Understanding the Double Wing Offense
The Toss play is simple in its invention, but overwhelming in its application. If you don't stack the odds in your favor, you will be run over. Double Wing teams run up huge scores against opponents, who either have no idea at what they are facing or too PROUD to realize their own weaknesses against it. The Toss's objective is like Coach Vince Lombardi's famous Green Bay Sweep. They want to create a wall by the Fullback sealing the outside, the Tight End Tackle's double team sealing the inside and the Offside Tackle, Guard and Quarterback wedge through the hole, giving the Wing back an alley to run through. Most times this alley is so big; "you could drive a truck through it"
The Toss works like this, both Wings line up on the line of scrimmage. The Quarterback reads the defensive set and bends down under center. At this point the Wings take their place. One Wing sets up as an Unbalanced second Tight End. At the same time the second Wing sets up as a Wingback. He takes a quick motion back 5 yards behind the Guard. The Quarterback snaps the ball and pitches a dead, none spinning ball chest to face high at the motioning wing. He then pulls through the point of attack and seal outside, blocking the Cornerback. The Offensive line has foot-to-foot splits to prevent stunting. The play side Tight End and Tackle double team at the point of attack. They are taught to act like Siamese twins joined at the hip. Even though there are no gaps or running lanes they create them with their double team. The unbalanced Wing steps outside at the Cornerback and blocks down to seal off the Linebacker. The offside Tackle and Guard pull to the point of attack. The Guard's responsibility is to seal inside. The Offside Tackle is to seal up any penetration and help the Guard seal inside. The backside Tight End's job is to seal off backside penetration by cutting any defensive linemen in the B gap out. The Fullback's job is to kick out the man responsible for Force. He takes a banana route, keeping an inside relationship to the Force man. Because of this banana technique he can't effectively kick out and never have to read the Force and worry about logging him in. This technique allows him to concentrate fully on kicking out the force and creating the seam for the Wing to run in. The Wing back takes the pitch and reads his pulling Guard and Tackle, many times pushing him through the hole. This adds deception to power of the play. Many times people are there to defend but cannot see the ball carrier as he hides behind the pulling lineman. The Wing back has many options as he runs through the holes he can stay on path, kick it outside, or the most dangerous cut back across the grain. This is devastating because most of the pursuit is coming at the point of attack and do not properly defend the cut back.
The Buck Sweep is an Outside play that is complementary to the Toss play. Taken from the Wing T offense the Double wing team uses it to be more of an outside stretch play then a power off tackle play that the wing t uses it for. Defensive teams get caught up in stopping the Toss that they compact their defense to the Toss, leaving them vulnerable to the outside. This is where the Buck Sweep play comes in to take advantage of the defense's compaction. The double wing team gets both guards leading the ball carrier outside.
The Reverse works like this. The wing goes in motion like he does on the Toss play. The Quarter back turns and hands off the ball to the wing. The Full back dives the same way as the motioning wing. It looks like the quarter back has faked to the Fullback as he turns the same way as they full back is diving. This cross buck look gives the play the deception it needs to spring the wing outside. The front side Tight end and wing reach block anyone near the line of scrimmage. The center blocks play side to cover for the front side guard who is pulling outside for the corner back. The full back dive and the backside tackle seal block inside cover for the backside guard who is pulling and leading the wing on the sweep. The backside tight end is faking a corner route, while the quarter back is faking the bootleg. This backside bootleg fake should keep some of the defense at home to cover them. The ball carrier follows his pulling guards outside and stretches the defense to the sideline before turning up the field. This buck sweep play is a great change up to the constant pounding inside of the Toss play.
The Reverse play is a derivative of the Wing T's Criss Cross play. A double hand off reverse. This play is devastating to over pursuing defenses. The double wing team gets all the power of the toss play with a misdirection, deception based play. The double wing team gets the tackle, guard and full back leading through the hole. This play is probably the second biggest gainer for the double wing team and huge play for them in tight situations.
The Reverse works like this the wing goes in motion like on the Toss play. The Quarterback hands him off the ball like the buck sweep and continues on a bootleg. The quarter back is trying to get the defensive end and cornerback to follow him or come up field. The wing, after taking the hand off, runs toward the other wing and gives him an inside handoff. The other wing on the snap delays and runs toward the motioning wing and takes the inside hand off and follows the pulling tackle and guard. The play side tight end and tackle double team at the point of attack. The guard blocks his inside gap and the center covers for the pulling guard. The off side guard pulls and kicks out the defensive end. The pulling tackle leads and seals inside. The full back step like he is running toss and bends around the quarterback and leads through the whole and seals outside. This play works great against over pursuing defenses
The Spin is another reverse play off the Toss. The main aspect of the Spin in comparison to the Reverse is the Quarterback handles the ball unlike the reverse where there is a double handoff. Another key element to the deception is the full back blocks like he does on the toss giving the linebackers a false read key. This play can also be ran to the tight end.
The Spin works like this the wing goes in motion and fakes the Toss. The play side tight end and tackle double team at the point of attack. The guard blocks his inside gap and the center covers for the pulling guard. The off side guard pulls and kicks out the defensive end. The pulling tackle leads and seals inside just like on the reverse play. The full back blocks the area right off the pulling tackle. The tight end blocks down to protect the inside gap. The quarterback takes the snap and fakes the Toss pitch and Spins around and hands off to the wing going underneath him. The other wing on the snap delays and runs toward the motioning wing and takes the inside hand off from the quarterback and follows the pulling tackle and guard.
The Trap is the Full backs main run. The Double Wing Trap is more of a delay trap than the quick hitting Wing T trap play. The Full back trap is a hugely successful for the double wing team because of the effectiveness of the toss play. Most defense's tend to over pursue the to the Toss play and forget about the Fullback. The close alignment of the Fullback to the quarterback, the Toss fake and delay action of the fullback adds to the deception.
The Trap works like this the wing goes in motion and fakes the Toss. The front side wing blocks the corner back. The play side tight end, tackle and guard block the Linebackers inside. They create a wall cutting off the backside of the defense. If there is a Nose guard the play side guard blocks his inside gap and the center covers for the trapping guard. The trapping guard traps the first defensive linemen past the center. The fullback stays in his stance and delays. He tries to hide behind the line of scrimmage. The quarterback turns and fakes the toss play and hands off to the fullback. The quarterback either fakes a bootleg or a quick pass. The fullback takes the ball and follows the guard. Some teams pull both the tackle and the guard on this play. In this blocking scheme the guard traps and the tackle leads up through the hole. Most schemes have the backside tackle and tight end block downfield, looking for secondary defenders.
The Play Action Pass comes off the Toss Play. The Play Action Pass is most effective when the Toss play is gaining big yards and the defensive backs have to step up and stop the play. There are many route combinations but most tend to be a high/low read between the Wing and Tight End. Usually it is a two-man route but sometimes it is run as a four-man route. The Quarterback usually has plenty of time because of the run fake. The linemen perform an aggressive block so they do not have to pass block. Many Double Wing teams "lull you to sleep" with a constant, pounding run game and then hit you with a Play Action Pass. They try to catch your defensive backs "sleeping" and pass for big yardage.
The Play Action pass works like this the wing goes in motion like the Toss play. The Quarterback spins, fakes a pitch to the wing and drops back five steps. The wing fakes receiving the pitch and runs into the line of scrimmage and pass blocks. The Fullback kicks out the defensive end. Some teams have the fullback run a flat route. The play side tackle, guard and center block their inside gaps aggressively. The weak side tackle and guard set up and perform an aggressive pass block. The front side Tight end runs a corner route, trying to get behind the defensive back. Some double wing teams have the tight end block or delay before releasing down field. The front side wing blocks and runs a flat route. Some double wing teams have the wing and tight end switch routes to get a picking action or they feel they have a better athlete at wing then at the tight end position.
The back side tight end either stays home and blocks or runs a Post route to draw the defensive backs away from the corner route. Some double wing teams have the backside tight end run a dig or drag route. There are many passing combination but most come off the Play Action of the Toss play.
The Double Wing has unlimited potential in its play usage. Many Double Wing teams have other plays in their arsenal like:
* Fullback Wedge
* Fullback Off Tackle with Guard Trap,
* Fullback Belly,
* Quarterback Keeper Toss
* Quarterback Spinner Trap
* Many different Option Schemes
* Wing Blast
* Fly or Jet Sweep
* Passing Schemes from the waggle to the run n shoots all streak play.