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© February, 2014

by Ed Stinson
Retired High School Coach

A look at combining and maintaining the sound concepts and designs of the Wing-T in today�s spread offenses.

Many of today�s offenses have their genesis in the Wing-T. In utilizing Wing-T blocking schemes as well as their blocking techniques, along with the multiple three, four and five-receiver sets and having the quarterback in the shotgun position, we have developed an offense that is more potent.

The sound nature of the precepts � numerical advantage (more blockers than defenders) and angle blocking advantage (leverage inside out or outside in) � allows this offense to be greater in substance than style. It not only uses multiple formations, including unbalanced lines, but also challenges the defensive adjustment to shifts, and motions.

Today�s coaches must understand that their run game, if they block it correctly, is rooted in the Wing-T menu. That includes the trap, sweep (also jet sweep) power, option, counter, belly and zone. A play-action pass game is also present both with the flow as in �Keep Pass� and away from flow as counter pass and waggle.

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