Thursday, January 15, 2015

Urban Meyer clinic highlights

From the Notre Dame clinic I attended a few years back...

How to develop a championship team

“Fun to build, hard to maintain”

Article “Leadership by solitude”

Q:  “What makes your program click?”                          

It is NOT the offensive or defensive scheme!

*Your program must stand for something*

Florida/Coach Meyer four points
  • DEFENSE (fundamentally sound)
  • SCORE in the RED ZONE
  • SPECIAL TEAMS must be a priority

Study: When a team blocks a punt, they have won the game 90% of the time

Great Football coaches don’t get overlooked…

Too many young coaches are worried about their title, the money, what position, what level…They do this without CONVICTION or RESEARCH. They feel that they deserve it without putting in the TIME and EFFORT.

Position coaches should have a set of CORE VALUES for each position.

Coaches need to train their team for the WHAT IF moment

-PURPOSE (Spiritually, etc)

You need to make a list of ten things you are grateful for. Refer to this list when times are tough.
Give purposely

-MENTALLY (Who/What)

-PHYSICALLY (be in great shape)
To begin the process of changing the culture, you tell the players “If you are not happy, change what you are doing.”
Why do people go back to old ways? People are not prepared for the RISK and DISCOMFORT involved in making that change.
When a player is struggling, find a way for that player to succeed. It may be as simple a making a play in practice.


Great Teachers
  • CLEAR:  job description
  • CLEAN: They use the best available teaching tools
  • CONCISE: they break it down to the smallest point/detail
  • DIRECT: reflected by the ability of the player to repeat what the teacher just taught

Spend time in player development!


  • Install on the board
  • Use video examples
  • Use walk throughs (Body Teach)
  • Practice Individual techniques and Specific techniques


  • The PLAN should be TIME TESTED.
  • The PLAN should have examples.
  • The PLAN should have testimonials.
  • Believe in it
  • Sell it over and over.
  • Demand It
  • You adapt your Offense and Defense, you don’t adapt yourself!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Using One Word Calls in the Tempo Offense by Coach Banks

Coaches, ask me on twitter from time to time, how do you speed up or do meaningful "check with me" for your offense during the game and/or during practice. One thing that helps in a tempo offense, whether you are full speed No-Huddle or you are no-Huddle and then scan the field is one word calls. The question then is how and when do you use the calls. Here is a brief over view of how we use the calls. We basically take 5 calls into the game, each week and we decide as a staff on Sunday in the manner they will be used.

HAWKS – This is our base run game call. 3rd/4th and short, Inside the 5 on 1st down trying to catch the defense off guard, sometimes off an explosive play to get tempo. It is normally a call like Doubles zone with a comet screen,  i.e., jet motion to trips; zone with a bubble. This sort of play we love on 4th and 1, we usually decide as a staff if we don’t convert this third down we are going for it and already know we are calling Hawks

HORNETS – This is usually a pass play that includes a motion and a shift. This is a base pass play you run, like y cross, sail etc.. Find a way to shift and then motion a player and run it. We usually call this play 2 or 3 times max a game.  We catch the defense off guard with something they have not been expecting or have not seen before. Have fun with this one!

BULLET – Is a play we run a lot and we know the defense is expecting it when they see a certain formation. If you are worried that defense might know a signal or a look and can run a play as a 2 way go, call BULLET. Your team knows you are either running zone to the left with a bubble or if you call flip zone to the right with a bubble. Something basic in your offense. Tempo play, no signals involved and gives you a chance to scan the defense and find numbers while not having to go through signals again to change the play. 

BULL – This call is similar to BULLET in that is a check with me play, however The formation stays the same and the run call or blocking is the same, but the pass routes can change. So you can call Trips Right Y Cross unless you say Flip Then it becomes Trips Right Sail. A way run 2 of your preferred pass routes that week against the look you deem best.

COWBOY – Is the last One Word Call and it is not a play. It is a formation. Got a formation that you don’t use often and you want to use it for just this week. We make this our Cowboy call, Unbalanced, double TEs, etc.. Something the kids know when they hear it to line up in it. For us in the playoffs, it was 2 TE Trips. We didn’t normally run this formation but when we did in the playoffs, we put certain kids in at TE that we thought gave us an advantage. 

This is how we used one word calls in our offense.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014


Unlike most people this time of year... I am NOT dreaming of visions of sugar plums. My visions involve Xs and Os. I am making plans for 2015, but I need your help!!

Do you have an idea for an article topic? post it on the facebook page


Don't forget about the Spread Offense Forum!!


FULL REVIEW of Coach Dan Gonzales ibook.


FULL REVIEW of Coach Rich Hargitt's ibook.


FULL REVIEW of coach Ted Seay's WILD BUNCH ebook

The Wild Bunch: A Conflict-Theoretical Approach to Offensive Football

Thinking about getting published? Contact Keith Grabowski!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

QBs 101

QUARTERBACKS…coaching what could the most difficult position, 


I am fortunate to be a high school coach that only coaches QBs. My QBs only play quarterback…unless we get a truly special player. Only coaching the QBs give them the advantage of working with me 24/7. We take time to work all the intangibles. 

As many of you know I am a firm believer in what Darin Slack and Dub Maddox are doing at THE QBA. I have been using their drills and R4 system for the past eight years. As an educator and a coach the language they use to communicate to QBs is ground breaking. Yes, I know there our other productive systems out there but the QBA fits us perfectly. 

How do I start with the QBs? First is mental. I am a former lineman so I keep my quarterbacks grounded. If any of them start feeling high and mighty and simply remind them by calling the DONNA (short for PRIMA DONNA) for the rest of the day. 

I tell the 3 Bs and the 1,2,3s and one life lesson. 


BE QUICK The longer you hold on to the ball the worse you become as a QB…this year I have reinvented this theme to “Hesitation is the WORST enemy of a Quarterback” 

BE SMART Make the proper read 

BE VOCAL Your cadence, your “huddle*” presence and your leadership 

1,2,3s I use a number system to tell the difference between the types of ball to throw. 





When you get married… You and your wife have separate bank accounts. You never agree about money!

I was able to contribute to XandOs Labs QB DRILLS

BECOME an INSIDER! It is the best value in football!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I was able to attend parts of the Chicago and Grand Rapids clinic.

They are uploaded to my LOCKR account.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Coach Grabowski's second "book"

Just as my brain has recovered from last year's MIND BLOWER, I get word that Coach Grabowski has a new "book" near completion. Actually, a series is planned....So I look for the tin foil and prepare myself!

Finally I get an email from Coach Grabowski alerting me of the arrival and a short note...

"I apologize in advance for your head exploding."

So once again, the beauty of this "book" is it's portability. Yea, I know all books are portable but once again, this is more than a book.

Places I was able to "read" it

  • My office
  • On the exercise bike
  • During my son's soccer practice (take that futbol)
  • Starbucks
  • My truck
  • The Man Cave
  • Our living room 

As I start the book, my imagination wanders and I think...

How can Coach Grabowski



All it took was the first interactive to be impressed. This book is more than a MIND BLOWER, it is an EXPERIENCE!

In return for this experience, I plan to do something different. I am going to add some short video clips of the "book". I will point out that my speaking voice is made for blogging and not vlogging... 


Next, Coach Grabowski did step up the quote factor (sorry Coach Gonzales). Heraclitus, James Joyce, Albert Einstein, Knute Rockne, Aristotle, Jim Rohn to name a few....

My Favorite is from Albert Einstein...

"Out of the clutter, find simplicity"

The series is broken down into 4 parts. Parts 1-3 are available now and part 4 is coming soon.


Coach Grabowski starts with a guided self reflection. As this clinic season winds down, many coaches are trying to add the newest "play of the week". My head coach recently said "That is why I don't like to go to clinics...there are too many plays I see and want!" Smart football coaches attend clinics to see what is new and what could fit into their offensive scheme. As coach Grabowski explains...

"Many coaches adhere to the philosophy of 'revolution' instead of 'evolution'."

He goes on to say

"What I would actually like to convey in this series is a thought process for looking at offense. I don't' claim that we do it better than anyone else, but I do believe in building on a sound foundation, and in sharing how we do it. I hope to spur thinking that can help in evolving your offense, or choose to radically change your system, provide a process in which you can streamline your adaptation and reduce your learning curve by focusing on the right questions you should be thinking about."

1. Build or Evolve a System
2. Define the System
3. Build a Strong Foundation
4. A Starting Point: The Basics of the Stretch Play
5. Teaching & Coaching Methods: Implementing the Stretch
6. Offensive Line Fundamentals
7. Fullback Fundamentals
8. Tight End Fundamentals
9. Tailback Reads and Techniques
10. Quarterback Techniques for Stretch
11. Receiver Techniques
12. Putting it all Together
13. Application of Strategy: Stretch to the Split End Side

Yes! There is even a place to take digital notes!!!

I will admit I was disappointed to see all the I FORMATION "stuff". I just figured Coach Grabowski was being sympathetic to those two coaches down south, to remain nameless...

You are lucky I didn't post the shirtless picture!

When it comes down to the player chapters, every one is like a mini clinic.

Breakdown of blocking using screen shots!
Below are four pictures taken from the KEYNOTE blocking progression for the Line.

And here a few of my favorite plays

Friday, May 9, 2014



I can't believe it took THIS long but there is a TON of material from

Coach Andy Mitchell...Goalline Offense and more
THE Mike Emendorfer...Spread
Coach Blair Hubbard...Rocket Sweep

111 slides chuck full of football goodness


contact Coach Blair Hubbard

Email FasterthantheFly@rocketmail.com  Coach Blair Hubbard

I will tell you that each PowerPoint has over 150 slides. He also sells CLIP videos.

University Of Wisconsin-Platteville has EXCELLENT POWERPOINTS

Email munzr@uwplatt.edu Coach Ryan Munz


Sunday, May 4, 2014

How we come up with the game plan...The Basics by Terrence Banks

What plays do we want to run this week and how much to run is always a question that every coach has to answer on Sunday’s staff meeting.
While we are a spread team I think our basics can apply to any offense. I had the pleasure of hearing Noel Mazzone live and in color in Nashville two years ago for eight hours and he enhanced my knowledge of the spread game and changed/clarified my game planning.

After, of course, watching film, the first thing we do is have the coaches’ draw up the expected front we expect to receive vs. every formation we are thinking about running. Then, by formation, I allow my coaches to put up every play they want to run. The key is we are only going to have 28 regular plays in the game plan. I say 28 because we will keep four Red Zone Plays and three 3rd and five plays. We start with the 28, it may be 20, 45, 98 plays on the board we won’t carry more than 28 plays into the game. Twenty Eight is the max (we have run less several times). We also determine four Red Zone Plays and hopefully two of those are inside the 5. Also we come up with three 3rd and medium plays. Our game plan includes no more than 35 plays total. Because we are a No Huddle Spread team, we generally run a play three times in that week. There are other tidbits, I will share in a latter write-up, but this explains the basics of our game plan decision making each Sunday.

3 sample 3rd and 5 calls

  • Levels
  • Curl/Flat
  • Stick-Draw

Discuss how you game plan HERE

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Helmet Technology-SG Helmet

I recently met a representative from Echelon Sports  SPORTS ARMOR who introduced me to the new SG Helmet.

I have to say, I was quite impressed with the feel of the helmet.   The helmet itself is made with a Kevlar shell and a patented polypropylene inside. The main thing that stood out for me was the how light the helmet was in my hand and how light it felt when I placed it upon my head.  I asked a couple of my players to check it out in the spring and I have been checking in with them from time to time.  

Their comments  about the helmet have been nothing short of amazing for me as a coach.

Players Comments:
"I don't even feel like I am wearing a helmet."
"I don't get a headache when I am wearing the SG helmet."
"I took a hit to the head and did not feel it like I might of with my other helmets."
"My peripheral vision in the SG helmet is awesome."    

Additionally, I purchased a SG helmet for a player who had a concussion with another helmet in the early part of spring.  When they returned from their concussion protocol, I put the helmet on the player and the player has not had any recurrence of head injuries since placing the SG helmet on their head.

Attached is a article from ESPN to peruse if you want more information about this style helmet.