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Strategies for Defending the Wing T with

the 3-3

JOHN RICE
HEAD COACH
EISENHOWER HIGH SCHOOL
RIALTO, CA
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CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES IN


DEFENDING THE WING T
*IT IS A FOUR BACK OFFENSE

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CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES IN DEFENDING THE WING T


*IT IS SERIES ORIENTED; EACH SERIES HAS:

OUTSIDE PLAY

OFF TACKLE PLAY

INSIDE PLAY or COUNTER PLAY

PLAY ACTION PASS (TO FLOW, AWAY FROM FLOW)

Jet Smash Pass

Jet Sweep

Jet Belly (zone)


Jet
Counter XX
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CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES IN DEFENDING THE WING T


*IT HAS AN ABUNDANCE OF OPTION
Down Option

Arc Option

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Speed Option

CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES IN DEFENDING THE WING T


*IT HAS MULTIPLE FORMATIONS; HERE ARE A FEW:

FAR RIGHT

SLOT RIGHT

FAR RIGHT X TIGHT

WING OVER NEAR RIGHT

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Understanding the Wing T

The Delaware System also places all plays from a similar look into a series.

The best example of this is the Sweep, Trap, and Waggle plays. All these plays belong in
the Sweep or Twenty Series. All the plays in a particular series compliment each other in
someway, for example the Waggle is the play action pass off of the Sweep. There are
nine series used in the Delaware System.

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10 Series: Sprint Out Series

60 Series:

20 Series: Sweep Series

Passing Series designed to look like 20 Series.

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30 Series: Power Series

40 Series: Veer Series

50 Series:

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70 Series: A Drop Back Passing Series

80 Series: Belly Series

90 Series: Lead Option Series

Three, Five, Seven Step Pass Drops

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Play Communication
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The Delaware System uses a sequence of three numbers to
communicate the play from the coach to the field. The first
number is the formation, the second number identifies the
series, and the final number directs the point of attack.
Additional information concerning a play can be added with
either a prefix or suffix.

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For Example: Loose 124 Gut

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Buck Sweep

121 Sweep

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124 Trap

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Power

Power

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Counter XX

Counter Criss Cross

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UNDERSTANDING THE WING T


COACHES HAVE TRADITIONALLY USED 4 KEYS IN
DEFENDING THE WING T

WING OR SLOT MOTION (PLAY TO THE MOTION)

FULLBACK (IF HE IS NOT ON THE MIDLINE, HE
USUALLY TAKES YOU TO THE DIRECTION OF THE
PLAY)

HALFBACK

OFFENSIVE LINE

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Problems occur with these because of false keys!

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KEYING THE WING OR SLOT:

FALSE KEYS UTILIZED


FALSE MOTION BY WING OR SLOT KEY PLAYS (AWAY


FROM MOTION BY SLOT OR WING

1. WAGGLE

2. POWER OPTION (SPEED OPTION TO TE)

3. SALLY (WING T SPRINT DRAW ACTION)

4. COUNTER TREY (TO TE)

5. DOWN (ON MOTION AWAY)

6. SHOVEL PASS

7. TRAP OPTION (ON MOTION AWAY)

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KEYING FULLBACK
FALSE KEYS USED

BELLY BOOTLEG

SALLY OR BELLY TACKLE TRAP

COUNTER TREY BOOTLEG

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KEYING HALFBACK

TRUE KEYS (HB will take you to the ball)



TAKES YOU TO THE BALL IN THE BUCK SERIES?

SWEEP-YES

GUT

WAGGLE SHOVEL PASS



BELLY SERIES

SALLY

COUNTER XX

FALSE KEYS USED



WAGGLE

WAGGLE SHOVEL PASS

BELLY BOOTLEG

BELLY X BLOCK OPTION

BELLY KEEP PASS LOAD

SALLY

COUNTER XX

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STRATEGY FOR PLANNING


CHECK FOR FALSE KEYS FROM EACH

OF THE 4 TRADITIONAL KEYS: WING/SLOT,
FULLBACK, HALFBACK, LINE (& perhaps
slanting to motion)

IF YOU HAVE ONE WITH NO FALSE KEYS
(OR VERY FEW), USE THAT PARTICULAR
KEY UNTIL THEY MAKE YOU GET OFF IT

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PRE SNAP GUIDELINES TO


DEFENDING WING T
1. ADJUST TO ALL FORMATIONS AND
MOTION; DONT ALLOW YOURSELF
TO BE OUTFLANKED

2. DONT PUT EVERYONE UP ON THE
LINE (ANGLE DOWN-KICK OUT!)

3. BEWARE OF MAN COVERAGE VS.
THE OPTION! (EX: DOWN OPTION)

4. KNOW YOUR KEY(S)
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1.ADJUSTING TO FORMATIONS
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1. ADJUSTING TO FORMATIONS
6 THIS SIDE

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Base 3-3 Alignment vs. Wing-T


We see:

Buck-Sweep

Boot Pass

Jet Sweep

Belly

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3.BEWARE OF MAN COVERAGE VS. THE


OPTION! (EX: DOWN OPTION).
*Offense can run off playside defenders with drag routes

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Strategies that put you at risk:


1. Wrong arm technique by Spur or Bandit (vs. any
load or lead scheme by HB)

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Strategies that put you at risk:


2. Man coverage vs. Jet Sweep
*Offense can get into a compressed formation playside and run
off the playside defenders with crossing routes.

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Strategy: Corner & FS Key TE & Wing


Wing-t teams have traditionally had a great deal of difficulty
attacking these defensive spacings because they have elected to stay
in traditional wing formations with a tight end wingback on one side
and a split end diveback on the other side. By doing this, offensive
coaches are playing right into the defensive coaches hands.
Why? Because the free safety favors the tight end side so that he
can cover the tight end when the defense elects to blitz. As soon
as the tight end blocks the free safety is in the run support and
tile offensive coach has created another linebacker. The corner
is also rolled up to the tight end wingback side and he is
assigned to cover the wingback when they blitz. When the
wingback blocks another additional linebacker has been created.
By now the offense is hopelessly outnumbered but many coaches
stubbornly continue to try to force the bucksweep and other tight
end wingback plays into bad numbers.-DENNIS CREEHAN

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when they get down blocks from
the wing and tight end!
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Strategy 1 vs. Wing-T


Slant weak with

Strong End and Nose.

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Strategy 2 vs. Wing-T


Slant to wing with

End and Tackle.

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Strategy 3 vs. Wing-T


Slant strong with

Ends and Nose.

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Strategy 4 vs. Wing-T


Wrong arm the pullers

In Sweep, trap, and tackle

trap

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Strategy 5 vs. Wing-T (Tackle Trap)


Wrong arm the pullers

In Sweep, trap, and tackle

trap

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Strategy 6 vs. Wing-T Belly (Option): Play


Base Option Rules

M
Dive
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E QB B Pitch
DiveR
C
Alley-

QB to Pitch

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Strategy 7 vs. Wing-T Belly (Option): Pinch


Weakside End (swap option responsibilities)

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Dive
F

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B Pitch
Dive
QB R
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Alley-

QB to Pitch

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Strategy 8 vs. Wing-T Belly (Option): swap option


responsibilities between End and Bandit

Pitch

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Dive

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QB to Pitch

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Dive

Strategy 9 vs. Wing-T Runs: FS is Flying up on


Run Read off End Man on LOS

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R
Alley-

QB to Pitch

Review of Successful Strategies

Review the 4 base keys (fullback, Halfback, Wing, Slot). Check for false
keys; If none or very few, utilize that key until they make you get off it.

Check wingback trail motion for tendencies; if valid, use for a key

Avoid man coverage vs. Option schemes

Avoid wrong arm technique vs. Load scheme

Avoid man coverage vs. Jet Sweep

Corner & FS fill hard off run reads from wing and TE

Slant to weak tackle with strong End and Nose

Slant to Wing with strong End and Nose

Slant strong with Ends and Nose

Wrong arm the pullers in Sweep, trap, and tackle trap

Mix up your option responsibilities

Strategy 9 vs. Wing-T Runs: FS is flying up on run Read off end man on
LOS

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