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For us, this ‘attack mode’ mindset really works well. There are so many benefits
for our team and for our players individually, that we can’t list them all. But here
are some of the most important:

Increased Aggressiveness – Attitude reflects leadership, therefore aggressive
play calling leads to aggressive play. It is one thing to say you want your
defense attacking on every play. It is another thing entirely to blitz every down
and use an alignment that forces players to move forward and play aggressive
or else fail. This is the most important aspect of the 33-Stack Attack. If your
players wont attack the ball aggressively, then I don’t think this scheme will work
for you. They must move forward and they must get after the football.

Higher Level of Confidence - Every time we attack and make a big play, it is
positive reinforcement that increases our players’ confidence in the system, in
their selves and in their teammates. Not only does it increase our player’s
confidence but our attacking style also decreases our opponents’ confidence
and creates doubt in their minds. It is not uncommon for our opponents to
come out for the second half with new blocking schemes. Schemes that the
players haven’t worked on. Schemes that they are not comfortable with.
Schemes they don’t use therefore they can’t possibly believe in. As we steal the
confidence of their offensive linemen, they begin sitting back on their heels at
the snap so they can take a look and then decide whom to block. This allows
even my smallest, least effective defenders to get a strong push. We teach our
stack players to look for this and attack it like a pack of rabid dogs.

Happier Defenders – We want to attack. Our players want to attack. Our fans
want to see us attack. Coaching the Double Wing Offense taught me the most
important defensive lesson that I have ever learned. ‘Defensive players
absolutely hate to be on the field longer than 3 or 4 plays each series’. So much
so that we usually prefer to give up a long score than to have the ball driven
down our throats slowly and deliberately. So we gamble a little. And we bring a
lot of pressure. And when our opponents are finally able to score, it’s usually a
big play that our kids can more easily shake off. I am not saying it happens
often nor am I saying that we teach that it is ok to give up big plays. However,
long sustained scoring drives that steal confidence from a defense are much
harder to recover from. Quick strikes are almost always attributed to a busted
assignment or a missed tackle. So it’s easier for the kids to recover and get back
out there on the next possession with confidence.

Coach JJ

"Football may be the best-taught subject in American High Schools because it may be the only subject that we haven't tried to make easy."

~Dorothy Farnan
  Former English Department Chairman
  Erasmus Hall High School - Brooklyn, New York

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Amen on all counts.