Monday, November 30, 2009


When people see no huddle offenses; many think it is always GO-GO-GO. But in truth, there are many different styles and tempos to incorporate into your spread offense.

*FAST- also referred to as INDY or NASCAR.
Teams want to snap the ball quickly to keep the defense on their heels.
Advantages: 1) fast paced keeps defense reeling
2) Substitutions are limited
3) makes it hard for the Defensive Coordinator to make his calls
1) 3 and outs could happen often causing your defense to be on
the field longer
2) It may tired the offense which may lead to mistakes
3) No Motions or limited motions.

*MEDUIM - Teams want to see what the defense lines up in then will call a play to exploit the alignment.
Advantages: 1) Always have the possibility to call the perfect play

Disadvantages: 1) Defense may have time to Sub and make calls
2) Hard to see alignment from the sideline, must have quality
Pressbox coach

*SLOW – Teams will line up will a play call then will reset or run the play.

Advantages: 1) good for 4 minute offense to close the game
2) prepare the offense for a quality play. TRICK PLAY, SLOW DEVELOPING.

OTHER INFO from clinics and forum posts

"Our HC/OC at my previous school use to do this. He had 2 four play sets that we practiced. He called one "Stampede" and the other "Texas".

I'm sure he had some rhyme or reason to when he called them but the game would be going on, it would be like 2nd and 2 and the play call he would send in would be "Stampede"...QB would call it in the huddle, we would run play #1 out of it like any other play, then right back on the LOS ready to go again.

Awesome. The kid's loved it."


There are many ways to communicate your system.

Just yelling it out: works great for formations

Wristbands: everyone is on the same page and can provide position specific assignments

Signals: best used for skilled positions, QB can verbalize the Line assignment. Play caller should avoid be the signaler. Have at least to people to signal, use in practice too.

In Fast or Nascar mode, keep list to a minimum and vary the launch point of passes and run plays.


1 Nose
2 ear
3 throat
4 arm
5 high 5
6 gun 6 shooter OR rub belly (six pack)
7 drinking 7 up
8 2 fists on top of each other
9 top of the head
0 make an 0







Saturday, November 28, 2009

Martial Arts for football

Since I became an offensive line coach I have been intrigued how the martial arts can help an offensive lineman with their punch. I bought the Coach's Choice video Martial Arts for Offensive Linemen and the Tunch Punch dvd.

I have to say both of them are informative and you can use some of the techniques on Miller's dvd. The Tunch Punch dvd is excellent and is a must buy for any coach who is interested in this type of training.

During the season we use a variation of these hand strikes with our oline striking their opponent with two hands and then alternating hands. During the offseason we incorporated numerous Tunch Punch drills and saw an improvement in our oline and dline ability to strike and separate. It is not very difficult to incorporate and I think gives a coach a big bang for their buck.

Below are several examples that I have recently incoporated into my teams offseason conditioning program.

Double Handed Strikes-emphasis on elbows being in, sitting in an athletic position, and using the meat of the hand to strike.

Hi-Low- the player will strike a pad high and then low. The aforementioned coaching point are incorporated into this movement.

Single Handed Strikes-Same as doubled handed except only with one hand

Combo Movements-Hand strikes that end being a series of movements. For example, one strike with left hand followed by two with the right.

It is my contention that by doing just these few exercises in the offseason that we should see a dramatic improvement in our players ability to engage a defender.

Check out these two clips for examples:

This second video is more geared towards dline and offers some questionable techniques.

Dub Maddox

I love this video. I first saw it on the Coachhuey board and I have showed it all the groups that I coach. The kids really love this video.

Great Job Coach Maddox!


This is common theme.

We are always looking for wacky formations to run basic plays.


Freddie Barnes

I had the opportunity to coach on the staff when Freddie was in high school. Freddie is a great kid and a tremendous competitor. Great Job Freddie!!! All of your former coaches are proud to say they had an opportunity to interact with this such a great young man.


Check out the highlight film on this young man.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Combo Drills

We had a very successful season this year running the football. However, at times we struggled to get off of our combo blocks and onto to the second level defenders. While I was reflecting on the season I had a flash brilliance on how I was going to teach combo blocks next year.

This year and previous seasons I taught the oline to use the four hands on the defenders and four eyes on the second level defender. Depending on the movement of the lber an offensive linemen would get off the block.

Next year I am going to use two separate pieces of card stock one will be red and the other will be green. I am going to hold up the red card stock to alert the offensive linemen to stay on the combo block. I will hold up the green card stock when I am moving into an adjacent gap that the linemen is charged with protecting. I am hoping that this will force the oline to use the four hands and four eyes principle and react to the appropriate color. I will check back in when I employ this in the coming months to report on the success of the technique.

Here is an example of combo blocks that I found on Youtube.

No Huddle Communication

Ok so I was going through my notes last night from a clinic I attended several years ago. It was definitely an eye opener. I ran across no huddle communication lines and I found a very simple way to tell the qb to run the ball/throw the ball to the right or the left. Thumbs up=Right and Thumbs Down=left.

Here is an example of Byron Leftwhich running the no huddle offense

Here is an example of Applachian State University running the no huddle vs. Michigan in 2007.

Oregon Offense

I have to say that I love the Oregon Duck's offense. Jeremiah Masoli is the West Coast Tim Tebow. I love how Coach Kelly runs the spread offense. The motion and other window dressing his offense highlights always has me going back to the drawing board. Please enjoy the clips of the Ducks running the O during the Holiday Bowl last year.

Single Wing

With the advent of the Dolphins success running the Wildcat many teams are looking for ways to incorporate the single wing into their offense. When I was in my search I ran across Tom Lewis' Single Wing dvds. I contacted him and ordered the entire series up. I have to say that I was not disappointed by the content found within the dvds. Coach Lewis does an excellent job summarizing the offense he is so passionate about. For anyone who gets a chance I would highly suggest purchasing these information laden dvds.

Lost Password and Username

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I hope to be adding some more content in the near future.