Recent Offense Articles

Coach B Dud’s Camp Highlights

Coach B Dud’s Camp Highlights

My team camp wrapped up Wednesday night and I have gone through the film about a hundred thousand times.  I have to admit that we are not anywhere near where I’d like to be at this point but at least we know what to improve on.  I put together this video some a few highlights  (grouped [...]

Quick Screen Concept

Quick Screen Concept

I want to share with you all my new toy I have been playing with at practice.  Now when I saw playing with this I mean I have invested zero offensive time in to it.  I have had our scout team O run it and run it very successfully without putting any practice time what [...]

Sprint Draw

Sprint Draw

The topic of the Sprint Out Passing game came up on coachhuey this week, and with that the idea of running Sprint Draw as the primary constraint play.  We had a lot of success with our sprint draw last season, and didn’t really sprint out all that much.  The sprint out will be a much [...]

Recent Defense Articles

Post Snap Communication | Deuce

Post Snap Communication | Deuce

Deuce attacks the concept of post snap communication in pattern reading coverages by simplifying the whole process. The first method he discusses is verbal/vocal communication by players after the snap. According to Deuce, one of the main disadvantages of this communication method is that, ”the DB must first hear the communication from the other DB, then relay [...]

Defending the Option | Barry Hoover

Defending the Option | Barry Hoover

Want a highly detailed crash course in defending the Flexbone? Looking for images, video, and diagrams to enhance your learning? Then you’ve got to check out Coach Hoover’s and follow the link in the right sidebar to Defending the Option. On this page you’ll find posts breaking down the offense and defensive responsibilities with topics [...]

ClinicTalk:  Tackling Progression

ClinicTalk: Tackling Progression

Here is the second installment of the ClinicTalk segment.  This one comes from perennial Division 3 CCIW powerhouse North Central College.  NC Coach Rick Ponx breaks down how they teach tackling from day one. Click on the slide below to download the presentation.      

Recent Special Teams Articles

Special Teams Clinic Talk:  Special Teams Game Planning

Special Teams Clinic Talk: Special Teams Game Planning

OK here is the fourth in my series off special teams clinic videos.  This one is a great clinic talk that covers all parts of the special teams coordinator position and the items that he takes into his planning on a weekly basis. Check out Greg Shockley’s Special Teams Game Planning / Preparation presentation above.

Special Teams Clinic Talk:  VMI Punt Return Schemes

Special Teams Clinic Talk: VMI Punt Return Schemes

Hopefully by now you have already checked out the first two installments of our videos from last years Shenandoah Valley Special Teams Clinic.  This next video comes to us from VMI who now hosts and runs the annual event. Check out Greg Shockley’s Special Forces Punt Return Schemes / Punt Block Scheme presentation above.  Check [...]

Zone Blocking Scheme for Punt Protection

Zone Blocking Scheme for Punt Protection

Proper Technique, Repetition Prevents Blocked Kicks Punt Protection – Interior Zone Blocking The success of using a zone blocking approach for punt protection relies on the ability to teach blockers the proper technique, and to schedule sufficient practice repetitions for the players to become comfortable with the scheme. Line Splits Right Guard/Left Guard – the [...]

Recent Program Articles

Install/Practice Plan

Install/Practice Plan

Installation and practice plans are popular topics with coaches and everyone has their preference.  if you have something that works for you, awesome, keep doing it, but I would like to share what I have done this year as a suggestion to others. SPRING BALL For our 10 days of spring ball we decided to [...]

FTO Archives: “Coaching on the Run” Defined

FTO Archives: “Coaching on the Run” Defined

Instructional feedback is crucial for a coach to help a player progress in his abilities.  It is about small pieces of information that refine the athlete’s techniques and skills.  Over time, these bits of information add up and can be seen in improved performance in competition.  I believe players learn best from playing the game.  [...]

FTO Archives:  The Cardinal Sins of Practice Planning

FTO Archives: The Cardinal Sins of Practice Planning

A lot of things matter when it comes to great coaching. Understanding your scheme, motivating and inspiring others, and communicating effective technique and concepts are a few simple things that come to mind. Yet one thing that I rarely hear people say about great coaches is, “He is a master of practice planning.” Why is [...]

Recent Strength and Conditioning Articles

Team Agility Rotational Series

Team Agility Rotational Series

I remember it like it was yesterday.  Every fall we dreaded the “opportunity” to do “rotational agilities” daily through camp and once a week throughout the season.  The drills were hard, but they didn’t make us better football players.  We crab walked, bear crawled, and sprinted 100 yards,in addition to other drills.  While this opportunity [...]

Off-Season Football Workouts, Part 3: Building Lean Muscle Mass

Off-Season Football Workouts, Part 3: Building Lean Muscle Mass

After completing Part 1 and Part 2 of my football workout, you will have built strength and endurance on a solid foundation. Now, you are ready to build serious lean body mass, increase strength and cut body fat. In Part 3, the purpose is clear—build as much muscle as possible. The added muscle will enable you [...]

Off-Season Football Workouts, Part 2: Building Strength and Endurance

Off-Season Football Workouts, Part 2: Building Strength and Endurance

After performing Phase 1 of this off-season football workout, you will have built up the core stability and overall strength you need to add weightlifting exercises to your program. The next step is to start building on your solid foundation by adding strength work. Phase 2 workouts are structured into supersets, each consisting of a [...]

Recent Speed and Quickness Articles

Team Agility Rotational Series

Team Agility Rotational Series

I remember it like it was yesterday.  Every fall we dreaded the “opportunity” to do “rotational agilities” daily through camp and once a week throughout the season.  The drills were hard, but they didn’t make us better football players.  We crab walked, bear crawled, and sprinted 100 yards,in addition to other drills.  While this opportunity [...]

FT Archives:  Warm-up For Speed

FT Archives: Warm-up For Speed

The warm-up or stretching part of practice seems to change every few years.  First static stretching (seen to the right) was great, then it was out.  Next the bands were all the rage, now they appear to be being replaced by more dynamic concepts. So which one is right? The answer is all.  They all [...]

Team Agility Rotational:  Explosion Drill

Team Agility Rotational: Explosion Drill

Purpose: Practice explosion in multiple directions and control of ones body at all times. Procedure: All Players should get in one line between the first two cones. Each player should work through 3 progressions below in the time allotted. If there is extra time, start over at the beginning of the progression:  Step 1:  Jump, [...]

Other Recent Posts

Team Parent Pointers

Team Parent Pointers

| June 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Each coach has his own system for dealing with parents.  While some coaches prefer a hands off approach and ignore parents entirely, others have begun to embrace the parents as a method of steering them toward a more productive way of being involved in their sons football career. (Maybe you can just have them take [...]

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Playing at the “Next” Level – Mental Toughness is Key

Playing at the “Next” Level – Mental Toughness is Key

| June 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

When children first begin playing pee-wee sports, the best athletes almost always excel because of their natural physical advantages in size, speed, quickness, and agility (Sport Success 360). Having a genetic “leg up” often provides an immediate built-in advantage for some kids early in their careers, allowing them to excel on the field (sometimes even [...]

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Linebacker Workouts

Linebacker Workouts

| June 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

I came across this article a while back and it reminded me that “not only training in the gym” applies to all positions not just linebackers.  This article explains why. Linebacker Workouts Linebacker is the most explosive, reactive and physically demanding position in the game of football. In a single play, a linebacker may have [...]

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Four Stages of Team Development

Four Stages of Team Development

| June 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Building a team takes a lot of work and focus. Football especially takes a keen eye and awareness as some programs have up to or over 100 people involved in the potential success of the program. So how can one better understand the team building process? According to Coach Dawn Redd at Coach Dawn Writes, [...]

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Manny Diaz Fire Zones | Barry Hoover

Manny Diaz Fire Zones | Barry Hoover

| June 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

As an extension of  Brophy’s Manny Diaz: Bulletproof Fire Zone, Coach Hoover uses this article to address zone blitzing from multiple fronts as well as the “Run to Daylight” principle as it is applied to the defense. He demonstrates how a coach can use a zone concept from both a 4-3 front as well as [...]

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Teaching Fundamentals Through Games:  Skills Competition

Teaching Fundamentals Through Games: Skills Competition

| June 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Purpose: This game consists of a series of separate team races and competitions. Teams rotate through each of the games similarly to the other games. This works best for younger athletes. Obstacle Course Relay Set up two identical obstacle courses side by side for the campers to run through while carrying a football. Include cones [...]

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