2009 Season in Review

Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead
Originally Published: November 2, 2010
Author: Adam Wesoloski

The 2009 season brought a new coaching opportunity for me. Previously I was coaching Junior Pee Wee level football in a local Pop Warner organization. In 2009 our town wanted to reboot their youth tackle program which included the 5th and 6th grades. My son was a 5th grader in the district so I took one of the 5th grade head coaching positions. There were three 5th grade teams and two 6th grade teams that played games against outside competition. Each team played a six game schedule but we were not members of a league so we played an independent schedule against teams that had open dates in their schedules. This is was quite a challenge because just about every game we played with different rules. In addition 5 of our 6 games were versus 5th and 6th grade combination teams.

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Menominee’s 49 Short Option Play

Menominee run play
Originally Published: April 5, 2010
Author: Jeff Bayerl

In the Beginning

Since the beginning of time…or at least since 1966, Menominee has run the single wing under Ken Hofer. In the late 1960’s, 1970’s and the early to mid-1980’s we were a running team. We threw the ball 6-8 times per game to keep the defense honest. From the mid-1980’s through the present we’ve become more air oriented.

Passing Through the Years

Our passing game has increased not only the amount of times we throw, but the number of pass plays we now have at our disposal. The one thing that has remained constant through the years is the 49 Short Option Pass. This play is our bread-and-butter play along with our power off-tackle play, 48 Blast.

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The “A” Formation: Simplified and Updated-Part 2

Originally Published: March 2, 2010
Author: Ted Seay

Q&A Part One: The Passing Game

Direct Snap: Let’s move on to the passing game. Apart from the QB Boot, which is a run-pass option, what does the aerial attack look like in your revised “A” formation offense?

Ted Seay: As with everything else in football, I try to keep things as simple as possible, but without sacrificing capability. I don’t want things so simple that the defense can easily figure out how to shut us down. That tells me that I need to teach a small number of pass route packages, and a couple of pass protection schemes, but also that I have to choose the most versatile plays and blocking schemes possible. A great example is the Under pass route package.

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The “A” Formation: Simplified and Updated-Part 1

Originally Published: February 8, 2010
Author: Ted Seay

Q&A Part One: The Run Game

DS: Ted Seay, you’ve recently released an “A” formation PowerPoint presentation titled The “A” Formation: Simplified & Updated. This follows a previous “A” PowerPoint in 2007 and a Word document a year or two before that. I understand your interest in the “A”, but why so many versions?

TS: You’re right, Adam, I’ve been guilty of writing about the “A” formation and then coming out with revisions for almost a decade now. The interest is pretty easy to explain – I’d never seen anything like the “A” in the books I’ve seen from the golden age of direct snap football, and I think “A” inventor Steve Owen was several decades ahead of his time. The “A” features a half-spin speed-sweep series from a formation which is unbalanced one way on the line and the other way with the backfield – it was just light years ahead of anything in its day (1938-1952), and still stands up very well compared to modern shotgun and Pistol variations.

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The Plymouth Triple Spin Series

Originally Published: May 4, 2009
Author: Tom Lewis

I began to research and develop an unbalanced single wing offense over 10 years ago. I sought out all the masters – Keuffel, Caldwell, Warner, Crisler, but it was John Aldrich who influenced my offense the most. After a conversation and reading his book, I was hooked. I designed much of my spin, power and buck lateral after his teams. However at the same time, I found a series most referred to as the Tulsa box. This was a deviation from Aldrich but I had to have it in my arsenal.

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