Diamond Single Wing Spread Attack

Author: Jeff Pichotta
Originally Published: August 20, 2008

As I go over my spread quad series I am going to relate this offense to a chess board, specifically to the end game of a chess match.

While teaching chess I usually start by making sure players understand the end game as soon as possible. Studies have shown that kids enjoy chess much more when they know how to finish off a game when they get the lead.

Teaching end game in chess is very simple because I use the same strategies that I do when I am coaching on the field of battle in football. In chess once you get to the end game you have fewer pieces and need to examine the entire board to evaluate where your players are versus the other player’s pieces on the board.

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HSC-Fly Attack, Part 2

Author: Ted Seay
Originally Published: June 23, 2008

THE 20 SERIES: Z Fly Motion, QB Half-Spin

The basic mechanics of the 20 series are similar to the 10 series, but this time it is Z coming in Fly motion and QB doing the half-spin footwork. If your QB is not the Tim Tebow type, you don’t need to make him run the Counter play off-tackle to succeed with this series — but a good Counter Boot from time to time will keep backside defenders honest.

The Spread Tackle must Reach the man on his outside; if he is too wide, we will either find a different way to block him or else run a different play. The rest of the line blocks on tracks through to the second and third levels. Step through the playside gap and find the most dangerous shirt of the wrong color to block downfield. Cut off enough pursuit, and the 6-8 yard Fly Sweep will turn into a big play.

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HSC-Fly Attack, Part 1

Author: Ted Seay
Originally Published: June 2, 2008

This article is dedicated to coaches who never stop looking for ways to do things better. Recently, I was able to combine two concepts together into something which I believe could be the most effective direct-snap running game from spread formations yet invented.

Until fairly recently I was not impressed with the run games that most spread shotgun offenses featured, as I have noted repeatedly in previous versions of my under-center Wild Bunch playbook. 

That changed when I learned about Dr. John Ward’s creation, the Half-Spin Counter (HSC) series. His semi-spread Single Wing attack has benefited hugely from his combination of the old Washington Redskins Counter Gap play in one direction and a sweep play in the other direction, where the ball is hidden from the defense long enough to cause confusion about the path of the ball — is it heading off-tackle one way, or around end the other?

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The Line

Author: Paul Shanklin
Originally Published: April 7, 2008

The Line

Some come from the game with no scars, no pain-

We emerge with bloodied hands, and bones so sore that it takes a few hours the next morning before we can walk upright.

Some come from the game with pants still shiny, shirt barely dirty-

We are only faintly recognizable, as the mud and grass of trench warfare take all the newness and shine from our uniforms and our souls.

Some come from the game with impressive stats of yards rushing and passing-

We measure our progress in short bursts that no paper will keep track of, that no record book will ever immortalize.

Some come from the game with parents loudly bragging and fans cheering as names come over the P.A. system-

We deal in a world of brutal anonymity, silent except for the grunts of collision and the quick praise of our coaches.

Some come from the game with egos blazing, claps on the back, the sounds of the crowd in their head-

We measure our worth by the holes we open for players with smaller numbers; their brief nod is our only applause.

Some come from the game as prima-donnas, barely working in the off season, giving lip service to the idea of physical improvement-

We spend our time in the weight room, iron plates and shiny steel our friend, our enemy, our taskmaster.

Some come from the game with thoughts of I did this, or I did that-

We recognize that the parts build a greater good, that teamwork is not an outmoded concept in today’s world.

Some come from the game thinking of us as swamp things in uniform, they joke about our speed, our hands, our seeming lack of grace-

We take the brunt of the jokes, even laugh along, just as we take the brunt of the physical force aimed at them.

In our little world we stand. Our boundaries are the sleds and the chutes. Our teachers are men who dwell in the dual worlds of detail and violence, who teach by a voice that can either wake the dead or gently ease two hours of pain.

This is our world.

It starts with us.


– Paul Shanklin

Simple Multiple Series Single Wing

Originally Published: March 24, 2008
Author: Denis Cronin

Deron Bayer, the Keynote Speaker of the 08 Conclave declared, “We’re simple because we’re simple.” It’s a great statement. One that makes coaches stop and take stock of what they are doing.

How much is too much? When does more become counter productive? Are you fooling them or us? Questions we all should ask of ourselves from time to time.

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