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Eagle Series

Submitted By: Rick Allison
Formation
Offensive Line - The offensive line splits are much closer than our Wing-T (6 inches). The thinking is if we can get the interior defenders gathered in the middle of the field it will be easier to pass to outside portions of the field, also there will be less space in the gaps for a middle linebacker blitz to get thru.
Fullback/ 3 Back - He will line up like he would in any other Wing-T formation, 4 yards off the LOS and directly behind the Center in a three point stance.
The 2 and 4 Backs - Alignment is relative to the outside most down lineman. Two yards off the LOS and 2 yards outside of the offensive tackle, in a two point stance on a inward 45º angle.
Wide Outs - The wide outs will line up at least 10 yards outside of the wing man but never less then 7 yards from the sideline. Stance shall be typical.

Calling The Audible
The cadence we typically use is: The name of a color followed by a play name and then "Down--Set--Hut Hut".
Example: Blue 44 Wham--Blue 44 Wham--Down--Set--Hut 1--Hut 2
Take notice that the color and the play were called twice. The QB will yell it one time to right of center and one time to the left of center and then while looking straight forward he will start the count . The example above means absolutely nothing. The only time that the team should worry about an audible is when the QB calls the hot color. The hot color changes from time to time
When the QB starts with the hot color, the play that follows will be the new play. The team must forget what was called in the huddle and execute the audible that the QB just called. The count for all audibles will be on 3.
There are two separate times the quarterback will call an audible:
• One is when the coach has told him to read the defense and call the play at the line of scrimmage. In this case there will be no play called in the huddle. QB will call the formation and say "Check with me at the line". This means that the play he calls at the line will be the play you must execute no matter what the color.
• The second will be when there is an automatic. An automatic is a pre-set offensive play for a certain defensive look, formation or a tendency that we picked up on thru or scouting efforts.

Hypotenuse
A right triangle contains one interior angle that is equal to 90 degrees, the side opposite this right angle being called the hypotenuse and the other two sides the legs. Leg "A" is the distance between the WR and the Safety. Leg "B" is the distance between the WR and where the ball will be caught. The distance between where the Safety and where the ball will be caught is the hypotenuse.

The Eagle Automatic (Base Play)
The definition of an automatic is as follows: After breaking out of the huddle we notice a weakness in the opposing team's defensive alignment or formation. When this happens we will run a pre-determined play that is designed to exploit this particular weakness.
When the Eagle formation has been called in the huddle the wide outs will read the corner back and safety to their side of the field. If the CB is playing hard inside or appears to be creeping up to blitz or play run (or maybe just out of position) then the WR should check the Safety. If we have our hypotenuse (explained above) with the Safety, the WR will give the QB a pre-determined single (such as hands on the hips or adjust helmet) which tells the QB "I'm open for a Sideline Route". The quarterback will check each wide receiver prior to starting the cadence to see if he is calling for the automatic. The example below shows the wide receiver on the left is covered but the one the right has been ignored by the defense.

Eagle Swing Right/Left (Base Play)

The QB will take two steps down the LOS and then belly back behind the FB's block. As the QB pulls out from under center he must be reading the play-side coverage. The quarterback's first receiver is the play-side wide-out. The second receiver is the Swing route. The third is the play-side Wing on a Seam (Skinny Post). The QB may run the ball anytime he feels he can gain 5 yards or more.
The FB should get outside position on the OLB so that QB can break the defensive containment. If the FB is unable to gain outside leverage he should just kick-out the DE/OLBer and the QB will sprint to 6 (or 5) and set up.
The Play-Side Wide-Out will run a 7 yard Curl Route. He must shield the CB with his body and work back to the QB as he catches the ball.
The Motion Wing-Back will go in motion 3 counts prior to the snap of the ball, and should be behind the FB at the snap of the ball. The motion Wingman will then proceed to get position on the LOS at about 7 yards from the sideline.
The Play-Side Wing will run a Seam route, this must be convincing so that the safety does not cover the curl route by the WR.
The Off-Side Wide-Out will run a Sideline route taken the CB with him. It is VERY important that this route be run at full speed. After our WR runs this route 3 or 4 times the CB will let down. When he does we will give the automatic call.
Adjustments for 3 deep (or sometimes called Cover 3) will be as shown with the blue lines to indicate the adjustments for the receiver routes. Offside WR will take 3-5 hard steps at the outside shoulder of the CB and break hard to the deep middle of the field. The play-side Wing will run a corner route.
Note we will also run this as a play action pass. The name of the play is simply Eagle Swing Right Action. The reason I added this is due the "wrong shoulder technique" used by most defenses, also it helps set up other plays in our Eagle Package that you will see later. The only difference is that the FB takes a fake over the play-side OG and will block the first threat, while the play-side OG will pull and attempt to log the defensive contain man.
Eagle Pop Right/Left

The Pop Pass is designed for a gain of 5-10 yards but can be broken for big yardage if we catch the defense in a rotation of the DB's.
The QB takes one step back and releases the ball into the mid-section of the play-side Wing. Any higher then that could result in a interception. If the wing man is covered or something has went wrong just drill the ball at his feet.
The Play-Side Wide-Out uses run-off or stalk block technique.
The Play-Side Wing must run this pass route with precision. First step should be with the outside foot and must be angled slightly towards the sideline. On the third step he must plant and find the seam of the defense. If all works well the play-side Wing will hit the seam between the on-side safety rotating away to cover the curl route and the off-side safety coming in the proper direction, however he will be to far away from the play to make the tackle.
The Off-Side Wing goes in motion to get the defense to rotate, he should finish his swing route.
The Off-Side Wide-Out will run a Sideline route taken the CB with him. It is VERY important that this route be run at full speed. After our WR runs this route 3 or 4 times the CB will let down. When he does we will give the automatic call.
The Fullback will run a off-side dive to the "B" gap with the intent to get the MLB to take a step away from or on-side Wing mans route.
Offensive Line will fire out as if the play were a 31 Dive (Stay Low)
Speed Option Left/Right

The play name will simply be "Eagle Speed Option Right (or Left)" no RB or hole number will be given. The QB will have one of two options: pitch or run. We will not block the outside linebacker, instead he will be the option read for the QB.
Blocking for the Speed Option - The interior OL must insure that the defensive linemen are blocked before thinking about blocking a LBer. The on-side Wingback will seal the MLB or combo block with the on-side OT. The pitch man must go in motion 2 counts before the ball is snapped which should put him about at the off-side OG's position at the snap of the ball, he must stay 2 yards behind and 3 yards outside of the QB at all times looking at the QB and anticipating the pitch. The Fullback (3-Back) will try to get outside of the CB and block him anticipating that the pitch will be made to the 2-Back. The QB must run dead at the inside number of the OLBer, if the QB can see the numbers on his chest the QB should pitch the ball, if the QB keeps the ball he must cut sharply up field in the off-tackle area (5 or 6 hole) .
Eagle 43/24 Trap

The Inside Trap is a large part of our Eagle Package. Of coarse we also have a very standard 33 & 34 Dive play to go with the package. But, you will not find it displayed here. Why not? Because it very standard and there is no need to go into explanation.
The QB should use the same footwork as the Swing Pass. A Quality fake will be made to the FB. The hand-off will be made to the Wingman inside of the QB.
The Play-side Wing will motion as if we were running the Swing Pass. He must follow out his complete route.
The Fullback will block the first defensive threat. If his fake is good and he gets tackled that it even better than a block.
The play-side WR will use his run-off or stalk block technique.
Off-Side WR will use the down and across rule.
Offensive Line use our trap blocking rule. The first defender on the LOS and outside of the POA will be trapped.
Eagle 47/28 Sweep

The Sweep will compliment the other plays in our Eagle package, particularly if the LBers are keying on our QB's first steps--then this play will serve us as somewhat of a reverse play.
The QB should come out from under center and run down the LOS, he will make the hand-off--after about 2-3 steps--to the Wing. He must then seal the off-side pursuit.
The Play-side Wing will block the play-side defensive contain man. He must get outside position on the DE/OLB for his block to be effective.
The Fullback will execute a down field block on the outside most defender.
The play-side WR will execute a Crack Back block on the first defensive threat. This will either be a LB or the Safety coming up to make the play.
Off-Side WR will Stalk block the defender in coverage on him.
Offensive Line will use the same blocking for this Sweep as normal. Guards will make line calls if they read blitz or if a defender is in the play-side "A" gap.