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Coaching: What Drives You PART II

To continue the series I am not concentrating on X's and O's but on the cognitive part of coaching. I want to look at information, action, and personal philosophy. Note this philosophy has nothing to do with X's and O's or play calling. Plenty of clinics out there for that.  I have been reading a book called The Slight Edge "turning simple disciplines into massive success," by Jeff Olson. I have to say I was somewhat skeptical because I thought it was a self-help book but was greatly surprised it was not. I have pulled some points from the book

By | 2018-03-12T10:27:08+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Coaching, Featured|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Coaching What Drives You?

As the off season approaches and clinics will be filled with X's and O's, I would like to to move back to step one in the world of coaching. With the new year approaching, the yearly resolutions are waiting in our minds. Many of us are making pledges for various reasons and results, but what kind do coaches make? Better than that what drives you? I believe in our job market we have to look at some reflection, but also the future. Where is our core? How do we find renewal? I happened to see a twitter post recently of

By | 2018-03-12T10:24:34+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Coaching, Offense, Spread Offense|0 Comments

Defining A Position Coach

At the beginning of a career every coach wants to be a coordinator. I strictly believe that every young coach should have goals in place and path to reach them, but do not be in a rush to climb the top. Promotions will come from the success of your players in your position. If you are placed in a higher position before you are ready, the title will become more of a weight instead of an accomplishment.  Frustration will set in and you will find yourself complaining more than coaching. So lets destroy some myths: Becoming a coordinator means it will be

By | 2018-03-05T21:25:30+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Categories: Coaching, Defense, Featured, Offense|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How is your Offensive Lines Vertical? Vertical Pass Drops

Offensive Line is the root of all offenses. If you do not have a solid front, no matter what your scheme is it does not work. Protection is another hot topic in table talks across the country, whether to slide, vertical etc. In this article, I will dive into the vertical pass drop from a schematic look. I will talk about the mathematics and the proof of why we use vertical pass protection and how we feel that it is the best for your passing game. We do not have bigger staggers or kick slide with our tackles. We vertical

Sid Gillman: You Need to Know This Man if You Throw the Forward Pass

I like to think of myself as a football archaeologist. My mind wants to trace everything back to the roots from where it started. I like to find old books on passing the ball from its infancy years, and compare what we are doing now. I received Dutch Meyers Spread Offense book (that had been out of print for some time), as a Christmas present some years back. It is still one of my prize collectibles. This off season I started reading everything I could find on Sid Gillman. Now if your mind does not seek history like mine, then

You Want Your Team to be More Physical?

One of the oldest discussions in football is physicality. It has been criticized recently, adjusted, and being sought out by many coaches this off season. So you are coming off a year where you could not win the tough yards. It just Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus staring down the Green Bay Packers offensive line at Wrigley Field.Chicago, Illinois 12/14/1969(Image # 1160 ) seems your team does not have the mind set to grind it out, and you are frustrated. You feel as if you left a key element out of the game. You are embarrassed at the

Why Being on a Great Staff can be more Valuable and Rewarding

The aspirations of every coach starting out, is to have their own program. As well as it should be, many overlook the value of being on a great staff. Those of us who have been been coaches for some time can really appreciate this. We have seen how great staffs produce a coaching tree that branches greatness for decades to come.While dreams and aspirations can make someone anxious, being an assistant coach on a great staff can be just as refreshing. A solid staff is the backbone of a team, and being on a staff that is constantly refreshing their

Wide Line Splits: Math Meets Physics

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.

The Ice Play

This is a guest article written for FootballXOs.com by Adam Hovorka. Coach Hovorka introduces his Ice Play from the Spread Offense.

Air Raid Y-Corner Concept Breakdown

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.

By | 2018-02-12T08:34:32+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Featured|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SPEED: Why It Is Irreplaceable, and You Better Have Some

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.

By | 2018-02-12T08:36:00+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Coaching, Featured, Offense|0 Comments

Head Coach Interview Questions

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

By | 2018-02-06T14:09:10+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: Coaching, Featured|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Tempo, Balance, Number of Plays

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.

By | 2018-02-06T11:47:00+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: Air Raid, Offense|1 Comment

Off-Season Pride Program

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.

By | 2018-02-03T09:10:39+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: Featured|0 Comments

Pairing the Screen and Quick Game to Increase Efficiency

This is a guest article written for FootballXOs.com by DJ Marrs. Coach Marrs introduces his PSO, Pass-Screen Options that have helped increase the efficiency of their Quick Game.

By | 2018-02-02T22:34:40+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Offense|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Increase the Potency of Your No-Huddle – Get in a Huddle

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.

By | 2018-01-22T17:18:13+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Featured, Offense|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Double Post Concept

My favorite pass concept of the past five years has to be the Double Post concept. A well run post is one of the most difficult routes to cover, so my thought is why not run 2!? The Double Post concept is something that has been around the NFL and College for a long time. In the West Coast, it is run as a Dino Double Post and a wrinkle on it was made famous by Steve Spurrier and the Florida Gators.

By | 2018-01-16T22:27:28+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Offense, Pass Game Concepts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

RPO’s and Packaged Plays – Playing in the Sandbox

We have been running some form of packaged plays since 2013 when I saw a clinic talk by Mike Emendorfer from UW-Platteville. Back then it was on the cutting edge of what teams were doing, but not it has become very advanced and teams at every level are running packaged plays, and RPO’s are all over as well. Our use of RPO’s and Packaged Plays has evolved tremendously from our meager beginnings in 2013, but there are some aspects that have never changed because they work so well for teaching and understanding the concepts involved.

By | 2018-01-15T20:34:35+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Offense, Spread Offense|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Offense Playbook Series: Tempos

Tempos are an important part of your offense if you are a No Huddle team. We have been a no huddle for the last five years and will continue to be for the foreseeable future as we believe that dictating the tempo of the game gives us an advantage.

By | 2017-11-27T11:01:54+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Offense Playbook Series|Tags: |0 Comments

Example Game Plan Information

This is an example Game Plan that we provided for our players. This is one of the smaller ones that we created as we were not adding any new plays. We just wanted to focus on execution of our base game and beating a team that had beaten us handily two seasons in a row. We take this PowerPoint presentation and turn each slide into videos. We then upload it into Hudl and share it with our team!

By | 2017-11-27T11:01:55+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Categories: Featured|Tags: |3 Comments

Offense Playbook Series: Play Call Procedures

In this installment of our Offense Playbook Series, we will be looking at the play calling procedures you will use with your team. This is the part of building your playbook that determines your huddle and how you will get your information into your players.

Offense Playbook Series: Football Goals

In our second part of the Offense Playbook Series, we will look at creating our team’s football goals. These goals will vary depending on the type of offense and team that you have, but the thought process behind each one is what is important.

By | 2017-11-27T11:01:55+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Offense Playbook Series|Tags: , |2 Comments

Football 101 – Basics of Football

There were some coaches on Coach Huey that were talking about teaching our kids the most basics aspects of football. Here is the first part of a Football 101 series we started to develop. See the link to the PowerPoint below the article. The PowerPoint has some animations to be able to teach it as a presentation.

By | 2017-11-27T11:01:56+00:00 November 8th, 2015|Categories: Featured|0 Comments

Offense Playbook Series: Offensive Philosophy

I am in the process of re-designing our offensive playbook. I am going through each section and will be cleaning things up, adding new things and just generally making things better. As I go through this process, I want to discuss all of the different pieces of the playbook and different ways to think about your offense. One of the first parts of almost any playbook is the Philosophy section. Even thought these typically come at the beginning of a playbook, and should set the tone for the rest of the offense, they are often overlooked and feel tacked on.

By | 2017-11-27T11:01:56+00:00 November 8th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Offense Playbook Series|Tags: , |1 Comment

Incorporate Trick Plays into Your Offense (Part 3) – Trickier Trick Plays

In Part 1, we looked at the philosophy of Trick Plays. This included when to call them, what they are used for, and also some of the thoughts people might have about them. In Part 2 we looked at the more basic trick plays that many of you already run. In this article, we will look at some more advanced, crazier, trickier and riskier trick plays. If you invest some time in these plays, it can give you that one play that can change the game around.

By | 2017-11-27T11:01:56+00:00 October 31st, 2015|Categories: Featured, Offense|Tags: , |7 Comments

Incorporate Trick Plays into Your Offense (Part 2) – Basic Trick Plays

In Part 1, we looked at the philosophy of Trick Plays. This included when to call them, what they are used for, and also some of the thoughts people might have about them. In this article, we will dive into some of the more basic trick plays in football and we will go through the responsibilities of each player. All of the information offered here is simply a blueprint of certain plays. Use as much or as little of the individual responsibilities to make them work for you and your team.

Incorporate Trick Plays into Your Offense (Part 1) – Groundwork

This is the first part of a four part series on Trick Plays. Part 2 will discuss some of the more basic trick plays, Part 3 will get into some of the more exotic, and Part 4 will discuss some gadget formations to use to cause fits for the defense. Check back to see the other parts soon over the next couple of weeks. “Trick” Plays can sometimes have a negative connotation when discussed as a part of an offensive game plan. Opposing defensive coordinators sometimes believe that if you are running trick plays against them, they already have you

By | 2017-11-27T11:01:57+00:00 October 26th, 2013|Categories: Featured, Offense|Tags: , |1 Comment