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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The Spinner S’Wing T Offense

Originally Published: March 1, 2009
Author: Lew Johnston

After 22 years as the Head Football Coach at Western Branch High School here in Chesapeake, VA, I retired after the 2006 season. We ran the Delaware Wing T offense for the last 19 years of my career and had great success with it. I even created a spread shotgun version of the Wing T that proved to be highly successful for us the last 6 years that I coached Varsity.

I took the 2007 season off but found myself missing working with the kids. The rest of the headaches were not something I missed but the daily interaction with the players made me hungry to get back into coaching. A friend of mine, who was also a former coach, is the Principal at our local middle school. He offered me the opportunity to get back into coaching at that level. My pastor calls it: “Football Lite… less filling!” I get all the fun of working with teenagers with a minimum of the stress and aggravation that comes with coaching at the high school level.

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