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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

  • Tight Slot Right, 26 Power Pass
  • Ron Polinsky Head Football Coach, Derry Area High School, Derry, Pa.

    DIAGRAM 1: Tight Slot Right , 26 Power Pass (Initial Formation).DIAGRAM 2: Tight Slot Right , 26 Power Pass (Pass Routes).You can set up this play by running power into the 5 and 6 holes when the outside linebacker — or the man responsible for the flat — comes up to provide run support aga

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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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    Recruit Night: Recruiting kids to football in the 21st century

          We started something here a few years ago that has become a great way to transition our 8th graders to HS football and introduce their parents to our football coaches and program. As a staff, we call it ?recruit night?. We try to pattern it after a college recruiting weekend visit. We …

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    Deflate Gate ? Brady is Getting a Bum Rap

    The Following from a long time fan of Football: A Rocket Scientist?former head of space transportation for a major U.S. corporation??.   Being a fellow Wolverine, I’ve always liked Tom Brady.  He is getting a bum rap.  I can prove it.   People say temperature could not account for the temperature to make the difference between …

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    In Season QB Drills For Improved Decision Making

    At Meade HS (MD), we have not had the luxury of bringing a QB up through our system. This is due to military transfers as we are located on Fort Meade. We must spend a good deal of time training the footwork and fundamentals when we are allowed to in the off season and summer. …

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    Practicing vs. Option Offenses: What We Do to Teach Assignment Football

    One of the hardest things to teach a defense to do is to play assignment football. When we are faced with this problem, we do some things to help out players to play their assignments and slow down the option offense. Each player must understand what assignment they have in our base defense, blitz defense …

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    Coach Russell?s Ruminations ? January

    Happy New Year Coaches! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. This time of the year is always an interesting one, due to the combination of the holidays and, at our level, the bulk of our on-the-road recruiting. Between high school visits and holiday travels, I spent quite a bit of time …

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