I have always liked this picture of Y.A. Tittle. It embodies the game of football. To me it also embraces the position of quarterback. That is a picture of a leader by example. The blood, sweat, and tears from effort. The look of exhaustion from the mental strain of a game. The position of quarterback has nothing to do with perception, but completely based on reality. The position of quarterback cannot be fooled in the game of football on every offensive snap. So what are the qualities of a quarterback? What makes it work to get the performance we all
A coach cannot hide this position in the game. Sure you may have a powerful running back or great skill players, but without the quarterback sooner or late you will have to win a game on this positions abilities. The better your quarterback is the greater your potential for achieving team goals are. So why am I spending time on a well talked about position? The number one question I get asked is quarterback related. So I decided to create a series of articles, that I feel would answers these questions and create a check list for other coaches. The
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
This is a guest article written for FootballXOs.com by Adam Hovorka. Coach Hovorka introduces his Ice Play from the Spread Offense.
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.
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