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Gridiron Strategies Oct-Nov 2014  

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  • Supplementing Your Running Game with Screen Concepts
  • Stopping the Up-Tempo, No-Huddle
  • Defending the Spread Offense
  • Using Quick Circuits to Maximize Individual Time
  • Punt Pressure
  • Kickoff Coverage Drills
  • Using the Clean and Jerk as Your In-Season Workout

     X's & O's FROM THE VAULT

  • Wrap Draw
  • Alex Richters Offensive Coordinator, Royal High School, Brookshire, Texas

    This is a great play for third-and-long yardage situations. The center and right OG combo block up to the outside LB. The left OG and right OT fan block (block out). The left OT folds and is responsible for the Mike LB. To help keep things simple for your offensive line, the left OT should always fold, no matter the front you’re facing.

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    Supplementing Your Running Game with Screen Concepts

    by Ray La Forte Offensive Coordinator • United States Coast Guard Academy

    The USCG comes into every game with six different screen plays with each one having multiple variations.

    As America’s smallest National Service Academy, our cadets are faced with many daily challenges. We have continued to adapt and adjust our football practices to meet the demanding cadet schedules and rigors. Along with academic schedules routinely set at 20 credits and shorter practices come many obstacles. One obstacle that we have normalized over our 16 seasons is our height and we ...more...


    Packaging Plays Part III Packaging Three Concepts Together

    Rich Hargitt Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator • Ashbrook High School (NC)

    In the previous two articles on packaging plays, we looked at ways to package a pair of concepts together. In this article we are delving into new areas of packaged concepts. We will be looking at packaging three concepts together. The reason that an offensive coach would want to package three concepts together is that it allows the offense to a ...more.

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    Defending the Spread Offense

    Casey Jacobsen Co-Defensive Coordinator • Morningside College

    To defend the spread offense, the first thing you have to do is understand WHAT the offense is trying to accomplish and HOW they are trying to accomplish it. There are three things we talk to our defensive players about in regards to the spread and defense in general – numbers, leverage, and matchups. These concepts apply against all offenses, but are magnified against the spread because of spacing. 

    The spread offense is attem ...more.

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    Punt Pressure

    Michael Cieri Special Teams Coordinator & Defensive Line Coach • Montclair State University

    PART 1. A two Tiered Circuit Drill Program that Fine Tunes the Development of Critical Punt Pressure Skills

    The Red Hawks football program considers special teams to be “The Core” of the football operation. We firmly believe our offense and defense cannot be successful if “The Core“ isn’t at its strongest. Our head coach s ...more.



    Using the Clean and Jerk as Your In-Season Workout

    Tim Tobin Assistant Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Tusculum College

    The clean and jerk is the ideal in-season workout and designed to increase explosiveness.

    In our weight room, the clean and jerk is our lift during the season. It builds explosiveness and has shown to keep athletes healthy. The clean primarily works the hamstrings, lattisumus dorsi, biceps, and trapezius muscles. Players learn with this li ...more.


    Using Quick Circuits to Maximize Individual Time

    Mark Reddy Defensive Coordinator • Olivet Nazarene University

    Running, tackling, and turnover circuit drills – if practiced with the proper techniques – will help improve your overall defense.

    One of the biggest challenges coaches face is trying to get everything to fit into their practice plan. It doesn’t seem to matter the length of practice – you always feel like you could use a l ...more.

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    Open Letter To Any Parent Considering A Recruiting Service

    Dear Parent(s), I would like to take a minute to address a growing concern with you – recruiting services.  I have coached at the collegiate level for 20 years (serving as a Recruiting Coordinator for 10 of those years) at every level except FCS and now coach at the high school level.  I believe this gives …

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    Keys to Success ? The Two-Task Method For Football Security

    As If you grip the ball HIGH and TIGHT you will prevent a fumble!   As a twenty year high school varsity football coach, I drew upon any technique to improve productivity. The two-task method works while teaching any skill. The amazing Coach Tom Creguer state-of-the-art invention gives both coach and athlete one more technique …

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    Are All Sports Skills Equal?

    Before we can answer the question of whether all sports skills are equal it is necessary to define what is meant by a sports skill. The reason for this is obvious if you talk to most coaches who teach football skills. For example, there are some coaches who consider basic skills as most important. This …

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    Myths of Football In-Season Strength Training

    A common practice in football conditioning (training) is to do strength exercises to increase strength in-season. This seems to be a universal practice as I haven?t seen any recommendations to the contrary. Can this practice be substantiated by science? The in-season strength training is typically high-intensity in which players use weights in the 85% to …

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    Bobcat Legs?n?Lungs Summer Off-season Program

    The countdown continues, with under one month left before we strap up the helmets and shoulder pads to begin the 2016 football season. Many coaches are finishing up their final phase of the off-season during the summer months. Conditioning and strength training will begin to be reduced in exchange for more fundamental drills and X?s …

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