NFL Wing T & Single Wing Flag Football

By FirstDown PlayBook on Sep 15, 2023
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Here at FirstDown PlayBook we have noticed an interesting trend that is common to the NFL and your NFL Flag leagues. Wing T and even Single Wing concepts are showing up on a regular basis on Sundays and at your flag football games each weekend.

Gone are the days when the best coaches on the planet try to run the ball downhill all day and call a play action off of it. Today’s NFL coaches are diagraming a lot more misdirection with pullers, jet sweeps and of course RPO’s.

Using all 53 and a third of a football field with these Wing T and Single Wing concepts has allowed NFL offenses to freeze defenders with the misdirection while still attacking with a potent passing game. This is where the smart flag football coaches are catching on as well.

You may remember several Super Bowls ago that the Kansas City Chiefs ran a Single Wing play for a touchdown on the goal line. There are plenty of places for Wing T and Single Wing concepts like this with flag football plays too. Flag football coaches are understanding that throwing the ball every play is a losing proposition.

We See More Wing T & Even Single Wing Concepts In The NFL & NFL Flag Offenses

A lot of what goes into a Single Wing or Wing T offense is deception and misdirection. If you noticed the formation that Kansas City ended up in that Super Bowl, you saw that Mahomes was lined up where he could have taken the snap just as easily as the running back did.

This position is commonly referred to as the “Spinner”. The center actually snapped the ball to a spot directly between Mahomes and the ball carrier. The defense never knew who had the ball until the player actually had it in their hands. So why is this thought exclusive to tackle football? Short answer is, it isn’t. You can incorporate this into your flag football plays too.

12 Powerful 5v5 Flag Football Formations

FirstDown PlayBook has a formation similar to the Single Wing in our 5v5 flag football offense. We call this formation Split Backs and it is designed to do the same thing. The defense should not know who is taking the snap until the last possible second because there is no reason to show them this. This formation and the flag football plays that come with it create misdirection.

That’s a helpful advantage because in many of the flag football leagues the quarterback cannot run the ball. Take a look at this short video and you just might come up with some Single Wing or Wing T ideas for your flag football plays and your offense. If you run them fast and flawless the defense will have a hard time finding the football.

FirstDown PlayBook offers you 12 different 5v5 Flag Football formations just like the ones you see below. You should consider one or two of these for your NFL Flag offense. Tap on any one of the tiles below to visit the article describing that formation. After reading the article then go join FirstDown PlayBook and get busy coaching your NFL Flag team with the best playbook available!

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