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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

  • Goal-Line Belly Play
  • Steve Ellison Head Football Coach, Petaluma High School, Petaluma, Calif.

    DIAGRAM: “Belly Play.” This is a double-option play commonly used in the wishbone. Our team has had a lot of success on the goal line with this play. The offensive line veer blocks, with the play-side OT veer releasing. The TE blocks the first down lineman past the read. The QB reads

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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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    I Found a Drill?. At the Beach

    I  was watching a father and son throw a football in the ocean yesterday. Both threw the ball well. The dad’s release was one I preferred….he brought the ball straight back and then out of his hand. The son, on the other hand, would dip the ball/ wind up before releasing the ball. My son …

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    American Football in Sweden

    Here is an American football game in Sweden! Boyle County Football Coach, Chuck Smith, is in Sweden right now, working at a football camp. He said the kids try hard and have a desire to be good players.   American Football in Sweden

    Coach Russell?s Ruminations ? June

    Over the course of the last few months, we’ve been deep into the season of coaches moving to other schools, hirings, firings, etc. Usually, football coaches handle the process the right way. Unfortunately, sometimes they don’t. The entire process is something I’ve spent a lot of time observing and thinking about. This month, I’d like to …

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    Summer Evaluation Camps

    It’s that time of year of course and whether we are high school or college coaches if we are attempting to constantly raise the water level of the talent in our Programs, then we usually have a plan for the identification, evaluation, and matriculation regarding the stars of the future.  This multifaceted and constant process …

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    Make Big Decisions Now, Coach When It is Time to Coach

      In my book, Black Shoes & White Shoestrings  , I talk about Bill Walsh’s impact on how we run our program and the level of organization we try to incorporate. We use play scripts, job descriptions, and any necessary planning documentation we can to make great decisions BEFORE the season begins. Once the season begins, …

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