Sometimes it's like watching a baby deer learn how to walk. Watching improvement is rewarding though, and makes it all worthwhile.
That's not a typo - he threw for 400 and 5 TDs, and ran for another 180 (1 rushing TD) - all using concepts in this system! This same player passed for right at 1000 yards all of last season. A.C.T.S. has truly given definition to the offense, and allowed the coaching staff to be completely accountable to the player (instead of the player only being accountable to the coach).
While everyone is set in what they are doing schematically, the great news is that the ideas in Part 1 of my iBook series (found HERE) can help you TODAY. The ability to communicate your intentions on a down by down basis cannot be emphasized enough, and this series will allow you the tools to not only augment what you are doing this season, but align your off-season goals as well.
Speaking of off-season study, Part 2 of the series is due out in the December time frame, with Parts 3 and 4 to be released in the Spring. I
I've said many times that a complete system should not only have all the answers to defensive problems in a self contained environment, while remaining "learnable" for players. To this, I will add that a great system will generate more problems for defenses as the season moves on. This is especially applicable in high school and college football, where teams typically exchange the previous three games as a general rule. Carefully considered, and offensive plan one week can help create dividends for the coming weeks as well.
As an example, let's take one formation idea that is underutilized in many offenses: "stacked" or "bunched" receivers. Though the vanilla TV commentator will point out how the tight alignment of receivers will provide natural "rubs" vs man defenders, there are two important things to consider:
- Proper route running technique and selection will give receivers ample opportunity to defeat man for man defenders without wasting receivers (deploying players on a pass play with no intention of getting open for a pass).
- Defenses today are well coached in defending such alignments. Even at the high school level, defenses have answers to simple rub or pick plays.
This second fact is something that can be used to the offenses advantage. For instance, let's look at some opponent scenarios:
- This week: Multiple 3-4 pressure team that blitzes a lot
- Next week: 4-3 Cover 4 team
- 3 weeks from now: Best opponent; Cover 1 press team
This week's mythical opponent plays loose man and 3 deep zone mainly, and creates pressure by attempting to overload protections by bringing 4 rushers to one side - outnumbering most 6 man protection schemes as they typically distribute blockers with 3 to a side:
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