The Wedge: Part I


The Wedge? What Wing-T series does that play fall into? None.

Yet, it does fit with the philosophy of the Wing-T. In Chapter 3 of The Delaware Wing-T: An Order of Football, Coaches Raymond and Kempski explain how the Wing-T offense consists primarily of a rushing attack. Here is an excerpt from p. 27:

“The core of any football team is hardness and as there is no separation of offense from defense, the style of offense affects the defense. The development of a gruelling consistent ground game builds a desire to dominate the opponent physically. How the ball is moved then shares importance with moving the ball itself.”

When I call the Wedge in a game, I am looking to demonstrate “hardness,” and to “dominate the opponent physically.” While it fits as a play when you’re looking for a yard or two, it is also a great opportunity to trample the defense right after a big gain.

At one point, when I was trying to figure out what the Wing-T was, I got into the Double Wing offense. Two TEs, two WBs, and foot-to-foot splits. I went to a clinic, bought some materials, and read a lot on the internet. One day, I mentioned to the HC that I was reading about the DW and he said, “I hate that frickin’ offense.” So much for that. I thought that it was the Wing-T, since it looked so much like the formations we used most of the time. What did I know? Once the HC made his feelings known, I couldn’t pursue it anymore, but I had spent a chunk of change on the materials, so I wanted something from it. Our HC wanted us to have the boys run Bucksweep, and Belly, and Waggle, but still left the frosh and MS staffs with a lot of freedom. I kept the Wedge.

I had DVDs and playbooks from Steve Calande, an acknowledged DW guru. His video clinic of the Wedge was my main source of information. You have a seven man OL, with foot-to-foot splits, so there is virtually no chance of penetration. The two WBs prevent outside defenders from making the tackle from behind. The FB goes straight up the middle, taking the handoff. The QB reverses like on FB Trap and then waggles out.

A segment of one of Coach Calande’s clinic on YouTube:

I contacted Coach Calande and he gave me this quote: “I have used the wedge play anywhere on the field, any situation with effect. You have to look for opportunity to use it, you don’t want to use it versus bear crawlers and froggers but it’ll run over just about anything else.”

The same guy who was my former HC at Glen Este told me that at Batavia this past season, “We killed people with Wedge.” They did that en route to a playoff victory for a team that had two wins all of last season.

A buddy of mine who was a part-time 7th grade coach, due to his class schedule, saw the value of the Wedge when he coached the freshmen with me. After seeing what the defense was doing one game, he took it upon himself to install the play during a timeout. In that time, after hearing about the play ONCE for a matter of seconds, the play gained fifty yards.

“Part II” of the Wedge article will explain how to install the play, and throw in some variations/adjustments to help it be successful and to fit into your Wing-T system.

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2 Responses to “The Wedge: Part I”

  1. Mark Bruger says:

    I have seen this “wedge” used several times and it is time to put a stop to it… How may penalities do you see in the above picture? I see 3 (1 Interlocking – 2 Holding – 3 Aiding the Runner) — If you run this offense there is only 1 way to stop it – Take the offensive lineman out at the knees – Is that really what we should be teaching players? Attack the knees of the O-line – Time to start looking a the “Wedge Offense” for what it really is…

  2. donbjacobs says:

    Zooming in, I think that I saw a hold, too.

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