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!