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