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Author: Steve Calande
Originally Published: October 18, 2004

I am a double wing coach who once ran the single wing to the tune of 38 points per game and a 13-1 overall record. 38 points per game is better than “a point a minute” in our games! Unfortunately, being a junior high coach, I was told that I had to scrap the single wing because we “weren’t developing a quarterback”. Because I wanted to stick with the same concepts of maximum power, misdirection, double teams, traps, pulling linemen and WINNING football games, the double wing was the next best thing.
Indirect Snap Double Wing Base Formation

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However, now as a double wing coach with a single wing background I find that I can’t leave the single wing alone. After having my best runner (my double wing fullback) taken out of the game plan by submarining defensive linemen, I have added my Rhino and Lion formations to my double wing offense. What I do, is let my quarterback slide over into the B gap and assume the kick out blocks, my “A back” slides over behind the quarterback about 3 yards deep and my fullback moves 4 yards deep behind the center. He is my toughest and fastest player. Perfect for a single wing tailback. My right wing back is my best blocker of the two wings.

Direct Snap Rhino Formation

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That’s right, we now shift into direct snap formations so that my best runner can now run blasts, powers both strong and weak and power sweeps. This does not require any change in blocking schemes for the big guys up front. I was able to install this in a single practice and can’t wait to unleash this attack against the next diving and submarining foe. They won’t know what hit them when we shift back to our killer single wing!

For those interested, what are some advantages of the single wing over the double wing? Well, I think I can have just one good runner to make the single wing go which I do not think I can do with the double wing. The backfield actions require significantly less coaching. There are fewer timing issues. Additionally, I feel the blocking back in the single wing has a better angle than I could give my double wing fullback even though he, too, is incredibly tight and hidden. Finally I think the ability of the linemen to pull without banging into a quarterback and possibly causing a fumble is reason to rejoice. The single wing gives me confidence that we can still move the ball with our bread and butter plays (powers, blasts, counters, traps and sweeps) even if our quarterback were to be injured. Both offenses are powerful and fun and in my opinion, POETRY IN MOTION.

Steve Calande