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Running The Option With the Single Wing

There are a number of ways you could run the option out of the Single Wing.
Be very carefull about doing so:

Before the Single Wing I coached “I” option football for 9 years. We had a variety of success. When we had a smart QB and a good tailback, we won championships. When we didn’t have a smart QB or a good tailback, we struggled.

Even back in those days, we ran just a handful of plays perfectly. To make the option work, even just a double option like we ran required a lot of practice time. The Single Wing requires reps of your base plays to perfect them. If your youth football team is running the “mouse” or spinner series, they both take time and consistent reps to perfect and stay crisp. Your teams need to get very good at a handfull of adjustments on the off-tackle play also, that takes time.

If you are considering running the option as part of your base, it may steal valuable practice time away from time you need to make the base offense work. You could be in danger of being average at both the option and the Single Wing instead of being great and dominating with one.

If you are considering a triple type option, most option experts will tell you the tight line splits in the Single Wing do not offer enough room to make the triple feasible.

Being from Nebraska, we are die hard option lovers, so in 2005 during our Spring Flag Football, we put in a “dart” type option series.
We thought it would huge for us. The FB was the ball handler and it incuded a: TB Strongside Trap handoff, WB Sweep weak option pitch
(WB in motion), FB keep weak, and even a cool shovel pass weak to the BB.

We had very average success with the series in our flag season, but we took it into fall tackle football that year. While we did give it adequate reps and practice time, the series averaged just 3-4 yards per play, where our other series averaged nearly 8 yards per play. We decided about half way through the football season to drop the option series and take that practice time to work to get better on our passing game and our off-tackle adjustments.

Coach Kennedy had suggested making one play a double option, the spinner 26 power, with the TB being the option man. If you can make the play consistently work in practice and want to add it in later in the season to keep the kids interested, that may be a thought.
Coach K and others have come up with nuances that make sense and work for their teams. Heck, I’m even thinking of adding into the next book an adjustment on the 38 buck wedge and 31 trap that he came up with (I have his permission to do so).

But trying to make the option part of the offense right off the bat and taking the time to perfect it may be a bit much to ask from most youth football teams.


This has been another post into Dave Cisar’s Winning Youth Football Site
Copyright 2007 Cisar Mangement Services

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