A-11 Offense

30 Jul

After yesterday’s girly post…I needed a testosterone injection.

It’s almost football season and I LOVE football. I play fantasy football and I watch as much NFL and college football as I can each week. Each year there is very rarely anything new in football. It’s basically the same type plays run over and over. The biggest changes are when teams like the Patriots and Colts run the plays “no huddle.” Which is just running plays back to back very fast.

While paging through YouTube I found this video:

It is grainy, I know. But what you are seeing is a formation with one center, two tight ends, 6 wide receivers and 2 quarterbacks. For those of you who don’t know, the standard formation is one center, two guards, two tackles (so 5 offensive lineman), one tight end, two wide receivers, one fullback, one running back and one quarterback (yes I know nowadays the fullback is being replaced by a third receiver).

Five lineman in a standard formation vs one in this “A-11.” It makes sense since “A-11” stands for “All 11” as in all eleven players being eligible receivers, HOWEVER, I believe the Center can NEVER be an eligible receiver in NCAA nor NFL, but the other 10 by high school and college rules (I’m not so sure about NFL rules) can be eligible, just not at the same time.

The rule is that on a passing play only 5 players can go down field as eligible for a pass. Normally that would be your FB, RB, TE and WR’s, in whatever combination you have on the field of those players. In this formation, you cannot clearly identify the 5 eligible receivers. That is what makes it effective. With 10 players in a position to go down-field OR stay behind the line as “ineligible” the defense doesn’t know who to cover. I did notice a few different plays in that highlight film where I counted too many men down-field and I’m not sure how 10 players could declare them selves as eligible receivers without incurring a penalty, but apparently they can run it in high school.

Also, it appears that they have a “throwing QB” and a “running QB” in the game at every snap, so the defense doesn’t know if you are going to throw deep or run the option. It’s genius, however…

In the NFL defensive players are so fast that the lack of blockers would cause sacks on the QB. Even if you have LB’s covering WR’s at the NFL level they can cover for the 3 seconds it would take for the sack to happen so don’t expect the Dolphins to be running this offense anytime soon.

It is a very novel offense and you can read more about it here and here (the latter is the teams official homepage about the offense with play diagrams and installation books and all). I will say that we may see in NCAA teams running a trick play or two with this offensive scheme soon, but I don’t think it will become too pervasive. It’s just too gimmicky. Looks cool, looks very cool!

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5 Responses to “A-11 Offense”

  1. infijess July 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    My brother was a lineman and caught a pass once and cored a touchdowna nd it was flagged and didn’t count because he was a lineman. Not sure what he played. Tight End maybe.

    Incidently I got a picture of a Predators Fan for you on the plane.

    Awesome picture!

  2. Joe O. July 30, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    He was probably “covered.” That’s a scenario I forgot to mention in my blog above. A TE is ineligible if the WR outside of him is on the line of scrimmage…At least that is how I think the rule is…

    Preds fan on the plane???

  3. TXMike July 30, 2008 at 11:03 pm #

    This “new” offense will not work under NCAA or NFL rules. It does work in HS in all but Texas and Mass. (they use NCAA rules for HS football there). It is a blatant attempt to circumvent the intent of the player numbering rules and look to see the HS federation address it in the future and get it illegal there as well.

  4. mom July 31, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    I don’t know what the hell you are talking about and I am thankful

  5. K.Fisher July 31, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    I think it is a great ideal for small school that have the problem of not being able to compeat with the bigger school that dominate the leagues. Now there is a offense that can give smaller schools a chance is games like that…

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