I saw recently in some video a play where only two guys, namely one who snaps and other one who catches a snap, were between the hash marks, but the offensive line was on the side of the line of scrimmage. It looked a bit weird, so I'm curious what kind of play it is, and what are its advantages and so on.

Does anyone know the name of this play?


2 Answers 2


The swinging gate formation, as you described, has the entire offensive line on one side of the center and quarterback, with perhaps only one wide receiver on the other side of the center. It is pretty rare, and the advantages are surprise and the fact that you have a lot of blockers on one side for a running play if you don't need many yards. The biggest disadvantage is that your quarterback is completely unprotected on one side, so the quarterback needs to get rid of the ball in a hurry.

  • 1
    The reason to have a wide receiver on the other side of the center is that otherwise the center must be an eligible receiver, as he would be the outermost line player on that side. I'm not actually certain whether or not that's legal. Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 23:35
  • It's legal as long as the "center" reports as an eligible receiver for that play.
    – Steely Dan
    Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 3:37

Got it! It is called swinging gate.

  • Welcome to Sports SE. Feel free to accept your (or another) answer.
    – user527
    Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 13:07

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.