Saturday, December 14, 2013

TB Series

One year on our JV team we had a QB who could pass but not run and a TB who could run but not pass.  We ran all the base Fat plays with the TB and the QB blocking.  We added a TB Series where we switched them and added these plays.  This formation also gave a great Play Action pass fromthe base Fat plays.
Base Fat Plays 
TB Power

TB Sweep
Wing Wham
 QB Wham

Play Action Pass


Friday, December 6, 2013

2007 Fat Series

2006 Fat Series

Buck Lateral Video

HB Plays

HB Blast

HB Power

HB Wham

HB Sweep

HB Buck Lateral


Unbalanced Formations

Double Under, Over, Outside=Stupid

Fat Passing Game

History of the Fat Formation, BEAST and the Yale!

I had ran the Power I as my goal line offense for many years.  In 1999 we dabble with the Shotgun and later in 2000 is when Northwestern shocked the football world with their power shotgun run offense. In 2001 I had a great running QB and I was figuring out ways to get him the ball.  I brought in a true FB in the backfield and started running I back type plays to the QB.  I then tried to figure  a way to get the Power I into the offense and moved 2 FB next to each other.  During this time a team in our league played a Single Wing Team and I noticed I could run my double FB offense from a balanced set.  We introduced it in the 2001 season and called it Jumbo.  One of my players mother asked me when we were going to run those plays were I bring in all the "fat guys" and hence the name was born. 

Searching the Internet I found the Single Wing Forum on Delphi and discovered Steve Calande was running something similar called the BEAST.  The only difference was he was running 3 FB's where I had 2 and a Wing.  Later on I found about about the Yale Formation from some older Single Wing coaches.  Its amazing how 2 different coaches from opposite ends of the country came up with a similar formation and plays, never knowing about each others work till they were finished.

Here is a good link about the Yale

Steve Calande's BEAST

WR in the Fat Formation

Using a WR in the Fat Formation can give you a great advantage in the passing game.  A lone WR will usually get single coverage allowing a great athlete to become a force for you. 

Using a WR in the formation gives you a definite weak side and the defense might not commit as many players to that side.  This really opens up your weak side run (Wham).

Another advantage is if the defense commits 2 players to your WR you are now playing 10 on 9 in the run game.


Here are some great routes that you can use to get your WR 1 on 1 and become a great playmaker

Outside Route

Inside Routes


Shooter (Wedge) Video

More Fat Formation Footage from 2010

Fat Formation Video's from Coaches Choice

Video can be bought here
Here is the Diagrams I used for the Video
More information can be found at

Fat Formation Practice Ideas

Repetition - Repetition - Repetition
Practice the plays against air.  Work on getting off the ball and the backs running full speed thru the holes

Linemen can work on double teams and getting off the ball in Indy period.
Linemen can work against a DL in Indy period working on pushing DL into LB's
Linemen can work against different fronts and how their Double Teams change.

****Key Point 
Work against DL that cut or submarine the linemen.  They need to work on getting over the top and laying down on the the cutting DL.  They need to give the backs a chance to get thru the holes.  The worst scenario is the line gets cut and their feet/bodies cause a pile on the line and in the backfield.
A great scenario is to run it at a scout team and give them extra players.  15-20 players on defense. This boosts the confidence of the offense as they see they can get yards against a numbers advantage.  It also gives the backs positive reinforcement as they see the success of plays when they run thru the holes full speed versus looking for a hole.
Other ideas are to tell the defense the play and say Stop it!  Tell your Defensive Coordinator to get imaginative and stop the offense.  This gives you the OC, different scenarios to overcome, look for play and formation advantages. 

Fat Blocking Scheme

Blocking rules for 5 linemen
  • Get off the ball and drive
  • Block DL don't block LB's.
  • Get as many double teams as possible and drive them into LB's
  • block inside gap first and help the center with a NG
  • Foot to Foot Splits
If the Linemen gets off the ball and drives somebody he cannot be WRONG!

The blocking scheme is always the same for the 5 downline.  Their main objective is to get off the ball and drive the DL into the LB's.  A vertical push will make the wall that will allow the backs to run threw.

All the different schemes are made by the backs and TE's.  Most of the time the TE's will also be part of the double team process with the line gicing you 7 blockers getting off the ball.

The main objective for the backs is to secure the kico out blocks and get thru the line.  Some teams will cut and cause piles ups and it is imperative for the backs to get thru and not clog up the hole.  If the lead blocker can get thru then the runner can too.

If you notice on the video one of the lead blockers gets thru the hole and blocks absoulty no one!  But the Runner gets thru and follows him. 


7 Diamond

Fat Formation Video

Base Fat Offense

This is all that is needed to run a complete offense.  There are many other things you can add to help make this more effective but these simple ideas will give you enough answers to beatwhat the defense throws at you.
Base Fat Offense
Single Fat
Double Fat

Smash Pass Play in the Smash Concept Clinic

Smash Video


Basic Pass

Smash Concept

The Smash concept is an easy read.  Designed to be Part of the quick passing game allows this play to be great vs. Zone, Blitz and Man coverage.  The concept starts with a 2 on 1 read on the CB.  We try to get 2 WR’s to Hi-Low the CB with a low read at 5 yards and a high read at 15 yards.  The simplicity of this read allows the QB to have confidence as he makes his decision on who to throw to.  The CB cannot be right as he cannot cover both WR’s due to the depth constrictions. 
Low-Hi Read
The first read is to look short on the Smash Concept.  The QB is told to catch the snap and throw the short route first.  He is to throw this route every time unless the CB makes him throw the deep route.  As most defense’s have their CB take the deep coverage this read is an easy pitch and catch.  The defense gives us the short route and we take the easy yards.  This quick hitter has the potential to be a big gainer if the defense does not make the tackle.  This read is a great way to get your athletes in space and let their natural talent take over.  This read is great against Blitz and heavy pass rush as the QB is getting rid of the ball immediately.  

Read It
The Read it is the QB reads what the CB is doing.  If the CB drops he throws the short route.  If the CB covers the short route he throws the deep route.  The Advantages to this read is the QB does not have to worry about disguising defenses as he makes his read after the defense reacts.  This allows the QB to deliver the right pass to the right WR not matter what the defense does.  The dis-advantage to the read is the ball is held longer and the QB has to worry about blitz, the rush and protection breaking down.

High Read
The High Read is used whenever we need a long gain; the defense is not covering the Deep route or man coverage.  This read is a great play for 3rd and long as it will give you the yardage for a first down.  The QB knows he needs more time on this read so he will drop 3 steps and deliver the ball on the WR’s break.  Another time this read is great is against cover 2 where the Safeties are responsible for covering the deep outside zone.  Since the safeties have to be aware of a WR running to their inside they cannot jump the outside where the Smash Concept is going.  This allows the WR to fake inside and open up in the deep outside area.   When the CB comes up in man coverage on the WR this also gives the QB the automatic High read.  The advantages of the High read is the QB is confident and knows where he is going to pass the ball.  The Dis-advantages are like the Read it he has to worry about the Blitz and pass rush. The Wing running the Flat route becomes a secondary check down if the QB cannot throw the High read

The Smash Concept is a great quick hitter, takes what the defense gives and has the potential to be a long gainer.  The easy read allows the QB to be confidante in his decision making process and concentrate on delivering a great throw.  The versatility of only having to make one read with having the diversity of running a lot of plays gives the offense an advantage as the defense has to determine and practice the many scenarios it creates.
Wing Route
The Wing will line up 1 yard out by 1 yard deep from the TE. He runs a speed flat route trying to gain depth as he runs toward the sideline.  He should have an angle as if he would run out of bounds at 7 Yards.  He needs to outrun the defender to the sideline.  He needs to get his head and numbers around quickly and look for the ball immediately from the QB as he is the first read.  The TE should naturally pick the OLB with his release allowing you to outrun him to the sideline.  If the CB jumps you keep running to the sideline as you might outrun him with your horizontal route.  If not the QB will read it and hit the TE deep behind the CB. The QB needs to make this throw ASAP.  This route opens up now and the ball should be delivered then.  The throw needs to be thrown at the back of the Wings head as this angle should put the ball right on the money as the wing turns his head and numbers back to the QB.  This throw needs velocity to get the Wing the ball and let him turn up field for a big gain.  The QB should try practice catching the snap and throwing the ball without the laces as this will speed up the throw...

TE Route
The TE can run a traditional break at 10 yards Corner route but I prefer a diagonal Corner route as it puts a bigger strain on the Hi-Low read on the CB.  The TE needs to run at the outside shoulder of the OLB and cover 2 Safety.  He should try to naturally pick the OLB with his vertical release. When he gets to a depth of 10 yards he runs diagonally to an area 15-20 yards behind the CB.  The TE needs to look for the ball after he makes his breaks. He must try to maintain the High part of the read on the CB.  If the CB drops Deep and takes away the Corner route. The TE can adjust his route to a15 yard Out route.  Another adjustment on a deep CB is to sit in the open area 12-15 yards after making his corner break.  The QB needs to throw the ball with some velocity, high and over the top at a height about 13-15 feet.  This will allow the TE to catch the ball in the seam, over the CB or away from the safety.
The Bomb is a great add on and homerun type play.  The backside TE runs a Middle Post route.  This is a great call on any team that plays Cover 0 or against an Over agressive FS who flys up in run support or jumps the TE on Smash.


Basic Fat Plays

The base plays are enough for an entire offense.  There is a combination of power, speed, mis-direction pass and play action.  The base run plays are Blast, Power, Sweep, Wham (Counter) and Shooter (Wedge). The defense cannot effectively cover all the areas these plays hit.  The main objective in play calling is find where they are weak and exploit that area.






Basic Fat Formations

The two basic formations are Single and Double Fat. The Main advantage to Single Fat is the same player is always the kick out block.  This allows for a bigger, stronger player to be the lead block and allow for a faster, shiftier player to play in the backfield as a blocker and runner.  The main advantage of Double Fat is it adds a FB game as the FB has a lead blocker for Power and Sweep Plays

Single Fat

Double Fat


Welcome to Fat Formation

I'll be putting up everything I have on the Fat Formation