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:
Living in Allen, TX and using this outlet to not only stay close to the game I love, but to help pass on what I have learned from some of the game's great coaching minds.