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Using the 3-4 Defense to Shut Down the Wing – T Offense

The wing – t offense has been giving defenses headaches for eons of time, but now is the time to shut it down!

I played offensive line in high school and college, and the offense we ran at my high school was the wing – t offense. I believe that you must understand the wing – t offense from an offensive point of view before you start to develop your defensive plan of how to stop it.

The wing – t offense is built on very simple blocking rules and confusing backfield motions, bootlegs and hand fakes. The KEY to stopping the wing – t is training your players to have FANATICAL eyes that read their keys and do THEIR JOB! Wing – t teams’ feast off of defenses that are undisciplined, but struggle against teams that keep the scheme simple and the defensive players read their keys and do their job on every snap.

This article will focus on shutting down 3 of the base plays of a wing – t offense: buck sweep, trap, and bootleg pass. The defensive scheme we will be using is the 3-4 man coverage concept with some simple adjustments that can be used versus a wing – t offense. I will detail the reads and keys for each position and explain how it all fits together, so we can stop the wing – t offense.
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