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© August, 2009


by Kyle McElvany
Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coach, Swanton High School (OH)

This past season was our staff’s second year in Swanton as we are attempting to restore the proud tradition that the program once held. Although our record (3-7) may not indicate that we have made progress, as a staff we feel we are certainly making tremendous improvement. This was our first year utilizing the spread offense. We used multiple formations out of 10, 11, 12, and 21 personnel with 90% of the time being in the shotgun. Despite a slow start that made some of us wonder if the choice to go to “the spread” was worth it, we ended up with 1200+ yards passing and a team total of 1300+ rushing yards.

Why I like the Inside Zone
    Taking into account the personnel I had up front and the talented tailback that my team had coming back, I wanted a play that was simple for the linemen, and was the best way to get our tailback the football. After watching several DVDs, going to many clinics, and meeting with a few college coaches, I was convinced that the inside zone play was the signature play I wanted to feature in our offense. One of the reasons I was attracted to the inside zone was because of its simplicity. No matter what front the defense lines up in, if the lineman follow their rules and play aggressive, we should never have a play for negative yardage. The teaching of the footwork to the quarterback ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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