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The veer and mid-line wing-t options vs. an even front.

Adding a Little Triple-Option Deceptiveness to the Wing-T

With all the experience coaches have had defensing the Wing-T, it has become more difficult to run the base Wing-T plays.

Our answer has been a triple option in the form of the inside veer and mid-line option. Since it gives the defensive coordinators one more series to defense, we have been able to utilize it to our advantage. Both options appear in our 40 series - the veer ("44/46") and the middine ("45").

Since the mid-line is run over the center (5), we determine which way to run by using the veer numbers. But we will run the mid-line option only against an even front.

For example, if we want to run to the right, our QB will call "44, 45" in the huddle. Once the QB comes to the LOS, his option key becomes the defensive tackle on the right side.

Anytime the DT has an inside shade or is head-up on our right guard (4), the QB will run the veer.

If the DT assumes an outside shade on 4, the call will be the mid-line.

The QB signals the option by a color - "Red" meaning the "44" and "Blue" the "45".

Diag. 1, "Spread 144 Option:"

At the snap, the split end executes his crack technique on any defender in his crack zone. If there is no defender there, he will continue upfield to the safety, as shown.

The right halfback stalks the corner by looping underneath the split end.

The right tackle's assignment is bump-lead-backer, and the right guard's assignment is gap-post-bumplead-backer.

If the DT has an inside shade on the guard, the guard will gap-block him. If the DT is head up on him, the guard will post and wait for the bump-lead by the tackle.

The center has post-fire-on-backer.

The left guard and tackle have fire-on-backer.

The tight end has cutoff.

The fullback runs full speed toward the outside foot of the right guard. He receives the handoff or fakes the handoff and then blocks upfield.

The left halfback takes one step in motion and moves into pitch relationship with the QB.

The QB steps flat down the LOS, rides the fullback, and either gives to the man or pulls the ball back and pitches it to the left halfback or keeps.

His dive read is the defender outside of the RT.

Diag. 2, "Spread 145 Option":

The split end and the right halfback block exactly as in "144 Option."

The RT's rule is take first backer from 5 (center).

The RG pulls out to the right and either logs or kicks out the end man on the LOS.

The center blocks left on the DT, if the man has an inside shade or is head-up on the LG. If the DT has an outside shade on the LG, the center will block the backside backer (as shown in Diag. 3).

The LG: If the DT has either an inside shade or is head-up on him, he must gut around the center to the backside linebacker. If the DT has an outside shade on him, he will block the DT (as shown in Diag. 3).

The LT pull-checks and the TE has cut-off.

The fullback now dives for the center's right foot at full speed and either receives the hand-off or sprints upfield to take the LB.

The left halfback executes exactly as before (Diag. 1).

The QB takes a hop step back and to the left off the mid-line to allow the fullback to pass. His dive read is now the unblocked DT on the RG's outside shoulder. The QB either hands off to the FB or pulls the ball back and pitches to the left halfback or keeps the football.

Our QB practices his options 10 minutes a day with the running backs. He works on his reads for all of his options - footwork, fakes, pitch-outs, etc.

Pitch relationship: The halfbacks must stay five yards back and two yards ahead of the QB. The QB must also work on attacking the inside shoulder of the end man on the LOS.

Running these options in the context of the Wing-T adds greatly to their deceptiveness. And that is what the Wing-T is all about!
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Title Annotation:football strategy
Author:Saalweachter, Scott
Publication:Coach and Athletic Director
Date:Nov 1, 1998
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