Sunday, January 29, 2012


"It takes a strong individual to put the team first."

 Major Lance J Langfeldt  (Marines)

"We spread you out wide, then beat you in the middle."
"I'm ADD and it is the way I run my offense."

Pat Fox, Milford High School (MI)

"The biggest mistake by a new head coach is not respecting the tradition at the school."

John Hart, Warren Central High School (IN)

"Run the Vertical concept on FIRST and SECOND down, NOT THIRD down."

Pat Donley, St. Francis (IN)

"On the goalline, the QB should throw a 2 ball and not a 3 ball"

Jay Wilkinson, Broken Arrow High School (OK)

"Avoid throwing to the hitch from the hash to the boundary...@ 35 yard pass to gain 6 yards..."

Josiah Sears, Franklin College (IN)

"Get the Hitch and GO and Slant and GO on tape...it's one way to ensure soft coverage"
"Why did the Hitch get picked? Probably because you haven't ran Hitch and Go!"

Kyle Hockman, McEachern High School (GA)

Pulaski Academy

I spoke with the head coach a couple of years ago and he explained to me why they went for it and kicked some many onsides. For them it was all about the risk/reward in regards to field position and the percentage that an opponent would score from a zone on the field.

NO Huddle to conserve energy

I wrote this a while back on Coachhuey.com

I picked up my copy of Coach today and ran across the aforementioned article. The author Chris Metcalf discusses the benefit to running a no huddle based upon saving your quarterbacks legs throughout an athletic contest.
He took the average distance a quarterback would have to travel from the has to the sideline and back again throughout a game. He also added the distance a quarterback would have to travel to the LOS throughout a game and came up with some staggering results.

If a qb runs to the sidelines 40 times per game the qb will have traveled .93 miles during the game.

If a qb runs to the sideline 50 times per game the qb will have traveled 1.16 miles during the game.

If a qb runs to the sideline 60 times per game the qb will have traveled 1.40 miles during the game.

If a qb runs to the sideline 70 times per game the qb will have traveled 1.63 miles during the game.

If a qb runs to the sideline 80 times per game the qb will have traveled 1.86 miles during the game.

After I read this I ironically received an email from a colleague of mine who was discussing the merits of proper foot attire for a football player. In is his email, he told me that for every step you take when you are running the impact on your legs is 3 to 6 times the amount of your body weight. This point got me thinking about if we asked our qb to run to the sideline 40 times during the game what the actual poundage his legs would take throughout the contest.

In order to this I needed to find out the average number of steps it would take a person with a three foot stride to complete one mile of running. Through my research I found the average number of steps is 1,760 for one mile of running. I then decided to take the mean of 3 to 6 times a person body weight in order to calculate the poundage. And lastly I decided to use 170 lbs as the average weight of a quarterback who would be running back and forth to the sidelines to get a play from the OC.

1,760 steps in a mile
4.5 times a persons body weight per stride
170 lbs Average weight of a qb

170 x 4.5= 765 lbs per step
765x1,760=1,346,400 Total poundage exerted on body

Think about the total damage you putting your qbs body throughout a game if you are not incorporating the no huddle into your attack.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Yes, you can run BUBBLE against Cover Two…

Now that it is clinic season, time to break out the DVDs and try to learn something new. I recently finished viewing Coach Rusty Stivers’ DVD  ” Two plays in one: Attaching Receiver Screens to Run Plays”  This DVD makes a great investment! It runs 55 minutes long, which is more than the normal 30 minutes, you may get from Coaches Choice.

He introduces the “Worst Case Scenario Offense.” This offense was designed to help answer common problems such as...

  1. Facing a talented opponents and coaches
  2. Difficult time running the football
  3. Difficult time protecting the QB
  4. Difficult time getting open in Man to Man coverage

Coach Stivers does an excellent job outlining each facet of this philosophy. He goes into detail of some of the screens in his offense.
I was most intrigued how he varies his speed of the bubble screen. For the longest time, I always had the rule “don’t throw the bubble against a hard corner two corner”. No matter how much you coach up the outside WR to block that corner, He always blows up the play. This disturbs me because I am a HUGE fan of the Bubble Screen. A staple of the spread philosophy that is easy to install with great reward.

So it is really simple to install this simple adjustment. It’s all about the timing of the route. Coach Stivers uses colors to signal how fast to run the route.
GREEN: soft corner run the bubble full speed
YELLOW: hard corner, run the bubble ¾ speed and then read WR block

RED: press man coverage, the bubble is off.

A few quick pointers on running the bubble route. There are many variations. The only one I don’t like is the route that teaches gaining depth, think swing route by a RB, it doesn’t get the perimeter fast enough.
  1.   Straight to the sidelines, turn the shoulders slightly, to present a better target for the QB. This takes reps but produces results.
  2. Two slow steps back then to the sidelines. I have used this method for years and it works great for my players.
  3. Backpedal to sidelines, catch the ball then sprint to the perimeter. This may seem slower but easier to install. Notre Dame will often use this type of bubble path.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Football System Provider

I am in no way affiliated with the men on this website, but they are all great guys and excellent teachers of football. They are starting a football coaching system that is available to coaches throughout the United States. The Shotgun clinic at Sacred Heart Griffin alone is worth its weight in gold. When you get a chance make sure you check these guys out.


Friday, January 6, 2012


With the pending arrival of my iPhone, I figure I would join the nest


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Link is Live-Manual is available on Amazon

If you are interested in the no-huddle manual that I have been working on your can purchase it from Amazon.com here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006TJV3HA

The reviews on the selection have been excellent from the coaches who purchased it. A big thanks goes to all of the coaches who have purchased the manual.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Indy Clinic 2012

Let the Clinic season begin with

Indianapolis Glazier Clinic

I will be working (and attending) this clinic. If you would like to meet up on Friday night for extended chalk talk...Let me know!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Operation No-Huddle Manual

I have just completed my no-huddle manual. I will be posting it to the Kindle store in the upcoming days. It will let you guys know when it is available for you to read. I am not going to lie it feels pretty good to complete this bear of a project I started tinkering with two years ago. I hope you enjoy it and please when you read it let me know if there is anything you would like me to expound upon.