Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Clinic notes finally

Okay, so this how behind I am...Here are some notes from LAST YEAR!


Chuck Martin Head Coach at Miami (OH)

-Best Goal is "Be a Great Teammate"

Mick McCall Northwestern OC and QB coach

-"QBs must be able to "toe the line" of Arrogance and Confidence"

Jim Bridge Purdue OLine coach

-"Pass Protection is a PHYSICAL act"

John Shoop Purdue OC and QB coach

-"MORALE is the most important thing and the most underrated."

Casey Gillin University of Indianapolis OC

-"Be perfect! Strive for 100% completions."

Matt Theobold Franklin College (IN) OC

-"Stay with what got us down there!" (in the Red Zone)

Purdue and State notes

Friday, February 13, 2015

Getting "Sloppy" on the Defense

The title of this article was very close to being “Getting Sloppy with Josh Herring”, thankfully; I decided that may be too risqué for the followers of this squeaky clean blog. Many of you already know that I am a clinic rat. I attend at least three, every offseason. I would go to more, but

hit with frying pan


When I first started attending clinics, I was always seeking out college and pro coaches. A high school coach really needed to pique my interest with a snazzy topic title like...

“Score 112 points in 48 minutes”

“The No huddle, Up Tempo, High Octane, Fast Speed Warp Offense”

“Easy way to score points without practicing”

Now, I really seek out the high school coaches because they can’t just recruit 6’5” 290 lineman or 6’2” athletes. So as I scanned the ever growing library at Coaches Edge Technologies, the iBook I choose was Josh Herring’s “Quick Rhythm Option Routes”. I am always looking for minor or easy expansion for the offense. 

Josh Herring recently completed his 5th year as Offensive Coordinator and QB coach at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia.                                    
Coach Herring only talks about two routes in this iBook…however, how he pairs the routes with different concepts and various formations making them versatile and flexible. He goes into more detail about the SLOPPY route. He does a great job teaching the route. He goes through multiple clips to show the route in action. This is much more helpful then seeing the same clip over and over!!

The iBook contains 5 chapters with an additional 4 “chapters” of cut-ups.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Sloppy
Chapter 3 Running Back Sloppy
Chapter 4 Dodge
Chapter 5 Teaching and Drilling Option Routes
Chapter 6 Further Review: Cut-ups for your own study

I like how Coach Herring uses HUDL’s playbook as a template. It provides clean and precise lines and proper spacing.

Coach Herring uses a DIG over the TOP of the SLOPPY ROUTE. This DIG proves a better option for the QB and help keep the defense guessing. Sloppy is the route to use for that player you want the ball and that the defense may be keying on. If the Gift of a HITCH is not there, Sloppy provides THREE WAYS to get your stud into open space. 



Is your RB the playmaker?
Then teach him to run the SLOPPY from the backfield!

My favorite way may be SLOPPY from #2 Field WR with CROSS by #3!


The DODGE route only has two ways to get to open space. Coach Herring described it as “we found that Dodge is a route for which more players have a knack.”

Still need to mess with those pesky Linebackers? Then pair CROSS concept with DODGE from the field #2 WR.


So there is a little taste of  SLOPPY and DODGE …

You want more? You gotta bust that piggy!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dan Gonzalez for only $25.00

For those smart people out there that own his books, here is chance to hear him LIVE!

For those that don't own any format of his books... 

Check out my previous post. NOW!

I have been lucky enough to talk to Coach Gonzalez a few times and it has always been informative! Coach Gonzalez’s webinar is set for February 10th at 8:30pm EST. This webinar is loaded with information and sound concepts for attacking and dictating to a defense.  Webinar is available live as scheduled. If you are unable to sit in on the live event, you will be able to purchase the recording. 

Register here:


Email grabkj@gmail.com. Put “Gonzalez” in the subject line. Upon your registration you will receive a code for A Coaching Arsenal iBook and be entered in a drawing to win 5 Coaches Edge current or future titles of your choice.

Get ready for a new education!!

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