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Gridiron Strategies Aug-Sep 2014  

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  • Overwhelming the Opposition - An Inside Look at the Up-Tempo Offense
  • Special Teams
  • Packaging Plays Part III Packaging Three Concepts Together
  • Eight Daily Areas of Defensive Emphasis
  • Effective Blitz Packages
  • 3 Drills to Improve Your Passing Game
  • The Take-Away Mentality on Defense
  • Special Teams Organization
  • POINT-COUNTERPOINT Goal Line Offense vs. Defense

     X's & O's FROM THE VAULT

  • “Guns” Right, 435 Screen Left
  • Kim Nelson Head Football Coach, Washington High School, Sioux Falls, S.D.

    DIAGRAM: This boot leg out of shot-gun motion is one of our best play-action passes. Many defenses fail to account for the TB after the fake is carried out. For this play to work, the TB must be a great actor and must not show the play too soon.The QB looks to the boot-leg side and keeps rolling until he draws the backside defenders toward him. The QB dumps a pass back across the fie

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    Overwhelming the Opposition - An Inside Look at the Up-Tempo Offense

    by Henry Stanford Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Hiram College

    Players that can play multiple positions increase your chances of success with the up-tempo offense.

    The up-tempo offense can place a lot of stress on a defense. The defense has to worry about substitutions, formations, and locating key players while attempting to get lined up. This style of offense places stress on coaches and presents an overwhelming task. Coaches have to determine the personnel, make calls, identify formation strengths, and teach their players to have eye discipline ...more...


    Packaging Plays Part III Packaging Three Concepts Together

    Rich Hargitt Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator • Ashbrook High School (NC)

    In the previous two articles on packaging plays, we looked at ways to package a pair of concepts together. In this article we are delving into new areas of packaged concepts. We will be looking at packaging three concepts together. The reason that an offensive coach would want to package three concepts together is that it allows the offense to a ...more.

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    Eight Daily Areas of Defensive Emphasis

    Dr. Keith Pigott Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach East Texas Baptist University

    Ideally, coaches want their defensive players to be smart, fast, and physical.

    I was hired in February, 2013 by first year Head Coach, Joshua Eargle. We were Graduate Assistants together in 2006 at Southern Mississippi and kept in touch over the years. Our first season at ETBU was filled with ups and downs. We started off 2 – 0 for the first time in school history. Defensively, we gave up 34 points in the first game and 10 points in the ...more.

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    Special Teams Organization

    Mike Mendenhall Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach - North Carolina Central University

    Having specific responsibilities for each coach related to special teams play will help improve overall efficiency.

    This article will provide ways for football programs to stay organized in their special teams approach toward practice and meetings. I have been coaching special teams for five years and coordinating for three years. I have l ...more.



    Targeting the core

    Tim Tobin - Assistant Coach - Tusculum College Stella Tobin - Certified Training Consultant

    To improve athletic performance, one of the most important muscles to train is the core. Most people think that a strong core is just having a defined looking six pack, but, although pretty, abs and obliques are only the outer core and move the torso by bending forward, sideways and twisting.

    The real foundation of the body, where st ...more.



    Jared Van Acker Freedom (South Riding) High School (VA)

    This zone blitz scheme adds additional pressure to the offense but still remains solid with secondary coverage.

    Traditionally, we have always been a multiple defensive system that morphs with the changes and tendencies of an opponent’s offense. Though I have transitioned from an odd (3-4, 5-2, and 5-3) or an even (4-3, 4-4) as a base core ...more.

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    When a player transfers, is it ok for him to hand over your rival?s playbook??

    If a player transfers to your school, and he is from your rival school, or any school you play, is it ok for him to give you a copy of your rival’s playbook? I think anything a kid knows/remembers is fair. But, if he hands you a playbook, that crosses the line and the coach …

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    The night Roger Gruneisen almost fired me

    I heard from Coach Gruneisen today. He brought up one of the times he almost fired me! We were at Bath County playing in the freezing cold for the region championship, November of 1989. Bath had beat us in the regular season. I am on the scaffolding we use to take as a makeshift pressbox. …

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    Graduation Gift or Retirement Gift

    Check this out. It may be the perfect gift you are looking for. It has football, wisdom, life lessons, and great stories from a collection of great old coaches. If you are looking for something that will rekindle your memories(or for someone on your gift list) of great Friday nights, you found it,   Overview …

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    Coach Russell?s Ruminations ? May

    May is here, Spring has sprung, and I hope everyone is able to take a few minutes to enjoy it. Here at Norwich, and at most schools playing our level of college football, the “Spring” (I put that in quotes because we had a grand total of two spring practices in 40+ degree weather) is …

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    Spring Ball Wrap-Up

    We just completed a very successful spring football season at Cornell with our 12 practices allowed by the Ivy League.  As with most things, we can attribute much of our success to diligent planning and consistent execution.  What follows below are a few of the emphases we had for spring football with the defensive line …

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