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Gridiron Strategies Feb-Mar 2014  

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Gridiron Strategies
  • Teaching Turnovers
  • Letter from the Editor - Shen's Coach
  • Today's Spread Offenses
  • Drive Concepts in the Spread No-Huddle Offense
  • POINT-COUNTERPOINT HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS Grabowski & Shepas
  • THE INSIDE ZONE AND DRILLS TO PERFECT YOUR MECHANICS Part II
  • READ DRILLS FOR DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
  • BE AS GOOD AS YOU CAN BE
  • Vince Lombardi on Leadership Part II
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     X's & O's FROM THE VAULT


  • 2-Point Conversion Series
  • Johnny Metcalf Former Head Coach, Erwin High School, Birmingham, Ala.

    OUR TEAM RAN a successful 2-point conversion play and after using the play a number of times, we decided to expand on it. We’ve even successfully used this formation from various positions on the field.You should have at least three options for 2-point attempts, even though you’re usually only going to need one per game. It’s nice to have a second play if you have to go for a 2-point conver

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    DrillsFEATURE ARTICLES

    Teaching Turnovers

    by Josh Homolka Defensive Coordinator • Ottawa University

    Drills that simulate actual game conditions can make your defensive players better prepared.

    A critical factor to our success has been our ability to take the ball away. With a high-power, fast offense we have created more opportunities to score and have made it clear that every defensive snap is an opportunity to cause a turnover. Every game week, we have three drills that start every practice. We designate each as a ten-minute segment. We are not focused on time but are more focused o ...more...





    DrillsOFFENSE

    THE INSIDE ZONE AND DRILLS TO PERFECT YOUR MECHANICS Part II

    Chase Harp Offensive Coordinator • Arkansas Tech University

    These principles and techniques will force your opponent to play disciplined gap assignment defense.

    This is the second part of a two-part series that discusses the inside zone scheme. In the previous issue of Gridiron Strategies, we discussed the number identification system. This article will touch on some of the same principals as befor ...more.


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    DrillsDEFENSE

    READ DRILLS FOR DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

    Leon Criner Defensive Coordinator • Los Angeles Valley College

    Effective drills should simulate game conditions and be no longer than six seconds.

    There is nothing more important in your program than drills. In selecting a drill there are a couple of things you need to consider. For example, the number of drills, the length, tempo, number of players involved, and the results you want. Here are some points to consider:
     
    1. Length - Drills are like a woman’s skirt. They need to be long eno ...more.

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    DrillsSPECIAL TEAMS

    MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR SPECIAL TEAMS

    Tom Watts Head Coach and Matt Brown, Former Tight Ends Coach Ohio Wesleyan University

    Football coaches spend countless hours researching new techniques and schemes that they can teach to their team to increase their winning percentage. We have a great example this year in the NFL with what the San Francisco 49ers did with their quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and the Pistol Offense. All of the adjustments you make to your schemes ...more.



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    DrillsSTRENGTH & CONDITIONING

    Building a Strength Program From the Ground Up "A Work in Progress"

    Scott Safe FootballPower.net

    I’ve been a strength coach, weight equipment entrepreneur and speaker for 30 years now, and I consistently get told by high school coaches, “I can never have a strength program like yours”. Well, the following story is about a real time “work in progress” at Randolph High School in Randolph, Minnesota, and football/strength coach Aaron Soule. Ra ...more.




    DrillsDRILLS

    The Stick Tackle Drill for Defensive Backs

    Gavin Fitts Defensive Backs and Special Teams Coach Framingham State University

    I got this drill from our Defensive Coordinator, Jeff Moore, a 2012 finalist for the Division III football.com’s Coordinator of the Year. His defense has led us to a .759 winning percentage since his arrival in 2011. While he is always on the forefront with regard to defensive scheme and philosophy, he is also a big believer in drill mastery and ...more.





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    Fostering Relationships With the Coaches on the Staff: Getting What You Need to Get Done

      The coaches on a staff are like any other group in an office, school or place of work; they all have unique personalities and talents that can be used to make an efficient working unit. You may not like an individual, others may grate on you, some know too much, and others don?t know …

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    First Year Head Coaches: Start the Year Right With an Organized Staff Meeting

    As a first year head high school coach, you may be swamped right now with school and practices about to start. However, this is when organization can keep you afloat.   Every year before your season starts, you need to begin planning down to the smallest detail what needs to be covered. As a head …

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    Coach Fitness And The Message It Sends

    Happy August, and happy return to football! I’m sure you’re all filled with excitement and anticipation for the new season. As I frequently tell my wife, I work year-round to see results on 10 (hopefully more) fall Saturdays. I’m anxious to see how that work will pan out! With our fall camp just around the …

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    Less is More ? Keep it Simple

    Summer for football coaches is usually a time to re-charge and plan for the upcoming season.  As we get ready to start the month of August, I wanted to share some thoughts/observations that have been reinforced this summer.  Less is more – the less complicated your system is the more time you have to focus …

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    Get Your Mind Right

    Every year before training camp we all have our rituals and mechanisms that we employ to get us ready for the coming season.  Due to the influence of some very powerful coaches that I have encountered thus far, I try and frame my preparations around: getting ready to make every action player-centered, steadying to focus …

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