To illustrate, we will look at a few clips involving the drag route.
First, the basic DRIVE:
As Part 3 of Developing an Offensive System nears its release date, I wanted to write about some adjustments in the way we package that have proven to be very beneficial in the past year. Late last fall, I began to adjust game plan forms in order to make it easier to recall options in the heat of battle. This spring, six primary "structures" were labeled on the coach's sheet:
We derived this terminology to make the teaching for all players easier; it also allows the offense to move around star players with no additional learning burden. The Read/ Navigation tags allow the coach to guide the passer to the easiest lane of completion. By classifying game sheets, the playbook, and cut ups by route structure, one can be extremely efficient - with an offense can now teach minimal techniques and assignments, but apply in several different ways to attack a defense. Most of all, the QB and coach can benefit from the ability to hit all eligible receivers in a pattern.
To illustrate, we will look at a few clips involving the drag route.
First, the basic DRIVE:
Next, the 9 route in front of DRIVE:
Lastly, using the 9er (Numbers) advantage principle:
Homer Smith taught us all that nothing can become more entangled than patterns, protections, and formations. To this, we must add read types, as merely having one way to read a pass defense severely limits the ability of an offense to attack. This system, as it is constructed, meets all those needs, though the number of combinations can seem overwhelming. By simply grouping structures as a means to help coaches process and assimilate the weapons at their disposal, we are able to keep the offense in manageable pieces, maximizing learning and execution.
Thanks to Keith Grabowski for letting me host a chat last night on game planning. For those of you who missed it, it can be found HERE.
If you have any follow up questions, you know where to contact me.
Things are hectic, as Part 3 of the iBook Series is days away from being available. I have gotten a ton of email and messages with questions, and wanted to take the time to address. I really do try to reply in a timely manner, but sometimes schedules and deadlines prevent me from doing so. So - here are a few teaching clips that will help answer some questions. Most of them are directly from our QB Manual...
As you can tell from the clips, these ideas have been in place for a while. The important thing is that the coaching points and techniques remain the same, despite different play terminology.
"Scanning into IN routes":
Because of the proliferation of quick crossing routes in this pass offense, there must naturally be some "counters" to prevent defenders from sitting on these stems. Also, 3x1 sets tend to get the defense "tilted" to the 3 receiver side.
Here is a quick video describing one of my favorite Scoring Zone patterns, called "BUC", which stands for Backside Under and Cross. A frontside receiver is called to run a Deep 6 (BUC tells him to alter his technique), and we use the NINER Advantage Principle to guide the passer to the thinnest part of the pass defense.
Part 3 of the iBook series is coming soon! This part will cover the teaching of the overall offense, and include the running game, screens, and installation in addition to the passing game. Further, we have an exciting new platform we will be launching from, so stay tuned.
As I prepare this latest work, I wanted to share with you a short clip that involves an example of how to DICTATE to the defense. With the preponderance of robber coverage to counter the spread run game, offensive coaches must find ways to take advantage of automatic checks that come with the rules of the defense...
The HIT LISTS that are now available as a separate consulting package feature dozens of ideas like this for each of the major coverage categories.
In my coaching iBook The Need for Change, I call for the need of mutual accountability on the part of coaches towards the players. Ninety-nine percent coaches are invested in their players emotionally; somehow, this dedication is at times lost in attacking defenses. An example of what I am talking about can be revealed below with the standard 4 vertical pattern. While it certainly has answers for multiple coverage possibilities, certain categories simply relegate the pattern to "settling" rather than attacking. For instance, vs. Man Free, the locked seam is of no use, allowing the Free Safety and extra underneath player to help on the seam read and back, respectively. Patterns should attack the full depth and width of the field - the elimination of targets by coverage allows the defense to level the playing field.
Gripes are no good without a solution; below is a teaching video example of what I am talking about. We strive to give our players the ultimate pattern, regardless of the defense we will see. Here, the seam read is mated with a variation of the SNAG pattern on the frontside. Doing so has distinctive advantages:
1. The coverage is threatened to the fullest
2. It keeps patterns alive by giving the defense multiple threats that must be respected
3. It allows the offense to manage its strengths (ie - who is the good seam reader and free him up)
Most of all, it allows the offense to be efficient with its pieces, allowing the offense to work techniques and routes that always keep the offense playing downhill.
One of the things I truly love about having technology constantly at our fingertips is the ability to constantly learn (and teach) football ideas. I am completing one of several projects related to football; the one with the most over-arching relevance is what I am calling my "Hit Lists":
Used as a game planning, QB teaching, or even professional development tool, these lists cover 5 major coverage categories and provide the user with a "ready reference" on attacking a given defense. Each coverage will have between 30-40 ideas, and each idea is accompanied by a coaching clip (complete with telestration) highlighting a specific principle. This is much more detailed than saying "4 verts vs. Cover 3"; the guide takes you into the drop angle of specific defenders and in some cases, give outlines in altering the defense's call to get the desired response.
Projects like this highlight my study of the defenses my coaches will likely see in the upcoming season. The coach is then equipped with a ready-reference catalog to use during game planning or offseason preparation. More importantly, it does not lock in a coach's creativity; rather, it serves as means to unlock new ideas.
One of the truly great things lately I have been lucky enough to partake in is an online chat among high school (primarily Texas) football coaches. There are so many good coaches with great ideas. I hate that I had to miss last night due to personal obligations, but wanted to post something that followed along that subject line.
It's very hard to cover the subject without talking about game planning, and one of the things that became part of our call sheet was the FREEZE package. Here is what the column looks like on the sheet:
We will prepare 2 formations typically that will cause the defense to have to make serious decisions on how to defend. The whole idea is that while we want to create conflict in the defense's setup, but as we learn from lawyers - NEVER ASK A QUESTION YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER TO. When intoducing a formation like the one below, we want some definitive responses already programmed.
With "11" personnel on the field, the defense cannot make assumptions based on personnel. Then, as the offense aligns, the B deploys, leaving the defense with 3 receivers away from a TE body (H). As the following screen shots show, here is the method for calling:
If we get a bubble to the H Back side, we can run a lead draw using half man, half slide protection principles with the H Back inserting. If we get a 3 technique to that side, we can call this:
Calling the QB power can of course make the defense account for a GAP run, but also gives the center an easier block back on a shade. Naturally, the B can be sent in motion to incorporate an "inverted veer" read, if that is part of the offense. In the passing game, 3 passes are prepared:
The screen can serve as a simple, effective call vs. a blitz - with no negative consequences if the blitz is a bluff. In this hypothetical situation, the other 2 pass categories we are preparing for are man and zone.
Vs. Man, there is the possibility of a great pattern above, with the added dimension of the backside IN. Crucial in defeating man coverage (especially good man coverage) is attacking with longer route stems, making the defender turn his hips. As Michael Irvin showed the world, deep ins and deep outs are the bane of man coverage.
In my time as a coach, I have coached in several different offensive systems. None of these however have been as effective or efficient as that of Coach Dan Gonzalez.
This system allowed us to implement a streamlined method of progression for our quarterback. It also gave us the ability to make simple adjustments to change the quarterback's thought process based on what the defense was giving us.
With this system, we were able to be as simple or as complex as we needed on a week to week basis without placing any new learning on our players.
With Coach Gonzalez's system, we were able to break 19 single game, season and career school records in the 2014 season including total offense, single season passing, rushing, and receiving, as well as single game records for passing and receiving. As a team, we had our deepest playoff run in 26 years!
We are confident that this system can work for you too!
Coach Steven Hohenberger
Paris High School
Here is a clip from the webinar the other night, in which we discussed many facets of teaching. This will lead up to Part 3 of the iBook series, covering the teaching of a system.
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