I have always been intrigued with Coach Woody Hayes. Although he is most remembered by an incident in a game, everyone said he was a tremendous teacher. I read once that he did a study on the geometry of the force created by the down block, in order to prove his logic. He took the math and applied it to football to make his teams much greater than his opponents. He solved for the "why", or in mathematical terms, the hidden variable "Y." Taking a page from option teams of the past, wide line splits are nothing new to football.
In some offenses it can be called snag, but in this article we will diagram the Air Raid Staple Y-Corner. This concept is a favorite for the Air Raid faithful in the red zone, but we will show the adjustments and how it can be just as efficient anywhere on the field.
The NFL combine 40 yard dash has always been the hot topic. Seeing the best athletes in the world run at blazing speeds has a certain wow factor. But what is speed to the game of football? Coaches will talk about sprinter speed vs. football speed, and debate the ability of both.
Here is some information from our playbook a few years ago on frontside Power Reads. I am posting this here as it was part of a larger discussion of run game on Twitter. Some of these looks can be seen in this video here:
I have interviewed for a few head coach positions in my career. The interview process can be a little overwhelming. Often times you are sitting in a room being interviewed by a panel of people that can range from 2 to 10 or more! All of these people asking questions have a different agenda and want to hear specific answers to make them happy. These are typically the types of people you might have on a panel: Parent that wants to hear you talk about how you will make their child's life better. Administrator that wants to know how
Tempo, Balance, Number of Plays, and any other aspect we spend too much time talking about Search the internet and social media and you will see any subject that peeks your interest. I have to say I have taken quite a break from trolling social media this off season. While I think that social media is a great tool and has propelled coaching further than anything in the past 10 years, I do believe it takes as much time away from it to process what you have taken from it. How much film have you watched this off season, of last season.
In a discussion on Twitter, the question came up about incentives for players to encourage attendance at off-season workouts. It is a struggle for many coaches, and especially new coaches that are taking over programs without strong tradition and football culture. This was my experience when I took over a program that was mired in mediocrity. I was only the head coach for one season due to family reasons, but the foundation was laid for the culture that is still being built.
If there any coaches that know me reading this, they are probably confused by the title of this article. I have made it no secret that I think we should go as fast as humanly possible when we are running our offense. So why would I tell you to get into a huddle? Because it works, it gives you an advantage, and it can slow the defense down.