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Adding Option to the Wing-T

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© August, 2011

by Chad Stadem
Head Coach • Flandreau High School (SD)

For the first six years of being a head coach, coaching the offensive side of the ball, our teams were strictly a Wing-T football team. We had success running the basic buck and belly series mixed in with a 3-step passing game. We really did not need to add much than just get better at what we did fundamentally. I have always wanted to add the option to our attack. My reasoning was that I was an option quarterback in high school in a Wing-T offense under the coaching of my father, Mike. We liked the dimension that the option added to the Wing-T. That was the style we wanted to get back to but we did not have the quarterback to execute it. Our QBs were more passers and less runners.

    When I received the job at Flandreau (SD), I saw different types of athletes that were unlike those players at our previous school. I saw a chance to implement the option which would benefit the kids while still being a Wing-T team. I spent some time with a retired football coaching friend, Dan Whalen, who helped me with the way he ran option on his teams. Considering his success, I was more than willing to listen to what he had to say. From there, I read about every option book there is and got involved with some flex-bone materials influenced by Paul Johnson. I read books written by Tim Stowers and Barry Butzer (“Coaching Football’s Spread Offense”) and Tony DeMeo’s, “101 Ways to Run the Op ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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