In searching the internet, I haven’t been able to find a ton of free information on coaching the tight end. The tight end position has had a resurgence lately, and the position seems to have evolved as spread offenses are looking to use more athletic tight ends to present a threat as blockers on the line of scrimmage and as vertical threats in the passing game.
In 2010 we began to reintroduce the position back into our offense, and we even incorporated a five tight end set into our offense. In the video below you will see both ends are tight, with a player position at a wing next to them. We set the other h-back in front of the quarterback to present a completely balanced set and then motioned him one way or the other to be a lead blocker. We create 5 gaps to either side of the center and have the additional gap created by the motion man at the point of attack.
To us, our tight ends, h-backs and fullbacks work together in a position group because the are blockers and receivers. We have been able to utilize the different body types and skill sets at this position in many different ways. Read more about that in my AFM article here.
Tight ends and h-backs are a big part of our pro-style pistol offense. Learn more about how we utilize the tight end and h-back position in my iBook which can be purchased on your iPad from the iBookstore here.
Below are some links that provide some detail on utilizing tight ends and coaching technique. If you have more to add, please do so in the comments section.
Are Tight Ends an Endangered Species
Webber Univ.-DJ Croley – best technique video I could find on youtube
Alabama – Bobby Williams
Wisconsin TE’s performing board drill
TE Drills w a bullet belt
Jay Novacek – TE stance
Compilation of drills for TE
NFL Combine Skill Drills (diagram)
TE Route Running West Coast QB/WR Academy