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© April, 2004
Mesh Play, Shallow Package A Simple Yet Devastating Attack

by Chris Hatcher
Head Coach, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga.

THERE ARE TWO primary keys for offensive football — getting the ball to your playmakers and controlling the tempo. Both are critical concepts for success in moving the ball and dictating the momentum of the game.

‹    Playmakers. In its simplest, philosophical terms, the goal here is try to get the ball — in open space — to people who can score. Whether you do it through the option game or by throwing the football, this is the main idea of offense — to get the ball to your playmakers. Our team achieves this by utilizing screens and crossing routes.
One of things you can do to emphasize this philosophy is to script your early plays, thus making a conscious decision to get the ball into a certain player’s hands. Always make sure your best players are involved in the game — they are the ones who will make things happen on offense.

‹    Tempo. With all the tough, pre ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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