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Gridiron Strategies Apr-May 2014  

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  • POINT-COUNTERPOINTTWO POINT CONVERSION STRATEGIES
  • Next Man Up
  • Developing the High School Quarterback
  • BE AS GOOD AS YOU CAN BE Part II
  • Packaging Plays Part I Introduction to Packaging
  • CONVERTING ON THIRD DOWN: KEEPING YOUR OFFENSE ON THE FIELD
  • The Double Gun System A Unique Combination of the Double Wing and Shotgun Formations
  • NEXT MAN UP: Portland States Rite of Passage
  • CREATING TURNOVERS
  • TWO SIMPLE PUNT BLOCK/RETURN DRILLS
  • MORE ISSUESmore

     X's & O's FROM THE VAULT


  • Storm Formation 45 Special Vs. 40 Defense
  • Bill Shepard Head Coach Rockford Christian High School, Rockford, Ill.

    DIAGRAM: This play really works well after we’ve run our 45 counter with the 4 back first, as it gets the defense committed to counter action. We’ve averaged 11 yards per carry with this play. Everyone must carry out their fakes.PLAYER RESPONSIBILITIES:Receiver X: Takes 2 hard ste

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    DrillsFEATURE ARTICLES

    POINT-COUNTERPOINTTWO POINT CONVERSION STRATEGIES

    by JohnAllen Snyder • Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach • Phoenixville High School (PA)

    Two-point conversions and their effectiveness are not often talked about. Offensive coaches always have a few plays reserved for the right time when the decision is made to “go for two”. With teams like Oregon going for two much more often than going for one, coach’s have to take this part of the game very seriously.

    Gridiron Strategies has brought together two coaches, one offensive and one defensive, to go head-to-head on the philosophy, strategy and psychology of the two-point conve ...more...





    DrillsOFFENSE

    Developing the High School Quarterback

    Gene Suhr Retired College and High School Coach

    Proper techniques – from having the correct grip to managing footwork during passing drops – can improve
    the mechanics of your quarterback.


    There is an old coaching adage that “you can’t change a throwing motion.” A QB can either throw or he can’t. Many coaches pass the ball when ...more.


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    DrillsDEFENSE

    CREATING TURNOVERS

    Lance Heron Defensive Coordinator Clarence Fulton High School • Vernon, British Columbia

    Here are two drills specifically designed to help your team cause a turnover.

    There is no faster method for changing the momentum of a football game than a turnover.  A winning team turns the ball over much less than a losing one. There are several drills which a coach can use to help their defense create turnovers during games.

    Defensive Backs

    Coaches need to teach their defensive backs to catch the ball at its highes ...more.

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    DrillsSPECIAL TEAMS

    TWO SIMPLE PUNT BLOCK/RETURN DRILLS

    Mark Theophel Defensive Backs Coach • Hartwick College

    The Pin Drill and the Half-Line Rush Drill can help increase the odds of your special teams unit successfully blocking a punt.

    A punt block/return team that is well-coached in their technique can be the catalyst for game-changing plays and provide consistently great field position throughout games. This special teams unit can be the most d ...more.



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    DrillsSTRENGTH & CONDITIONING

    Building a Strength Program From the Ground Up "A Work in Progress"

    Scott Safe FootballPower.net

    I’ve been a strength coach, weight equipment entrepreneur and speaker for 30 years now, and I consistently get told by high school coaches, “I can never have a strength program like yours”. Well, the following story is about a real time “work in progress” at Randolph High School in Randolph, Minnesota, and football/strength coach Aaron Soule. Ra ...more.




    DrillsDRILLS

    The Stick Tackle Drill for Defensive Backs

    Gavin Fitts Defensive Backs and Special Teams Coach Framingham State University

    I got this drill from our Defensive Coordinator, Jeff Moore, a 2012 finalist for the Division III football.com’s Coordinator of the Year. His defense has led us to a .759 winning percentage since his arrival in 2011. While he is always on the forefront with regard to defensive scheme and philosophy, he is also a big believer in drill mastery and ...more.





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    Get Your #2 Quarterback Ready

    Most high schools are nearing the midpoint of the season. Most likely, only a small percentage of those teams have given their second quarterback meaningful work. Part of our problem is in our mentality as coaches. We grow to trust and rely on our starter to the point that our second team quarterback becomes a …

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    Having An Athletic QB: Move the Launch Point

    If you have an athletic QB, one of the best ways to stress the defense is to move your QB?s launch point. We try and move our launch point several times a game. This prevents the defense from targeting one point in their pass rush. There is always the issue of containment. In addition, moving …

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    Recruit, Rotate, Rinse, Repeat

    This month, I’d like to share a “system” of development which I’ve been able to use the last couple of seasons. It has been a big benefit to our program’s on-field success, as well as a key element of development for our younger players. In the early part of my career, I was a guy …

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    Early Action Equals Results

    One of the things that goes forgotten as we enter the game week of the football calendar and are focused on specific actions toward an individual opponent is the ability to make sure that we are checking in with our players on if they are falling behind cognitively, emotionally, or spiritually.  It is easy to …

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    Making Offensive Personnel Groupings Easy For Your Players (And You)

    I was recently asked by a friend how to make sense of utilizing multiple offensive personnel groupings and make it simple enough for all players to understand.  Years ago I went from just one personnel group to multiple personnel groupings and was faced with the same question.  I wasn’t a numbers guy so the tried …

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