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Gridiron Strategies Aug-Sep 2014  

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  • Overwhelming the Opposition - An Inside Look at the Up-Tempo Offense
  • Special Teams
  • Packaging Plays Part III Packaging Three Concepts Together
  • Eight Daily Areas of Defensive Emphasis
  • Effective Blitz Packages
  • 3 Drills to Improve Your Passing Game
  • The Take-Away Mentality on Defense
  • Special Teams Organization
  • POINT-COUNTERPOINT Goal Line Offense vs. Defense

     X's & O's FROM THE VAULT

  • Fake Punt Left
  • John Ellenberger Football Coach, South Lakes High School, Reston, Va.

    DIAGRAM: Center snaps the ball to the up back. The linemen keep their heads up to inside-block down. The A-gap player on the left kicks out the end man on the line of scrimmage. The A-gap player on the right wraps around and blocks the first defender he sees. The punter

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    Overwhelming the Opposition - An Inside Look at the Up-Tempo Offense

    by Henry Stanford Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Hiram College

    Players that can play multiple positions increase your chances of success with the up-tempo offense.

    The up-tempo offense can place a lot of stress on a defense. The defense has to worry about substitutions, formations, and locating key players while attempting to get lined up. This style of offense places stress on coaches and presents an overwhelming task. Coaches have to determine the personnel, make calls, identify formation strengths, and teach their players to have eye discipline ...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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    Eight Daily Areas of Defensive Emphasis

    Dr. Keith Pigott Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach East Texas Baptist University

    Ideally, coaches want their defensive players to be smart, fast, and physical.

    I was hired in February, 2013 by first year Head Coach, Joshua Eargle. We were Graduate Assistants together in 2006 at Southern Mississippi and kept in touch over the years. Our first season at ETBU was filled with ups and downs. We started off 2 – 0 for the first time in school history. Defensively, we gave up 34 points in the first game and 10 points in the ...more.

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    Special Teams Organization

    Mike Mendenhall Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach - North Carolina Central University

    Having specific responsibilities for each coach related to special teams play will help improve overall efficiency.

    This article will provide ways for football programs to stay organized in their special teams approach toward practice and meetings. I have been coaching special teams for five years and coordinating for three years. I have l ...more.



    Targeting the core

    Tim Tobin - Assistant Coach - Tusculum College Stella Tobin - Certified Training Consultant

    To improve athletic performance, one of the most important muscles to train is the core. Most people think that a strong core is just having a defined looking six pack, but, although pretty, abs and obliques are only the outer core and move the torso by bending forward, sideways and twisting.

    The real foundation of the body, where st ...more.



    Jared Van Acker Freedom (South Riding) High School (VA)

    This zone blitz scheme adds additional pressure to the offense but still remains solid with secondary coverage.

    Traditionally, we have always been a multiple defensive system that morphs with the changes and tendencies of an opponent’s offense. Though I have transitioned from an odd (3-4, 5-2, and 5-3) or an even (4-3, 4-4) as a base core ...more.

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    Simple Ways To Use Disguise on Defense ? Part I

    This past offseason I spent more time than normal listening to offensive coaches discuss their strategies.  Not just at clinics, but also in our office because this year we had an offensive coordinator to hire.  This gave me a great opportunity to listen to the different candidates talk about their offensive schemes.  The biggest thing …

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    Linebacker Change of Direction Drills

    The first day we taught the fundamentals of linebacker play. In building a base, we stressed playing great technique – stance, read steps, playing low, angles, reading the triangle, reacting to flow for run or pass, gap responsibilities, option responsibilities and pass drops. On day one we will begin evaluating the linebackers by their effort, …

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    Long Hours, Hard Work ? Do You Spend Your Time Doing What Matters the Most?

    Over 20 years ago at a clinic, Sam Harp, former Danvlle High School (KY) coach with seven state titles, shared a master list of what a coach needs to do, broken down by the months of the year. That list has been a big help, but when I took the  job at Mercer County in …

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    When a Player Transfers, is it Okay for Him to Hand over Your Rival?s Playbook?

    If a player transfers to your school, and he is from your rival school, or any school you play, is it okay for him to give you a copy of your rival’s playbook? I think anything a kid knows/remembers is fair. But, if he hands you a playbook, that crosses the line and the coach …

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    The Night Roger Gruneisen Almost Fired Me

    I heard from Coach Gruneisen today. He brought up one of the times he almost fired me! We were at Bath County playing in the freezing cold for the region championship in November of 1989. Bath had beaten us in the regular season. I am on the scaffolding we use to take as a makeshift …

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