Special thanks to Jim Barg for the materials and Guy Savoie for the text conversion
Originally Published: August 27, 2007
Athletic Journal — 1939
In Diagram 70 we have a forward pass play from the short-punt formation. Five takes the right tackle while 6 is working on the right guard with the help of the center; 7 and 9 pull out to lead the interference in order to give the appearance of a wide sweep; 10 and 11 work on the left guard and tackle respectively; 1 meets the left end as he charges in; the ball is snapped to 3 who follows 2, 7 and 9 to his right. Suddenly he stops and passes across to 4 who has cut out to the right side of the secondary.
Diagram 71 illustrates a fake kick and run. Five drives through for the right backer-up; 6 takes the right guard as 7 pulls out and drives down for the right halfback; the center drives through for the backer-up on the left side; 9 pulls out for interference while 10 and 11 work on the left guard and tackle; 2 takes the right tackle who has been permitted to come through; 1 swings around for interference; the ball is snapped to 4 who takes his steps for kicking and then hands the ball to 3; 3 goes wide and escapes the opposing left end who has been permitted to drive in for the supposed kicker.
In Diagram 72 we have a shovel pass to the strong side end, the play going off the weak side. Five pulls out of the line and runs over to take the shovel pass from 1; 6 pulls out and runs interference; 7 takes the defensive right guard; 8 pulls out and teams with 3 in trapping the left tackle; the center and 10 team on the left guard; 11 takes the backer-up on his side; 2 drives across for the left end while 4 blocks the right tackle; the ball is snapped to 1 who feints to the right and shoots a shovel pass to 5. This play can be mixed up with 1 faking the shovel pass and driving through himself, using 5 and 6 for interference.
Diagram 73 shows a play that is used to prevent guards from tearing through on the passers. Five goes through for the strong side backer-up, while 6 takes care of the right defensive tackle; 7 takes the right guard as the center goes through into the secondary; 8 meets the left end as he comes in while 3 works on the left guard; 10 takes the left tackle and 11 the backer-up on the weak side; 4 brushes the right end and goes down for the right halfback; the ball is snapped to 2 who fakes a lateral to 1 and then drives inside guard on the strong side.
Diagram 74 is a spinner play. Five brushes the right tackle and goes on down for the safety man; 6 goes straight into the secondary and then diagonals toward his right; the center and 7 team on the right guard, while 9 and 10 team on the left guard; 11 goes down for the strong-side backer-up and 1 goes for the left halfback; 2 traps the left tackle as he comes in; the ball is snapped to 3 who spins, faking the ball to 4 and then drives inside tackle; 4 carries out the fake.
Diagram 75 is a double reverse run from the double wing-back. Five takes the right tackle as the center takes the right guard; 6 goes through for the weak-side backer-up; 9 and 11 take the left guard and left tackle; 8 and 10 swing out to the left and lead the interference with 2; the ball is snapped to 4 who starts to his left and then hands it to 3; 3 goes to his right and then hands the ball to 1 and continues on to block the left end; 1 swings wide following 8, 10, 2 and 4. Usually the right end is sucked in, but must be taken off his feet if not sucked in.
Diagram 76 is a short end run. Five goes through and takes the safety; 6 comes out of the line and takes the strong-side backer-up; the center works on the right guard while the two tackles 9 and 10 team on the left guard; 11 takes the left tackle and the left end is taken care of by 2 and 3 who come across; 1 swings around the end and then cuts in to block the left halfback; 4 receives the ball from center and starts wide then cuts back outside tackle and picks up 6 and 8 for interference.
Diagram 77 is a long pass play. Five drives at the weak-side backer-up but does not touch him and goes on toward the left halfback; 5 crosses behind 11 who is first to cross the middle; 6 drops back to protect the passer from the right end; 8 drops back to protect against the defensive right tackle; the center slows up the defensive right guard; 9 and 10 take the defensive left guard, although sometimes 9 helps the center as indicated; 11 diagonals to the left; 2 and 3 drop back to protect against the left end and tackle; 4 drops back and throws to either end (5 or 11); 1 can be sent to several spots as indicated in case the defense puts two men on each offensive end.
Diagram 78 is a reverse play. Five takes the defensive right tackle; the center, 6, 8 and 9 work on the right and left guards; 10 and 11 come out of the line and lead the interference outside tackle; 4 drives across and gets a nice angle block on the right end; 1 receives the ball from center and drives toward the strong-side; 1 hands the ball to 3 and then teams with 2 on any defensive linemen coming in from the strong-side.
Diagram 79 is a spinner with the ends spread; 5 hesitates, forcing the right tackle to go around him and then drives for the backer-up; 6 and 7 team on the right guard, the center, 9 and 10 team on the left guard; 11 drives across to block the right halfback; 4 drives across and cuts down the defensive right tackle who was forced to come around 5; 1 receives the ball from center, spins and fakes to 3 then drives inside tackle; 3 brushes the defensive right end out of the play and continues around eligible for a lateral; 2 continues on around and is also in position for a lateral.
Diagram 80 is an inside tackle play on the short-side; 5 brushes the right tackle and goes through to block the backer-up on the weak-side; the center and 6 team on the right guard; 8 takes care of the left guard; 9 pulls out and traps the right tackle with a nice angle block; 10 takes the defensive left tackle with a little help from 11; 11 after brushing the tackle drives for the backer-up on the strong-side; 2 comes across and gets a good angle block on the right end; 3 drives around end and heads for the right halfback; the ball is snapped to 4 who spins and fakes to 1, then drives outside right guard; 1 carries out the fake, comes around and is in position for a lateral.
Diagram 81 is a pass play with four eligible receivers. Five drives for the right halfback and then changes direction toward the safety; 6 takes the opposing tackle; the center, 9 and 10 work on the two guards: 8 pulls out to trap the left tackle; 11 angles to get beyond the left halfback; 2 cuts inside tackle and drives to get behind the strong-side backer-up; 3 blocks the left end and continues on into the flat; 4 receives the snap-back, runs to his right, then fades and passes to 2.