Terminology for football: Ace Set: a staple in every offense.

The Ace Set is a common name for an offensive formation that uses one running back. It is run with the QB under center.

The running back generally lines up behind the QB but can be staggered off to one side.

Each of the generic sets shown  are variations of the Ace Set, which are also known as single back sets, lone back sets and obviously the 1-back set.  These sets have been utilized in a lot of proficient offenses from Joe Gibbs running it with the Hogs in Washington, to more pass happy versions utilized by the top quarterbacks over the last two decades . Each team has variations of it as staples in their offenses.

It is a very dynamic formation system since it allows the receivers to line up multiple places, giving the defense various looks, but they can run the same routes, same play same call, just based on the various formation and where they are positioned.

Here is a quick summary of the personell/formation for each of the sets above:


  1. 3WR/1TE set with a four-wide look
  2. 2WR/2TE with the 2WR in a Twins left look
  3. 2WR/2TE with the LTE and X in a Twins look
  4. 4WR Trips right look
  5. 4WR Trips left look
  6. 3WR Twins on the right
  7. 3WR with the Y in a wing/slot opposite the TE to even up the formation
  8. 2TE/2WR
  9. 4WR with 3WR in a bunch/trips set to the left
  10. 4TE Heavy set with 2 TE on the LOS and 2 TE as wings
  11. 3WR/1TE with 2WR in a tight wing formation on the right hand side
  12. 3WR/1TE with the back offset to the left and 4 receivers on the left hand side of the offense
  13. 3WR/ 1TE with the TE/Z stacked in a “Queens” look and the back is offset to the right
  14. 4WR and TE in the back field
  15. 2TE/WR with the back offset to the right The TE/WR are stacked in a “Queens” look




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