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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

  • Base Right, 65
  • Marc L. Wilson Head Coach, Imhotep Charter High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

    DIAGRAM: Base Right, 65. This is a sideline zone buster play that picks on the flat defender. In this play the TE should be wide open if the defender expands into the flat. If the defender sits, then the flat is open. Run this play from a trips formation as your third receiver is probably

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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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    Linebacker Fundamentals ? Day 3

    On day 1 we taught the fundamentals of linebacker play. In building a base, we stressed playing great technique (stance, read steps, playing low, angles), reading the triangle, reacting to flow for run or pass, gap responsibilities, option responsibilities and pass drops. Day 2 was a repetition of Day 1. On day 3 we will …

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    Coach Russell?s Ruminations ? March

    At Norwich University, and many similar schools, March means crunch time for recruiting. The majority of our time on the road is done, hundreds of phone calls are being made, and the all-important financial aid packages are going out. With that in mind, I present a very “recruiting heavy” edition of Coach Russell’s Ruminations. My …

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    Getting Outside with the Inside Zone

    One thing I?ve noticed over the last few years is that it is becoming increasingly harder to get outside with the Outside Zone/Toss Sweep play. I?m not talking about the stretch play that often cuts inside the end man and creases a defense. I?m talking about pitching the ball to your running back and watching …

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    Be Organized In Recruiting

    The recruiting process is a confusing time for parents, exciting for players & arduous for collegiate coaches.   As head coaches we can help the process along by being detailed and organized. Today I will detail how we try to provide college coaches with an organized and efficient means of collecting data on our guys. …

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    Program Philosophy in Action

    At Cornell University, in Coach David Archer’s Football Program, the two words that we try and use with our players most frequently are “Opportunity and Toughness.” They are the bedrock to the foundation that we have been building.  We all know what an opportunity is and we define toughness here as being able to do …

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