Changing hands as a ball carrier is a necessary, yet oft-neglected or overlooked skill, at the high school level for running backs and even quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Our offensive line is focused, because our linemen know what is expected. These six maxims of offensive line play guide our unit to be the best they can.
In more than 30 years of coaching, I have seen it all when it comes to errors in passing mechanics. Often, passers can fix their errors simply by identifying the root causes of poor passes. By seeing an errant pass for what it is, and identifying mechanical issues, coaches can help quarterbacks become more accurate passers.
The following notes come from the “Father of the Modern Passing Game,” Sid Gillman. These have meant a lot to me throughout my career and I thought they were worth sharing with the members of the AFCA.
This drill teaches teamwork among the offensive linemen. They also learn to shuffle quickly to the blind side in order to ensure added protection of the quarterback.
Whether you run Shotgun Wing-T, Air Raid or Wishbone, your offense needs a brand. If you don’t have one, you’re missing an opportunity to help raise your offense to another level!
The ability to get the football to a game breaker in open space is what every offensive coordinator wants to accomplish. A running back with the ball skills and route-running ability of a wide receiver presents great challenges for defenses.
To play wide receiver well, a player must possess a combination of physical traits. Body control and agility are essential to a receiver’s success. The primary thing that a receiver must have is the ability to adjust. Anyone can run a 12-yard pass route against air and turn around. The real challenge comes when the receiver faces a defender who is one of the best athletes on the field and who is using the bump-and-run technique.
The Jet Sweep is one of the most devastating plays used in the spread offense to keep defenses off-balance and on their heels. Before long, most defenses are forced to make adjustments in their defensive fronts in an effort to stop this play. This article provides excellent “counters to the counters” and shows highly effective plays you can automatically switch to when defenses make adjustments within a 4-4 or 5-3 defensive scheme.
The Stupid Sweep is a wild, unbalanced set that confounds core defensive strategy with its abundant overloads and uncharacteristic philosophy. With diagrams and photos that show how The Stupid Sweep attacks various defenses, you’ll also see effective counters and run-pass options that allow you to easily add this unconventional play to your own offense.
Leading up to summer camp, the quarterback must pass the ball at least 250 times each day. Every pass has a purpose. Just as an archer aims precisely for the bulls-eye and not just the target, each time the quarterback passes the ball, he has a bulls-eye in mind.
The goal of every pass blocker is to strive to trust their technique. As long as they are sound in their fundamentals and technique, it should not matter what the defender does.