O Formations Madden 2007

 
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Offense Formations

This page is to show you what the different formations are, and what they are mostly used for. This will only include the "normal" set, but there are different types of each formation, which move around the wide outs or tight ends.

Formations

Far
Full House
Goal Line
I Formation
Near
Shotgun
Singleback
Splitbacks
Strong I
Weak I

Far



The Far formation lines up with one tight end, two wide receivers, one on each side, and two running backs. The full back is right behind the quarterback, and the running back is behind the guard or tackle on the far side of the tight end. This formation is not widely used, and it is mainly for running plays.

Full House



The Full House formation lines up with one tight end, one tight wide receiver, and three running backs. There are 2 fullbacks and one halfback. Each fullback is lined up behind each tackle or guard, and the halfback is behind the quarter back. This is not a popular formation, but many teams use it. It is maily for running because there are so many blockers.

Goal Line



The Goal Line formation lines up with three tight ends, and two running backs. This is almost a strict run formation. Use it when you need 2 yards or less. The backs line up in an I and there is a tight end on the line on both sides, with a wing to the strong side.

I Formation



One of the most popular formations, it lines up normally with 2 running backs, one tight end, and two wide receivers, one on each side. This is a balanced formation where there is a mix of run and pass plays. The running backs line up in an I in the back field, hence the name, and the fullback serves as a great lead blocker for the running back.

Near



The Near formation lines up with one tight end, two wide receivers, one on each side, and two running backs. The full back is right behind the quarterback, and the running back is behind the guard or tackle on the near side of the tight end. This formation is not widely used, and it is mainly for running plays.

Shotgun



The only formation where the quarterback is not under the center is almost 90% passing. You line up with two wide outs on one side, and a tight end and another wide out on the other. The running back lines up next to the QB and will very rarely run the ball. This formation is used on big passing downs.

Singleback



The Singleback formation is another great balanced formation. It lines up with one tight end and a wide out on one side, and two wideouts on the other. The single back lines up behind the QB. There are mostly pass plays, but the HB runs the ball quite a bit as well. Probably the most popular formation.

Splitbacks



The Splitback formation is a different formation. You line up with one receiver on each side, a tight end, and two backs. The fullback is behind the right tackle and the halfback is behind the right tackle. This is mainly used for misdirection plays and runs, but you do pass quite a bit. Many teams use this.

Strong I



The Strong I is a branch off of the I formation. You line up the same except the fullback is behind the strong side guard. This is used more for outside runs and all passes. Weak runs also work because the defense doesn't expect you to run away from the fullback, as he is the lead blocker.

Weak I



The Weak I is a branch off of the I formation. You line up the same except the fullback is behind the weak side guard. This is used more for outside runs and all passes. Strong runs also work because the defense doesn't expect you to run away from the fullback, as he is the lead blocker.



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