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Power Opposite Motion

“Does anyone know the plays at left tackle?”  Like many small high schools, our junior varsity team often consists of whatever bodies are available.  So, we play many junior varsity games with several starters playing ‘new’ positions.  And more than a few of these guys are the same ones running laps for not paying attention during practice.  So for obvious reasons our junior varsity playbook is pretty slim and most games we have to try to make our living running power and wedge.  And while we aren’t exactly blessed with huge numbers in our program, we make up for it by not being blessed with an abundance of talent, speed or size.

So we usually find it tough to just line up and run right at the defense over and over and over each game.  The truth is there are very few football teams at any level who can get away with just lining up and running right at the defense every down.  You need to get creative and use some smoke and mirrors.  You need to run some form of counter.

Whether you choose counter, counter criss-cross or reverse you are going to need quite a bit of practice time to perfect what is essentially a completely different scheme with completely different techniques.  If you do not have the time, or perhaps the experience, then running ‘Power Opposite Motion’ may be the counter play for you.  Or if you already have one or more counter plays installed this might allow you to add yet another counter play with minimal effort.

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Running power opposite motion was an evolutionary process.  We were a Wyatt terminology team using gap-down-backer as our main blocking scheme.  When we first began running the Double Wing in 2004 we started with the basic power play (Rip 66 Super Power, above).  Rip motion refers to the left wingback (A back) would go in orbit motion to the right, while the right wingback’s motion was referred to as LIZ motion. Continue reading Power Opposite Motion

Half Line Drills For Double Wing Power Schemes

So one of the complaints I used to have as a ‘newbie’ Double Wing Coach was our inability to get live reps for our offensive line without setting up a scrimmage with another team.  You see in youth football we often have only 16-18 kids (several of which don’t give you much competition against your starters), making it difficult to work live with your linemen to develop their footwork for blocking plays.  And of course the Double Wing offense has 11 moving parts and the plays just don’t operate the same without 11 on offense.  So now you need 11 on defense to get them a decent look to go up against and now you have a numbers problem.  So I felt we had to find a way to simulate a live play with just half the available players.

Just so you know about our version of the Double Wing, we use a TKO blocking scheme for Power, Counter and Trap and of course the Wedge blocking scheme for Wedge and we use a variation of a Reach blocking scheme to get outside.  Wedge we found was pretty easy to practice by using a Coach for the O-line to push against and this was actually for the safety of our players as well because that Wedge play really grinds up any Defensive Linemen who happen to get in the way.  And of course when we run outside we don’t really get everyone involved so we could practice that pretty easily.  But our Power Off-tackle scheme really does involve all 11 players and that is why it is so devastating.

I also realize that some guys use ‘rules’ blocking instead of TKO (we used that for many years as well) and I can assure you that these drills will also work great for your team.  You can even get some practice reps for your X or G plays as well.  

The first drill I am diagramming is our WALL DRILL. It is used mostly to work on our TKO wall blocking.

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Bruce Eien – Fat Formation

Coach Eien has always given freely of his materials and has long been known as a Single Wing Guru on the west coast of the country. And since his Fat Formation Video Playbook has been one of the most popular blog posts in the history of this website, I decided recently that I should reach out to Coach Eien and ask if he would be willing to write a little more in-depth article about this very simple yet powerful offensive system.  And not only was he willing to write up an article, but he KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK.  Sure you can find most of these concepts spread out around the internet as well as on his Fat Formation Blog, but I havent seen it all consolidated into such a nice concise little article.

Basic FAT Formations

The two basic formations are Single and Double Fat. The main advantage to Single Fat is the same player is always the kick out block.  This allows for a bigger, stronger player to be the lead block and allow for a faster, shiftier player to play in the backfield as a blocker and runner.  The main advantage of Double Fat is it adds a FB game with a lead blocker for the Power and Sweep Plays.

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Formation 1 - Single Fat 

Double Fat

Formation 2 - Double Fat 

Basic FAT Running Plays

The base plays are enough for an entire offense.  There is a combination of power, speed, misdirection and play action passing.  The base run plays are Blast, Power, Sweep, Wham (Counter) and Shooter (Wedge). The defense cannot effectively cover all the areas these plays hit.  The main objective in play calling is find where they are weak and exploit that area.

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Plymouth Triple Spin Series

This article was originally published on Direct Snap Football.

I began to research and develop an unbalanced single wing offense over 10 years ago. I sought out all the masters – Keuffel, Caldwell, Warner, Crisler, but it was John Aldrich who influenced my offense the most. After a conversation and reading his book, I was hooked. I design much of my spin, power and buck lateral after his teams. However at the same time, I found a series most referred to as the Tulsa box. This was a deviation from Aldrich but I had to have it in my arsenal.

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Buffalo Power Series – Triple B Offense

This article was originally published on Direct Snap Football.  

I would like to thank Adam for asking me to write another article for Direct Snap. This is the second article I have written for this great website and I consider it an honor to be allowed to express my thoughts and ideas to all the great coaches that read this website. Adam asked me to write about the BUFFALO power series that I use in my offense which is a variation of the modern double wing. I added a direct snap component to my offense a few seasons ago and I am glad I did because of some scheduling and injury issues we had it saved us and allowed us to be competitive against several very tough opponents through out the years. I have developed this direct snap series in the Triple B a bit more because I feel the deep set TB allows us to utilize the direct snap more effectively then the traditional double wing does. 

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