Pistol Wing T: Tiger Formation, Buck Sweep, Trap, and Boot

As coaches, we know the old adage that trying something again and again and expecting a different result is simply the sign you are insane. So this spring I plan to bring in something other than the shotgun option offense scheme we have been running for two and a half years here. My intention is to mix basic wing-t and double wing principles into my spread offense with a pistol backfield alignment (editors note: precise wording is indirectly thanks to Joe Daniel and his oh-so-specific wording re pistol).

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In this post, we’re going to focus on our “Tiger” formation and the three base plays in this variation of my shotgun option offense playbook.

Tiger Form

Tiger (pictured above) stays true to our rules by putting the X and H together away from the call, and the Y and Z together to the formation call. It allows us to move in and out of our 2×2 “spread” look. Our S-Back is still our main pass pro guy.

Tiger Buck

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The first play we’re analyzing is buck sweep (pictured above). Buck is a classic staple of the wing-t and as you can see has a kick/wrap pull from the OGs with down blocking from the OTs and Center. In the backfield you can see the Y secure the edge, the S replace the backside OG (setting up trap) and the H being the feature back. You can see our backside slant and our frontside hitch. This gives us the package option to throw a short, success oriented route on any given down.

Tiger Trap

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The second play we’re analyzing is the trap play. Trap is a great complimentary play to Buck Sweep. If you’re stick true to series football, you have to have trap with buck sweep. Trap has your PS OG, both OTs, and the C down block, while the BS OG pulls to kick the DE (or end man on line). The H will run his buck sweep path to keep the LBers eyes on him, the Y will replace the pulling guard, and the S is a quick hitting trap play that needs to pick up 4 yards a play. Again you can see our backside slant and our frontside hitch. This gives us that pre-snap read to get out of a run if they load the box.

Tiger Buck pass

Lastly, we’ll look at the play-action in the series which is our Buck Special. Buck Special (above) is a play-action off of buck. We keep our same blocking scheme with the OGs pulling, and the OTs and C down blocking. Our S still replaces the BS OG, and the H (after his fake) will replace the PS OG. The Y will run an arrow or flat route, the Z runs a vertical to push the CB off, while the X runs a back side post hoping that the FS’s eyes are drawn either to the run or the streaking Z.

Later in the series we will discuss other formations, motions, and plays that can create a complete offense from a 30 personnel pistol look.