Formations for Success

Jay Wilkinson Jenks High School jay.wilkinson@jenksps.org 918-299-4415 ext. 2399

Formation Philosophy We want to Dictate how the Defense
lines up. We want to cause confusion. (Shifts/Motions) Create Mismatches. Work to get great run looks. Once we find a good run look, stay with it until the defense stops it.
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Formation Thoughts
Be able to put any player any where. Players can handle more info than we think. Verbiage. Disguise your best plays/players by using shifts and motions.
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Our System
Easy to Learn. High in Verbiage. Y is our TE / 4th WR H is our FB / 3rd WR (Shifty) X is Split End (Usually Best WR) Z is our Flanker (Possession) T is our Tailback
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Base Formation (Right)
X H T
Away from call. To the call.

Y Z

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Moving the Y
Wide Flex Normal Normal Flex Wide Lex Rex

Normal – Rex / Lex – Flex – Wide –

Regular split next to OT to call side. Regular split next to OT to call side but off the ball. Split 4 – 8 yards from OT to call side. Align as the outside WR to call side.

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Moving the H
9 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 10

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Behind QB 4 – 5 yards deep Straddle OT’s inside leg to call side In Up position to call side Regular WR alignment to call side Align as Middle WR to call side Align as Outside WR to call side
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Right 1
X H T Y Z

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Right 2
X H Y Z T

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Right 3
X Y H T Z

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Right 4
X Y H

Z

T

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Right 5
X H T Y Z

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Right 6
X Y H T Z

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Moving the Z
X
Twins Slot Hip Wing Normal Weak Strong

Normal – Align in Regular WR alignment to call side. Wing – Align next to TE/OL to call side. Strong – Align in Power Back position to call side. Weak – Align in Power Back position. Hip – Align next to TE/OL to away from call side. Slot – Align inside of X away from call side. Twins – Align outside of X away from call side. * Above example call side is RIGHT.
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Right Slot
X Z H T Y

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Right Twins
X Z H T Y

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Called Formations
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Shoot
X H T Z Y

Y Z T
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X H

Trips
X H T Z Y

Y

Z

H T

X

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Ace
U X T
Y Z T
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Y Z

U X

Poke
X H T
Y Z H T
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Y Z

X

Quads
X T H Z Y

Y

Z

H

T

X

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Empty
X H T Y Z

Z

Y T H

X

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Goalline
U H T
X H T
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Y H
Y D

Special Formation Adjustments

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Exit
Tells the X he lines up call side. X is the only person effected by the call. Makes Invert teams pull the string or get outnumbered. Teams can sometimes over shift too much.
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Heavy
Puts both tackles away from the TE side. Only talks to the Tackles. Perfect for teams that have inverts. Can give alignment problems for teams that get in the habit of calling the strength to the TE.
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Attacking Specific Defenses

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Questions to Ask
3 x 1 vs. 2 x 2 which is a better running formation, which is a better passing formation. Man in the secondary? How do they handle overloads?
 Secondary or Underneath.
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Questions to ask (cont.)
Empty? Do they flip DE’s, LB’s? How do they handle motion / shifts?

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4-4 Teams
How do they handle trips?
 Bubble  Frontside Run

2 x 2 Are the inverts blockable?
 Yes - Read Run game.  No – How do they cover the flats?

Will they pull the string or adjust with the secondary?
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3-3 Stack Teams
How good is their Nose?
 Can our Center handle him?

Blitzing Team or Reading? Pull the string vs. Trips? Coverage? Invert over? 2 over 3?

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