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Gridiron Strategies Oct-Nov 2014  

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  • Supplementing Your Running Game with Screen Concepts
  • Stopping the Up-Tempo, No-Huddle
  • Defending the Spread Offense
  • Using Quick Circuits to Maximize Individual Time
  • Punt Pressure
  • DEFENSIVE PURSUIT DRILLS
  • Kickoff Coverage Drills
  • Using the Clean and Jerk as Your In-Season Workout
  • POINT-COUNTERPOINT ATTEMPTING A GAME-WINNING FIELD GOAL
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     X's & O's FROM THE VAULT


  • Formation Families for Defensive Communication
  • Rick Wells Defensive Coordinator, Montana State University-Northern

    We believe communication on defense is one of the most important factors in defensive success. We are talking about the entire spectrum of communication including signals, calls-with or without a huddle, pre-snap verbal and non-verbal communications and calls during a play. To the end of improving communication, we group all the offensive formations into ‘families’ or groups that share si

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    DrillsFEATURE ARTICLES

    Supplementing Your Running Game with Screen Concepts

    by Ray La Forte Offensive Coordinator • United States Coast Guard Academy

    The USCG comes into every game with six different screen plays with each one having multiple variations.

    As America’s smallest National Service Academy, our cadets are faced with many daily challenges. We have continued to adapt and adjust our football practices to meet the demanding cadet schedules and rigors. Along with academic schedules routinely set at 20 credits and shorter practices come many obstacles. One obstacle that we have normalized over our 16 seasons is our height and we ...more...





    DrillsOFFENSE

    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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    DrillsDEFENSE

    Defending the Spread Offense

    Casey Jacobsen Co-Defensive Coordinator • Morningside College

    To defend the spread offense, the first thing you have to do is understand WHAT the offense is trying to accomplish and HOW they are trying to accomplish it. There are three things we talk to our defensive players about in regards to the spread and defense in general – numbers, leverage, and matchups. These concepts apply against all offenses, but are magnified against the spread because of spacing. 

    The spread offense is attem ...more.

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    DrillsSPECIAL TEAMS

    Punt Pressure

    Michael Cieri Special Teams Coordinator & Defensive Line Coach • Montclair State University

    PART 1. A two Tiered Circuit Drill Program that Fine Tunes the Development of Critical Punt Pressure Skills

    The Red Hawks football program considers special teams to be “The Core” of the football operation. We firmly believe our offense and defense cannot be successful if “The Core“ isn’t at its strongest. Our head coach s ...more.



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    DrillsSTRENGTH & CONDITIONING

    Using the Clean and Jerk as Your In-Season Workout

    Tim Tobin Assistant Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Tusculum College

    The clean and jerk is the ideal in-season workout and designed to increase explosiveness.

    In our weight room, the clean and jerk is our lift during the season. It builds explosiveness and has shown to keep athletes healthy. The clean primarily works the hamstrings, lattisumus dorsi, biceps, and trapezius muscles. Players learn with this li ...more.




    DrillsDRILLS

    Using Quick Circuits to Maximize Individual Time

    Mark Reddy Defensive Coordinator • Olivet Nazarene University

    Running, tackling, and turnover circuit drills – if practiced with the proper techniques – will help improve your overall defense.

    One of the biggest challenges coaches face is trying to get everything to fit into their practice plan. It doesn’t seem to matter the length of practice – you always feel like you could use a l ...more.





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    PASS PROTECTION: BASIC FOOTWORK

    Ken Wilmesherr Offensive Line Grossmont College SET SYSTEM Set System and Step Pattern within the Set system Vs. Defensive Pass Alignments  Weight distribution is on the insteps of the feet. Playing on the insteps provide pressure points with the ground keeping the hips centered. Playing flat footed will render the offensive linemen unexplosive and he …

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    Fundraising for Football in Europe

    By Wojciech Andrzejczak European Football Coach Since, I Coach in Poland this is pretty unique perspective. I enclose a presentation of promotional activities from 2010 of my team, Fireballs Wielkopolska. I was LB Coach/Defensive Assistant and GM of the team .  A brief background : -Fireballs Wielkopolska were the second oldest football franchise in the …

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    Developing Mental Toughness

                  By Kevin Marks, Kinesiology and Health Science Professor School of Health Science Solano College It?s intriguing to see individuals who have the ability to stretch themselves and push through physical and mental barriers. For example, Navy Seals, Army Rangers, athletes, business leaders, etc. These highly competent people have a ?no quit mentality? and can …

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    Advice to Young Coaches

    Through my experience as a Graduate Assistant at The University of Southern Mississippi and as a high school and Division III coach, I have been fortunate to learn from some tremendous coaches. Here are 10 things that I would like to share with young coaches as they continue to chase their dreams in this ultra …

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    Open Letter To Any Parent Considering A Recruiting Service

    Dear Parent(s), I would like to take a minute to address a growing concern with you – recruiting services.  I have coached at the collegiate level for 20 years (serving as a Recruiting Coordinator for 10 of those years) at every level except FCS and now coach at the high school level.  I believe this gives …

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