Offensive Game Planning/Adjustments Archives:
If that sounds like something you’ve done, don’t sweat it, it happens at the college level too and I will give you an egregious example of it later in this article. Some coaches feel like they have to be the “smartest guy in the room” or do something totally off the wall. Why do they do this? Sometimes they feel it’s the only chance they have to succeed even if the odds are long. Sometimes these coached just want the accolades of doing something totally off the wall and succeeding, if they were by chance lucky enough to pull it off.
What is the Wham play and is it a good youth football play? The Wham play is something most NFL and College teams use today. If you watched the College Football National Championship game, the Wham was used on Elliott’s early 33 yard touchdown run for Ohio State. He ran untouched to the endzone. In […]
The rub had Seattle’s Richard Sherman #25 drive the Patriots #39 Brandon Browner while Seattle’s #13 Chris Mathews came underneath on the short slant. Was it a classic slant/arrow concept? Not sure Sherman was pressed up and there was immediate contact. My thought it was a rub/pick all the way but Sherman just didn’t get enough movement on Browner to make Malcom Brown have to run over the hump. Brown recognized the concept early and made a great play on the ball. He was able to pursue to the ball on a straight line path, thanks to Browner jamming Sherman at the line and not giving up any ground. That is great fundamental play and excellent pattern reading and reaction by both Browner and Brown. Hats off to them and their coaching staff, they were well prepared.
This was a very difficult year for Ohio State, coming into the season they had a bunch of very talented players graduate. Their Heisman trophy candidate Running Back, their top Receiver, 4 starting Offensive Linemen, the list goes on and on. Then before the season even gets started, they lose to injury their record setting Heisman trophy candidate Quarterback. Along the way, they suffer a myriad of injuries including losing their redshirt freshman now starting Quarterback, who had morphed into a Heisman trophy candidate of his own.
One of the greatest things I get out of speaking at over 160 Coaches Clinics over the last 7 years is I get to listen and learn from other speakers. This past weekend I was in Racine, Wisconsin working with Tim Murphy and Rick Stewart. I got to ride with Rick to and from the […]
Formationing and Running No-Huddle Yes, you can run no-huddle in youth football, my teams haven’t huddled in the last 17 seasons, it’s not up for debate. But what about formationing? What about formationing and running no-huddle? Formationing is the theory that you don’t have to have a lot of plays to score a lot of […]
Offensive Pace as a Weapon in Youth Football In today’s topsy-turvey world of college football, we see teams like Oregon and Oklahoma State running plays at breakneck speed to effectively wear down a defense, but can it work in youth football? With less practice time and less mature players is the risk reward equation leaning […]
Reading Defensive Tackles When Calling the Offense Many youth football coaches read Defensive Ends or Linebackers when they are trying to figure out the optimum play to call on offense. While that may make a lot of sense, don’t forget to pay attention to Defensive Tackles. They seem to come in many varieties, King Kong, […]
Speeding Up the Game When Coaching Youth Football Many of us have looked in amazement at the production the Oregon Ducks have had on offense in the last few years. Chip Kelly’s Ducks have averaged nearly 50 points per game in the last two years on their way to a National Championship game in 2010 against Auburn in […]
Youth Football Plays- Which Work and Don’t Work Against Quality Teams One of the things I found very interesting while watching over 60 different youth football teams play at the Pop Warner and AYF National Championships was observing trends. One of the things that was very evident early on and was very consistent in these […]