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Offline Riverside Knights 252

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Installing The T formation
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:47:58 AM »
Wanted to know if i could receive some guidance on running the T formation. We are in week three of our league and we are struggle getting to the edge and throwing the ball in the shot gun. However, we ran the the I formation and gained great yards with the fullback dive, because team are spreading their linebackers and DEs. So i wanted to install the T formation to run inside , then run sweeps. I gave three decent back and a long QB. Help please.

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Re: Installing The T formation
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 01:46:03 PM »
So your question begs a few questions.

What are you running now and Why?

If The I Formation worked, Why did you change?

What about the T Formation intrigues you enough to take that over going back to the I Formation?

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Re: Installing The T formation
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2018, 02:28:03 PM »
The T isn't the best perimeter offense in my opinion.  So ide advise against that, because youre certainly not gonna run option. 

I form if did well, keep with it. Look up usc power i and other great i form teams and find your niche.


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Re: Installing The T formation
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2018, 02:53:08 PM »
Thanks Coaches!

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Re: Installing The T formation
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2018, 05:58:30 PM »
Wanted to know if i could receive some guidance on running the T formation. We are in week three of our league and we are struggle getting to the edge and throwing the ball in the shot gun. However, we ran the the I formation and gained great yards with the fullback dive, because team are spreading their linebackers and DEs. So i wanted to install the T formation to run inside , then run sweeps. I gave three decent back and a long QB. Help please.

I agree with what was said earlier asking why you don't want to just run the I formation if that was working.

Do you mean a double tight T formation, like the Michigan T/Power T/Dead T/Bay City T?  Or are you talking about more of an option oriented thing like the old Split T with big line splits and the ends split out a little wider?

If you run double tight T, the defense will not spread their LBs and DBs.  It's going to pack the box like every down is a goal line situation, but that's not necessarily bad.

The core Power T package is pretty basic and very deceptive to a defense.  Install the base double tight formation first.  Then you can add a tackle over and split end sets as you go.  Look up Zeeland West film on Youtube to see how beautiful and simple this offense can be.  They like to teach the "high cradle" layered handoff for deception purposes.  The spin of the QB and hiding of the ball is key to making this offense work.

The core series is really stripped down:

1.  Trap (fake the HB Power and QB Keep off this to the same side)

2.  HB Power (Power scheme, playside HB kicks out while the backside HB gets the ball, QB reverses out then fakes the keep out around the DE, FB gets behind the down blocks and becomes a lead blocker after his fake)

3.  QB Keep Out (same exact blocking scheme as Power EXCEPT the playside HB will log the DE with his head outside, rather than kicking him out with head inside)
4.  Counter (typical GT Counter scheme to the opposite HB after a Trap and Power fake.  QB should keep out.

5.  Keep Pass--fake all that, but this time on the QB Keep he rolls out while the Playside HB will release to the flat and the TE will run a corner.  Backside TE runs a drag.

Run the FB Trap until the defense starts collapsing on it.  Then run the HB Power.  Call the QB Keep when the CB is falling in on Power or when the Playside DE is blowing up the kick out.  Call the Counter when the BSLB is making the tackle on Trap or Power.

A lot of teams will compliment this with Buck Sweep, which sets up a Waggle the other way.  It's common for T teams to cheat the playside HB up into a WB look to block down on the sweep.  Some other teams like to run Double Lead with the FB and playside HB leading into B gap.

Add maybe 1-2 other passes and you've got the entire varsity offense in.  3 blocking schemes (and Counter is nearly the same as Power, so it's more like 2.5), plus maybe the Buck Sweep and Waggle schemes (which are pretty much the same up front as the Sweep) and you're up and running.

That's the core.  Now the key is in how you adjust it.  Power T teams will have a bunch of different tags to adjust the Trap and Power, since that's their bread and butter and they're living in it.

At the HS level, they'll adjust trap with things like a Wedge tag (wedge it like the DTDW), Base tag (base block it), Gut tag (base playside DT instead of trapping him, BSG will fold around and trap MLB instead), and Influence tag (PSG pulls out like on a sweep while BSG kicks or turns up if the DT follows).

For the core Power play, they'll tag it to Fan (PSHB and BSG will both lead through B gap, with the FB getting in there after his trap fake, too), run it both off tackle and off TE, or tag it to log the DE and bounce the play outside.

All the tags are something you don't want to do right away in youth ball, especially as a midseason install, but they're stuff to keep in to put in for future games or even draw up in the dirt if your Trap and Power are both getting stuffed.
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