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Single Wing and Leather Helmets
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I’ve spoken briefly about this before but when I was a sophomore in high school we got a new football coach. We were coming off of a 1-9 season and were thought to be a school with potential. We were hoping this coach would make us a winner. He didn’t. We went 0-10 and were terrible. It wasn’t all his fault. He had poor assistants, non committed players, a bad defense, and racial problems. It just didn’t work. But that’s not the story – here’s the story.
He came in with the Single Wing offense and he took a lot of heat over it. You see, the Single Wing is known as a short yardage, run based offense that relies on methodical drives that eat up time. Run the ball, run the clock. This offense was popular in the 40’s but by the 50’s it was rendered obsolete. By 1966 no one lined up in the shotgun anymore! That was for those old fashioned players that wore leather helmets. That’s what our parents and fans said. My uncle, who I dearly love and was a heckuva football player scoffed at this offense. In ’66 the popular offense, the wide open offense was the Pro formation – whether out of split backs T or the I. QB under center, run the ball or pass to two wide receivers or a TE. Maybe even backs out of the backfield. Man, this was wide open offense. Coach convinced us players that we could succeed with the Single Wing. No one was familiar with it, they hadn’t seen it. We would give people fits. I believed it. But heck, I didn’t care what offense we ran I just wanted to play football. Well, after 3 games we were getting smashed. The players and parents thought it was the offense. It wasn’t the offense, we were bad football players. Week 4 Coach changed the offense to a Pro style offense. We were excited. Now we would win! Of course we didn’t. Still got smashed the rest of the year.
Now, as I look back I wish he would have stayed with the Sigle Wing. Is lining up in the shotgun that bad? That’s kinda funny cause now it’s very popular to get in the shotgun. Isn’t it funny how things change? In the 60s lining up in the shotgun was like wearin leather helmets. Now NOT lining up in the shotgun is considered archaic. But I’ll bet you could make the SW your base offense and then move guys around and use today’s passing schemes and make a heckuva hybrid offense out of it. Heck, I’ll bet there’s already guys doing it. Here’s the deal. There are still teams that are running the Single Wing and they’re winning. There are teams in the spread and they’re winning. Teams in the Wing-T, winning. Flexbone, winning. Of course there are teams that run all of these offenses that AREN’T winning. Every weekend in America half the teams win and half lose. The point is, you can be successful with any offense. Just know it, believe in it, and have your players believe in it. By the way, my favorite offense that I find exciting? One that relies on methodical drives and eats up the clock. AND THAT’S MY TAKE!
Speaking of the Single Wing, assistant Head and Offensive Line Coach Klynt Weber has a Single Wing video on our store. Coach Weber has been at Sigourney-Keota High School the last 10 years and in that time the Cobras have made the playoffs 8 times. SK led the state of Iowa in rushing in 2017 with over 3,600 yards. He’s an outstanding line coach that knows how to get kids in the right position.
Coach Weber begins with personnel, how they’re trained and how they put them in positions. He then addresses why they run the Single Wing at Sigourney-Keota and why it’s been so effective. Lineman rules, and base plays of Dive/Iso, Off Tackle Power, Sweep, Counter, Sprint Out Pass, and Sucker are covered. Plenty of drills, diagrams and game film help explain the basics of this high powered running attack. It’s Chiefpigskin’s best Single Wing video.
Been watchin any of the baseball playoffs? You know I have cause I’m a baseball fan and a huge Cardinal fan. They won game 5 against the Braves 13-1 to advance to the NLCS. 10 runs in 1st inning – crazy! But I will not boast or gloat, it could just as easily happen to the Cards in their next game. I’m a little surprised they’re playing the Nationals. The Dodgers were heavy favorites. They’d been to the last 2 WS and this was their best team winning 106 games. Dream season. This was their year to win it all. Then they get knocked out in the 1st round. Baseball is very unpredictable. Even in a 5 or 7 game series. I felt bad for Kershaw, he’s a really good guy that has had a tough time in the post season. But the Dodgers were trying to get to the WS for the 3rd consecutive year. Do you know hard it is to get 3 in a row? Heck, it’s hard to get there once! So I don’t know what’s gonna happen but – Go Cards!
One more thing…big college football games this weekend. Who ya got? Oklahoma or Texas? USC or Notre Dame? Florida or LSU? Wisconsin or Mich. St.? I’m goin Oklahoma, Notre Dame, LSU, and Wisconsin.
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The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. G. Patton
Sweet 16 Countdown: 51. Alaska -9.2 50. Vermont -1.7 49. North Dakota 3.3 48. Wyoming 5.2 47. Rhode Island 8.4 46. District of Columbia 8.4 45. Delaware 14.7 44. South Dakota 15.3 43. New Hampshire 16.7 42. Montana 19.2 41. Maine 19.5 40. New Mexico 20.5 39. Oregon 24.2 38. West Virginia 26.3 37. Nevada 31.2 36. Idaho 32.2 35. Nebraska 32.6 34. New York 33.0 33. Iowa 34.4 32. Minnesota 35.9 31. Kentucky 36.3 30. Hawaii 36.5 29. Connecticut 37.3 28. Massachusetts 38.3 27. Wisconsin 39.9 26. Virginia 40.8 25. Oklahoma 41.5 24. Michigan 41.53 23. Kansas 41.8 22. Tennessee 41.9 21. Washington 42.6 20. Indiana 43.9 19. Colorado 44.4 18. South Carolina 44.61 17. New Jersey 44.63 16. Arkansa 45.0 15. Arizona 45.2 14. Mississippi 45.6 13. Alabama 45.8 12. Utah 46.0 11. North Carolina 46.7 10. Missouri 49.0 9. Pennsylvania 49.9 8. Illinois 50.3 7. Louisiana 51.9 6. Maryland 52.8 5. Georgia 57.2 4. Texas 60.8 3. Ohio 61.0 2. Florida 62.5 1. California 69.4
Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.