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Monday, July 1, 2019

10 Keys to becoming a better Offensive Coordinator

For the past 6 years, I have have served as Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator and each year I have refined my process of Coordinating the offense. Here are my tips to help you become a better Offensive Coordinator!

#1 - Essentialism

Go hear Podcast with the Author & Article from Forbes !

Limit the number of concepts you RUN!

We use 4 run plays... It could change from year to year! This year the plan is Inside Zone, Dart, Outside Zone and Pin-N-Pull. However last year we ran Buck Sweep and Counter GT.

Limit your schemes. I love the Snag passing Game. Why? It can be used for Multiple Formations. use whatever you like Y Cross, Curls, etc......

#2 - Possession and Ten

I can not detail enough how important I think this down is!  I think it is the most important down in football. In doing a game breakdown for a friend this past season. They played the team that won there region, overall they were 4-2-5 cover 3 57% of the time on base downs, HOWEVER on possession and ten 96% of the time they were 2 high cover 4! Knowing this would have made a difference in his game planning!


#3 - Explosive Plays

You have to create explosive plays to score! Teams that score average 2 explosive plays per drive. The question becomes how to do you create explosive plays! One reason why coaches love the wing-t is because it is system based.

Sweep Play/Inside Trap/Waggle..

Every offense should be this way! You need a base play, a reaction play for a change in defense, a play to deal with the blitz off of it and a touchdown call!

For us we are going to run the zone with a bubble screen, you better believe that faking the bubble and going vertical is in the playbook!



#4 Common Language

How does your offensive coaches and players communicate to each other. How many steps is a curl, how do you explain what is open, you need to really have a deep look at how you communicate all these things!

If you need help and a starting point. I recommend you go buy this book today - What is Open by Dub Maddox!   . Everyone on offense needs to speak a common language!

#5 - Goal line and Red Zone

Yes, you need a plan of attack for it! It could be a separate formation 22p, wildcat, etc.. Or it could be a set of plays! What has worked well for me has been a) determining when the Red Zone begins for us we saw that teams really didn't start to play us differently until the 13 yard line, so that is when our Red Zone thinking really kicked in. b) Study the breakdown on the front and coverages teams gave on scout film to determine what you should expect inside the Red Zone. c) For us we were more successful when we found 6 play variations off of things that we did that we used in the red zone!

There are certain plays in our base offense that work well anywhere, but we have a catalog of plays that we found that work well in the red zone and we work 2-3 a week and rotate them during the season, really changed our offense for the better in the red zone.

Score In the Red Zone

#6 - 3rd Down is really all about protection

I use to just try to get a bunch of plays from people that "worked" on 3rd down and we focused too much on 3rd down. A - the best offenses DO NOT PLAY 3rd down. That should be your #1 3rd down goal. However, study 3rd down and write down the blitzes, what you will find is most DC's have a rhyme and reason to how they blitz on 3rd down. 1st determine how you will protect your QB on 3rd down and then with the rest of the WR's not needed to protect the QB come up with the best pass play to attack the defense to get the 1st down.

#7 - DO NOT ALLOW SACKS

You see how much sacks matter even at the college level! So I learned something from my Brother Coach K . He practices Pass Protection 10 minutes Monday - Wednesday! Take your lineman OL/DL and work stunts and Pass Protection Daily. He does this more than Inside Run. We haven't done it to this level but will more. One nugget when we script plays I picked up from Bobby Bentley was to practice 2 passes for every 1 run. Work on pass protection.

#8 - Group is just as important as Indy

You don't need 30 minutes of Indy only! Find ways to steal time for group no matter the offense.

Spread Teams here are 2 samples...



Wing-T


#9 - YES you must have a script to start the game

Develop a method any method. First 10, First 15. Have a method. Here is mine with my staff

#10 Self-Scout

Always know what plays you have run the last 2 games. Don't let the defense know more than you!

Take a look back, the easiest way is to print out for calls for each individual game from HUDL and then add the last 2 games back together. Know you better than they ever could!

Those are my ten tips to becoming a better offensive coordinator! Doing a few of these or all 10 can make you a better OC this upcoming season! Good LUCK and go score! 


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

What I learned from Brent Dearmon at the ATL Glazier Part 2

I know you guys have been waiting on it! So here it goes Part TWO!

This is what he showed us on how to make the "Power" game better.....


#1 - He likes Power Read to the Boundary with TWO Blockers in the boundary!






#2 -  He prefers AT LEAST 3 Blockers to the field when run Power Read to the field!



#3 -  Find ways to OUT FLANK the defense and run Power Read to the field.



#4  - If you see a lot of 4-2-5 2 high defense, one of his favorite RPO's is Power-Seam. The RB uses his Power Read track but is running power.













You can read more here on how I run Power-Read and RPO (Pin N Pull)
Also YouTube Video of the Power Read

You can by his book Evolution of the RPO by Clicking on the Picture
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1252092618


If Video is your thing you can Purchase his Coach Tube Class as well
https://coachtube.com/course/football/identifying-attacking-coverages-with-the-rpo/949147


If you coach HS Ball and you want RPOs that have worked and been used for the past few seasons at the HS level, look into my Coach Tube Class Below
https://coachtube.com/course/football/game-tested-rpos-explosive-plays-quick-game-attachments/3801362


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Friday, May 31, 2019

Inside Zone Variations and Updates....

I know, everyone has sent me a message waiting on Part 2 of my Glazier Clinic Notes from Brent Dearmon and they are coming soon..

This past month I haven't had a chance to update the blog, due to my new position as Head Football Coach at a new school. Busy with Spring Football and licking my chops being able to teach the game from the ground up again!

This doesn't mean, we don't have some great updates for you!

If you subscribe to my YouTube Channel you know I have dropped off some exciting videos this last month!


Inside Zone Bash

The hottest article on this site in a while was The Bash Concept posted by John Konecki!

While like him I love the Bash Concept when paired with Counter. Here is an alternative for those of you who are heavy Inside Zone.


Inside Zone Drills, Formations and Film

If you are a member of our Facebook Group No Huddle Tempo Practice you know the question how do you run Inside Zone is asked a TON!

I am a firm believer in as many double teams as possible.  But here is a presentation on how to install the Inside Zone.


Variation and Window Dressing the IZ in the Spread 

My best selling CoachTube Class is no doubt Using The Stick Route In the RPO Game and I have now followed up with Game Tested RPOS , but everyone is not 100% ready and willing to go full RPOs such as those.

Here is a simple way to add a post-snap pass off of Inside Zone that will give the defense multiple looks! I got this from Joe Osovet and The Bolt Offense



Two Must Read Articles

If you want to become a better offensive coach, I have 2 must read articles that have been recently published!

Read tags in the Shotgun Run Game by Barry Hoover
How to Minimize Football Plays & Maximize Production: #R4 & the Pareto Principle.. by Dub Maddox 

READ BOOKS THIS SUMMER

and if I can only give you 2, I would encourage my favorite author, Joshua Medcalf, Start with Chop Wood, Carry Water and Burn Your Goals

New Podcast to add to your Playlist

The Culture Classroom --> AMAZING! 

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Friday, April 19, 2019

What I learned from hearing Brent Dearmon LIVE at the Atlanta Glazier Part One

I had the pleasure of listening to Brent Dearmon at the Atlanta Football Glazier Clinics. He was worth the FULL CLINIC. I fully hope Kansas uses what he knows!

If you know me, you know I am a RPO lover. We ran a lot of RPOs at Newton High School and over the last 8 years starting with my favorite stick-draw to the most used one for me Stick-Zone.

But Brent Dearmon has taken RPO, playcalling, development and understanding to the next level.

In part one, I want to give you what I learned from him to make the Zone game better.....


#1 - That he plays with Field and Boundary Wide Receivers. He plays his best WR to the boundary and that his Field WR is his best blocker

#2 He teaches the H-back to duck walk 3 steps, with eyes on the LB, who is the run fitter, before going on to the safety.

#3 He installs IZ for the 1st 2 days because his team is in Helmets he wants to make sure he gets the base of his offense right.

#4 He spoke about how to use the Zone Read Bubble with 2 RBs 1st






#5 How to use Tight Ends...

The TE will take a jab step 1st. With  9 tech 1 step outside & vertical

12 Personnel






11 Personnel





#6 He also tells his RB to Chase the center butt on Zone runs

#7 How do you deal with *man coverage * ??





You can by his book Evolution of the RPO by Clicking on the Picture
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1252092618


If Video is your thing you can Purchase his Coach Tube Class as well
https://coachtube.com/course/football/identifying-attacking-coverages-with-the-rpo/949147


If you coach HS Ball and you want RPOs that have worked and been used for the past few seasons at the HS level, look into my Coach Tube Class Below
https://coachtube.com/course/football/game-tested-rpos-explosive-plays-quick-game-attachments/3801362


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Thursday, April 11, 2019

LIVE CLINIC: Spread/Air Raid Offense: Inside Zone w/Tags (Screens/Shots/RPO)

March and the beginning of April was full of information from us at the High Speed Spread Football Blog!

#1 - During my Spring Break, I went LIVE! Here is the video if you missed it of me talking about about

Spread/Air Raid Offense: Inside Zone w/Tags (Screens/Shots/RPO)





#2 I did a Play A Day During the Weekdays in March. Here you go, RELIVE the tweets!





#3 Yep we came back with episode 2 of our podcast!


#4 I published my latest Coach Tube Class!




https://coachtube.com/course/football/game-tested-rpos-explosive-plays-quick-game-attachments/3801362  

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Frenzied Frentic Football Podcast Episode 2: Analytics

Podcast #2 - Analytics

  

Guys we are back with Podcast #2 on Analytics.

Does your program use them? Should you use them? And if you have the information what do you do with it?

Coach Konecki has talked a lot over the last 2 years about his study of Analytics and how it has helped him prepare and re-think practice.

Coach Perry of Pearl HS, I came across last year and dove off the deep end after hearing him and thinking about the information that Coach Konecki had preached about.

Here are 2 coaches who have played for state titles (multiple) talking about analytics! Maybe I should learn more - both talked about SportSource Analytics . Come listen and learn about Analytics and dive into your off-season study! Here are some of issues and topics we talked about and dove into on the podcast.
















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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Game Tested RPOS: Explosive Plays & Quick Game Attachments


During Wednesday’s practice, Newton head coach Terrance Banks said that he knew what he wanted to do regarding his two-man quarterback race, but wasn’t ready to share it. We found out Friday night as senior LT Stowers trotted out for the first series of the game, and stayed in throughout, and what a difference it made, starting with the Rams’ first series of the game. It was a 77-yard scoring drive that took all of 47 seconds. The pace looked good. His throws were crisp. It looked as if Newton had been working on the execution of that specific play during the entire bye week and preparation week.

THIS was the start of an article from a game we played this season, when things started clicking! It wasn't that we had been working on a "specific" play all week, it was that our quarterback in his first full time start finally started to understand  HIS options in the RPO game!

XO Clinics all month of February posted a play a day. One of the plays that shared was one of our best RPOs from the past 2 seasons.



We have been able to create explosive plays in our offense by advancing the teaching of our RPOs.

By giving our quarterbacks a pre-snap answer and post-snap answer. Also by attaching quick game tags such as double slants and seam-fin, we have been able to eliminate the need to call quick game or a run play. We are now about to do both, RPOs make up approximately 40% of our offense.

To understand how we got here, let me take you back eight years to the first RPO we used in our offense and still is one of my favorites, go-to plays and crutch.

Stick-Draw, this is what it looked like then.


We still run this play, especially in the 3rd and medium range and if you have a Mobile QB it is great from Empty variations.

From there our RPO Game expanded to what is the #1 ran RPO today, Zone-Stick we still run it and use several variations. Examples are shown here..


I want to share with you a few of our game tested RPOs that you should look at adding to your catalog these plays have really CHANGED and expanded what we do and helped us create more explosive plays plus streamlined our passing package.  


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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Frenzied Frentic Football Podcast Episode 1: Introduction




John K., John M. and Terrance bring you their first podcast from there blog -- They talk one time they have learned this off-season, where to play your bet Wide Receiver, the Bash concept play, practicing hard with no pads and limiting your number of plays but not formations! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Explosive Kickoff Return

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to score touchdowns is on SPECIAL TEAMS!

So many coaches pass up this section of the game when studying the off-season!

Today I want to bring you our number one return, It's Simple a Right Return.

9 TDS over the last 6 years!

Another 5 times past the 50!

Here is diagram






Also here is a YouTube clip of my walking through the blocking scheme.


If you want to see clips, I have added them to my CoachTube Class


Click here to view it ---> FILM

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Snag Game Plus 2 Clinic Presentation

Guys, I will be apart of the Run The Power. Online Football Summit!

I can't wait for you guys to see and hear my presentation!

I will be talking about the Snag Game Plus 2.

Plus 2 includes 
1) Basic Culture of Your Program & 
2) Game Planning - Game Starters...

Come learn why 4 man Snag is the most unstoppable pass play ever :)



Here is a Clip on how we plan Drive Starters



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Score TDs in the Red Zone!





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