To be successful, an offensive lineman needs to have the following characteristics. A team with five linemen who have these characteristics will be difficult to beat.
Running backs use several types of moves to escape a defender. These include jukes, spins, stiff arms and high steps. Here’s a look into proper technique with Tim Horton, running backs coach for Auburn University.
Problem Route Combinations For Quarters Coverage (w/VIDEO) – Quarters is a popular and effective secondary coverage for defenses at all levels. It contains a built-in ability to morph into a man-type coverage with brackets on vertical routes, to a nine-man run-stopping wall. This article outlines and shows video examples of receiver route-combinations that cause problems for secondary defenders playing quarters coverage.
Why Sequenced Play-Calling Makes Your Up-Tempo Offense Even More Lethal – Play-calling can be one of the most important aspects of utilizing an up-tempo offense that likes to spread the field and keep the defense on it’s heels. This article utilizes diagrams and video to discuss the specifics of utilizing play calls to maximum efficiency and with a purpose — such as to tire and fatigue a specific defender or to exploit a particular mismatch at a position.
One of the objectives of an up-tempo offense is to force the defense to play vanilla because the speed with which the offense reaches the LOS does not allow the defense to sub, check or make calls. Surprisingly, up-tempo can still utilize huddles. Here’s how.
Steve Mahoney, head coach at Fort Atkinson (Wis.) High School, utilizes the 44-45 Dive as a bread-and-butter play designed to create a foundation for the running game. He helps his team get back to basics by re-teaching the 44-45 Dive early in camp. In this video, Mahoney demonstrates the install of the Blackhawks’ 44-45 Dive.
Whether you’re coaching a power back who muscles the ball across the goal line or an ankle-breaking open-field specialist making defenders miss, you’ll improve their game with this great new book by Tim Horton, running backs coach at Auburn University.
LESS IS MORE: Developing an Offensive Game Plan & Call Sheet (Part 1) – This article outlines effective and time-saving methods for scouting, practicing and developing an offensive game plan and call sheets to use from week to week during the upcoming season. You’ll also get keys to building a successful offensive attack and essential tips for scouting opposing defenses.
What follows may stimulate a new approach to your overall program. Or maybe it will force you to reevaluate your own offensive concepts. There are lots of ways to skin a cat, and I believe the minute we think we have the absolute best way to do something and close our minds to anything else, we are on our way down.
5 Lessons Learned From Running The Double-Wing Offense – Even in today’s game, the Double-Wing Offense has continued to thrive. This article outlines the lessons learned from coach who’s seen it all in 25 years of running the Double-Wing. You’ll learn all the tips, plays, rules and pitfalls to avoid in utilizing this tough-to-defend offensive systems.
COUNTER WITH STICK: A Simple, Yet Extremely Effective RPO (Run Pass Option) – Run-Pass Options (RPOs) are the hottest buzz “words” in the football-coaching world. Everybody is running some form of RPO within their offense, whether they are quick screens attached to the run game or something different. This article covers a game-tested, proven successful RPO that tags a pass to the stick route with a counter run play.
As high-powered, passing offenses become the norm in today’s game, a large part of your preparation should be focused on creating the right match-ups to get the ball to your best players. Incorporating passes to players out of the backfield is an underutilized way of creating favorable match-ups for your team. Here are three major keys for successfully implementing a tough-to-defend backfield passing game.