Sunday, December 30, 2012

COMBO PLAYS...some video

Thanks again for Coach Banks for a great article


Here are some clips of his team running F QUICK combo play.


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kevin Kelley Not Punting DVD

I just finished Coach Kelley's DVD from American Football Monthly and here are some notes I took while watching the DVD.

By not punting you are increasing your opportunity for a first down.
The amount of yardage you need on each play changes when you adopt this philosophy
3.3 yards for 3 downs
2.5 yards for 4 downs

Punting-Teams spend an inordinate amount of time not turning the ball over.  Then why would you just give the other team the ball.

How you acquire the ball changes your percentage of scoring. 
Via Kick off on own 20/30 yard line teams score about 17% of time
Via fumble/interception teams score 34% of time from same spot on field

If you have ball on your own five and choose to punt.
The average net punt is 32 yards
Therefore, you are still giving your opponent a 77% chance of scoring
If you go for it turn the ball over on downs you are giving the opponent a 92% chance of scoring
His contention is that a decrease of 15% is not worth punting the ball
Additionally, they have found out that when they go for it on 4th down and convert their team scores on 76% of the drives.

Not making first downs is an offensive failure

Play calling changes-You can run the ball on 3rd and 8 to put the offense in a favorable 4th down position.
Defense has to change the way they call the game
More practice time for other things
Offense is on field longer therefore fatiguing the defense

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Monday, December 17, 2012

New Forum for Football Coaches

DaCoachMo and I have started a new forum devoted simply to spread football topics, ideas, and concepts.  This board is designed by coaches for coaches who want to specifically speak about the technical aspects of the spread offense.  Joining the forum is free and all are welcome to discuss their favorite components of the offense.

Follow the link below to join.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

New for 2013

I'm trying to get some topics ready...sorry for the delay! Both of us enjoyed successful seasons which means more film to watch.

Feel free to email me or write a comment for ideas OR problem solving.

We finished our first full season with Hudl! Some more film clips will be coming. Both Varsity and JV.

Check out our popular post section and new poll about portable technology!

Monday, September 3, 2012

GAME PLAN nuggets

Here are a few things I have on my game plan to remind me. (and yes it is  multicolored and laminated)

  • Too much information, KILLS the INFORMATION
  • Run what WE KNOW, What we do best!
  • When a play isn't run properly, fix it FIRST, then run it LATER





What is on your GAME PLAN??

Monday, August 20, 2012


I have always struggled with how to practice No-huddle...Use signals or Codes that the defense starts to learn and cheat (bad defense,bad!). Last week I started to channel my inner ADD. What if I called a code and some signals at the same time? So I would sugar huddle the Offense and tell them "DOUBLES...Listen to me" BREAK.  I would yell our code for ALL HITCH and signal ALL GO. Then WRs run ALL GO...perfect.
"DOUBLES...Look at me" BREAK. I would yell our code for Y Stick and signal Y Cross.
Then the WRs run Y Cross...bingo.

The WRs have picked it up and now the defense can't cheat!

I helped out our young WR group for TRIPS formation...the question always being what does #3 do now, coach?
"TRIPS...ONE and TWO listen to ME, THREE Look at me"
I yell the concept for #1 and #2 WRs and signal #3.

I have started to expand it a bit today and had another assistant stand next to me. We would sugar huddle and I would make the call
"Listen to Me"
"Look at Me"
"Listen to Coach"
"Look at Coach"

Now the next challenge, how to indicate who/what is live and what is dummy during a game!

Friday, August 10, 2012

NEW POSTS are coming

Sorry for the delay.

We plan to post "play of the week"

As we approach a less stressful week, We will get some articles in swing!

Look for great stuff after August 24th...which is an opponent (and friend) that reads this blog!
We don't want to tip our hat!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Name this motion or shift

We are adding the the DIAMOND FORMATION this year...I'm looking for names for motions and shifts...First would be when one fullback stacks on the other...

ACTION VERBS are top choices...

Monday, July 16, 2012

My favorite run play-Counter

Since I started watching football in the mid 80s I became enamored with the counter series that was made famous by "the Hogs" in Washington.  I fell in love with with it because it was a violent play, it was simple in its execution, and it always seems to go for positive yardage.

When I started coaching high school football Da Coach Mo showed me how to run it out of the spread sets and the rest as they say is history.  It is no secret that all the teams I have coached or am currently coaching run this play and do so with a fair amount of success.

I thought I would place a couple of diagrams for you, the reader to view at your leisure when you are determining if you would like to add this play to your offensive arsenal.

 Here is an example of how we would run the counter series against the 30 stack defense.
The center and the RG would double the zero tech to the backside stack backer
The RT would down block to the Mike LBER
The LG would kick out DE
The LT wraps up to the the stack lber over the RT

Obviously this all changes if they opposing team is slanting and or blitzing gaps.
The coaching point on the counter series is everyone has a gap on the frontside and the guard kicks out the first defender off the backside of the tackle

The RB takes a jab step and crosses QBs face running inside the kick out of the guard
The qb holds ball out for the RB and carries out the fake on the backside of the play
The backside slot runs a bubble to influence the defender over them.
 The rules on the counter against a 4-1 box
In this scenario the LT and LG combo to the Mike backer
The center blocks back on the nearest adjacent defender
The RG Kicks Out and the RT wraps up to the olber
The action in the backfield is the same as the above example
Remember the front side of the play is gap responsibility and the RB needs to follow the path of the wrapping offensive tackle.
The rules for running the counter are the same as the 4-1 box except the wrapping tackle wraps up to the frontside backer.

Important coaching point on the counter series
The frontside has a gap not a man
If someone is in your gap you have to take them on the frontside
The guard is always kicking out the first person that shows outside of the playside tackle

In order to run this play successfully, you will have to spend a fair amount of time on working on combo blocks and then working to the 2nd level defender.  If you take the time to teach it and work it on a regular and consistent basis you will see the positive effects I have throughout the years.

If you would like to how we run throughout the seasons please click this link to watch my team run it.

Chicago Force Replay

If you would like to see how to implement it into your no huddle check out my manual on Amazon.com. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Combo Plays

There is nothing like having to make the right choice on 3rd down and 5 of a crucial drive late in the game, or 2nd down and long or even 1st down when the defense is being unpredictable. Spread offensive coaches still follow the same bible of play calling since the birth of the offense.  5 in the box = run, 7 in the box = throw. 6 in the box = well it depends on a lot of factors (Football Math). Defenses have evolved to keep 6 men in the box to keep offense guessing of their next move.

Spread coaches have moved on to the next phase of play calling to stay ahead of the curve.  Combing plays! There are three types, a) Run and Pass attached, b) Quick Pass and Draw, and c) Pass and Screen. 

You can also read about this at smartfootball.com.  

Combining Plays Search

I will discuss how we combo each category of play on our staff. The most common play which is in category b is the stick-draw.

We read the backer who has curl/flat to the side of the stick. If he opens to stick it’s 5 in the box run draw, if he blitzes or stays at home we throw the stick.
We will read the same strong side backer, by running the ball away from him by calling stretch weak with the snag concept attached to it. 

If he does not flow with the ball we give the ball to the back, because of numbers, if he does and he vacates the snag area it allows us to read the triangle on the pass.
The last combo is running a pass and a screen attached. One of our favorite pass plays is the Y-Cross concept, we will run that and attached backside TB screen to it.

If the Mike LB drops to take away the crosser the QB flips his body and throws the screen.
No play caller is perfect, but by combining plays we are giving the QB tools to be able to get out of and into a play that suits the current defensive structure, by applying pressure to players that defenses ask to do two things at one time.
We are currently changing our film over to Hudl, once this is complete, I will add clips to illustrate the combo plays.

New Guest Author/Contributor

I am happy to welcome Coach Terrance Banks to Spread Football!

Terrance Banks is currently Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator at Duluth High School, under Corey Jarvis, where he coached WR Myles Campbell, who was the 2011 Gwinnett County Specialist Player of the Year. He previously coached at Berkmar High School, where he coached All-State Receiver Justyn Shackleford , currently playing at Tulane University and on the Lakeside High School staff in 2008 as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator after serving as the assistant Head Coach co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach in 2006.

          During the past five seasons, Terrance Banks has produced five all-county football players, and one all state player. These players include a wide receiver at Berkmar High who is number one in career yards in a season in Gwinnett County history, a cornerback and linebacker from Lakeside High School in 2008, to go along with the only freshmen to make the DeKalb County all-county team in 2007 at wide receiver.

          In addition to his time at Berkmar, Banks also served as Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator at Lakeside High School in 2006; Varsity OLB Coach/JV Head Coach at Dunwoody High School 2004-2005.

Coach Bank's first article will be posted this evening! Combing Plays!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Next Article

First week in July is moratorium time for football in Indiana...So I will have some time for an article or two...

The question is what to write about???

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Coach Martin's Favorite Concept

The last few years going to clinics, I always make it a point to ask questions. My two favorites are

Q: What is your favorite concept?

Q: What do you call on 3rd and 10?

During the Notre Dame Coach’s chalk talk, when the opportunity came for me to ask a question. I asked Coach Martin “What is your favorite concept?” He got a sly grin, paused then started drawing a boundary throw…As he drew the concept, it looked familiar to me. The concept is known as Grand Valley State “W Read”. 

The beauty of this concept is that combines many of Coach Martin’s philosophies.

  • Can be run from multiple formations
  • TE to the boundary
  • Empty
  • Empty with a TE
The base of this concept is the crossing wheel action. The main difference is it is not your classic POST by #1 and OUT and UP #2. 


1 part Run and Shoot SWITCH CONCEPT

      A dash of Coach Martin                                                                                                                                           

Basic QB tip

“Don’t throw TO the WR…Throw ball AWAY from defenders”


The #1 (outside) WR runs directly to the hash to a depth of 18 yards. This route allows the WR to get to open grass sooner and it is not a typical route that a CB may have to defend.

The #2 (inside) WR runs to a depth of 5 yards to the outside edge of the numbers…

EDITOR’S NOTE: I prefer telling WRs Outside and Inside of NUMBERS, NOT TOP or BOTTOM of the NUMBERS. In the past, when I told a rookie WR “get on the top of the numbers”, he would be DIRECTLY on the numbers…in the middle of them!
The inside WR breaks up and stays on the edge of the numbers.


The #1 (outside) WR get to 10 yards (or over LB) then run the route between a DIG and a POST.

The #2 (inside) WR begins the same wheel type route; the only difference is if he can’t beat the CB then SIT IT DOWN.

VS 2 HIGH SAFETIES plus a LB walling and dropping deep

Now the concept becomes similar to the run and Shoot SWITCH concept

The #1 (outside) WR settles at 8 yards without getting too wide

The #2 (inside) WR settles at 12 yards

I look forward to seeing Notre Dame running this concept against the big boys this year. I also plan to run this concept in some form this season. Cross your fingers that I will get some quality clips this year!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Missouri's Coach Yost

I'm always entertained and enlightened when I get the chance to see Coach Dave Yost.

His basis for offensive planning is "Attack the defense with what they don't like."

He spoke briefly about the principles of the Missouri offense

1) FOUR VERTICALS: This is one of the best ways to get the defense into 2 safeties. Some years it is better than others, but always want to have the threat of it.

2) NO HUDDLE: Keep the defense out of their comfort zone.

3) TEMPO: Change it up, to keep the defense from finding a rhythm.

4) BUBBLE SCREEN: Make the defense defense the FORMATION. Around 90% of the run game has a BUBBLE or NOW built in.

5) SLANT PATTERN: The best route that allows for run and catch up the field. They love to throw it against the blitz, The WR has the chance to catch a short route and turn it into a big gain.

6) SCREENS: The type of screen varies from year to year. Make sure to throw screens to your play-makers!

7) EMPTY: 3x2, 4x1, 5x0... There is no defense designed for EMPTY. Do not use EMPTY for dropback concepts. Use EMPTY for QUICK GAME, SCREENS, and QB RUNS.

8) FORMATION to the BOUNDARY: Defenses don't like to defend strength to the boundary, the MIKE linebacker hates going to the "weak-side". It creates a lot of space for the single WR to the field.

9) UNBALANCED LINE: The last defenders to adjust are the D LINEMEN. They are creatures of habit that like to line up in the same technique. It also affects the Linebacker's gap responsibility.

10) FORMATION ADJUSTMENTS (1 different each week): Bunch or Motion. Use it just for "window dressing". Most defenses' check for BUNCH is a secondary check...Line up in Bunch then RUN the BALL or screen away from the bunch.

11) QB RUN: The type of run depends upon the QB...When the QB can a be a primary ball carrier then the offense is more effective.

12) OPTION FOOTBALL: Speed option has been the best answer for same side RB run.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hall Mumme Old School

Here is something to keep you busy while I finish Coach Martin's favorite concept.

Part One of Two...Coach Mumme talks about the Y series.

Part Two will be posted after Wednesday (Vimeo limits per week)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The wait is over...

2012 ND clinic notes

Thanks to Kyle Mc from Ohio for filling in some blanks!

Coming Soon...

I asked Coach Chuck Martin "What is your favorite concept?"
He was excited to answer this question (that was not about fundamentals).

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!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Any Video Converter

I just used this for the first time. EASY!
Put a DVD into the HOME COMPUTER. One of the only reasons to keep the old "dino tower"...come back later that day and all six different films are ripped and neatly organized into one folder!

Some retro Notre Drill tape for you!