Pistol Wing -T Offense
WHY PISTOL WING-T ?
Merging the fast tempo & deception of the Under Center Wing-T offense with the slick read options out of
the Pistol formation, Stewart’s Pistol Wing-T offense is an up tempo, multiple formation offense that’s primary
purpose is to put defender’s in conflict.
“The 3 yd alignment is a “happy medium” between under
(allowing TB to hit the LOS the quickest)
and the 5 yd
(giving QB most time to make his reads).”
Whether snapping the ball within 3 seconds after breaking the huddle or not huddling at all, this fast pace offense does not allow 17-year old defenders to line up properly or make adjustments. Run every play out of MANY different formations, making the defense think that a play like BELLY is actually 8 different plays!!!
“Do Everything Really Fast and Confuse the Defense”
The Pistol Wing-T offense has evolved into an extremely effective system that does not have to change from year to year as different types of athletes come through your program.
The unique terminology makes it very easy for players to learn as Stewart draws upon 16 years of teaching special ed students and English Language Learners.
THE PISTOL FORMATION moves the QB back 3 yards and the FB stays behind him.
- BACKFIELD STEPS ARE THE SAME as traditional Wing-T.
- EASIER TO PASS as QB can read defense
- RUN or PASS PRE-SNAP READS
This playbook expands on our “combo play” concepts, which have perimeter pass plays built into
running plays. The QB makes simple audibles after scanning the defense.
- POST SNAP READS. This playbook is full of scenarios where the QB reads unblocked defenders, always being a threat to run the ball.
As you can see, this offense puts so much pressure on the defense by using lots of formations, lining up before the defense can make their calls, and making the
QB A THREAT on every play.
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WHAT’S IN THIS BOOK?
Since the original videos were published in 2010, over a thousand copies have been sold. In addition to running the offense for 6 years, I have corresponded with hundreds of coaches running the offense and have installed the offense at over 20 schools in 8 different states. This 3rd Edition Playbook contains many updates and wrinkles to this exciting offense contributed by this vast pool of coaching knowledge.
- CHANGES IN BACKFIELD STEPS
The GO (Buck Sweep) and Belly Families have different footwork than what is on the videos.
- Reading UNBLOCKED defenders has been added since making the videos.
- DO NOT ABANDON UNDER CENTER FORMATION
This playbook makes it easy to go back under center in the event of bad weather, or when
the backups have to go in. Also, gives the defense something else to prepare for;
ORGANIZATION FOR SUCCESS
Forty pages explaining easy to learn terminology, No-Huddle, and how to install the offense. This is a fast offense using 7 different tempos with a hybrid HUDDLE – NO HUDDLE system.
These tempos range from calling the play in the HUDDLE and sprinting to line, running the play in 3 seconds; or waiting to call the play after the defense lines up; or letting the QB “check with me” based on defensive alignment; or running MUSTANG / NASCAR tempo, snapping the ball 1 second after ball is in play.
Several different NO HUDDLE systems are discussed, allowing you to choose the one that is best for your program. Wristbands, hand signals, and sideline cards are all explained in this section.
Every traditional Wing-T family is covered in this section: Buck); Belly; and Down. There is also Midline and Veer. The Jet & Rocket section shows how to run the entire offense using the flat Jet motion. There are two short yardage packages, a special “check with me” package, and trick plays. The combination plays combine a run play with a perimeter pass play and the QB decides where the ball goes as both plays are being ran.
While I believe that the Wing-T offense is the best high school offense, I also agree with the criticism that it can lack a passing game. But it is the not the Wing-T system that lacks a passing attack, it is the coaches that are refusing or not understanding how to pass.
This Third edition has a completely expanded Pass Section that will show you how to simply attack each coverage in terminology that matches the Wing-T run game using the same concepts used by spread & air-raid systems.
- PASS PROTECTION schemes that require very little practice time;
- PASS ROUTE concepts in a simple language so a few concepts combined with a few formations gives the defense a lot to worry about;
- Three SCREEN concepts that can go to any of your 5 players out of 12 formations;
- QUICK passing game that gives your athletes the ball in space;
- DROP BACK passing attack putting 4 receivers in routes;
- SPRINT OUT off Jet motion putting edge defenders in conflict with the QB run threat.
Every pass route is diagrammed versus Cover 1, 2, 3, 4 and man coverages. Stewart shows which concepts are better against each defense.
GAME PLANNING and SCOUTING
- Detailed explanations of what to look for when watching opponent’s film.
- Flow charts of “If-Then” statements using plays that are most effective vs defenses.
- How to call the plays on Friday night so that the defense is in conflict.
APPENDIX and CD-ROM
There is an excerpt taken from Stewart’s “Practice and Drills for the Wing-T” book showing you how to run an up-tempo practice with maximum reps.
Blocking rule summary.
Playsheets, wristbands, pressbox reports, player evaluations.
Over 25 powerpoints to share with players and coaches.
Everything will be emailed to you so you can customize everything to your program.
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I am committed to helping you build a CHAMPIONSHIP OFFENSE. There are also videos and articles on my website: www.allaccesscoaching.com “Coaches Helping Coaches”
The Wing-T Offense
HISTORY OF THE WING-T
The Delaware Wing T was developed by Dave Nelson in 1950’s. At the time Nelson was the head coach of the University of Maine, but he was heavily influenced as a player running the single wing offense at Michigan under Fritz Crisler. After leaving Maine, Nelson joined the University of Delaware where he perfected the Wing T from being used primarily as formation into a complete offense.
Nelson’s Delaware Wing T also borrowed the wing concept from the powerful single wing offenses at the time, most notably the powerful Minnesota teams coached by Doc Williams. They also added Earl “Red” Blaik’s Army Trap Series. The concepts of angle blocking and line splits were taken from Knute Rockne’s Notre Dame offense and the dual threat of the wing was originated with Pop Warner’s double wing formation.
The precursor of the original Wing-T is Clark Shaughnessy’s modern-T, which put all 3 backs in the backfield and the QB under center. The deception possibilities of crossing the backs paths, as well as putting them in motion, helped Shaughnessy to one of the best turn-arounds in college history: taking the last place 1939 Stanford team to the Rose Bowl in 1940. The great Chicago Bears teams of the 40’s and 50’s ran the modern-T also after George Halas hired Shaughnessy to tutor his NFL staff. The Bears 73-0 championship victory in 1940 led the movement by most of America to move their QB under the center.
Don Faurot of Missourri widened the splits of the 3 RB with his “Split-T” formation. But Faurot’s main contribution to the development of the Wing-T was designing plays that ran through seams that the defense could not defend with their normal techniques. The term “defensive conflict” is credited to Faurot and Shaughnessy.
WHY RUN THE WING-T
One of the criticisms of the Wing T is the lack of passing game and exposure for players wanting college scholarships. I totally disagree with both statements as I have had an 1,800 yard passer and a 2,700 yard passer out of Wing-T. Colin Kaepernick, Dan Marino, Trent Dilfer, Alex Smith and Blake Bortles all ran this offense in high school.
While passing offenses are more popular and watching a receiver catch a 20-yard pass is more exciting than a running back pounding out 5 yards, there are valid reasons to run Wing-T in high school:
PERSONNEL DOESN’T DRIVE THE ENGINE
- It is a system that adapts to different personnel from year to year;
- Not dependent on superior ability of one or two players to run the spread offense;
WIN WITH AVERAGE PLAYERS
- Angle blocking allows a team to be successful with smaller linemen;
- Does not require precision. Can still score if blocks are missed;
- Easier for running backs to make great fakes vs great blocks;
BUILDS TEAM CONCEPT
- Star Players have to fake and every player on team can be all league faker;
- Can’t stop one player because ball will be spread around;
- The tough mentality required to run the Wing-T affects the defense. The development of a grueling consistent ground game builds a desire to dominate the opponent physically.
TOUGH ON OPPONENT
- Misdirection puts pressure on undisciplined 17-year old linebackers;
- Very hard for defense to prepare for in 3 days when only see it once per year;
- Logical progression. Defense must stop core play, its counter, and its play action pass;
SIMPLICITY with COMPLEXITY: Simple for US -- Complex for THEM
ENHANCES YOUR OFFENSE
- Ball control run attack is more suitable to end of season bad weather;
- Good run game HELPS the passing game;
- Pass protection is easier because can’t blitz this offense;
PHILOSOPHY OF THE WING-T
This chapter will familiarize you with not only my Pistol Wing T offense, but also the philosophy of the Wing T. This offense is more than a formation. It is a system that puts defenders in conflict while putting your players in the best position to be successful. The key to the entire system is understanding how to use a defender’s assignment or reaction to your advantage.
“If the defense does this, then you run that””
The Wing T offense is a multiple formation, four-back attack that depends heavily on misdirection.
- DECEPTION: Minimize defensive pursuit and provides big play opportunities. Does not ask a 140-lb running back to block a 220-lb linebacker…but instead takes the LB out of the play with great fakes.
- ANGLES & FLANKS: Created by both technique and formation, an offense does not need big, strong guys to move the football.
- FLEXIBLITY: From option to power runs to trapping game, all aspects of the run game can be ran. The passing game can include drop back, sprint out, & of course play action. The location of the wing backs allows this flexibility.
It is a multi-formation offense where all three backs may be used as blockers, ball-carriers deception, or receivers. The ability to run every play out of many formations, minimizing tendencies for the defense.
"Both a 4-back running attack and a one-back spread"
The Wingback: is aligned 3-4 yards from the tackle and 2 yards off the line of scrimmage.
- Immediate threat of three or four deep receivers.
- Widens the defensive front.
- An additional blocker at the line of scrimmage. Better angle on Linebackers.
- The motion of the wing balances the attack & creates misdirection.
The Halfback: is aligned behind the tackle 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage:
- Provides vertical blocking on linebackers and lineman.
- Often times eliminates motion requirement to run a play.
- Can still block the flank and run counters.
The Fullback: is called the Tailback and has a similar role to the I-back tailback:
- Provides a dive threat to the middle of the defense.
- Provides the offense with a balanced attack to either side of the formation,
- Can easily get to either flank as a third receiver.
- Solidifies the counter game by having the TB in a position to check.
Threatens playside flank with option threat or opposite flank with misdirection away from flow. Gives defense contain problems and minimizes backside pursuit.
Under Center: Allows QB to hide the ball by turning his back to the defense.
Pistol: The loss of hiding the ball is offset by QB reading pass defenders, blitzers, and unblocked defenders on run plays.
Overaggressive secondary support and plugging linebackers can make it difficult to move the ball on the ground. Consequently, the play action passing game creates defensive conflict for the players assigned to stopping the run. Of course, having 3 running backs enhances the play action more than other offenses. Most of the spread
passing game concepts can be easily infused into the Wing-T because the wing alignment presents a 4 receiver threat on any play.Allows QB to hide the ball by turning his back to the defense.
"There are only 3 things that can happen by throwing
and 2 of them are bad"
MISDIRECTION AND MOTION
The Wing T uses misdirection as no other modern offensive formation does. Because of the four back attack, misdirection has a maximum impact and is a staple of the Wing-T attack. It has the same effect as the passing game in forcing the defense to play honestly at the flank and to not over pursue. Just as important is when
a smaller running back takes out a larger defensive player by faking instead of having to try to block him.
Motion increases the chances of misdirection as you can send the motion man one way and have a player, such as the QB, keep the ball in the opposite direction. Conversely, you can give the ball to the motion man and have other backs fake in the opposite direction.
This is the secret ingredient to the entire enchilada. Everything that you do when installing and running the offense should always be predicated on where the defense is in conflict. Every play has an “if-then” statement where a defensive technique will be used against that player. If the defensive player uses Technique A, then there is a certain play that is called next. If the player reacts with Technique B, then there is a different play that must be called.
Plays are grouped into “families” by similar backfield action and each family attacks several areas of the defense on every snap. The line blocking matches the backfield action to minimize defensive keys. Even a defense who reads linemen has to find backfield flow after the OL 1st or 2nd step. For example, pulling playside guard on Down, Down Option, & Down Pass combined with the same backfield action on those 3 plays does not allow the defense to just key on one player.
Blocking schemes on different plays look the same so that defenses are lured into false reads. Notice the similar blocking schemes making defensive reads very difficult.
Another trap that new Wing T coaches fall into is trying to match a previous blocking system to Wing T
backfield action, for example trying to zone block the Belly play. By changing the blocking, Belly Option and
Belly Pass will not be as effective.
Plays are grouped into series, or families, based upon backfield action. The paths of the backs on every play in that family should “look-a-like” so the defense who keys backs will be confused
Every family has the CORE play; a COUNTER play, and a PASS play. They attack backside, middle, and outside.
The Delaware Wing-T then, is a multiple formation, four-back running attack that depends heavily on play-action passing and misdirection, utilizing synchronized schemes both in the line-blocking and backfield action. The defense can’t make the tackle until it locates the ball.
Why The Pistol Wing-T?
This is the million-dollar question. And you need to bounce this off your coaching staff and be very, very
honest with yourself: Don’t run Wing-T out of the PISTOL formation because you want to change it up…examine your Quarterback position before deciding.
The Pistol QB has to possess great game instincts and quickness. Pure, raw athleticism helps, but there has to be discipline and intelligence. While he doesn’t need Olympic gold medal speed, he needs to have quick feet and above average change of direction. When he decides to pull the hand off and keep it, his first steps have to be very quick so he can hit the hole or the edge before the defense reacts. And the last, but very important quality, is unselfishness. This offense gives him the green light to run, but he has to possess patience and great decision making skills.
If you have the typical Wing-T quarterback who is highly intelligent, but not a great athlete. He is a leader who understands the importance of deception then I would talk you into staying under center.
TRADE OFFS of GOING TO PISTOL
- Loss of deception is offset by opportunity to read unblocked defenders;
- TB Trap & Midline hit slower with TB at 5 yards, but option is better as “ride” is longer;
- Backside Tackle has to stay home and block before releasing, losing our favorite block across the field on the play side Corner.
- Center has to learn the 3 yard snap.
KNUCKLE BALL SNAP
The center will hold the top cone of the ball while the bottom cone sits on the ground. The laces will face outward to the right if the QB is right handed. He will snap the ball so that is does not spin or rotate, but “knuckle ball” so that the laces land on the fingertips of the QB right hand. The center cannot flex, or snap his elbow or wrist. He keeps his entire arm solid as he releases the ball at “calf length”.
KEEP UNDER CENTER ALIGNMENT
There will be scenarios when your backup center or quarterback has to go in the game. You might be playing in heavy rain or snow, especially come playoff time. For these reasons, I have designed the backfield action to make it very easy to run plays from both under center and out of PISTOL.
Having the ability to be in both alignments also puts more pressure on the defensive coordinators. They will stay up all weekend trying to find tendencies, which is why it is very important to not have any. My quarterback and I go off gut feeling week to week as to how much Pistol vs under center we will run.
BACKFIELD ACTION AND FOOTWORK
The Pistol formation keeps the TB directly behind the QB, which severely minimizes changes to RB footwork and landmarks. A disadvantage to Shotgun Wing T is having to offset the TB to the side of the QB, which necessitates more changes to backfield footwork.
- Easier for the QB to run every play from both under center and in Pistol.
- Younger teams stay under center for easy transition to Pistol at older levels.
- Zero changes to wing back footwork & motion landmarks.
- Only difference to TB footwork is always having midline GO family
CHANGES IN BACKFIELD STEPS
My original intention was to make Buck Sweep (G.O.) & Jet Sweep (Liz & Rip) to look the same. This was a
mistake and we went back to traditional Wing T steps.
- Liz & Rip motion (our version of Jet) is in front of QB. This allows the QB to read ILB or DE with the option of keeping the ball; makes it easier to run Belly & Down under the motion; the sweeping wingback hits the flank faster.
- Buck Sweep (G.O.) is still ran behind the QB, however, the TB goes first, followed by the Half back….just like the traditional Wing T buck sweep.
EASIER TO PASS
There is something to be said about the defense being more worried about the passing game when the QB gets into Pistol or Shotgun alignment. Whether it is consciously or subconsciously, backing the QB away from center makes the defense think about the threat of the passing game.
There is more to this however. The farther away from the LOS that the QB gets makes it easier for HIM to read the defense and find his pre-snap reads. Furthermore, he can get to his landmark and setup quicker than having to “drop back” five yards.
ALLOWS PRE-SNAP & POST SNAP READ PLAYS
While passing the ball is easier from the Pistol formation, the hidden advantage is in the running game. The 3 yard alignment and facing the defense gives the QB more time to read unblocked defenders without sacrificing the quick hitting run game that is lost by backing all the way up to 5 yards.
"The 3 yd alignment is a “happy medium” between under
center (allowing TB to hit the
LOS the quickest)
and the 5 yd alignment
(giving QB most time to make his reads)."
PRE SNAP READS:
AUDIBLES: These “check with me” scenarios are covered in Ch. 3.
PASS-RUN OPTIONS: Pass plays are paired up with run plays such as hitch, swing, & arrow
routes. Not only can QB read these easier, but angle of throw is better. (Ch. 11).
COMBO PLAYS: Left half of the offense runs Play A and right side of offense runs Play B.
POST SNAP READS:
A basic premise of option football is lengthening the time that the QB has to “ride & decide”. Obviously
putting the QB at 3yards instead of at the Line of Scrimmage will give the QB more time to decide whether to give
the ball to the RB or keep the ball and run. This longer faking action also freezes defenders which allows the
lineman to gain better angles and more leverage. Again, putting the QB at 5 yards allows even more time, but the
tradeoff is that the back also takes longer to get to the LOS.
- No Huddle and Post Snap Reads DVD; Installing the Midline and Veer into the Wing T Attack DVD;
- Terminology and the Base Plan DVD; 20 Core Run Plays DVD; Four Phase Passing Game DVD; Trick Plays, Formations, & Combo Plays to Keep Defense Honest;
- Attack the 3-3 Defense DVD; Attack the 4-3 Defense DVD; Attack the 3-4 Defense DVD; Attack the 4-4 Defense DVD;
- Pistol Wing T Run Plays Game Film DVD and Pistol Wing T Pass Plays Game Film DVD (a 2-DVD set).
- Second Edition PLAYBOOK; This is updated from the 2010 edition. Very detailed backwork footwork on every play; Expanded audible/No Huddle section; Every play now has unblocked defenders that the QB reads.
- Wing T Practice MANUAL; This has text, pictures, & diagrams of stance, footwork, individual drills for Backs, Quarterbacks, & WR. Includes 50 Practice Plans, Player Evaluations, Scout Sheets, and Game Day Playsheets.
- Offensive Line Drills & Technique MANUAL. This has text, pictures, & diagrams of stance, footwork, individual drills, combo drills, sled & bag work, and all the blocking rules.
- Pistol Wing T Overview DVD: Formations, terminology, overview of run & pass game footwork, and summary of practice drills & plans to install the offense.
- Pistol Wing T Core Run Plays DVD: Run plays are drawn up vs odd & even fronts with detailed explanations of footwork. Game film of every play.
- Pistol Wing T Passing Game DVD: 1-step, 3-step, sprint pass, and screens are diagramed, including pass protections. Game film of every play.
- Pistol Wing T Key Breaker/Formation/Trick Plays DVD: Use formations, shifts, motions, trick plays, combo plays to keep defense honest. Game film.
- Pistol Wing T Playbook & Installation Maual.
- Wing T O-Line Technique & Drills MANUAL. Everything the Wing T O-Line coach needs. Includes individual & combo drills, practice organization, and all the blocking rules for the Wing T offense.
- Wing T Skills & Drills MANUAL. Position drills drawn up for WR, RB, and QB. Group Drills all drawn up. Detailed practice schedules for Spring, Summer, Fall, and In-Season. Bonus is step-by-step footwork of the backfield on every run play
- Pistol Wing T O-Line Drills DVD: See all the drills in the manual ran on the practice field by the players. Stewart explains where the drills fit into the practice schedule
- Pistol Wing T Backfield Footwork DVD: Shows the footwork and mesh points in the backfield for all the plays. Also technique drills for Running backs that can be applied to any offense.
- Pistol Wing T Passing Drills DVD: QB mechanics drills, followed by WR mechanics & drills to improve in the passing game. Group passing drills are shown
- Wing T QB Run Mechanics DVD: Stewart’s son “bird-dogs” every run play, step-by-step on the field. Both under center and pistol footwork is shown for every play.
- Wing T QB Pass Mechanics DVD: Stewart’s son shows drills necessary to make your QB a better passer. Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder, and Footwork drills.
- Pistol Wing T Year Round Installation Sequence & Practice Schedule DVD: Stewart walks you thru his program in spring, summer, August, and in-season. He shows the order that he installs the plays and where all the drills fit into the practice plans. Annual, monthly, and daily practice plan
- Attack the 3-3 Defense with Pistol Wing T DVD Powerpoint followed by gamefilm versus the 3-3 defense. Start with formations & perimeter and then move inside.
- Attack the 4-3 Defense with Pistol Wing T DVD: Powerpoint followed by gamefilm versuse the 4-3 defense. Start inside. Midline & Veer are on this DVD as well as use of motion.
- Attack the 3-4 Defense with the Pistol Wing T DVD: Powerpoint followed by gamefilm versuse the 3-4 defense. Put the OLB in conflict.
- Attack the 4-4 Defense with the Pistol Wing T DVD: This DVD has an extensive explanation of the pass game.
- TWO DVD-SET of Pistol Wing T Game Film
Attack 3-3 Defenses with Pistol Wing T
From off-season to weekly game plan to Friday Night, Coach Stewart shows how he attacks 3-3, 5-3, and Bear defenses. Coach Stewart loves to go against 3-3 stack teams, rushing for over 400 yards many times. Off Season Scouting: In the spring Stewart self scouts how he attacked each team on his schedule since their “wing t” defense is usually not what you see in trade. Reacting diagrams, down & distance charts, and personnel are all stored in a file to save time when he faces that team in the upcoming season. In Season Scouting: Stewart shows you his weekly plan after you trade films. He diagrams the best plays & formations to run against the 3-3 Post Game Scout & Analysis: See how quickly you can grade your players and analyze what you need to work on in the upcoming week. Blitz pickup is key versus these type of defenses as they can bring any of 5 different linebacker pressures Stewart starts with formations to get the 3-3 out of their base alignment Plays are diagrammed on the board and then game film shown as he starts from the outside in versus this defense. Flank Attack & Off Tackle plays are used until they soften up so that the Inside Attack can be used. All of Stewart’s favorite Cover 3 beaters are diagramed and followed up with game film. 110 minutes. 2013.
Attack 3-4 Defense with Pistol Wing T
From off-season to weekly game plan to Friday Night, Coach Stewart shows how he attacks 3-4 defenses and Cover 2 & 4.
Coach Stewart shows how he attacks the 3-4 defense, which is today’s version of the “okie monster” 5-2 defenses of the ’70s.
- Off Season Scouting: In the spring Stewart self scouts how he attacked each team on his schedule since their “wing t” defense is usually not what you see in trade. Reacting diagrams, down & distance charts, and personnel are all stored in a file to save time when he faces that team in the upcoming season.
- In Season Scouting: Stewart shows you his weekly plan after you trade films. He diagrams the best plays & formations to run against the 3-4
- Post Game Scout & Analysis: See how quickly you can grade your players and analyze what you need to work on in the upcoming week. Stewart starts with formations & motions to determine how the safeties are going to play. Could roll into a Cover 3. The place to start is by putting the OLB in conflict.
Plays are diagrammed on the board and then game film shown as he starts off tackle versus this defense. After getting the OLB to be aggressive, then Stewart hits him with a perimeter attack that includes option & passes into the flats. False pulls are also good versus the two 20-shade inside linebackers who should be reading guards.
All of Stewart’s favorite Cover 2 and Cover 4 beaters are diagramed and followed up with game film. Also, use of motion to force the safeties to invert or roll into a Cover 3 so that we can attack the worst Corner
Attack 4-3 Defense with Pistol Wing T
From off-season to weekly game plan to Friday Night, Coach Stewart shows how he attacks 4-3 defenses and Cover 2 & 4. Coach Stewart feels that the 4-3 defense is the worst defense versus a Wing T attack. Off Season Scouting: In the spring Stewart self scouts how he attacked each team on his schedule since their “wing t” defense is usually not what you see in trade. Reacting diagrams, down & distance charts, and personnel are all stored in a file to save time when he faces that team in the upcoming season. In Season Scouting: Stewart shows you his weekly plan after you trade films. He diagrams the best plays & formations to run against the 4-3 Post Game Scout & Analysis: See how quickly you can grade your players and analyze what you need to work on in the upcoming week. Stewart starts with formations & motions to determine how the safeties are going to play. The Midline & Veer option plays are a big part of the 4-3 game plan Plays are diagrammed on the board and then game film shown as he starts inside versus this defense. After pounding the inside, he will move to the Flank Attack & Off Tackle. All of Stewart’s favorite Cover 2 and Cover 4 beaters are diagramed and followed up with game film.
Attack 4-4 Defense with Pistol Wing T
From off-season to weekly game plan to Friday Night, Coach Stewart shows how he attacks 4-4 defenses and Cover 3. Coach Stewart runs the 4-4 defense and spends a great deal of time on this DVD going over the passing game since the 4-4 is a good run stopping defense.
- Off Season Scouting: In the spring Stewart self scouts how he attacked each team on his schedule since their “wing t” defense is usually not what you see in trade. Reacting diagrams, down & distance charts, and personnel are all stored in a file to save time when he faces that team in the upcoming season.
- In Season Scouting: Stewart shows you his weekly plan after you trade films. He diagrams the best plays & formations to run against the 4-4
- Post Game Scout & Analysis: See how quickly you can grade your players and analyze what you need to work on in the upcoming week. Stewart goes over key breakers & false pulls since the inside LB are probably reading guards. The Midline & Veer option plays are a big part of the 4-4 game plan
Plays are diagrammed on the board and then game film shown as he starts inside versus this defense. After pounding the inside, he will move to the Flank Attack & Off Tackle. This DVD spends the most time on pass plays and how Stewart reads different coverages. These plays will work versus the 3-3 stack also.
Coaching the Wing T QB
Learn how to develop a dual threat quarterback that will maximize the effectiveness of the Pistol Wing-T offense.
- Synchronize the footwork and timing of your backfield players to maximize the deception of your fakes and handoffs
- Learn how to perfect the throwing motion and passing footwork of your quarterback to expand your play options in the Pistol Wing-T
- Develop a year-round practice approach to building a quarterback
The Pistol Wing-T can accommodate programs that aren’t fortunate enough to have a big time player at quarterback every season. However, make no mistake, the quarterback is the key to making this offense run. You need a savvy player with the unselfishness and intelligence to consistently make the plays that will get you the most yards.
Rick Stewart believes that if you can find the person with the right character traits, you can develop the athletic qualities they need to excel at the quarterback position. This video will show you the footwork for different Wing-T run plays, throwing mechanics with footwork, reads a quarterback must make, and practice drills needed to produce the caliber of quarterback who can lead your team to victory.
Running Game Footwork – DVD #1
Coach Stewart breaks down the intricacies to the footwork and technique needed by your backfield players to execute the Pistol Wing-T running game. Using PowerPoint diagrams and player demonstration, you will learn how to perform the steps, fakes, and hand-offs in the plays within the Buck, Belly, Down, Jet, and Veer families. You will see how these plays can be run under center or from the Pistol formation. Mastering these techniques will help your backfield maximize their speed and deception to pressure the defense.
Passing Game Mechanics – DVD #2
The Wing-T offense is brought to life by a quarterback who can distribute the ball through the passing game. Learn how help your quarterbacks perfect their throwing mechanics through a variety of breakdown drills. Over 20 drills will instill confidence in your players so they can operate with the ball in their hands.
These drills help by isolating specific aspects of the throwing motion, such as wrist and elbow mechanics and throwing from different body angles. You will also see the footwork for dropping back various distances as well as throwing on the run with proper sprint mechanics.
Coach Stewart uses diagrams, explanations, and video to demonstrate footwork for quarterbacks and running backs. He uses familiar language of the Wing-T used by Delaware, who made Wing-T play calling famous. Coach Stewart also explains how he has changed the language to fit his high school program.
Developing the type of quarterback who will one day be able to lead your team is an investment. Coach Stewart walks you through the details to each of the four phases of his year-round practice plan and discusses how your quarterbacks should read a variety of defensive coverages based on the type of passing play you want to run.
“Coach Stewart has an understanding of (the Pistol Wing-T) offense the way Stephen Hawking understands theoretical physics.” – customer review
No Huddle and Post Snap Reads
Force opposing defenses to play “five quarters of football” using an up-tempo, no huddle Wing-T Offense
- Utilize three different tempos for no huddle offense
- Implement blocking schemes that provide an extra blocker on the linebackers
- Get more reps in practice with a no huddle system – your practice is conditioning
Rick Stewart, one of the most highly successful high school coaches in the country, takes you through his up-tempo “NASCAR pace” offense. This no huddle attack with post snap reads will create imbalance for every defense you face. Increased plays, counters for every defense, reads for every defense, and formations to create mismatches are all on display.
Coach Stewart begins with his post-snap reads for the essential Wing-T plays: Belly, Down, Tackle Trap, Quick Trap and jet.
Stewart has eliminated the option call and turned these plays to a true read concept by his quarterback. Now you do not have to wait to call the option if the defense is cheating to these plays. You force them to play assignment football and defend the option on every play, allowing your quarterback to take advantage of what the defense is giving you each snap.
Five post-snap reads are explained for each play.
Coach Stewart details the alignment and assignment of each position to include which player you read when pitching the football.
These reads add an element to your scheme that will always allow the defense to be wrong.
Moving into the up-tempo portion of the video,
Coach Stewart takes you through every aspect of his up-tempo no huddle philosophy for instant results. He gives you six reasons on why you should run the no huddle tempo offense. He points out you get more snaps, wear out the opponents defense, your practice conditioning, more reps in practice, easier to run your two minute, and easier to audible. Coach takes you from signals to snap counts all the way to the way your categorize and call your plays.
The no huddle installation is broken down into three types of tempos; Red, Yellow, and Green Light tempos. These tempos allow coaches and players to go as fast as they want and still get in the best plays for critical situations.
Coach Stewart ends with various unbalanced formations to create defensive mismatches The newly implemented pace to Coach Stewart’s offense and the post snap reads elevate his offense to even greater heights. This high-octane philosophy is sure to present defensive coordinators with fits. Take this DVD home today and install a program that is sure to get your offense up-tempo and up-to-date.
Offensive Line Manual for the WING-T Offense
THIS IS A HARD COPY BOOK that was finished in January, 2017 and is 220 pages.
This binder comes with a link to download grading sheets, player evaluations, and blocking rules for you to edit.
The downloadable pdf O-Line Manual has 75 pages and was written in 2009.
This manual is a systematic way to teach offensive linemen in any man blocking offensive scheme. The linear teaching progression as well as the practice organization can be used in any type of offense. This manual will show you how to organize practice and make your drill progressions more efficient. While this manual specifically focuses on the wing-T system, the drills, skills, and coaching points taught are effective in any offensive scheme. The blocking techniques include sound principles of offensive line play, regardless of scheme, and can be used with the I, option, zone, or any other offensive philosophy.
The performance of the offensive line is perhaps the most important ingredient in an efficient offense. They must be a cohesive unit that is intelligent and skilled at their craft. This manual will show in great detail how to master iso schemes, power schemes, the ability to zone block, mobility to pull and log or trap, and the ability to be an effective pass blocker.
SECTION ONE: Introduction to the Offense
Ch 1) Philosophy and principals on how to run the Wing T offense. The terminology of the PISTOL WING T system is explained
Ch 2) Personnel, alignment, Tackle over formations, huddle, and snap count
Ch 3) Practice organization, linear teaching progression, and drill organization
SECTION TWO: Run Blocking
Ch 4) Stance, footwork, technique, and how to snap
Ch 5) INDIVIDUAL BLOCKS: On, Reach, Cut, Fill for Puller, Escape to Backer, and down blocks. Then the pulls, logs, and hook blocks. How to teach it using bags and a sled.
Ch 6) COMBINATION BLOCKS: Double Teams, Scoop, Cross Blocks.
SECTION THREE: Pass Blocking
Ch 7) PASS BLOCKING TECHNIQUE: Post, Kick, Balance, Hand Punch
Ch 8) LIVE PASS PRO DRILLS including all the rules of blitz pickup
SECTION FOUR: Practice Organization
Ch 9) GROUP & TEAM DRILLS: Guard Trap drill, Buck Drill, Boot Pass Drill, Half Line Drills to teach Iso, Down, Midline, & Veer
Ch 10) INSTALLATION SEQUENCE and PRACTICE SCHEDULES to cover 10 spring, 6 summer, 20 August, and in-season schedule. 40 practice schedules in all!!!
Ch 11) STRENGTH & CONDITIONING: This chapter will help all your athletes, but is focused on what an O-Linemen should be doing in the weight room.
SECTION FIVE: Run Game Blocking
Ch 12 & 13) BLOCKING TERMINOLOGY: Every blocking rule for every play is explained
SECTION SIX: Pass Protections
Ch 13-Ch 17) PASS PROTECTIONS: Play action, sprint out, drop back, draws, and screeens.
SECTION SEVEN: Appendix with all the forms you need to coach O-Line
WITHOUT THE LINEMEN, FOOTBALL WOULD JUST BE A GAME OF CATCH
Pistol Wing T Core Running Game
This new DVD, released March 2016 replaces the “20 CORE RUN PLAYS” dvd that Stewart made in 2009.
The QB reads unblocked defenders on NINE of the running plays. This always makes the defense wrong.
This new DVD shows all the updates that Stewart has made after running the offense for 7 years and installing at 40 camps across the country. Teams in North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia have won or played for state championships. This new DVD contains updates & adjustments that coaches from all over the country have made to Stewart’s system, making the PISTOL WING T SYSTEM even tougher to stop.
The RUN GAME DVD covers the following plays:
- Buck Sweep, Guard Trap, Power, Buck Counter.
- Belly, Tackle Trap, Sweep….QB can turn Belly & Trap into Belly Option on every play
- Down, Counter, Sweep….QB can turn Down & Counter into Down Option on every play
- Jet & Rocket….QB reads ILB or the End on Jet
- Midline, Inside Veer, and Outside Veer
You’ll learn the details of each play series through a combination of white board diagrams, player demonstrations, and game film from teams around the country that successfully run the Pistol Wing-T. In each play, Coach Stewart explains important aspects to the running game such as:
- WHITE BOARD: Stewart shows hoe to run every play out of multiple formations; Draws up the blocking vs odd & even fronts
- ON THE FIELD: Watch Stewart install every play on the field at his camps using players who are in day 1 of learning the offense.
- GAME FILM: See clips from over 20 teams so you see the adjustments that coaches from all over the country have made to the offense.
Pistol Wing T Formations, Combo Packages, & Trick Plays
This new DVD, released March 2016 replaces the “TRICK PLAYS” dvd that Stewart made in 2009.
- Learn 15 play formations that will confuse the defense, force them to make mistakes, and result in big plays
- Discover an effective short yardage package to gain critical yards even when the defense is stacking the box
- Learn how to use false keys to get the defense out of position and away from the play you call
“Coach Stewart does an amazing job sharing his bag of tricks in this video. I walked way entire impressed with how complete this offensive system feels with all of these additional components that can really take your Wing T system to the next level. For anyone looking to run this offense, this video did not feel like an optional purchase at all!” – Customer Review
Rick Stewart shares how to make your playbook look impossibly big through changes in formations and incorporating tactics such as motions, shifts, combo plays and false keys. Additionally, you will learn how to handle special situations with short yardage plays and Coach Stewart’s personal library of trick plays.
These components are something you can add over multiple seasons as your program continues to master their understanding of the Pistol Wing-T offense.
You will see whiteboard diagrams, computer simulations, player demonstrations, and game film that help you visualize the blocking assignments and reads necessary to make these plays work.
- Formations – You will learn how to sprint out of the huddle into 15 different formations that help gain easy yardage off of defenses that cannot adjust quickly enough. Running the same plays out of these different formations expands your playbook and makes it impossible for opponents to adequately prepare for you in only a few days.
- Short Yardage Plays – Every coach needs reliable options to punch the ball through the defense for those situations with 1-2 yards to go. Coach Stewart shows five plays in the “Thumper” and “Tubby” formations to help you claim those precious yards.
- Motions & Shifts – This additional layer of pre-snap movements will make your offense unpredictable. The defense will be in a state of confusion as they try to match up to multiple formations and players in motion before the ball snaps. Putting players in motion will also give you a tool for studying how the defense adjusts and can help you find weaknesses to exploit over the course of the game.
- False Keys – Defenses that are coached well will have certain reads they will execute flawlessly. Mixing in false keys with your guards will make the defense second guess their reads and can open up holes for defenders that continue to bite on misdirections.
- Trick Plays – Coach Stewart shows you the best trick plays he has collected over his career to give you an arsenal of nine plays that will help you pick up big yards in clutch situations. These trick plays give you a diverse number of options to attack the defense in ways that the opponent will never see coming.
- Read Plays & No Huddle Audibles – These plays allows you to quickly line up so the quarterback can read the defense and decide how to attack.
- Combo Plays – For the advanced Pistol Wing-T coach, Coach Stewart shows you how to merge your favorite play actions to attack the defense on either side of the line of scrimmage. Based on reading the defense in 10 different plays, you can run or pass in either direction within the same play!
Adding these extra features to your Pistol Wing-T offense will dramatically increase the stress levels of opposing coaches!
Pistol Wing T Four Phase Passing
This new DVD, released March 2016 replaces the “20 CORE RUN PLAYS” dvd that Stewart made in 2009
Elevate the Pistol Wing-T into a true dual threat offense that will keep defenses from stacking the box.
- Discover a “20 easy passes per game model” from the Pistol alignment that creates a highly dynamic offense
- Learn how to use “look-a-like” formations, pre-snap motions, and blocking schemes to put defenders in conflict
- Create 24 passing play combinations from one basic concept in the Sprint Passing phase
Adding the threat of an effective passing game will open up your Wing-T running plays while also giving you the option to take advantage of an over-aggressive defense that has committed to plugging the run. Rick Stewart shows you his four phase passing game that can put four receivers into routes at any time, along with the screen and draw plays he uses to counter defensive pressure.
Four Phase Passing Attack
Coach Stewart uses whiteboard diagrams in addition to game film from the numerous teams that have already successfully incorporated the Pistol Wing T. You will learn play options in each of the four phases to the passing game through a breakdown of these game situations. Coach Stewart discusses protection schemes for your linemen and illustrates multiple route options for your receivers.
- Play Action: The perfect counter for teams that are loading the box to take away your running game. Coach Stewart shows you how to set these plays up to fool the defense and free up an open receiver.
- Quick Drops: Learn how to use the purple blocking scheme used to pick up blitzes, as well as receiver routes used for consistent five yard pick ups, with these plays based on a 1-3 step drop.
- Drop Back: Take advantage of crossing concepts with deep routes. Coach Stewart will show you the white and gray protection schemes based on the tailback helping as a blocker.
- Sprint Passing Game: Combine the “Flood” concept with several different formations for 24 different play options.
Screen and Draw Package
When teams plan to take away your passing game, you will need go-to options to counter the defense. Coach Stewart shows you a series of five screen and draw plays that allow you to set up fast sideline-to-sideline pursuing defenses by taking advantage of their pursuit and countering them back to another part of the field.
Install a passing game that can put a lot of points on the scoreboard through the use of multiple formations, misdirection and motions that put defenders in conflict by using their techniques or assignments against them.
Pistol Wing T Game Cutups
Pistol Wing T Overview & Terminology
This new DVD, released March 2016 replaces the “INSTALLATION” dvd that Stewart made in 2009
A blueprint for understanding and installing the high-scoring Pistol Wing-T Offense into your football program.
- Combine a common blocking scheme and look-alike backfield actions with multidimensional families of plays
- Learn how to simplify your play calling communication to push the tempo of the Pistol Wing-T
- Get a “value system” to ensure players are in the right position for their mental makeup
After four years of running these schemes, as well as being flown to 33 schools to do private installs, we have made significant updates to this offense since our videos were first released in 2012. – Rick Stewart
If you find that your team is regularly outmatched, winning a football game can be a real challenge. Rick Stewart is a master of helping teams with losing traditions turn their programs around. He has lead three separate high school programs through transitions from perennial losers into playoff-caliber squads.
In this video, Coach Stewart will provide you a detailed overview of the Pistol Wing-T system that has lead to his repeated successes. This up-tempo offense combines a powerful running attack, misdirection, and passing game to score – even against opponents with superior talent. From the advantages and disadvantages to running the Pistol Wing-T, to the attributes of different positions within the offense, to the technique of snapping the ball, Coach Stewart spares no detail in sharing what makes this system work.
See how Coach Stewart organizes his plays into three main “families:” Belly, Buck and Down. Each has the ability to take advantage of a common blocking scheme while still having the flexibility to get the ball to each of your backfield players and attack the defense in a number of ways. This creates a system of “if-then” scenarios where you can always make the defense wrong with the tactics they attempt to use against you. Game film from a variety of schools that have already embraced the Pistol Wing-T revolution will introduce you to some of the plays within the system.
Coach Stewart shares the importance of “look-a-like” motions and blocking schemes that allow for multiple plays from the same formations, making defensive game preparation and reads difficult.
Learn how to confuse the defense with the combination of 15 different formations and up-tempo huddle system. Through visualizations using PowerPoint, player demonstration, and computer simulation, Coach Stewart demonstrates how to huddle players so they can quickly run a play within seconds. Essential details like the fast timing of the snap count and sending players into motion confuse the defense and make it hard for your opponent to run many blitzes or different packages against you. Coach Stewart shows you how the pace can be accelerated even further with a no huddle system.
A system for clearly communicating all of the intricacies of the offense to your players is critical. Coach Stewart utilizes schematics and game film throughout the video to demonstrate how he has changed the Wing-T terminology to simplify play calls for the high school athlete. You will see how plays are signaled from the sideline to players in both huddle and no huddle situations. He continues this simplification by demonstrating and explaining the most efficient huddle strategy for deception and conflict with his easy-to-learn play calling system.
Coach Stewart teaches you all of the terminology that is needed to call out formations, play families, blocks, routes, and more for every snap of the ball. He will walk you through the creation of a play with diagrams that visualize each of his verbal calls.
Additionally, Coach Stewart provides you with a value system of different positions in the offense, along with the required traits for each position. This helps less experienced coaches assign the best players for every position, rather than the stereotypical body types for the various positions.
Make your opponents work twice as hard and put more tallies in the win column for your team with Rick Stewart’s Pistol Wing-T offense!
The Pistol Wing-T Offense: Complete Backfield Drills
The Pistol Wing-T Offense: Year-Round Installation & Practice Plans
The Pistol Wing-T: Complete Passing Game Drills
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