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									                                                          The second characteristic is line

1 Overview
                                                  mobility and utilization (concentration of
                                                  force). That means the line is not just big,
                                                  huge kids, but Fullback/TE types across the
                                                  line (except Center and possibly Tackles).
Offenses                                          Moreover, the 2 backside (BS) linemen, 1 BS
                                                  back, and both midline backs are used for the
       The Double Wing Offense is one of the
                                                  primary running play (Power), and 4
best offenses I have come across in all my
                                                  perimeter linemen (and 2 perimeter backs at
research and coaching. I have written books
                                                  times) are used in the A gaps for the other
on both Single Wing and Split Veer along
                                                  primary running play (Wedge) = superior
with Double Wing Base-Power Running and
                                                  concentration of force.
Perimeter Game Attack. So I am schooled in
                                                          The third characteristic is the base
rushing offense to say the least. Of all those
                                                  plays of Power, Counter, and Wedge. These
offenses, which use the run as the primary ball
                                                  few base plays utilize these previous
mover, the Double Wing is the best in my
                                                  components to achieve a superior blocking
opinion, hands down. It is the simplest, most
                                                  force against the defense on one side B-C Gap
effective way to continually make consistent
                                                  or in the A Gaps. So the numbers advantage
gains through superior force.
                                                  of the formation and alignment causes a
       However, both the Veer and the Single
                                                  defensive tactical deficiency in almost all
Wing are both very good in their own right
                                                  cases. The power of these base plays cause an
and in much different ways. The Double
                                                  extreme concentration of force resulting in
Wing’s strengths are POWER AND
                                                  even more superiority in numbers for short to
                                                  medium gains. This results in the opponent
Single Wing’s strengths are misdirection,
                                                  making severe adjustment away from their
deception, and traps. The Split Veer’s
                                                  base defensive package, attempting to stop the
strengths are quickness of dives, defensive
                                                  short to medium gains—which will eventually
collapse-perimeter play, and forcing defensive
                                                  lead to unsound defense and their eventual
accountability and adjustment.

Double Wing                                       Single Wing
         The Double Wing’s strengths of Power
                                                          Although the Single Wing utilizes a
and Concentration of Force are accomplished
                                                  “Power” play as one of its base plays, it is not
through a few characteristics unique to the
                                                  as vertical or as much of a mismatch against
offense. The first characteristic is the very
                                                  the defense as the Double Wing Power, so I
condensed formation: very tight line splits,
                                                  didn’t add it as a primary strength. The Single
double tight ends, double wingbacks (9-man
                                                  Wing’s strengths of misdirection, traps, and
line), and “sniffer” fullback (additional
                                                  deception are caused by a few specific
lineman). The condensed offense will not get
                                                  characteristics, much different from the
matched by the defense usually, resulting in
                                                  Double Wing’s.
initial, short yardage numbers advantage
                                                          First, the playbook of the Single Wing
before the snap.
                                                  is based on misdirection. The Counter from
the Single Wing is a broad, East-West              3-4 yard gains in my opinion. My issues with
(misdirection) Counter, unlike the Double          the Single Wing scheme become nullified
Wing. The Buck Lateral Series uses                 when simplifying and adding it to an already
misdirection (middle attack) as well as            powerful Double Wing scheme. Adding the
deception (can’t find ball) and is unique to       Single Wing’s different series to the Double
(only run in) the Single Wing Offense. The         Wing Offense allows you to take the good and
Weak Motion Series uses Jet Sweep action           leave the bad.
with many misdirection plays available after
that action. The Full & Twin Spin Series is
the most deceptive series in any football
                                                   Split Veer
offense and also unique to (only run in) the               The Split Veer’s uses quite a few
Single Wing.                                       tactics to gain the strengths of quickness of
        The Blocking Back is nearly                dives, defensive collapse-perimeter play, and
INVISIBLE for passing and Wedge purposes           forcing defensive accountability and
similar to Double Wing, except much more           adjustment. First, the Split Veer uses
so. The fact that the other series are so          concentration of force (not unlike a wedge
deceptive only adds to the blocking back’s         scheme) and direct handoffs to diving backs
“hidden” capacity (all eyes to backfield at        going directly forward for many of its base
snap to find ball). This produces the some of      Veer plays. The wedge-type blocking creates
the most deceptive base Wedge plays (direct        an immediate numbers advantage, and the
snap to blocking back) and is also unique to       quickness of the dive negates pursuit from
the Single Wing. The “uniqueness” of many          outside and inside (negating numbers). The
of the Single Wing plays and the rare              base “Give” in any Veer play usually
prevalence of the offense make it the most         consistently produces short gains, like the
contrarian (hard to prepare for) of any football   Double Wing Power play, but for different
scheme.                                            reasons. With a well-read Give play (Key not
        Much of the offense’s strengths are        committed to Dive), the results are much
additive to the Trap game. Since defenders         better than merely a short gain. These Dive
are mesmerized by the backfield on most            gains cause hard inside reaction by Dive and
plays, the Trap becomes much more effective.       Pitch Reads (defenders assigned to that man),
The multiple trap plays become easier to           opening other opportunities than merely short
block and much higher yielding plays due to        to medium gains from the Dive.
the defense attacking the snap point (deep)
and becoming static (linebackers) from the                This inside reaction leads to the second
misdirection and deception.                        strength: Defensive Collapse-Perimeter Play
        My problem with a traditional Single       (front collapse, no contain). Because of the
Wing is the lack of Power Run Game in              concentration of force, deception, and
comparison to Double Wing. Don’t get me            quickness of the Dive, the outside defenders
wrong, the Single Wing Offense’s Power             must violently crash flat inside to minimize
Running is superior compared to MOST               gains. The quickness of the play and blocking
every offense known to man. But after you          also causes the inside-out pursuit to get caught
drink the Double Wing “Cool-Aid”, it just          in the mix, making them unable to get to the
isn’t enough to lean on if you need consistent     Keep or Pitch back after the outside defense
collapses inside. This causes a big perimeter     taxing. BUT that special, potent weapon of
problem when the ball is kept or pitched. The     option is dependant on a healthy, well-
base plays of the Veer (Inside Veer, Outside      coached, time-tested quarterback to execute
Veer, Lead Option, Midline Option, and            those plays. That is a severe weakness, and,
Counter Option) cause this same type inside       without the power run game to support it, an
cascade/collapse of the defense at different      injured quarterback could sideline the entire
points, causing gaping holes in the defense as    offense. My problems with the Split Veer
well as defensive tactical deficiency at the      become nullified when simplifying the attack
point of attack and perimeter.                    (less quarterback skill) and adding some
       The third strength of the Split Veer is    aspects of Split Veer into the already-potent
Forcing Defensive Accountability &                Double Wing Offense. The addition of the
Adjustment. Because each base Veer play           Veer plays in the Double Wing produce
has 2-3 options to be taken, the defense is       special, unique strengths to the Double Wing
forced to become accountable to every option.     Offense.
This causes much more defensive pursuit to
non-ball carriers and lack of pursuit to real
ball carriers than any other offense I’ve seen
                                                  Mixing It All Up
or dealt with. While the Single Wing will                 Being a mad scientist type, I’ve always
decoy defenders for a few steps or freeze         toyed with using a hybrid Single Wing and
them, the Option puts them in man to man          Double Wing offense. This would take full
with their assignment. Defensive backs attack     advantage of the Double Wing power game,
deep across the line and tackle backs not         but still have the ability to confuse and
carrying the ball. Defensive tackles attack       frustrate the defense with the best
hard inside to tackle Dive backs without the      misdirection and deception known to man
ball. These defenders accountable to that         (Single Wing Counter, Spin Series, Buck
portion of the option make them non-threats to    Lateral Series, and Weak Motion Series).
tackle any other ball carriers or perform                 I recently researched the Split Veer for
normal defensive assignments. This problem        about 18 months, 30-40 DVD’s, a few books,
becomes exponential because many plays            a plethora of playbooks, and tons of
merely “look like” a base Veer play, but are in   emails/phone conversations. I’ve come to the
fact something entirely different. Because the    conclusion that its quickness to the point of
Veer offense has “option potential”, the          attack is unmatched. That quickness to the
defense must honor the option every play.         point of attack causes drastic defensive
                                                  collapse-perimeter play, and forces
       My problem with the traditional Split      accountability to all backs. These strengths
Veer as a base is similar to my problem with      could only help the already potent base
the Single Wing—lack of Power Run Game.           Double Wing attack if kept simple enough to
The Split Veer is even more crippled than the     execute. So now I have yet another big
Single Wing due to large line splits and 1-TE     wrinkle I am adding to the mix.
(Pro and Twins) formations that are mainly
used. The option attack is a very unique
weapon this offense boasts, whose strengths
are well grounded and very defensively-
Too Much
                                                  Wing (simplified) equivalent base plays with
                                                  detail for execution, and another chapter for
        This sounds like too much to do, I        expansion into more and more stuff for if you
know. The first thing I ever tell any coach       splintered that way more and more. Why
who says things like I’m saying is, “Coach,       would I add more and more expanded stuff?
What 6 plays do you want to run? (Double          Rayburn Greene started off as a Double Wing
Wing Core) Run those 6 and nothing else           guy using my Double Wing book as a guide.
until they are perfect. KEEP IT SIMPLE,           The next year he started toying with Single
STUPID…” The reason I’m writing this and          Wing a little, using my Single Wing book as a
talking this way is because I assume you are a    guide. By the end of the year he was playing
Double Wing coach who has been running            as much of the game from Single Wing
Double Wing for AT LEAST 2 YEARS.                 (~50%) as he was in Double Wing. Coaches
That means you run a good Power, Counter,         like Coach Greene need more than a base play
Wedge, Sweep, Jet, and Trap from Double           or two. He wants me to “hurry up and finish”
Wing. I am not telling a 1st or 2nd year Double   this book so that he can explore the Veer
Wing guy to try this stuff. If you are that guy   possibilities as well as further Single Wing
and reading this, put it down and read the        inclusion. That is why I splinter so far into
Base Power Run and Perimeter Game book            each offense. I want to have enough in here
and come back to this after a couple of years     so that a coach could lean a lot toward either
of figuring out the base Double Wing attack.      Single Wing or Split Veer without drawing
I’m also not saying the Double Wing is not        plays in the dirt or having to do much other
good enough to win on its own either. A           research. Therefore, this book gives you 1) a
“good” Double Wing Core can always get            lot of stuff to pick and chose from, 2) new
better. So never substitute tricky-dick stuff     thoughts/learning about different options to
(like I’ll discuss) for good coaching in          run the ball, 3) very similar plays for your line
blocking and base plays.                          and backs to what you already do = easier to
        However, the defenses and coaches         install base stuff and continue drilling old and
you see after a few years have been bloodied      new stuff (same) for everyone.
and beaten by the “Double Wing Machine” a
few times as well. These beatings make them
much wiser and tougher usually. So they will
                                                  Why Did I Write This?
get better and better at stopping the base               Since I began writing books on
Double Wing attack over time. Causing             contrarian schemes, I have gotten email after
defensive confusion, alignment issues,            email about how to mix Double Wing and
different play series, option-run game at all,    Single Wing contrarian schemes. My answer
and more deception will break the back of         to date has been to overview the strengths of
even a Double Wing-hardened defenses and          each scheme and simply say, “Stick with one,
coaches.                                          and run it…” But I have seen a few coaches
        I know this entire book is too much,      mix concepts well (like Coach Greene). Since
and I don’t assume any coach would, could, or     I wrote the Split Veer book and posted that
should install everything in it. So every         this book is “coming soon”, I have gotten
hybrid play series of offense will have a         even more emails inquiring how to
chapter for background, a chapter for Double      incorporate Double Wing Power Running
with Split Veer. I have yet to see any coach
mix Split Veer with the Double Wing, so this
will be a first resource detailing that concept
in this offense.
        The bottom line is that I decided to put
together a good, detailed, book to explain how
to 1) put it all together, 2) adjust blocking
schemes, 3) adjust formations, and 4) execute
the plays with the backfield easily with a
simplified mindset. Like the title says, it is
“advanced concepts” to mix Double Wing
with Single Wing and Split Veer Concepts.

       I will start the book discussing the base
Double Wing playbook (Power, Counter,
Wedge, Sweep, & Trap). This is a beginning
point because I want nothing to do with a
formation or offensive scheme that cannot
utilize those most successful, powerful
Double Wing core plays. I will then begin
discussing the Single Wing background and
base play series/cycles. I will then go into
simplification and adjustments to make it a
Double Wing friendly scheme offshoot of the
core offense and how to run the core offense
from that formation. I will then go into deep
playbook possibilities of Single Wing-Double
Wing “hybrid” plays. I then explore the detail
for drills and special needs of the Single Wing
Hybrid Offense.
        After that, I will begin discussing the
Split Veer Offensive background and base
play series. I will then go into simplification
and adjustments to make it a Double Wing
Hybrid type attack and how to run base core
plays from the “Split” formation. I then cover
many more Split Veer type playbook
possibilities out of a Double Wing playbook.
I also include a chapter detailing how to drill
the backs to perform that specific Split Veer
Hybrid type attack.

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