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© December, 2006
Setting Goals, Stressing Simplicity Gives Claws Back To The Cougar Defense

by Jimmy Grant
Defensive Coordinator, Fallston High School, Fallston, Md.

FOR 5 YEARS, OUR football team was rolling along pretty well. At 34-16, with two conference championships and several all-conference players, we felt that we could compete with just about anyone on any given night.

Then the bottom just completely fell out. The program suffered a winless season, followed by a 1-9 season that featured several embarrassing blow outs.

As the 2005 season approached, we would be starting the season with pretty much the same cast of players minus a couple of seniors who had graduated. We also replaced both the offensive and defensive line coaches. With such minor changes we knew that in order to improve as a team, the returning pieces would have to improve gre ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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