Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Super Power

Super Power

One of my favorite plays to run in short yardage is the Super Power.  I was inspired by Coach Vallotton(@jerryvallotton) and Hugh Wyatt when I started tinkering with adding this to the offensive playbook.  We have had a ton of success with it throughout the years and I thought I would share it with the readers.    Enjoy the clips and I did the drawings with my 3d Playbook program.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Building a Program, more than just a team

Brian Kelly's talk from the 2012 Clinic

There are few gaps but I did my best to fill them. For example he never really told us about the 3rd quarter mentality and what YELLOW was on the practice plan.

Overview: It is really easy to find the best players and have the best team. However these teams don’t last. Building a program involves building people.


1. Stability = Consistency
a.    You can’t start winning until you start losing.
2. Raised Expectations = Excellence
a.    In the classroom, At Practice, In the community
b.    When you see expectations are being met then raise them to the next level
3.  Championship = Competitive Greatness 
a.    Little things (being late, walking on field, poor academics) will get you beat. You won’t win a championship until you have gotten rid of all the little things that cause you to lose.                                                             

Use the locker room to reinforce the rules and mission. This is where the players spend the most time.


It starts with respect. Respect the game. Respect other coaches. Respect the players.

Recognize special people in the program.

Trustworthy: What I’m doing or showing how much I give for the program. 

Selfless: There is not job too big or too small…
“WE” thinking… Along the same lines as teammates…The staff must work together as a “team”


This a collection players within the team that have achieved the following standards

1. Accountability
a.    The willingness of team members to remind one another when they are not living up to PERFORMANCE STANDARDS of the team.
b.    PEER ACCOUNTABILITY is the toughest to teach and develop

2. Appreciation
a.    ABILITY is God-given, BE THANKFUL
b.    PRAISE is Man-given, BE HUMBLE
c.    CONCEIT is Self-given, BE CAREFUL
a.    Going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than what others expect
b.    It comes from striving and maintaining the highest standards. Looking after the smallest detail. And going the extra mile.
c.    Excellence means doing your best in everything in every way.

Q and A session

In regards to player discipline: You shouldn’t need to take more time from a coach and have the player do extra running. This only makes the player and NOW the coach mad. You need to take away what they love the most…PLAYING TIME or REPS in PRACTICE!

Q: What taking over a program, what are the first things to change?
A: The three things that need to be stressed first are:
1.    DISCIPLINE: Attention to Detail
a.    Be on time
b.    Proper dress
c.    Know your assignment
a.    The atmosphere of the locker room
b.    Players need to come energized
a.    Players need to what to expect

You build INTENSITY through REPETITION. You need to coach on the fly and not have a clinic on the field. Use coaching terms that are short and easy to remember.
Use film to teach players. It is easier to teach a player when they can SEE what they did wrong.

WEEKLY PRACTICE (posted in the locker room)
            Install the game plan for the week.
            You will get more out of player when they know what to expect every day. Be consistent.
            No thinking should be needed. Execute the plays and assignments.
            Locking in on the task at hand. The players should not be “giddy”
            GAME DAY

Coach Kelly showed a practice plan that was colored coded to indicate the speed of teaching and drills.
YELLOW-not defined, I would think it would be up tempo with some Coach to Player interaction
RED-SLOW…teaching. There were only a few segments of red.


1. FIRST QUARTER           
                START FAST: Play with Intensity and set the tone
                ATTENTION to DETAIL: Don’t let the game environment affect your assignment
                Make adjustments and carry them out
                FINISH STRONG

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Notre Dame Clinic nuggets

When punishing a player...
"Take away what the player loves the most...PLAYING TIME"
Brian Kelly HC

"Drills need to look like a game or they are just warmups"
Bob Diaco DC

"Use a more balanced stance and base for lateral routes to help eliminate false steps"
Scott Booker TE Coach

"You make them (OL) right, pick up theirs" in reference to RB pass protection
Tony Alford RB/Inside WR Coach

"Little Things are big in the grand scheme"
Mike Denbrock Outside WR Coach

"Only use Walk Through or Full Speed...1/2 speed or 3/4 speed to hard to define"
Harry Hiestand OL Coach

"There is no greater feeling for an Offensive Lineman than moving a defender from
Point A to Point B, against his will"
Joe Moore former ND OL coach (from Coach Hiestand)

"A Punt is way better than a turnover"
Chuck Martin OC

"The Stretch Run is a good answer for the inside blitz that run to stop Inside Zone"
Jerrod Ackley, Head Coach, Immokalee High School (FL)

General Notes

  • I'm a offensive coach but, it was fun watching the ND defense play and Coach Bob Diaco coach. 
  • I definitely saw Chuck Martin's influence on the offense. 
  • The offensive staff is doing a fine job moving players around and getting running backs into space. 
  • All four QBs took reps and all had positives and negatives. 
  • Tommy Rees looks much quicker.
  • Mike Golic was at practice on Saturday and he still looks great.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Scan plus one

For those of you who have purchased my manual the No Huddle Experience here is an example of Scan Plus One.

Special Thanks to O-Zone Offensive consulting for video access!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Notre Dame 3 on 3 drill

Spread does not always equal finesse

Looking forward to seeing the Blue and Gold in PERSON this Friday!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tripping up your goal line

I recently watched a clinic video of Coach Sonny Dykes talking about goal line offense.

General notes:
Build the sets and your philosophy around your best players. You avoid the second guessing after the game.

You start your RED ZONE when they change their defense.

He started in a standard 3x1 set with his best WR on the backside. This happened to be the TE. He gave the QB three options.

Hopefully the QB was taught Football Math.

Q: Is he single covered? Safety help? LB help?
A: SNAG/HOLE route

3 WR side
Q: Do we have leverage to run bubble? Or any other screen?

Q: Are there two safeties? 6 or less in the box?


Interesting fact is the over shift of the defense to the TRIPS side. There was only one time that they ran a play to the trips side. They lined up in TREY (trips with a TE) and ran STICK.

The three basic options

Route Descriptions

Two Safeties = Run the Ball

No Leverage and Free Safety has cheated over = SNAG

Two Safeties and Leverage = BUBBLE
 Coach Dykes talked about using some other formations on the Goal line. the first is a doubles formation with a TE. He would put his best WR at the backside #2 spot and check to routes that isolated him. His three favorite routes were OUT, WHIP, and SLANT
 He would also get into a true doubles formations and run the #1 WR toward the goalpost. The QB was coached to throw the ball right under the field goal post! They would work on this during a post practice session.

Here are some screen shots from the video.

Isolated single WR...LB is tucked inside,  run the SNAG route.
Isolated single WR...LB is bumped outside, run the FADE route.

Favorable box to run INSIDE ZONE.

Favorable box to run INSIDE ZONE. They ran STICK because of leverage of coverage.

Single WR coverage. LB inside. Run SNAG!