At 2:15 of this video from the 1903 Princeton and Yale game, the offense aligns and snaps the ball within three seconds of the official spotting it. I didn’t see any picture boards on the sideline. Obviously they had ways of communicating and running plays quickly back then.
The game has made so many advances over time, and it constantly evolves and changes. Things that were popular before come back in different forms. Innovations aren’t always new plays or concepts, just concepts that have been repurposed and repackaged. Tiger Ellison did this in the early 60’s when he brought the no huddle and a more fluid of style back into play with the lonesome polecat which later became the run and shoot.
I recently read an article with Paul Brown’s innovation of “wig wagging” (hand signaling) plays in to his quarterback. Prior to this the QB just called the play on his own without input from the coach. The commentary in one article discussed if coaches were becoming too big of a part of the game.
We are able to share and learn football now with technology in a way that coaches even a decade ago couldn’t have imagined. There are certainly advantages to gain by harnessing the use of technology properly. I was excited to learn the technology that I used to create a coaching resource for the iPad. The dynamic format makes this a great way to learn and share football knowledge. It’s something I plan to use in the near future to create more iBooks and also to coach my players.
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