(We’ve asked Matt Koffler to define what it means to go ‘Double-Tights’)
By Rosemead HC Matt Koffler
The two tight end set balances the defense for the offensive lineman and running back.
Basically the defense will try and out number certain formations with the amount of football players to one side. Not in the two tight end set. Everthing is balanced on both sides of the formation. So, if you speak from the ball there is an even number of defenders to the right and an even number to the left.
The defense hates this. The play is called “ISO” which isolates the fullback on playside middle linebacker. For example, in “ISO Right” the fullback will block the middle linebacker, and there will be three double teams we can create with the linemen.
On the playside two double teams are created with center and guard, and two double teams are created with tackle and tight end opening up holes to the right. One down the middle and one just to the right.
On the backside we have created one double team with the guard and tackle, and the backside tight end will have defensive end opening up another hole just to the left of the ball.
Each time these double teams are created the center will give a “lock” call to the full back. He locks in on the middle linebacker. Then the linemen will make their double team calls and each double team will double up the defenensive tackle and will slide to the backers leaving the middle linebacker alone because that was the “lock” call to the fullback.
So, each defender in the two tight end set is blocked and there is usually eight defenders there. So I have eight offensive players who are blocking and they have eight defensive players. From there it is who wants to win the physical battle. One on one, mano Y mano…whatever you want to call it.
Two tight, “ISO Right”, is run it down your throats and the offensive linemen know that this is a physical play when this formation is in.
Matt Koffler played his prep football at Rosemead and his college ball at USC. As a Trojan, under John Robinson, he won a Rose Bowl ring and completed the longest scoring pass in school history. He is in his tenth year as the Panthers HC.