Post by Coach Campbell on Jan 17, 2003 10:58:10 GMT
Mitchdog great to have you coming to our site. Nice to have a single wing coach with us. Since the single wing is so foreign to most coaches it would be nice for you to start teaching us the single wing offense. Coach CAmpbell
I don't know a lot about the single wing as of now. But I have been studying it for a couple of months. We plan to install a single wing package into our base wing t package this coming year. I have been reading some books on it and bought a couple of videos. I am also looking for a coach who really knows it to maybe hold a camp for our kids this summer or take them to a good single wing camp, I just don't know of one. Anyways, any help you can give on single wing (suggestions on how to install, key components, playbooks, etc...) would be really appreciated.
It is great to see so much interest in the single wing. Any questions you have I would be happy to try to answer. I can't say I am a guru on it, there are many more who have forgotten more than I know. I have been coaching it for 5 years at the varsity level and truly believe it is a great offense.
These are the books I have read. I got them from an inter library loan. I also have the Aldrich video on the FB spin, it does not have sound. You can sometimes find these books on e-bay or amazon.
Modern Single Wing Football By Charles Caldwell Simplified Single Wing Football By Ken Keuffel Single Wing Offense with the Spinning Fullback By John Aldrich The Modern Short Punt: A winning formation By Lou Howard The New Double Wing Attack By Bob Tierney and Cliff Gray Spread Formation Football By Dutch Meyer
Did anyone see the College Bowl games? I saw NC State and Michigan run a few Single Wing plays on the goalline. They were very effective!!!
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I am the OC at a high school in CA that is installing the single-wing for the first time. I have also been studying some of the books and videos you mentioned. We plan to plan to employ an unbalanced formation with a wing. We will utilize the spinning fullback, power, and buck series. Obviously teams will play an odd or even defensive front. I am interested to find out from someone who has already ran this offense and formation as to what shades, slants, stunts, and blitzes most defenses tend to employ?
I am anticipating the following fronts - is this what you see alot? Any insight you can give is appreciated.
C FS C C FS C
LB LB LB LB SS
B E T T E B E T N T E TE LT C LG RG RT TE TE LT C LG RG RT TE 3 4 3 4
Post by Coach Campbell on Mar 20, 2003 11:38:06 GMT
Coach Chapman let me know but I wrote a installation manual for the Single Wing if you are interested. Great to have you coming to the site and also thanks for the info you sent me it will help me alot. Coach CAmpbell
Coach, Our middle school team in cincinnati rushed for over 1200 yards and passed for another 400 in a 7 game season. I am the head coach, and installed the Single Wing last season. We run traditional unbalanced line SW - with spin, buck lateral. I also have a few formation variations that are successful. Someone here posted Delphi Forums SW site - good to visit sometime.
44 - Power off tackle 41 - Reverse to the WB of Power off tackle 32 - Fullback Spin 34 Throwback -FB hands to QB who sets up behind the outside tackle. WE runs bannana, SE runs a drag 2 Seam Buck - wedge to the unbalanced side 0 Seam Buck - trap to the weakside 66 - Buck Sweep 46 Reach Pass - Sweep Pass
Personal Favs... Power Package 228 Student Body - Direct snap to TB with Right Guard and Inside Tackle pulling. FB (traditional blocking back) and QB (traditional FB) leading the TB outside. WB either helps double-team w/Outside Tackle or hits any defender penetrating/trailing play. In one game ran this play 4x in a row, resulted in 4-play 82-yard TD drive.
228 Reverse - Set up just as above, except RG pulls left and TB performs inside handoff to the Right End, who follows RG to the left. Always a pursuit-killer!
Spin 128/137/114 - Spin series. Direct snap to QB, who spins. 128 - outside sweep to TB (QB hands off, and then fakes to WB immediately after handoff - TB, QB, and WB are meshing with QBs back to LOS). 137 - same, except WB gets handoff. 114 - QB spins and fakes to both TB and WB, completely spins aroudn and runs through '4' hole. Out of this we also have corresponding pass plays. The 10-37 Wingback pass is a real beauty. After showing the defense the Wingback sweep a few times (and if the DBs commit to the run), the 10-37 has the WB pulling up and hitting the Left End on a corner route or the Right End on a Post.
Geesh! Haven't even mentioned the Buck Lateral plays...or the 'false pulls' relating to LBs keying our guards or FB.
I considered the DW two years ago but decided on running unbalanced Single Wing instead. I like the single mindedness of the DW and would like to run it some day, I just think if you are going with an offbeat power attack, the old original is hard to beat. The blocking schemes and misdirection of the DW can be used in our offense (they are in many instances, identical.). Probably the feature of DW that would be most appealing to me would be the quick hitting nature of the FB trap and the wing counter. On the other hand, you lose the ability to run more than one cycle and I love the buck lateral series from the single wing.
I'm tinkering with incorporating Meyer's TCU Spread set into my offensive package. I've seen some updated materials from Ted Seay, and last season I had a Double Slot-balanced line package in which I kept my QB (FB in SW terms) and TB in the same backfield location as my base SW package. Meyer's Spread looks to be a good compliment. Do you spread it out any?
This past year we spread it out quite a bit. We had success running and throwing out of spread sets. We balanced up the o-line and split out our weak side TE. We would then split out the FB, WB or BB. We had great success running the Seam Bucks (What we call 2 and 0) out of these sets. We are looking to more of it this coming year.
I'm a relative newcomer to coaching the Single Wing, but from my middle school experience there wasn't really certain defense giving us problems. We faced 5, 6, 7, and 8-man fronts, but our problems were usually caused by us (poor lead block, bad snap, fumbled handoff, not selling our fakes,etc.). One team dominated our line and we lost 24-0 but it was later found out the coach had used 8 players who were 16-17 years old. Our state's rules say a player can't be older than 15 prior to the start of the season. No wonder our kids got blown off the ball!
Find something on Fritz Crisler's Michigan Single Wing offense (in the mid & late 1940's). It (& Caldwell's Princeton SW) were the best I ever saw!!! A version of Crisler's offense was in the book "MICHIGAN ST MULTIPLE OFFENSE" by Clarence ("Biggie") Munn - former Crisler assistant). Along with Caldwell's book (& Keuffel's books) it was the best.
I've used Coach Campbell's Single Wing offense over the past three seasons as a contrast to our (10-12 year olds) I and gun formation running game and have found it very effective. I had to modify the QB and TB alignments because it was too difficult for my center to constantly adjust from snapping the ball straight back in a traditional gun to a single wing snap. We run 148/149 Sweep, 18/19 Keep, 348/349 Buck Sweep (Power) and 12/13 ISO, 12/13 FB Trap, and 128/129 Sweep (Opposite).
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When we ran it in high school, we loved it because it gave defenses a serious case of heartburn (no one had seen it in the Midlands since the 40's). But that's when MLB's started learning to key on the blocking back. Bummer.