Teams that do not have a number of talented players have sometimes found success with offenses like the single wing. This unique offense can allow you to be effective on offense with a couple of talented players and allows you to “hide” a player that might otherwise be a liability in more traditional schemes.
If you are considering the single wing, you must understand your players strengths and weakness and position them accordingly. In the video clip below was taken from a Glazier Clinic. In the clip Coach Darlington does a great job of describing the type of player that you must have in each position. If you are considering running single wing, then this video is a great place to start.
You can also checkout more videos like this one at the Glazier Clinics YouTube Channel
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Here is a quick recap of single wing personnel and the type of player you need at each position.
1. Tailback – Best Runner. If he can throw that is a plus
2. Wingback – Quick, usually short. Must be able to run and catch. The wingback and tailback are the keys. These must be good players.
3. Fullback – Must be a tough lead blocker first and foremost. His ability to run or catch will dictate what “series” other that power that you can run.
4. Blocking Back – This player must be tough and love to hit. He is your extra blocker
5. X – This is a true wide receiver. If you do not have one, play two tight ends
6. Tight End – Blocker first. Only runs drags, verticals and corners
7. Power Guard – Most agile offensive lineman. He must be physical and hit in space. Does not have to be big.
8. Outside Tackle – Best true lineman. Best Reacher. Second best puller. Must be able to reach a wide defensive end.
9. Split Guard – he has to be able to move or run a bit. He will be pulling to both the week and strong sides.
10. Center – Accurate snapper. Second worst lineman. Needs to be at least average blocker. Will mostly snap and block the A-gap
11. Inside Tackle – the worst offensive lineman. This is a place to hide a guy. Maybe a guy with size but poor movement. He never pulls. 90-percent of the time he will down block