Coaching 101: The Wishbone
Posted September 16, 2013
With Georgia Tech running all over Duke on Saturday and the Tar Heels having to face the Yellow Jacket offense next, coach Steve Logan breaks down The Wishbone in this week's Coaching 101 clinic.
The wishbone creates several options for a running offense, like Georgia Tech's. The wishbone is set up with a quarterback under center, a fullback close behind him and two halfbacks further back on either side of the fullback. They players line up like an inverted "Y" or "wishbone" shape.
It is designed to run a triple option but let's begin with just the option. The option aims to eliminate a defender without having to block him. In the Double Option the defender will have to make a choice between which of two offensive players to eliminate, leaving the player assigned to that defensive player open and leaving the offensive player the defender didn't block open to carry the ball. The quarterback will read the defender and ultimately decide whether to run, pitch or pass to a receiver.
The Triple Option eliminates two defenders without blocking them, freeing two offensive linemen to block different defenders. The extra blocker is what makes the Wishbone successful.