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Formations for Success. Jay Wilkinson Jenks High School 918-299-4415 ext. 2399. Formation Philosophy. We want to Dictate how the Defense lines up. We want to cause confusion. (Shifts/Motions) Create Mismatches. Work to get great run looks.

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formations for success

Formations for Success

Jay Wilkinson

Jenks High School

918-299-4415 ext. 2399

formation philosophy
Formation Philosophy
  • We want to Dictate how the Defense lines up.
  • We want to cause confusion. (Shifts/Motions)
  • Create Mismatches.
  • Work to get great run looks.
  • Once we find a good run look, stay with it until the defense stops it.

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formation thoughts
Formation Thoughts
  • Be able to put any player any where.
  • Players can handle more info than we think.
  • Verbiage.
  • Disguise your best plays/players by using shifts and motions.

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our system
Our System
  • Easy to Learn.
  • High in Verbiage.
  • Y is our TE / 4th WR
  • H is our FB / 3rd WR (Shifty)
  • X is Split End (Usually Best WR)
  • Z is our Flanker (Possession)
  • T is our Tailback

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base formation right
Base Formation (Right)

To the



from call.

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moving the y
Moving the Y

Normal – Regular split next to OT to call side.

Rex / Lex – Regular split next to OT to call side but off the ball.

Flex – Split 4 – 8 yards from OT to call side.

Wide – Align as the outside WR to call side.

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moving the h
Moving the H

0 - Behind QB 4 – 5 yards deep

1 / 2 - Straddle OT’s inside leg to call side

3 / 4 - In Up position to call side

5 / 6 - Regular WR alignment to call side

7 / 8 - Align as Middle WR to call side

9 / 10 - Align as Outside WR to call side

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right 1
Right 1

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right 2
Right 2

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right 3
Right 3

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right 4
Right 4

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right 5
Right 5

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right 6
Right 6

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moving the z
Moving the Z

Normal – Align in Regular WR alignment to call side.

Wing – Align next to TE/OL to call side.

Strong – Align in Power Back position to call side.

Weak – Align in Power Back position.

Hip – Align next to TE/OL to away from call side.

Slot – Align inside of X away from call side.

Twins – Align outside of X away from call side.

* Above example call side is RIGHT.

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right slot
Right Slot

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right twins
Right Twins

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called formations
Called Formations

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Shoot Right

Shoot Left

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Trips Right

Trips Left

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Ace Right

Ace Left

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Poke Right

Poke Left

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Quads Right

Quads Left

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Empty Right

Empty Left

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  • Tells the X he lines up call side.
  • X is the only person effected by the call.
  • Makes Invert teams pull the string or get outnumbered.
  • Teams can sometimes over shift too much.

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  • Puts both tackles away from the TE side.
  • Only talks to the Tackles.
  • Perfect for teams that have inverts.
  • Can give alignment problems for teams that get in the habit of calling the strength to the TE.

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questions to ask
Questions to Ask
  • 3 x 1 vs. 2 x 2 which is a better running formation, which is a better passing formation.
  • Man in the secondary?
  • How do they handle overloads?
    • Secondary or Underneath.

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questions to ask cont
Questions to ask (cont.)
  • Empty?
  • Do they flip DE’s, LB’s?
  • How do they handle motion / shifts?

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4 4 teams
4-4 Teams
  • How do they handle trips?
    • Bubble
    • Frontside Run
  • 2 x 2 Are the inverts blockable?
    • Yes - Read Run game.
    • No – How do they cover the flats?
  • Will they pull the string or adjust with the secondary?

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3 3 stack teams
3-3 Stack Teams
  • How good is their Nose?
    • Can our Center handle him?
  • Blitzing Team or Reading?
  • Pull the string vs. Trips? Coverage? Invert over? 2 over 3?

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