Offensive Personnel Groupings

The system used to identify personnel groups on this site is the two digit system that has grown in common use.  The first digit indicates the number of running backs in the group, the second digit indicates the number of tight ends.  The number of wide receivers is determined as the remaining number of the five “skill position” players on the field (besides the quarterback).

Under this system, the personnel groups are called as follows.  You’ll notice I’ve omitted groups with more than three tight ends, since most teams don’t carry more than three tight ends on the roster:

Group     –     Personnel

01              –     0 RB, 1 TE, 4 WR

02              –     0 RB, 2 TE, 3 WR

03              –     0 RB, 3 TE, 2 WR

10              –     1 RB, 0 TE, 4 WR

11              –     1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR

12              –     1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR

13              –     1 RB, 3TE, 1 WR

20              –     2 RB, 0 TE, 3 WR

21              –     2 RB, 1 TE, 2 WR

22              –     2 RB, 2 TE, 1 WR

23              –     2 RB, 3 TE, 0 WR

30              –     3 RB, 0 TE, 2 WR

31              –     3 RB, 1 TE, 1 WR

32              –     3 RB, 2 TE, 0 WR

Conversely, each package can be called by name, although several different naming conventions are in use and as a player or coach moves from one system to another, this can cause considerable confusion and require relearning what is essentially the same information with new terminology.  For this reason, the two digit numbering system has spread in popularity in coaching circles as a way to make the personnel group naming more intuitive.  When the coach wants one running back, one tight end, and three wide receivers on the field, he just calls, “Eleven personnel!”  It’s up to the players to remember which groups they are in based off the depth chart.  For example, when the coach changes from 11 personnel to 12 personnel, the slot receiver should come off the field and the second tight end should come on the field.  If he then changes from 12 personnel to 21 personnel, the second tight end comes off the field and the fullback comes on the field.


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