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Last Chance Play

You’re down by 7 or less, with just enough time to run one more play.  There is no way your quarterback has the arm strength to get the ball to the end zone.  What do you do, Coach? Today we’ll take a very quick look at a simple play that can get you out of…

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Attacking 1-Back Pass Pro

Sometimes you need to bring the heat.  Send six rushers at the quarterback to force a bad throw, a fumble, or a sack.  Versus 1-Back formations, there are six offensive players to block your six rushers.  If you can guarantee one of your guys comes free it sure would make life a bit easier.  Today…

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Defending Iso From the 3-3-5

The 3-3-5 Stack defense is an excellent platform for defending the 2-back, I-formation run game.  Today we’ll look at how to defend the isolation play. The  Isolation play attacks the A or B gap and looks to isolate the fullback on the play side linebacker.  As the fullback inserts himself into the line of scrimmage, he…

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Coaching the Reach Block

The Reach Block is a staple of zone scheme running plays.  Today we are going to look at how to execute the block.  We’ll also talk about considerations and adjustments that need to be made to the footwork when dealing with different alignments.  Finally, we’ll look at some drills you can use to coach up…

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The Run and Shoot Go Concept

Go! Coaches often copy successful schemes.  It’s no surprise that following the success June Jones had running the Run and Shoot Offense at the University of Hawai’i, many local high schools now run that same offense.  I’ve been stationed in Hawai’i most of my adult life and that means I’ve had the opportunity to coach…

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Coaching the Down Block

The Down Block is a staple of most gap scheme running plays.  Today we are going to look at how to execute the block.  We’ll also talk about considerations and adjustments that need to be made to the footwork when dealing with aggressive penetrating defenders as well as a reading style of defender.  Finally, we’ll…

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Isolation

The Isolation play is one of the best examples of power football.  It is a downhill play that very few fronts can take away.  The base rules are simple and can be adjusted to better attack the various fronts an offense will face.  I’ll start by going over the technique used by the linemen and…

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5-Spoke Secondary Play

I got a copy of Modern Defensive Football by Gomer Jones and Bud Wilkinson for my birthday.  Written in 1957, it’s still extremely relevant today.  In this book, Jones and Wilkinson describe their 4-Spoke and 5-Spoke secondary.  Today we are going to look at the 5-Spoke secondary.  In the book, they use position names common…

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