Wishbone-Big - FB Slam

FB Slam is a quick but powerful change-up for any Wishbone formation. Instead of running the ball behind lead blockers, the fullback takes the short handoff and charges right into the line. Both halfbacks, starting from two-point stances, are able to run straight ahead and deliver blocks on either side of the fullback, with all three backs hitting the line almost simultaneously. FB Slam is a great answer to defenses that use fast players to run to the ball instead of big muscle at the point of attack because the FB is usually gaining positive yards by the time outside defenders have had a chance to react.

FB Slam is best used when you only need a yard or two. Fullbacks are not traditionally the best ball carriers and are generally too slow to break runs for long distances. This play relies more on sudden execution and the brute strength and momentum of the FB rather than any nifty cutbacks or open field moves.

Player Assignments

Position Action
O-Line and TEs Run Block
QB Handoff to FB
FB Back Step - Sprint Right
Left HB Run Block
Right HB Run Block

See the Madden Playbook Guide for a description of these symbols.

Blocking Assessment

The blocking for FB Slam is about as simple as it gets. All seven players on the line of scrimmage, as well as both halfbacks, perform run blocks. The center and right guard and tackle are the crucial blockers at the point of attack. The halfbacks cannot get in front of the FB, even with their quicker steps, so their blocking support is secondary, preventing a defensive push from either side from getting to the FB. For his part, the FB takes the handoff straight ahead, using power over finesse to blast through defensive obstructions, always running North-South.




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