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Friday, March 25, 2011

2010 AFCA Convention (Orlando, FL) Notes

Here are the speakers and topics:

Josh Heupel - Oklahoma - QB Play
Decent talk, but everybody in the Big 12 was there and he wasn't going to give out anything too good.

Brandon Doman - BYU - QB Play
I liked listening to him a lot and how he described reads on Shallow and its variations.

Rod Olson - Coaches of Excellence - Motivating the 21st Century Athlete
I have to re-do my paper on Coaching Styles and Motivation because I got a lot of great info from Coach O.

Joey Wiles - St. Augustine H.S. (FL) - Defending Multiple Formations with Quarters
Good, but I would have liked more X's and O's.

Jim Kunau - Orange Lutheran H.S. (CA) - Building Champions for Life
Some good info about building a program and getting the best from your players.

Taver Johnson - Ohio St. - DB Play
Very good DB fundamentals and drills.

Vic Shealy - Kansas - DB Play
Maybe my favorite speaker.  I really liked the WR tendencies he talked about (being on/off the ball) and using that info to adjust coverages.

B.J. Anderson - Houston - Pass Protection
He was great about answering my questions (why you must sit in the front row for any clinic or talk).  I got a lot of information from him about half-man, half-slide protection vs. different fronts.

Ashley Ingram - Navy - Navy Offense
I liked how he talked about watching film to make sure you are getting 1 and 1/2 steps with your motion man (more than that - gives defense too much time to adjust).

Here is the link:

I try to write fast, so let me know if you have any questions or comments on the notes. 

Links:
Football Coach Academy had a great website link here: Hoop Thoughts.  Bob Starkey, the LSU Women's Basketball Coach, has a ton of leadership info on his blog posts, with much of his material from football coaches.

Coach Chris Brown (not the Chris Brown from Smartfootball.com as I recently learned) has a lot of great football videos and links on his facebook page here.

Brophy has Noel Mazzone Arizona State cut-ups on 2 and 3 man Snag here.

Strong Football by Coach CP on 4-3 DL Play here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chargers Bunch Pass vs. Dolphins - AFC Playoffs - Jan. 8, 1995

The Dolphins and Chargers are back again in another playoff battle with a play not as well known as the Hook and Lateral, but nonetheless still extremely important in the history of football X's and O's. The Chargers won this game with one of the best designed plays I have ever seen, even to this day. This one killed me as a Dolphins fan (and still does every time I watch it), but even then I had to tip my hat to the Offensive Coordinator for designing this masterpiece of a play and for calling it at the perfect time with the game on the line.

The Chargers lined up in a Bunch formation with motion by the inside WR to help shake man coverage. Check out the end-zone copy at the end of the video to get a good look at the Backside Guard pulling and the WR sneaking through the LOS. I think that the collective jaws of everyone watching the game fell to the floor when they saw this play, and I remember the announcers replaying it like 20 times—it really was that sweet. It is my opinion that this was one of the greatest offensive plays ever drawn up and executed in the history of professional football. Here it is:


Links:
Terrific football blog that I had never seen before that you must check out: http://codeandfootball.wordpress.com/

Deuce does a great job of talking about Midline and all its variations: http://footballislifeblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/midline.html

Dacoachmo posted his Indy Glazier Clinic notes:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wrong-Arm Technique

Good discussion on Coach Huey about the Wrong-Arm technique here.  I'm better with pictures and video than I am with words, so is here is my take on the Wrong-Arm technique.  The Wrong-Arm technique vs. Power is pretty straightforward, and I will get to it later.  The Wrong-Arm technique vs. Counter is not as straightforward and cause for some debate, so I will tackle it first. 

The diagram below shows the Fox DE initially obeying his Block-Down-Step-Down rules vs. the OT.  If he follows his hands, his technique will take him right into the pulling Guard.  How he attacks the Guard is the key to stopping the Counter play.  If he literally obeys his Wrong-Arm rule and attacks the inside shoulder of the pulling Guard with his outside shoulder, he will be pinned easily and the pulling Tackle will not miss a beat coming around for the LB.  The defense has forced the ball to bounce outside, but nothing is being disrupted.  It is important to remember that maximum disruption is the goal and purpose of Wrong-Arming.


We want the DE to not just Wrong-Arm the pulling G, but we want him to work upfield right through the pulling G.  We want him to cause maximum disruption and knock the pulling G into the pulling T and have them both pushed back into the RB.  That is the ideal train wreck scenario, but what is important is that the DE is able to knock the pulling G back into the pulling T's path to disrupt the timing of the play.
 
The DE needs to know that he will not always be able to Wrong-Arm vs. the Counter.  If the pulling G is very tight to the LOS, then the DE will not be able to get much power by coming underneath him.  He will be pinned easily if the pulling G is too tight to the LOS.  If the goal is maximum disruption, then the DE needs to just "blow up" the G as hard and fast as he can and let the LB fit off of him.  The DE may not make the ball bounce outside, but he can box the play in and still disrupt the play by causing the OT to cut up quicker than he wants to.
 
The DE needs to be taught:
1.  To Wrong-Arm and work upfield right through the pulling G if can. 
2.  If he can't Wrong-Arm the pulling G without being easily pinned, then blow him up with as much force as possible. 
 
Either way, the DE must act with violence, cause maximum disruption, and create a train wreck.
 
The video does a great job of showing how to Wrong-Arm vs. Power.  The DE/OLB will attack the inside shoulder of the FB with his outside shoulder in order to cause maximum disruption and cause a train wreck. The first cut-up in the video of Bill Romanowski was provided by OJW, who also talks about the Wrong-Arming technique in his outstanding 4-3 vs. the Flexbone - DT Play and the 4-3 vs. the Flexbone - DE Play articles.

Wrong-Arm from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

Tony Dungy talks about the importance of mentoring young people here: http://sportsleaderusa.blogspot.com/2011/03/whats-biggest-problem-were-facing-in.html 

RUNCODHIT is beginning a new series on stopping the Power running game with the 4-2-5: http://runcodhit.blogspot.com/2011/03/stopping-power-running-offense-with-4-2.html

Friday, March 4, 2011

Hook and Lateral

The Hook and Lateral play by the Miami Dolphins vs. the San Diego Chargers in their 1981 playoff game is one of the greatest plays from one of the greatest games in NFL playoff history. Go to the 4:05 mark of the video. (Also, check out the old-school three-point stance by the inside WR on the play.  Unfortunately, his is not the worst WR stance—look at the stance and false step of the WR at the top of the screen):


Twenty-six years later, in the Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2007, the Hook and Lateral play resurfaced again as Boise St. shocked the world in its epic upset of Oklahoma, and this play also became part of one of the greatest bowl games in college football history.  The game was tied and Boise St. had the ball with under two minutes remaining looking to pull off the upset until Oklahoma ran back an interception 33 yards for a TD with 1:07 left that seemed to crush all hope.  Boise St. faced a 4th-and-18, down by 7 with seven seconds left at the 50-yard line when destiny called upon this play once again...

Here is Chris Peterson and Boise State's version of the Hook and Lateral play:


Hook & Lateral (Boise St.) from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.


Good coaching points here on the Cage Drill for Screen passes by Coach B Dud: http://coachbdud.blogspot.com/

Deuce talks about Buckwheat, Alfalfa, and the Sprint-Out Passing Game from the Flexbone: http://footballislifeblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/simple-sprintout-passing-for-flexbone.html

Coach Allam talks about Darrin Slack principles for his QBs throwing the Quick Game: http://iteachicoachiblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/speed-up-your-quick-game.html

Football Coach Academy talking about Mike Leach's Offensive Philosophy:
http://footballcoachacademy.blogspot.com/2011/03/mike-leach-offense-concepts.html

I am turning the FCA / Devotional page into its own blog.  Check it out if you like.