September 13

Why You Should Run the Wing-T

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Coaches sometimes tell me that they don’t have the guys to run the Air Raid.

And I get it.

You’ve got to have a quarterback who can throw and go through the reads as well as receivers who are sure catchers.

So, let me tell you why you should run the Wing-T if this is the case for you.

1. You Don’t Like To Throw The Ball

I know this is a little tongue in cheek, but seriously.

If you freak out when you have to call a pass play and you subscribe to that belief that when you throw the ball three things can happen and two of them are bad, then maybe the Wing-T is perfect for you.

The Wing-T gets the ball to a lot of people without throwing the ball.

All those motions and misdirection also mess with the defense.

2. You Like Clock Control

There is a culture in football where coaches love to go no-huddle and have great tempo and score 1000 points.

You might be a coach that despises that and wants to huddle and keep your defense on the bench.

When you go slow, you freak out the other team’s offense because they feel like every possession they have is super valuable because you’ve had the ball for so long.

3. It’s Contrarian

Everybody and their brother seems to be a spread team running tempo with RPOs.

All the clinics have defensive coaches drawing up base defenses against 10 personnel spread formations.

You never see formations with a tight end and a wing with two other running backs in the backfield.

Nobody knows how to run quarters against something like that.

Bonus Tip: The Sugar Huddle

The Sugar Huddle is a great way to manufacture tempo without being a tempo team.

By huddling up but breaking the huddle at the last second to get into formation, the defense still has to react quickly just like a tempo team.

So, you’re controlling the clock AND going fast.

And that will make the Wing-T unstoppable.

Now go run it.


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