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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

  • Bunch Right 49 Longhorn
  • Dick Duval St. Joseph Ogden High School, Saint Joseph, Ill.

    DIAGRAM: Out of a bunch formation, run counter trey away from the bunch using the flanker (Z). This formation gives you multiple options on who you pull for your lead blockers. The backside guard and fullback work best for us. There are two additional options off this formatio

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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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    VIDEO: Character First Coaching Philosophy

    by John Sala Head Coach Anderson University (IN) As I have matured and grown as as coach, my priorities have done so, as well. From the time I started my head coaching journey (age 29) to now (43), the lens that I see the world through has, thankfully, changed considerably. I’d like to think that …

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    8 Parts of the Body That are Crucial to Quarterback Accuracy

    by Mitch Dahlen Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach, College of Idaho As a quarterback coach, I am always wanting my guys to be more accurate. Getting to the magical 70% completion rate is a tough but attainable goal through constant progression and refinement. Quarterback mechanics have created a divide in many coaching circles because many …

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    Building a Successful International Football Program

      By Tim Tobin, High School, College and International Coach 1. Long Term All of the clubs that I have worked with or spoke to that are now successful have strong youth programs which have developed the skills of their players and coaches by progressing them through the club’s programs. Starting with flag football and …

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    Variations of the 3-3 Stack Defense

    Running a 3-3 stack or any other Odd Front defense allows for many advantages that offenses must contend with each week. On the most basic level, 3-Down fronts demand that the offense prepare for multiple pressure threats that could come from different sides of the defense. One of the reasons we like the 3-3 Stack …

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    What Football Means to Me ? Win or Lose

    When I was eleven years old, my life changed forever. I walked into a room that smelled like an armpit. A man with a hook for an arm frowned at me, pointed toward a bunch of equipment and said ?grab one of those, two of those, and a helmet!? I was scared to death that …

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