The more the game of football changes, the more it stays the same. In circular fashion, schemes come and go. The rise and popularity of the single wing offense first gained fame during the coaching days of Pop and his tailback Jim Thorpe. Though the single wing fell out of favor of professional football in the 1930s, modern day football in the professional and collegiate ranks have various Wildcat Packages to include the Kansas City Chiefs running a play from the Buck Lateral Series during the 2020 Super Bowl.
Incorporating Multiple Single Wing Principles Into Any Offense can assist any football program and take a team from mediocre to good and from good to great. Timeless principles from the sheer power of the single wing to its misdirection are potent additives to any offense. The Multiple Single Wing first and foremost, seeks to be physical, fun, and flexible. Coaches ought to keep in mind that this is a game after all and though “fun” may have different connotations, it should not be an offense the players dread to run. Secondly, the offense should be team oriented. Football is a team game and engaging all eleven players keeps the game fun and it provides for a great amount of flexibility. Moreover, in an age of quick strike football and high scoring games at all levels from professional to youth, the Multiple Single Wing’s philosophy comes from a long tradition that seeks to control the flow of the game with ball control and clock management. If their defense is on the field, then their offense is not, thus providing a tactical advantage. Just holding the ball is not enough, as the offense needs to have quality drives with a score or put their defense in position to have success and get the ball back for the offense. Finally, the offense seeks have tactical balance, not to be confused with statistical balance or a run pass balance. The offense is balanced when it is able to keep the defense from gaining an advantage of anticipating certain plays from certain looks. The offense uses deception through the use of multiple formations and multiple areas of attack from several different looks. If the defense forgoes a shift, the offense now may have a tactical advantage of a better angle for blocking to create a lane for the backs to run. Finally, the last part of tactical balance is the ability to pass the ball when the defense does not expect it either by a quick drop back or a run pass option, or the ability to successfully run the ball when the defense is expecting pass and gain significant yardage. A third element that makes the offense unique is the use of the quick kick when the defense is not expecting it, changing the momentum and field position in a matter of seconds.
Whether a coach is seeking to add a wrinkle to their offensive attack or conduct a wholesale change of offensive philosophy, Incorporating Multiple Single Wing Principles Into Any Offense is a must for any football coach’s personal library. Elements of the offense work in sync with balanced and unbalanced offensive lines as well as various personnel groups. Spread offenses with four receivers and offenses with two tight ends can find a niche or series that can be a welcome addition to their base scheme. This book contains well written explanations and numerous diagrams to help any coach from novice to advanced.