Play of the Day: Shift to Unbalanced Stretch Play

Tomorrow on American Football Monthly, my clinic article on using a wing will be posted.  One of the advantages of using a wing is creating extra gaps.  As I pointed out in a post yesterday, using an extreme shift of gaps can cause a defense problems.  Here is another example of that shift.  This time the defense matches us in numbers and doesn’t play a safety deep.  They also align wide to try to take away our ability to get outside leverage on the stretch play.  They still have an uncovered gap on the frontside.

Our philosophy of the stretch was that as long as we had the defense on the move to keep from being out leveraged, we would be able to find a running lane, and cut up where their pursuit would allow.  Our tailback executes his assignment and follows the coaching points that we use on this play in the still shots.




Our teaching of the tailback on this play involved creating a series of still shot illustrations with all of the different coaching points in a step-by-step manner.  We feel this type of teaching creates a great foundation for the players, and is much more useful that showing X & O diagrams and going right to video.  This provides a framework for looking for correct and incorrect technique on film.  This is discussed in detail here.

Here is the play from end zone view:

I’m a big believer in using technology to enhance our coaching.  I also like to share what I have learned.  I’m excited about the new format I’ve found that I have used to create my iBook 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays.  It can be purchased on your iPad at the iBookstore by clicking the link below:



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