An All-Porpoise Formation
"One ring to rule them all and in the darkness, bind them."
MY GOAL: ONE base formation from which you can pass, run the Wildcat, or run the spread option.
- I want the offense to have some option components which forces the defense to play assignment football and if they miss an assignment, then chunk yardage results.
- There must ALSO be a passing component, otherwise the box is stacked and the offense is stalled.
- I want a formation that spreads out the defense and puts the ball in the hands of the playmaking studs in space.
- I think most option attacks can be stuffed if the defense plays an aggressive, yet disciplined assignment-football. However, if you are able to throw effectively from the formation, you force the defense to back off, open up running lanes via misdirection or gain a man-advantage in blocking and CAN RUN SUCCESSFULLY.
IS IT POSSIBLE?
SOLUTION: The All-Porpoise Formation
- WR _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LT LG C RG RT_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _WR
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _HB _ _ _ _ QB
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TB
- This formation is really not all that exotic, it is just a pistol formation with 3 WR. You can look at the specific personnel groupings in the comments section.
- Quarterback (RB, CH, PW, TT) in the Pistol formation
- Greg Camarillo, Davone Bess, Pat White, Kory Sheets, or Ted Ginn attacking from the Tailback position.
- Defenses are going to try to jam our receivers at the line and dare them to beat them deep. Your best receiver (Greg Camarillo) can avoid the jam by going in motion from the tailback position or slot or simply sneaking downfield from the tailback position.
- You don't really call different plays, you just change personnel. They run the option and read/react to the defense. Practice time is spent reading and reacting. Minimum practice time, maximum different looks. Obviously, you want to maintain continuity and keep the Triggerman the same, but under certain circumstances, you may need to insert a throwing QB in long-yardage scenarios.
- This formation would be new to Tampa Bay, so they would have to scrap all their blitz plays and preparation until they figured out how to beat the new formation.
- It is not really a new formation to the Fins, building on the WildPat formation slightly modified. The Caroline Panthers would have a short week to prepare, so all Miami has to do is fine-tune their execution while Carolina has to guess which personnel grouping they would see.
- I envision it as a new Wildcat Innovation which would have Defensive Coordinators all over the NFL stymied for weeks, but maybe there is a simple defensive modification which makes it all obsolete. You tell me.
- Ultimately, what I am after is a wide-variety of flexible options so that the Fins just focus on a few variants (say pick two of them for the week's game plan) and fine-tune the execution, but the opposing Defensive Coordinator has to play to stop all of the different looks and the defensive players are no longer reacting by instinct, but are thinking too much. They also have to scrap all of their deviously prepared blitzes.
As a reminder, I am including the variant formations in the comments section to minimize information overload. Comments?