What I’ve been reading

Wing-T: The Wing-T From A To Z: The Base Plan, by Dennis Creehan, and 101 Delaware Wing-T Plays, by Harold “Tubby” Raymond. Both look promising — if a bit overkill (101 plays?) — and the Wing-T is my offseason project. I’m convinced Wing-T blocking schemes will make (or are making) a comeback, as the hegemony of zone blocking cannot last forever. Any recent leads on Wing-T developments would be much appreciated.

– Lern 2 Rite: How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One, by Stanley Fish and On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King (yes that Stephen King). Somewhat surprisingly, King’s book is the better of the two, and I bought it (i.e. downloaded for my Kindle) essentially on the strength of this recommendation. The first part of King’s book, a very well told (and brief) autobiography of his writing life, is moving and, dare I say, inspiring. Fish’s book aspires to be a more academic contribution to the concept of building and deconstructing a sentence, and while it is written as a narrative, it exists in a netherworld between being an entertaining and enlightening contribution on writing (as King’s book manages to be) and an academic text. If you’re interested in the subject (and I mean seriously interested), get this book instead.

– On the shelf, at the store: I recently bought The Handbook of Loan Syndications and Trading and Leveraged Finance: Concepts, Methods, and Trading of High-Yield Bonds, Loans, and Derivatives, but don’t even ask. The Economist recommends this book, but I’m skeptical. And I am finally almost done with The Museum of Innocence, by Orhan Pamuk, which I’ve been reading off an on for over a year now.

  • Steelhawk


    I’d love to see you write about Capital High School (Montana) and their shotgun Wing-T. They combine elements of the spread with traditional Wing-T plays and concepts. The below videos are some examples of their stuff…I’m sure you’ve already seen them as they’re all over coachhuey.



  • Fightinirishjim

    Chris, love the blog. Any updates on the Pistol series you were watching in Feb? Is it worth the expense? Any insight would be much appreciated.

  • Tsell

    Hugh Wyatt (coachwyatt,com) et. al. have been spreading around a whittled down Wing-T based initially around the double tight, double wing formation using nearly zero splits.

  • Anonymous

    Still sorting through them. Seem good so far but have to delay a full review.

  • Anonymous

    I have seen these and this stuff is promising. Most promising aspect is the ease with which you can integrate read or option concepts within the wing-t framework (which isn’t as easy under center). Gives maybe the best misdirection offense of all time even more misdirection.

  • Edmond Seay

    Chris: There aren’t 101 plays of value in any offense, for a simple reason — no team can truly master 101 separate activities.

    Raymond’s “Wing-T: An Order of Football” is by far his best, but long OOP and not cheap. You might look for it via inter-library loan — it’s worth the read for the history and insights into the development of the Wing-T.

  • Anonymous

    I am a head coach in Massachusetts and have been running this offense for 18 seasons. The offensive base plays can be multiplied by the 4 or 5 basic formations. The offense has actually 12 base plays. These plays are: buck sweep (guards pull), power sweep (fullback lead), power off tackle, belly off tackle, guard trap inside, tackle trap counter, HB to HB counter, boot/waggle, waggle QB keep, play action keep passes. Buck sweeps can be run both strong and weak swell as belly runs. These are the 12base plays of this offense. The history of this offense is it’s ability to adapt current ideas into it. Many teams have incorporated QB option plays into the belly series as well as triple option reads. Currently, 3 and 5 step passing is coming on. Bunch passing is showing up. Jet sweeps and rocket tosses are the newest attractions. A team can use the base plays to spread the internal defense especially when they utilize TE trades, backfield shifting, deep motions, jet motions, 1 step motions mightily affect defensive perimeters and further enhance the spreading of the defense. It is very poweful when you can hand off the ball to your playmakers. Bruce Cobleigh is a foremost lecturer on this offense and Rick Erdelyi of Carnegie-Mellon University is a foremost practitioner of this offense and can be viewed on you tube. It is a tried and true very successful offense.

  • Anonymous

    Rollbear: Great stuff, thanks.

  • Aaron B.

    Stephen King has an amazing knowledge of the process of writing. I’m not at all surprised that you prefered his book.

  • Coach_Nate

    I just started reading “Primal Leadership” (http://www.amazon.com/Primal-Leadership-Learning-Emotional-Intelligence/dp/1591391849/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302150550&sr=8-1) suggested by Pete Carroll. It’s been very helpful to me as a young coach. I look forward to reading your recommendations as well.

  • Jwallace0317

    “On Writing” is a gem. King makes simple and clear points about how to write simply and clearly. Some people think that fiction writing doesn’t require a focus on “economical” writing, and King does a great job of debunking that concept.

  • Bradleyj22

    I just want to second the comment from Steelhawk. I am a multiple pro-style guy that has been looking to implement some wing-t concepts while still keeping the framework of my offense. I have rummaged through a lot of wing-t stuff, and this is the best fit for incorporating the ideas and principles. I am going to install a package in spring practice to see how it feels.

  • Wingtol

    Get a hold of Tom Herman at Mercyhurst College. He has written the most in depth Wing-T playbook you will ever set eyes on. His knowledge of Wing-T OL play is unmatched. A must if you are looking at Wing-T blocking schemes.

  • Drazore

    Bellevue High School, WA has successfully integrated Wing-T blocking with Oregon’s Spread Shotgun. Their coach Butch Goncharoff is the creator of this unstoppable masterpiece, his team has won 8 of the past 10 state championships and are a familiar face in the top 25 rankings each year.

    Here is the highlight tape from last year’s QB and future Hawaii Warrior Kendrick VanAckeren http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXAqMt6V7Eo

    Wish I could upload better film, sorry!