Category Archives: Playbook

8-Man Single Wing

This article was originally published on Direct Snap Football.

I would like to thank Adam for asking me to write this article for Direct Snap. Adam asked me to write about the switch to 8-man football and our 8-man single wing offense. We run the spin series almost entirely with some direct snap and buck lateral series as well. My first exposure to the single wing offense was during a football theory class at the University of Northern Iowa. Coach John Aldrich was our guest speaker and I’ll never forget going home after class and drawing up the plays to the disbelief of my roommates. Shortly after graduating from college I accepted a coaching and teaching job in Sigourney, Iowa where I spent 4 years as an assistant with Bob Howard at Sigourney-Keota, Iowa. After 4 years I moved to northern Iowa and accepted my first football head coaching job. I was taking over a program that had not won a game in 3 years (during my 4 years at Sigourney-Keota coach Howard had led the Savage Cobras to a 44-5 record and 1 state championship) with a group of seniors that had NEVER won a football game at any level of organized football dating back to 7th grade. Continue reading 8-Man Single Wing

Double Wing Belly Counter

What you are about to behold may not be new, revolutionary or earth shattering, but rest assured, it is quite devastating nonetheless (at least your opponents will think so) and oh, is it ever pretty. If Inside Counter is one of the favorite entrees of meaty-style plays that you like to serve as a surprise to your opponents, then I am about to introduce you to  the Kobe beef of Inside Counters.  According to our terminology, we call it Buck Counter, but from here on I will refer to it as Belly Counter (that’s what it is anyway).  If you are an Option team, you may even see it as a Belly Option Inside Counter- to each his own! Continue reading Double Wing Belly Counter


While I usually am content to get into our base alignment and run TOSS until we bludgeon the defense into submission, I do realize that there will be days that we are not as effective as usual.

Sometimes it will be based on our kids not performing well or missing the game altogether due to illness or family emergencies.  Other times the defense will simply have better players or a better coach and they will cause us problems that way. And to further complicate things, each season we will be dealing with a different group of kids that have different skill sets.  All of these factors contribute to our realization that sometimes we need the ability to change our formation or the mechanics of a specific play in order to continue moving the football offensively. Continue reading TAGs