Free Report: 10 Powerful Technical Chart Formations

Empty Backfield

What does an Empty Backfield mean??

A term referring to an offensive formation in which there are no running backs, fullbacks or halfbacks lined up beside or behind the quarterback. Empty backfields generally occur when a team is loading up with receivers to make passing play and will often be used on third and long situations.

Sporting Charts explains Empty Backfield

The empty backfield offensive formation, also sometimes referred to as Five-wide, helps to spread out the field and provide the quarterback with lots of passing options including deep pases and short inside routes. An empty backfield doesn't mean that a team will necessarily have no backs on the field as they may be on line as a passing option.

Related Video