Disadvantages of using a tightend
1. You don’t have a tightend or are loaded with wide receivers. This is the reverse of #9 above. Again, a great coach gets the most out of his talent. There is nothing wrong with playing your best players. Still given the advantages of a three-man surface, I would always have an avenue to run this flank. Whether it is going with tackle-over or teaching one of those wide outs to play the position. I would always include the possibility in my arsenal.
2. It constricts the formation. Okay so I said this was an advantage before, how is it be a disadvantage now? With the ball in the middle or with college hashes there is some value is forcing the defense to play the entire width and depth of the field.
3. The tightend flank can become very cloudy at times. Because of the extra gap and the contrasted flanks the number of defensive looks you may get here can grow proportionately. Additionally, in an effort to keep constant option responsibilities with the non-tightend side, the defensive coordinator will often “fudge” his looks creating recognition problems for the quarterback. This is why I think you need the ability to get out of tightend formations along with the ability to get into tightend ones.
4. Tightend flanks have to be practiced and, therefore, increase practice time or decrease reps to other packages. This is 100% correct. You as a coach have to weigh the plusses and negatives here.
5. It makes the quarterback learn a whole new flank recognition. This is another truism. Again, however, we try to keep all our tightend flank plays as consistent as possible but there is additional teaching for the quarterback.
6. It does not make for a purely symmetrical system since the looks are different. Most people like the double width look because it is easier to find the best side. Both sides look the same to the defense, so any change in structure is easy to see and check accordingly. With the tightend flank being recognized differently, the quarterback must process both flanks differently and then analyze. It is important for one to remember though that it’s still 5 ½ to each side and the defense only has 11 to align and play with.