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© June, 2008


by Bryan Johnson
Asst Head Coach, Northwestern College (St. Paul, MN)
When posed with the question, ‘are you a running team or a passing team?’ I always reply ‘both.’ It is my goal every season to be as balanced as possible. I say ‘as possible’ because every season we evaluate our offense’s strengths and weaknesses and some years that means that we will throw the ball better and other years that means that we will run the ball better. We believe that a balanced attack will give us the advantage in close games and allow us to ultimately win more football games. Sometimes this means coming back from a deficit and other times it means protecting a lead and running out the clock.

In 2007 we won our last eight football games to finish 8-2. It was a season in which we enjoyed great success offensively and broke many school records in the process. When we looked at our final season statistics we were amazed at how balanced we truly were. In averaging 440 yards a game and scoring 37 points a game, a few statistics really stood out. First, we had 25 rushing touchdowns and 25 passing touchdowns. Further examination revealed 104 first down ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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