The objective of offense in football is, of course, to move the ball and score: but every coach is confronted with the question, "How can this be done most efficiently?" The conception of any football system must begin with deciding whether the attack will be primarily running or passing. Certainly, every offense must create a balance between running and passing, but because of limited practice time, the design must favor one phase. The Delaware offense is primarily a running attack for the following reasons:
In spite of the advantages of a sound running game, no offense can operate effectively today without a balance of passing. The defense often dictates what can be run effectively. Overaggressive secondary support and plugging linebackers can make it difficult to move the ball on the ground. Consequently, the passing game is designed to hit those areas that are covered by defenders whose immediate assignments must be to control the ground game. Play-action passes create defensive conflicts that make it difficult for these defenders to concentrate on either phase. In this way, the passing game complements the rushing game.
The offensive philosophy includes a great regard for the passing phase of football, which should be regarded not only as a scoring phase, but as a method of maintaining the ball. Passes that come from running action are most effective on early downs and enhance your chances of controlling the ball.
Basic Alignment The Wing T is a multi formation offense. The position of the backs should be constant, however in order to maintain the balance and deception that is the basis of the entire system. The established positions for the backs are:
The Wingback: A wing is present in every formation for the following reasons:
The Halfback: Most of our formations will place at least one man in a dive position. This is important for the following reasons:
The Fullback: The Fullback is in the middle of the formation for the following reasons:
Although the QB is under the center, as is the case with all modern offenses, his keeping the ball or faking away from the flow of attack presents the defense with additional contain problem that minimizes pursuit and provides big play opportunities. The Delaware Wing-T then, is a multiple formation, four-back running attack that depends heavily on play-action passing and misdirection, utilizing synchronized schemes both in the line-blocking and backfield action.
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