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Wing T Offense Plays & Playbook

Wing T 100 Formation

Wing T Offense Plays and Playbook- Breakdown

The wing t offense is proven and can be executed successfully on any level of football. This offense is also very deceptive.  Every play looks the same for the first few steps. Every wing t coach knows and runs the belly, buck sweep, power, trap, counter, and waggle series. In my opinion, these are some of the best players of all time. I love this offense because it is truly a series based offense. Every play will set another play up!  You will see many different variations of the wing t offense.  There is the traditional under center wing t. There is the spread, and pistol wing t that utilize a mobile QB. There are many other offenses that utilize wing t tactics as well. Here’s a breakdown of the Wing T Offense Plays and Playbook.

The Wing T Offense, Plays, Playbooks, and Tips

Skilled Positions

The wing t offense will utilize one or two wing-backs at one time (some say slot & wing). Having a wing-back will allow you to outflank the defense. The wing-back will be able to down block on any c-gap defender or a wide defensive tackle. The wing-back can double team an aggressive defensive end that is difficult to block. The wing-back can be used to execute some kick-out blocks and seal blocks. The wing-back can also run a pass pattern.  The wing-back and tight-end flank as you can see in the 100 & 900 formation below create  real conflict for the defense. Wing-backs should be your best all around players. They need to be able to block, catch, and run the football. Our full-back is usually a bigger stronger kid, that can block as well.   The QB does not have to be a stud. This is a simple offense to teach and the kids will catch onto it quickly.  The split-end will need to be a kid that can catch the ball and stalk block well in space. For this offense to work all players must carry out their fakes.

Here are a couple basic wing t offense formations:

100 Formation


Wing T 100 Formation




900 Formation

 Wing T 900 Formation






Wing T Red Formation





Wing T Blue Formation




Offensive Line

My favorite aspect of the wing t offense is the angle/down blocking scheme. The wing t offense will use a lot of down, trap, and kick out blocks. Working angles will allow your offensive linemen to flatten some of these defensive linemen. Angle/down blocking is an excellent way to utilize a smaller offensive line. This offense uses some combination blocks as well. The combination blocks can be used to get some movement on a dominate D-linemen. The guards will usually have to be decent athletes because they will be pulling. When you consistently pull guards you can also do some false pulls. False pulls, mostly know as key breakers will throw off the defender that are keying the guards. Key breaker are when you pull a linemen to the opposite side you are running to. A key breaker can be used to make a play look like another play that has already been executed.

The wing t offense also utilizes a tight-end.  Personally, I love having a tight-end because it creates conflict for the defense. You can down block with the tight-end. You can double team defensive linemen with the TE. Having a TE will spread the defense out horizontally and will create an additional  gap that the defense will have to be responsible for. Tight-ends make the formation strong. Let’s not forget that the tight-end can be a passing threat.

Key-breaker example:

Buck Sweep (guards pulling)



Buck Sweep



Counter (key breaker example)

 Counter Play out of wing t

You can see the (LG) is pulling out to the left. You can see how the (right back) is faking buck sweep to the left. The RG helps with the nose guard, then combos onto the middle backer. These two plays have been the staple mark of the Wing T Offense for a long time!

Wing T Offense Plays

Best Wing T Offense Plays and Playbook:

  • Buck Sweep
  • Jet Sweep
  • Jet Power
  • Wedge
  • Rocket Sweep
  • Post-Wheel

The wing t offense has evolved over time and in my opinion it is more explosive than ever!  The jet sweep allows your  athletes to receive the ball while running full speed. This play attacks the edge of the defense quickly and puts the defense in conflict.  Having motion will force the defense to slant or roll coverage to the motion side, leaving them open for a counter play off of the motion. You can also use the jet motion back as a lead blocker. You can have the jet motion player go out and run a pass route also.  The rocket sweep out of the wing t offense has also gained much popularity. The rocket sweep is a play which attacks the edge of the defense. I feel the rocket sweep is even more explosive play than jet. Running Jet and or Rocket sweep to your best athlete can devastate defenses. My best RB last year had 1,800 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.  I believe at least 7 where on jet sweep and 6 on rocket sweep.

Many teams will now run trap, power, counter, and waggle off of jet motion.  Now a days many teams are utilizing the mobile quarterback.  Teams will use the pistol or spread wing t which will make the QB a running threat. Numerous teams will run zone reads, QB draws, QB counters, QB powers, and  QB sweeps.  Having a mobile QB takes the offense to an entire new level. It pretty much takes away the defense’s extra defender. It makes the defense game plan for the QB as a running threat. It really makes it 11 vs 11. Utilize a mobile QB by downloading our Shotgun Wing T Playbook.

Jet Sweeps:

(See Also) The Jet Sweep in Youth Football

(See Also) The Wedge Play in Youth Football

Rocket Sweep

(See Also) Rocket Sweep in Youth Football 

Post-Wheel Passing Concept

The Post-wheel Passing Concept is a great 1-2 punch with Jet Sweep. The jet motion will put the outside linebacker in conflict. If he comes up hard for jet sweep, you’ll have the wheel wide open. If he sits on the wheel, then keep running Jet Sweep.

The Shotgun Wing T Offense Plays and Playbook

The Shotgun Wing-T offense is a variation of the traditional Wing-T offense that incorporates the shotgun formation as a way to add a modern twist to this classic offensive system. The Wing-T offense itself is a run-heavy, misdirection-based offensive scheme that has been used successfully at various levels of football for many years. It is known for its deceptive plays, counteractions, and the use of multiple running backs.

Here are some key characteristics of the Shotgun Wing-T offense:

Shotgun Formation: Unlike the traditional Wing-T, which typically lines up the quarterback under center, the Shotgun Wing-T has the quarterback in a shotgun formation, several yards behind the center. This allows the quarterback to have a better view of the defense and makes it easier for quick decisions.

Multiple Backs: The offense still features multiple running backs, including fullbacks, halfbacks, and wingbacks. These backs are used for various roles in the running game, including carrying the ball, blocking, and running misdirection plays.

Misdirection and Counter Plays: Just like the traditional Wing-T, the Shotgun Wing-T relies heavily on misdirection and counter plays to confuse the defense. It often involves plays where the ball can go to different backs, making it difficult for the defense to predict where the play is headed.

Option Elements: Some Shotgun Wing-T systems incorporate option plays, allowing the quarterback to read the defense and decide whether to hand off the ball to a running back, keep it and run, or pitch it to another back.

Passing Game: While the Wing-T is primarily a running offense, the Shotgun Wing-T may incorporate more passing plays due to the shotgun formation’s advantages for passing. Quarterbacks in the shotgun have more time to scan the field and pass protection can be easier to establish.

Blocking Schemes: The offensive line can use zone blocking schemes to create running lanes for the ball carriers. The linemen need to be agile and capable of executing both run and pass blocks effectively. However, the wing t utilizes mostly gap scheme run plays.

Quick Tempo: Some teams that run the Shotgun Wing-T may use a no-huddle or hurry-up tempo to keep the defense off balance and limit substitutions.

Skill Position Flexibility: Players in the Shotgun Wing-T offense are expected to be versatile and capable of performing various roles, including running, blocking, and receiving. This versatility is essential for the offense’s success.

The Shotgun Wing-T is a versatile offensive system that combines elements of both traditional Wing-T and modern spread offenses. It can be effective at the high school and college levels, as it can confuse defenses with its misdirection and create opportunities for big plays on the ground and through the air. However, like any offensive system, its success depends on the talent of the players executing it and the coaching staff’s ability to teach and implement the scheme effectively.


Wing T playbooks: 

The Wing T Offense

-Easy to implement.

-Coaches, players, and parents will love it.

-Be fast even if you do not have fast players (jet motion).

-Create an unbalanced formation with jet motion.

-Give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares and serious alignment conflicts.

-Create an identity,  become a wing t team


Playbook: Shotgun Wing T Playbook 

Playbook: Pistol Wing T Playbook 

We hope this Wing T Offense Plays and Playbook breakdown has helped! It’s a great offense that can be implemented on all age levels of youth football. It’s a great offense and it will give you team an identify.