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.
The first iBook in my Developing an Offensive System series, THE NEED FOR CHANGE, is now available through Google Play. You can get it HERE - there is a free preview of the type of content, which totals over an hour of video lecture/ game film with telestration. The second title, THE OFFENSIVE BLUEPRINT, will be available shortly.
In addition, the first part of my webinar series will be this coming Tuesday, February 10 at 8:30 pm Eastern. Here is a preview:
I am VERY excited as the work for the webinar shapes up. I've been putting the finishing touches on the presentation, and think it will be an excellent primer to both the upcoming iBooks and subsequent webinars.
We are scheduled to go for 90 minutes, but the content might honestly run over. If we do, we hope you can stay plugged in. We are set for Tuesday, February 10, from 8:30 - 10 pm Eastern. The registration link can be found here.
As far as content is concerned, I will not simply regurgitate old information (though I might reference some previous work); these sessions are intended to advance and expound upon the iBooks, although the teaching is conceptual and it is not necessary to know my terminology etc in order to get the full benefit of the lecture.
The main bullet points are as follows:
•Know what you want to be on offense
•Dictate to the Defense!
•Creating conflict in defenses
•Using tempo as a weapon
•Down and Distance considerations
•The Scoring Zone
•Making all of the above fit your personnel
This is a very broad, 50 thousand-foot overview; each bullet will have several subtopics. For example, will also dive into the GAP SCHEME run game that I have used, as well all attachments and tags. I will cover formationing, and touch game planning and teaching considerations as well.
As stated earlier these topics will flow nicely into not only the iBooks, but into upcoming webinars as well. For example, Webinar 2 will feature the Cover 3 section of my game planning tool that I call HIT LISTS - designed to give coaches brainstorming capabilities, while still allowing to stay in the confines of their offense.
I'm very excited about this stuff and am hoping you are as well
The great Homer Smith had many influences on my that are evident; one of the most basic tenets live on in the QB Manual.
This premise can be taught no matter what age:
So long as there are constants (like backside RULE routes), the passer can be taught to pull the trigger until the pass is taken away.
Registration can be found HERE.
It will be the first of several slated for this spring; the series will cover many of the topics and material discussed here...AND MORE.
I really hate that the topic of conversation about the Patriots is the ball inflation scandal rather than the relentless assault on defensive structures. As the game unfolded, I was extremely impressed that EVERY PLAY was designed to dissect the Colts' defense; I am surely looking forward to ways in which they will attack the coverage tendencies of the Seattle secondary.
While the football fan is focused on eligible linemen and the like, I am concentrated on the manner in which the coverage and front structures of a defense are stretched beyond repair. In order to do so, the quarterback must be able to attack when the opportunity presents itself. Because of this, it is integral that the QB MANUAL is more than just a drill book -- IT SHOULD BE A GUIDE TO EXECUTING THE OFFENSE. It should have explanation, diagrams, animated presentations, and video. Here is a small excerpt from my QB MANUAL:
Not only must the QB be in tune, but the entire coaching staff as well. That's the reason for developing "HIT LISTS" as a game planning tool. These "HIT LISTS" go even further than the Attacking Coverage section of my QB manual, because focuses the minds of the coaching staff on formations and matchups, and thought processes, as well as pattern and coverage structures:
The upcoming Webinars will go hand in hand with the subject matter of the two iBooks that are out, and will also serve as a springboard for the next two, which will cover Teaching and Game Planning.
In addition to Parts 3 and 4 of my iBook series (here), we are working on a web clinic series in that will cover several topics throughout the spring. To answer many questions I have been getting, iBook Part 3 will deal with teaching/ installing, and Part 4 will cover game planning. In order to augment these works, our clinics will cover parts of the QB Manual, Attacking Coverage Section, and our new "Hit Lists" -an update to the game planning menu under consultant services - which serves as a brainstorming tool when combating the major coverage categories.
The season may have come to a close, but there is still PLENTY of football to go around!
More information to come...