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Gridiron Strategies Feb-Mar 2014  

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  • 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


  • Counter Gap “Power-O” Play
  • Mike Sherman Assistant Head Coach, Houston Texans, Houston, Texas

    DIAGRAM: This play was one of our signature running plays designed for Ahman Green when I was coaching the Green Bay Packers. Left WR: Takes out the CB on the weak side. Ensures no diagonal pursuit from the backside.Left OT: Is the backside protector. Takes a step for

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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.




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    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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    THE TRIPLE OPTION B-BACK

    The B-Back is the heart and soul of any triple option offense.  Sometimes called a “fullback”, the B-Back must above all be a tough runner, not afraid of contact.  Whether or not he ends up getting the ball during the first phase of the triple, he most likely will be hit on every play so …

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    The University of Sioux Falls Six Basics of Defense

    Last month, we talked about our three weapons (eyes, hands, and feet) that we teach each player as a part of our defense at the University of Sioux Falls.  This month we will advance in our progression to what we call ?The six basics? of defense.  We believe that if each player can master these …

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    Developing Toughness Through Strongman Training/ Gut Check Workouts

    Toughness is a characteristic that is highly desirable in football players. The ability to endure, adapt and overcome is a trait that allows teams and players to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. As coaches, we are always looking for ways to create situations that require our players to overcome adversity. We feel strongman training …

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    Kicking Scrimmage ? Practicing Special Teams, Third Down Offense, and The Free Kick

    Years ago I heard now retired coach Wally Hood present a clinic on the kicking scrimmage. This special teams focused scrimmage format allowed a team to work all phases of the game, but gave emphasis and most reps to the special teams. When I became a high school head coach this was something I implemented …

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    Starting the Season: Firsts Things first ? Remembering What is Important

      We started a ceremony here a few years ago to start our pre-season.  The purpose of the ceremony was to help us focus on the things that are most important: 1- Football is fun. We have grown up watching our heroes play the game and emulating them in the backyard. That is what got …

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