back under center and began coaching an unbalanced-line Wing-T.
It was mostly a power offense, but I added Paul Brown's buck sweep series and Bobby Dodd's belly option series in the late 1950s. When I saw the Delaware Wing-T for the first time in 1959, I was amazed at its similarity to my offense.
I began visiting with the Delaware staff over the years and I learned a lot about the techniques and fundamentals from them. As Delaware went on to embellish its Wing-T to keep up with the times, we began thinking of the Delaware offense as an advanced or non-traditional Wing-T.
We chose to stay with the traditional Wing-T, as it was easier to teach on the high school level.
Whenever we lacked the ideal personnel, we would make some simple adjustments. I would look for a quarterback who could run the option series. If the QB wasn't gifted enough to run with the football, I would put in what we called cross-motion; that is, I would have the wingback go into motion across the formation (in front of the fullback), putting pressure on the open side of the defense.
As a team, we were still able to run many of the traditional Wing-T plays.
Diag. 1 shows our wingback's normal three-step motion, which put him back into the normal setback position at the snap. With this motion, we are ready to run any of our plays to the split side and to use our wingback (motion man) for misdirection on plays going back to the tight-end side.
Diags. 2-4 show our basic plays with normal wingback motion to the split-end side.
Our belly set (Cross-Block, Pass, and Option) is extremely effective with a good option-running QB. When our QBs cannot run well, we will adjust by going to cross-motion.
The wingback will go in motion straight across the formation and the ball will be snapped when he comes outside of our split tackle, as shown in Diag. 5. This will put the wingback in position to threaten the defensive end as a blocker or to release as a pass receiver.
Diag. 5 shows the belly being run with cross-motion. Notice how the motion widens the defensive end and gives the wingback a great blocking angle on him, while allowing the QB to break, contain, or threaten the flank.
The best play away from the motion back to the tight-end side is our Tackle Trap Counter in Diag. 7. Again, note how the cross-motion gives the wingback a greater blocking angel on the DE than he would have with normal motion.
Diag. 8 shows how the Tackle Trap Counter sets up our Counter Bootleg and puts the QB in better position to break contain.
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|Author:||Klausing, Chuck L.|
|Publication:||Coach and Athletic Director|
|Date:||Aug 1, 1996|
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