The waggle is a staple in just about every wing-T offense. It is one of… if not the most effective play action pass ever developed. A down hill play fake, a horizontal play fake and TWO pulling guards. The Waggle pass can be a nightmare for DBs that also run gaps to fill due to the unconventional formations that the waggle is usually run from. While you can definitely run the waggle pass from many different formation sets including shotgun and even four wide sets; I feel it is most effective when the QB is under center so you get the hard play fakes with the QB’s back to the defense.
WHEN TO RUN WAGGLE
You want to call the waggle in similar situations you would a boot pass in, or a keep pass in. When you see that the DE is not checking the QB, then the QB will be able to get the edge on waggle. Now, because of what the play side guard is doing, all you have to do is wait for the backside to DE to squeeze just a little and you can get the edge with the QB. Another good time to call the waggle is when the LBs are chasing motion, or the DBs are no longer back pedaling on the snap.
- Backside Tackle – The backside tackle will have hing protection
- Backside Guard – The backside guard has two rules: If the B gap is empty, he will pull play side and gain depth to lead block for the QB. He must hesitate on his pull step to allow the FB to clear. Once outside the pocket he will settle for the QB to pick up any bombing LBs. If the B gap is full, he also becomes a hinge blocker.
- Center – The center will have anybody from A to A. (he may end up doubling withe the PST)
- Play side Guard – The play side guard will pull to the play side and pin the outside shoulder of the first defender outside the offensive tackle. This is a position block, meaning he has to position his body on the outside half of the edge defender. Waiting till this man is squeezing helps him accomplish this
- Play side Tackle – The play side Tackle will have any man head up to inside of him. this means a 5 tech does not count. His primary rule is to take away the inside gap.
- Motion Back – after going in motion and faking the buck sweep, the motion back will pick up any backside leakage.
- QB – I count the QB as a blocker because his play fakes will hold defenders. The QB will open play side faking the dive to the FB, then fake the buck sweep to the motion back, then will boot to the edge gaining about 7 yards depth.
The routs for the waggle are very easy no matter what the formation. Simple use a number system that starts from the play side as follows:
- As a default, for me this is a vertical route to clear out any defenders. Tagging comebacks and double moves is effective too! I have waggle with a comeback tag illustrated above (If running to the TE side, the TE will have a corner route.)
- This is usually the fullback, but could be a slot if you run it from gun. After the dive fake tell the FB to find the easiest path to the flats. He has a 5 yard arrow.
- the third receiver from the play side has a 10 yard drag.
- This receiver will always have a post
- (Optional) you can always tag the motion back on a backside wheel if you feel the defense is not paying attention to him.
After completing the play fakes and booting out, the QB will read:
- When in doubt…. TOTE IT!
Number 4 is the most important! If the QB has any doubts, just tell him to run the rock and get what he can.
The waggle has been around a long time! It can be run from multiple different looks and sets. In the film below I have tagged a video of traditional waggle and shot gun waggle for your viewing pleasure! Be sure to subscribe to the email list to get an update when ever you a new article drops! Follow me on twitter here at @TheCoachVogt.