Editor's Notes: Football is about a team of players learning to compete on the gridiron with passion. Unless you are a youth football coach and then it is all about the scheme! In the Clubhouse we have Dan King a youth football coach that has taken a couple of different offenses and melded them together to create a power running game with lots of misdirection. OK all you Vince Lombardis, here is an offense that can help make your youth football “Packers” as dominate as of NFL Green Bay Packers. If you like this show, be sure to check out our “Videos On-Demand” feature for more great shows on your favorite subject: youth sports. You can subscribe to CHG or share today’s show with your friends and family by clicking on the “Subscribe and Share” tab in the menu at the top of the page and following the directions.
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Today on Clubhouse Gas Formation Analysis with Coach Dan King and the Steelers
Casey Jones: Coach thank you for joining us so much. First tell what are you calling this
Dan King: This is called double wing.
Casey Jones: This is a double wing and I’ve been watching it a little bit and looks to me
like you’ve taken the traditional wing T offense and melded it with the
new wing bone that you see in Georgia Tech and it’s all like Navy with
Paul Johnson is that kind of what’s going on?
Dan King: It looks a lot like that and there’s a lot of similarities between those
Casey Jones: So what’s the point, what’s the philosophy, what are you trying to do.
Dan King: It’s really smashed mouth football it’s we pull back side garden tackle. We
have double teams on the point of attack on the place side and there just a
lot of power there but it’s mixed with misdirection. It’s like one of those
hat games at the Braves game where you try to figure out where which
half the ball is under and you have to worry which player has got the ball
Casey Jones: And in college for me it was the wing bone and in high school I run the
wing T and so for me this is very familiar but there’s some things that are
different talking about the splits of your offense alignment?
Dan King: Well, yeah that is one difference. It looks like the same as a Georgia Tech
offense its from the side but when you look at it head on you’ll notice that
we have zero line splits between our alignment but what that allows us to
do is pull to the point of attack because the line is so compressed they can
take two or three steps either left or right and be somewhere, be at the
point of attack and the defenders just can’t get there that quick.
Casey Jones: Well you say it looked at the side and it looks the same almost. You’re
what I call the B Back. Your Full Back is pretty close on in the
Dan King: That’s right we call him in the sniffer position. He’s right there almost at
the backside of the QB where you can reach out and just touch him but
that keeps him hidden and a lot of times we can slip the Fullback the ball
and nobody every sees it because he’s behind an opaque feats which is the
offensive line and he can be you know he can be hidden and everybody
sort of forgets about the Fullback.
Casey Jones: Well let’s talk about a couple of the plays talk about the wedge play walk
us through that?
Dan King: Well the Wedge play it’s extreme power play it’s really like a 7 on 1 block
and one of the things that we do that sort of gets the kids understand the
power of it is we’ll take him out in the parking lot and let him push like
one of the coaches SUVs around the parking lot with a wedge and we’ll
say look it was 5 of you guys that just push the 6,000 pound vehicle now
do you think you can push an 11 year old kid 12 year old kid and I go yeah
So that is very powerful and your not so much pushing on an opposing
player, you’re pushing on your own players and you can just go down the
field. Really the only way to stop it is people just have to hit the turf and
Casey Jones: How about some of your misdirection plays?
Dan King: Well we have quite a few counter plays. We’ve got Chris Cross where it
will get pitched off to one guy and then hand it off to another. We’ve got
traditional counter plays spinning quarterback where the quarterback will
stand a lot like Wing T hand it to either fullback or wingback. And we’ve
also got like a shuffle pass going each way so we have quite a few
Casey Jones: It’s kind of like complicated offensive if you just walk up and look at it
how long did you have to prepare this team before your first game?
Dan King: Well we have let’s see I think we’ve got three weeks with four practices a
week but we’ve installed this before like in an all star game setting. We
have four practices. We even installed it in one practice. You know it is
complicated that the main thing is just getting all the reps and getting the
execution down, but if you really want to install it we see guys who know
what their doing we’ve installed it 45 minutes before.
Casey Jones: A lot of offensive coordinator says that you shape your offense to your
personnel, how does personnel work into this particular offense?
Dan King: Well speed is awesome. You always want fast guys in the Backfield and
we’ve got we’re blessed to have four or five guys who are very fast and
that just makes it very difficult, like our first game we had 5 different guys
that scored. The next game we had four different guys that scored and so
you got a lot of speed and then it is sort of traditional I mean you want big
guys on the line and we have some decent size on the line but the main
thing is just the stead and when you have 4 guys going 4 different
directions and you actually pass the ball that’s just a dangerous situation
Casey Jones: As an old pulling guards myself I noticed that you’re pulling alignment on
almost every play. How does the type split work into your strategy of
pulling your guarding back?
Dan King: Well it just allows him to go to the point of attack and pull very quickly.
They can take two or three steps laterally and there at the point of attack
and once their there their just going to go through the whole. Now what
we do to close the gap on the back side is we have the back side tide in
due what we call crab lock and it just kind of goes down on all fours and
there’s a crab lock and he closes the gap.
Casey Jones: Tell me the super power play I’m hearing so much about?
Dan King: Well that’s our bread and butter play we call it where it’s just a very
power play it’s very tough play to defend. If you can’t figure out how to
defend that it’s almost game over because we’ll run it over and over and
over but what it is on the play side we’ve got double and triple teams on
the defensive play side and then you’ve got back side guard and tackle
pulling. You’ve got fullback kicking out the defensive end. Quarterback
kicking out the corner back and then you’ve got the quarter back you
know turning into a fullback and blocking. So you’ll have so much power
at the point of attack that it’s just very difficult to defend. You’ve got—
it’s just first with the most is. You’ve just got so many people at the point
Casey Jones: It’s old Green Bay power sleeve when you put people out as far as you
Dan King: You’ve got an inner wall and an outer wall and you got the running back
going right down the lane.
Casey Jones: Grid lane, and give him some space.
Dan King: That’s right that’s what it is.
Casey Jones: Coach great job, thank you so much for joining us. I was going to do it for
us today. We’ll see you right back here next time for another great edition
of Clubhouse Gas.