WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE A TE:
There was a huge argument about TE's in HS football on another board I frequent. Peoplewere saying it was hard to find TE's and FB's now in HS football. The best response I readwas "If you have kids who play DE you have TE's, if you have LB's then you have FB's".We are a small school as well and really stress finding kids to play TE. As mentioned makethat SO the starter now! If your in a small class I am sure every other team you play hasSO/FR out there somewhere. If you have a 3rd tackle, teach him TE. Take a big WR if youhave one put him at TE. Take a back up FB and try him. You would be surprised at whatsome kids will do to get on the field and play, esp. Seniors.We don't always have TE's, but we always make it priority to find one who can block1st...and then we can worry about catching the ball. He basically has to learn 3 routes(drags, sticks & corners/flag) and then become somewhat acceptable at catching, but hisblocking is the priority. With that in mind we will take an OT and make him a TE if we don'thave a "true" TE in the program. Since we've started playing "strong" & "quick" sidelinemen it is easier to find kids to fit those positions @ OT and then that gives us moreadaptability to find TE'sUse some unbalanced formations and put your young TE on the short side.(TE-G-C-G-T-T--------SE)
Strong Side and Quick Side
Just curious to hear from experienced Wing-T coaches about pros and cons of having a strong side and quick side vs having players learn both. Any advice/inputwould be much appreciated.
are :1. Same Guard Trapping/ or Tackle Trapping . 2. Developing Guard orTackle should be easier. 3. More Reps at the same Assignment (Better SpeedPulling/Trapping Better Down Blocks Better Double Teams).
1. Changing of stances (right to left)maybe personal 2. Could Become morepredictable 3. No Benefits to the System (Wing T) if you run buck sweep both guards pullanyway.I personally do not see the benefits when running the Wing T because you lose someadvantages you have to teach both guards to pull running bucksweep. Right Handed andLeft Handed stance is easier to learn if they stay in the same stance. Basically all said withgreat coaching it can work ,but not a huge fan of it.This is the only way we do it. By flip-flopping the line, we teach the strong side player thestrong side plays and the quick side the quick side the quick side plays, at the point of attack. For instance, we are a slot T team and only really run the belly to the strong side.There are several rules and exceptions to the rules on the play side while the back side isprimarily scooping and getting downfield, regardless of whether we are running the belly tothe left or right side. The primary advantage is that the strong side OL is getting twice thereps at their assignment and the quick side is getting twice the reps at their assignment. If we are lucky enough to have a kid play for instance strong guard throughout his JH and HSyears, He has practiced his particular maneuvers thousands of times. This leads to what Iconsider the main disadvantage. That when injuries occur, the back up coming in is notnecessarily the next best. In other words, our strong guard is a strong only. Does not knowthe quick side assignments. So we can't put the 2nd team strong guard in for the injuredstarting quick guard, though he should be superior to the #2 QG, theoretically. Still, thishas been an advantage of us comparable almost to having 2 platooning at these positions. Irespect the reasons why others don't, but this is what we do.In all honesty, until 2 years ago I NEVER would flip/flop OL by Strong/Quick alignment. Weplayed traditional R/L sides for nearly 10 years and everything was fine. 2 years ago we hada deficiency in OL depth and decided that IF we were going to have success we had to set-up the offense around the skills of our OL personnel first. This meant going with aStrong/Quick alignment. We had moved 100% into a Shot-Gun Wing-T offense & based our