Hi, Does any of you know how to crack a good Wing-T offence? The team we have been playing is killing us even though they have no passing game at all... We have been thinking about using a 4-4 formation, blocking every possible OLine man except for the pulling guard and TE but does any of you experienced coaches know a easier way of killing the wing-t. Just to excuse myself... I come from a small country with no football tradition, (Morten Andersen, KC is danish) and we therefore dont have the same knowledge as you guys. .. Hope that some of you can help us so that we can kick their asses next time.
Coach Cella and others have a very good, and pretty in depth, discussion about stopping the Wing T with a 5-2 Cover 2 defense on the "50 Defense" board below, primarily on the second page of the post titled "3-4 defense." We've run different fronts at the Wing-T (because I've coached on teams that played both even and odd fronts), and we've had success in both by sticking to a few key principles:
(1) The Wing-T is designed to hit the A, C, and D-Gaps (Dive/Trap in the A, Belly/Counter/Reverse/Toss (if they also incorporate some double wing) in the C, and Sweeps/Bootlegs in the D). As a result, we always design our defense to force the ball into the B-gaps where they don't want to go and where our ILB's should be there to make the tackle. You can do this either by shading the A/C/D gaps, slanting to them, or playing an attack and read technique with outside leverage forcing everything back inside to the ILB's.
(2) Unless a Wing-T defense is sophisticated enough to use false pulls (most aren't), if you teach your ILB's to read the G's, they should take you to the ball almost all the time. If we know the team will false pull, we teach them to check the FB first (through the area vacated by the pulling G because he will likely become the lead block since the G has pulled away), then scrape with the pulling G.
(3) The secondary force defenders must be aggressive yet disciplined. They must be able to locate the ball by understanding the offense's blocking schemes. If a RB is carrying the ball toward them, they need to attack the edge of the front to stop the ball from bouncing outside. If a QB is carrying the ball toward them, the contain man (DE/OLB) should have outside leverage on the QB, so they must look for flat and intermediate routes because it is a bootleg pass.
I hope this helps, and let me know if I can provide any further info. Good Luck!!
Thanks for the posts coaches. I agree with everything SW said and will add that predictability particularly at the youth level (assuming you have the ability to scout or access to tape of your opponent's games) is something you should try to take advantage of when preparing for them. Look for tendencies that will allow you as coaches and your players to identify which plays are coming and be able to adjust. Like SW mentioned they are most likely not creating false reads intentionally so the odds are in your favor in you can tie their motion and formation tendencies to certain plays. One other thing scheme wise I believe in is to control the tight end. My best blocker is my tight end as you cannot run outside effectively without a block on the edge to get you there. If you can control or neutralize their best blocker or put him in unfamiliar (assignment conflict) situations that should go a long way towards helping your defense stay off the field. Best of luck to you in Denmark!
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We tried to hit the wing-T with a 60 formation. 2 DT's in the A gab and the ends in C gabs. 2 OLB's had the contain The 2 ILB had responsibility for the B gabs, keying the guards. Never the less there FB trap play killed us.
I heard, from at coach, that containing the gab instead of fighting through was the key, with only a few men on the line, like 3(3-4 or 3-5)
I think the FB trap play could be stoped by lining 3 Defense linemen over the G and C.
I ran the wing-t the last two years and I can tell you from experience that the toughest defense to play against was a 5-3. It is very difficult to get a block on the middle linebacker, and they always have you outnumbered on the weak side. If you can't pass, it is a very difficult defense to beat. One of the adjustments that I've seen teams use is to put the DT in a 4i tech(inside shade of the OT). This makes it very difficult for the OT to block the MLB when they try to trap the DT. Leaving the corner to the TE/WB side out wide for contain hurts them too, because now they have to have a lineman block the corner......very tough at the youth level. Also if you play your DE's on the outside shade of the TE, now the WB cannot block the Sam linebacker on off tackle plays, and the TE can't get to the Sam linebacker on sweeps. Of course if you run this defense you have to have some key players in key spots.
Your Sam backer has to be your toughest run stopper...he has to be able to plug the C gaps, because with DT's in 4i techs, and the DE oustide the TE, there is a big hole that he needs to be able to fill. First step is lateral, second is to the hole. Next you need to have a MLB that is fast to the ball. Most times he won't be blocked, so he needs to get there fast. Use your corners for outside containment.
A 4-4 defense is very weak in the B and C gaps. It is great for stopping the sweep, but the off tackle areas are very weak.