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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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