One of things I speak about at my clinics is tight end and here is a post I wrote about it.
So like all of us,my brain has a mind of its own and while taking a shower it hit me....
What is the most under utilized position in college football and now high school?
The tight end
I mean you turn on Saturday football and you see a few teams using the tight end. But mostly their 10 personnel. Even the military academies with their flexbone offense under utilized the TE. The teams we play in our league same thing mostly 10 personnel.
Why is that?
Is it because there is no need for them anymore or is it because you can not find them anymore?
Turn on Sunday football and not only will you see them using them, you will also find them using two or three of them.
Why is that?
Because you have a need for them or is it because you can not find many receivers anymore?
Why is it on college there is no need for them, but a need on the pro level?
I have a theory that is based entirely on matchups and the discrepancy of talent at each level.
1. What does a three man surface offer that a two man can not?
2. What is the discrepancy of talent between a NFL rushing end verse a NFL offensive tackle?
3. What kind of matchup does a 10 personnel present vs a 11 or 12 or 21 personnel to the defense in terms of number of backers to cover guys and cover guys having to tackle and tackling guys having to cover?
Let's break it down:
THREE MAN SURFACE
-allows us to dictate to the defense where we want to run the ball via controlling the 3 tech location etc..
-How about when defenses are going to place their better run defenders to the tight end side and us simply using a tight end to get their better guys verse our weaker linemen and then our better linemen verse their weaker defenders. Take it one step further where using the tight end can not only give us their weak vs our strong but then even gives us wide side to their weaker defenders as well....try that with 10 personnel.
-double tight causes real problems for defense because it allows you to run the same play to or away a 3 tech based on matchups
-creates more opportunity to have double teams
-the biggest way to control a rush end in the NFL is chipping my him with a TE or extended his path to the QB with the TE.
- They also like to check release the TE because now you get another pass blocker, but if you do not need him you gain another receiver.
Tight end forces the defense to keep run defenders in the game, but if the matchups is favored to a tight end now you can have a huge talent discrepancy with a LBER trying to cover a TE.
Wing t coaches have been using the tight end for years and for good reason....he is a huge weapon in this offense. When we get good ones we are really tough to defend. Play action becomes a major pain in the butt for defenses or that small wing or HB cannot block an oversized 5 tech or ILB. Tight end kicking out or veering inside allows a better matchup in the wing run game. I am sure the list goes on.
Just some thoughts