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Go For The Kill In The Red Zone

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© October, 2003

by Brian Kelly
Head Coach, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich.

IF YOU SURVEYED a group of head football coaches and asked them where they consider the start of the red zone to be — almost everyone will say the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Our team goes against the norm and goes into red-zone game planning when reaching the opponent’s 15-yard line. Our reasoning is that our wide receivers’ routes don’t change from the 20-yard line into the end zone.

However, when we reach the 15-yard line, the receivers have to tighten up their routes, causing us to change our strategy.

It’s imperative th ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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