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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
  • Kickoff Coverage Drills
  • Using the Clean and Jerk as Your In-Season Workout

     X's & O's FROM THE VAULT

  • 31 Cut Pass
  • Leon Feliciano Head Coach, Tomales High School, Tomales, Calif.

    This is a great play-action pass out of our double-wing formation. By running the Jet sweep to the left a few times, you can usually set up this play and one of the receivers will be open. The key is to get the QB good depth on the boot leg and to have him do a good job of hiding the ball on his outside hip.

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    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...


    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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    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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    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.



    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.


    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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    Weekly Opponent Preparation Plan

    Many of us are through the first third to half of the season and as we continue to attack the schedule, the emphasis increases on teaching our players equally as much about our opponents as we do ourselves.  What follows below is the daily schedule we use each week defensively to prepare for an opponent. …

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    Temple Football: Non-Travel Squad In-Season Training

    Some of the most common questions I receive as a strength and conditioning coach focus on in-season training. Head Coach Matt Rhule and I believe in-season training is as important as any other period of training that occurs during the year. We do not view in-season training as maintenance; rather, we train to get stronger. …

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    Coach Russell?s Ruminations ? September

    I hope everyone is off to a good start for the 2015 season. A new year is always exciting. It’s a chance to see what your incoming players bring to the program, as well as to evaluate how everything you’ve done since the end of the previous year has paid off. My main thought for …

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    Mississippi State Football In-Season Strength Training

    By Rick Court, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Mississippi State University We take great pride in how we coach and administer our in-season strength program. In-season training is the most important time to train because you must continue to make gains off of all the hard work you have put in through the winter and …

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    Building Blocks of Zone Pass Defense

    With the multiple coverages that are employed by defenses, there are various individual techniques that the coverage players must master and then employ versus specific routes, patterns, and concepts.  What follows is a simple checklist to teach ANY form of ZONE coverage regardless of scheme or technique.  Each building block is equally as important and …

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