Available next week – Quick Rhythm Option Routes by Josh Herring

I am excited about what Coach Herring has produced with Coaches Edge Technologies.  This is something every offensive coordinator needs to see.  These high percentage, yet explosive routes can be implemented into any offense.  With over 2.5 hours of instructional video and play analysis, Herring gives you the details you need to implement these concepts.  Included in the “Further Review” section are over 70 cut-ups which can be viewed in regular speed and slow forward/reverse as well. Below is the Foreword by Dan Gonzalez.

Here’s what Dan has to say about Quick Rhythm Option Routes by Josh Herring.

I met Josh several years ago, as we shared our viewpoint on the passing game.  I immediately sensed that he was truly a student of the game – not just concerned with the “X’s and O’s” of football plays, but with the individual details that make these plays come to life.   With that common ground, we struck up a friendship, and have exchanged ideas ever since.   I can honestly say that Coach Herring is my favorite kind of coach – one who strives for continuous improvement, rather than resting on the laurels of one or two or three or five good statistical seasons.  He’s dedicated to his craft, and is always improving his methods of teaching.  So, when Keith Grabowski asked me about potential authors for iBooks, Josh was at the very top of the list.

Quick Rhythm Option Routes represents a very pertinent, essential topic for coaches at all levels.  With the exception of the highest levels of college football, most teams only have one or two true receiving threats.  Further, few teams have a sure fire breakaway threat.  Coach Herring illustrates for us, in great detail, how a team cannot only survive but thrive in the passing game under such circumstances.  Not only does this work cover the basic option routes that are perhaps covered on the clinic circuit, but provides the basis for an entire series from which to base a passing game.

The technical detail and video illustration that accompany the text and diagrams are second to none; the reader will feel like a participant in one of Josh’s quarterback meetings.  With over two hours of video, not to mention the raw video footage provided as a reference tool, coaches will be armed with everything they need to not only implement into their system, but troubleshoot coaching points and counter defensive tactics as well.  Oftentimes, clinic attendees are left to their own devices as they install; not so with this work.

No longer can a coach simply throw their hands up and say “we can’t get open” – no matter what level of talent, a competent player should be able to gain leverage to receive a pass.  In other words, a 4.8 receiver can beat a 4.4 Division 1 linebacker prospect by getting on his inside or outside shoulder and getting a well-timed pass.  Over and over again, Josh explains (and actually shows us) how to make this happen for the offense.

Quick Rhythm Option Routes is the first in what I hope to be many works from Josh Herring; he is an outstanding coach and we can all learn from him, regardless of one’s level of play.

About Coach Josh Herring

Josh Herring recently completed his 5th year as Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. Known for their wide-open up-tempo offense, the Trojans have set numerous individual and team offensive records during his tenure.  Competing in the state’s largest classification, they reached the semi-finals in 2011 and won consecutive region championships in 2012 and 2013 with an undefeated regular season in 2012.  His QBs have led the region, county, and state in passing and 5 different offensive players have made All-State or Honorable Mention All-State teams, with a number going on to play collegiately, including in BCS conferences such as the SEC and ACC.  Coach Herring began his coaching career at Colbert Heights High School in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and over the course of four seasons served in various positions including Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach, Wide Receivers Coach, and Running Backs Coach.  In 2007, his first year as offensive coordinator, the program achieved a school-record for wins and broke nearly every school offensive record.  His QB at Colbert Heights finished his 4 year career as Alabama’s all-time completions leader, ranking in the top 10 nationally. He spent the next two seasons as Wide Receivers Coach and Passing Game Coordinator at Pelham High School in Pelham, Alabama.  Coach Herring and his wife Ashley are both educators, and he teaches AP Government at Lassiter.

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Holiday sale on my iBooks – Save $ through January 1st

From now through January 1, my ibooks are $5 off.  101+ Read Game Plays is $10 off*

*Pro Style Pistol Offense:  101+ Read Game Plays is being updated because of a problem caused by Yosemite.  The videos work, but the interactives will not open.  The update will be pushed through for free as soon as all interactives are reloaded.  This should be done in the next few days.

Click the links below to go to the iBookstore.

101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays

$24.99($5 off)- Description

This book includes play diagrams, player assignments, game video (press box and end zone views), Keynote presentations, coaching points and explanations for the Pro Style Pistol Offense. Over 30 minutes of game video.

Pro Style Pistol Offense:  101+ Read Game Plays

$19.99 ($10 off) Description

The Pro Style Pistol Offense presents a flexible way to adapt the read option game into the existing offensive structure.  The book details the zone read, zone read option, power read as well as variations and play action off of every play.  Instructional videos, game video with press box and end zone views, and interactive presentations give any coach the necessary information to run these plays.

The Zone Offense:  Create a Structured System

$24.99 ($5 off)Description

This series is more than illustrating the plays in our zone blocking based offense, though they are explained and described in great detail.  The series also shows how to turn a set of plays into an integrated system.
This volume gives the details of how to run the stretch play, but it also describes setting up the structure for any offense.  The process for us was one of evolving what we already had in place, and tightly integrating each component of our offense.
Of equal importance is the coaching methods and strategies that made the system successful on game day.  The series serves as a comprehensive set of manuals that illustrate each step of offensive planning and execution to move the chains and score more points.
Loaded with dynamic content.

A Coaching Arsenal – Volume 1 Exclusive Strategies from Top Coaches on Implementing the Pistol Offense

$29.99 ($10 off) Description

Chris Ault kicks the book off with the Foreword pointing to the Pistol as being about innovation and problem solving.  Ault and his staff as well as retired coaches Tom Kaczkowski (used the pistol in 1999) and Larry Beckish (had plans for the pistol in 1977) provide historical perspective in the first section. High school and college coaches who have had success with using the pistol set give the details on how they utilize the pistol with different schemes. In multiple volumes, over 24 coaches share the details on their version of the Pistol Offense. This manual serves not just as a resource for the Pistol, but for offense in general.  Over 100 videos make the words and diagrams come alive.

Also, Dan Gonzalez The Blue Print is $39.99 through January 1st. ($20 off)

Thinking about publishing your materials? Don’t fall into the 10% royalty trap

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Other companies are taking the idea of using the iBook platform and publishing coaches education materials.  They will offer you 10%.  We can do better because we view this as a partnership with our coaches.  Don’t be so quick to book that trip to produce your materials.  Sure, you’ll get the free trip but also 10% royalty.  Is your stuff worth just hundreds, or do you want to find a way to turn it into great supplemental income?

I’ve pioneered the use of this platform and can do it better than the rest.  The mission is to help coaches on both sides.  Give better, more detailed material to coaches looking to learn, and reward better than anyone in the industry.

Contact me:

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The Hitch – Detailed Info from Bill Mountjoy

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Coach Bill Mountjoy always passes along great information, and here is some more on an “old school” play that is as effective than ever.

Coach Mountjoy is one of Dan Gonzalez’s influences and mentors.  Dan has put together a great series on Developing an Offensive System, with part 1The Need for Change and part 2 The Blue Print available now.

Dan Gonzalez’s iBook is available now for a limited time at $39.99 ($20 off the regular price).  Get it here. This iBook is loaded with content.  Gonzalez goes into detail on the essentials of putting together an offensive system through instructional video clips and interactives.  60 instructional videos explain concepts and analyze plays in detail.  Over 50 multi-angle cut-ups of plays are included for your own review and study as well.  The total minutes of video included is just over 2 hours. Learn more about what is included here and here.

The introductory sale applies to  The Need for Change as well.  Get $5 off Part I.  Read about The Need for Change here and here.  Get it here.

If you get both Part 1 & 2, you are getting over 3 hours worth of video as well as text, interactive presentations, and diagrams.  Gonzalez put the highest level of detail into these manuals.

Here is a message from one of Dan’s clients:

I asked their coach, Ryan Schartz, if he’d write a bit on how they have benefited:

Last winter my offensive staff and I knew we had a group of players suited to throw the ball.  Our run and shoot system was by no means broken, but it did limit some of the the things we wanted to be able to do.  After reading Dan’s book Re-coded and Reloaded, it dawned on me that this was the system to use.  Installment started in the spring and continued into the summer.  The language that he uses allows players to learn quickly.  Our kids have commented several times that it is much easier to learn than our former system.  His system was an easy transition as it has many run and shoot concepts built in. One of our main objectives was to be able to get our RBs out in to routes out of the backfield.  The Gonzalez system more than allows an offense to use all 5 receivers.  The best part, though is the rhythm passing and progression allows the QB to make his reads quick and decisive. After using parts of it for the first 3 weeks of the season, we have noticed that there is much flexibility in attacking defenses.  This is all coming from at team that traditionally runs the football 80% of the time.  Dan has been terrific!  He is readily available to help explain and give advice.  Although we have not changed much of our run game, his passing system has been a wonderful resource for our program.

Ryan Schartz
Head Coach
Fort Osage High School
Independence, MO

From Coach Mountjoy:

Joe Gibbs’ 3 Step Drop Back Passes (he always said the HITCH was the single most effective play in his offense BECAUSE it was an easy  completion that was like a SWEEP which was around the corner & 6 yds. downfield, & it you rolled up to stop it the WR would convert to the FADE (for a big play).  So in effect, it was a short pass, a deep pass, and a sweep, all rolled up into one!

HITCH” depends on play of Corner ((5-8 yds deep AND “bailing”), PLUS the Flat Coverage. “60 SERIES” We relies MOSTLY on “Pre-Snap Looks” (PSL):

THREE STEP DROPBACK PASS

HERE IS OUR WHOLE PHILOSOPHY IN A NUTSHELL. PICTURE YOURSELF AS THE QUARTERBACK IN THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE:

X—————O-O-C-O-O-Y
————-H——–Q——————–Z

———————-R

YOU HAVE TWO MEN SPREAD ACROSS THE FIELD – X AND Z. IF EITHER OF THE TWO MEN IS SINGLE OPEN (CB BAILING), YOU SHOULD THROW TO HIM ALL DAY. IF YOUR OPPONENT SENDS SOMEONE OUT TO HELP COVER HIM, YOU SHOULD RUN! THIS IS THE FIRST THING WE DO. WE CHECK OUR WIDE RECEIVERS. IF THEY ARE SINGLE COVERED, WE GO TO OUR 3 STEP GAME.

ALL OF THE ABOVE IS ASSUMING THE CORNERS ARE OFF AND “BAILING”. WE DO NOT LIKE THE 3 STEP GAME INTO HARD CORNERS. SO, IF THE CORNERS ARE OFF AND BAILING – HOW DOES THE DEFENSE HELP THEM? CHECK THE ALIGNMENT OF THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FLAT. HE CAN LINE UP IN ANY OF 4 PLACES.

——–W—-E
X————–F
X——————O-O-C-O-O-Y
—————-H——-Q——————–Z

————————R

1. “F” = “FORCE” (8 OR 9 TECHNIQUE ON LOS)
2. “E” = “STACKED ON OUTSIDE HIP OF DE” OR SLIGHTLY WIDER
3. “W” = “WALKAWAY” (1/2 WAY OUT)
4. “X” = “ON X” (OUTSIDE; HEAD; OR INSIDE SHADE) = RARE

“FEWX” DETERMINES THE USE OF THE 3 STEP GAME IN SITUATIONS WHERE THE CORNER IS OFF AND BAILING. EXAMPLE:

A) “HITCH” = YOU WOULD NOT THROW THE HITCH VS. THE “X” POSITION (UNLESS YOU WANTED TO LIMIT YOUR CHOICE TO THE INSIDE RECEIVER). IF YOU THROW IT VS. THE “W” POSITION – YOU HAVE TO READ HIM CAREFULLY AND BE SURE HE IS HELD DOWN BY THE INSIDE RECEIVER. IT IS GREAT VS. THE “F” AND “E” POSITIONS, AND YOU WILL PROBABLY NOT GO TO THE INSIDE RECEIVER VS. THE “E” POSITION.

B) “SLANT” = YOU WOULD WANT TO THROW THE SLANT VS. THE “X” POSITION IF HE IS IN AN OUTSIDE SHADE OR HEAD UP (IF HE IS IN AN INSIDE SHADE – DON’T THROW IT UNLESS YOU SPEND A TON OF TIME TEACHING THE “SPECIAL” RELEASE REQUIRED). VS. THE “W” POSITION IT IS VERY GOOD IF THE DEFENDER IS PULLED OUT BY THE INSIDE RECEIVER’S FLAT ROUTE (OTHERWISE – THE SLANT IS TAKEN AWAY AND THE FLAT SHOULD BE THERE). VS. THE “F” AND “E” POSITIONS YOU WILL HAVE TO HIT THE SLANT QUICKLY BEFORE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO WORK UNDER IT (IF THEY HANG – THE FLAT ROUTE COMES OPEN).

C) “UP” (FADE) = THE ONLY PART OF OUR 3 GAME WE REALLY LIKE TO CALL VS. HARD CORNERS. HIT THE W.O. IN THE “HOLE” 18-22 YDS. DEEP BETWEEN THE CORNER AND SAFETY. CAN PUT INSIDE RECEIVER ON A “SEAM” ROUTE UP THE HASH TO HOLD THE SAFETY, OR ON A FLAT ROUTE TO HOLD THE CORNER (WHICHEVER YOU NEED TO DO).

(see “FLAT TERMINOLOGY” ATTACHED at bottom):

PS: We like SMOKE to WR on the backside of Trips (3×1 sets). We like Hitch from 2×2 sets based on FLAT coverage in attachment (generalities).

COACHING THE QB & RECEIVER ON THE “HITCH”:

I.      QB CROSS STEP FOOTWORK IN DROPPING BACK 3 STEPS ON THE HITCH ROUTE:

1.       Pivot on the left foot and take a long step back toward the set-up spot with the right foot.  Then use cross-over action to the set-up spot.

2.      Starting with the right foot, you will take 3 steps and “Stop”, “ready” to pass.  You must have stopped and be ready to pass before the receiver makes his final break (on at LEAST 2 steps more than the QB took).

3.      Open your shoulders at an angle NOT TO EXCEED 90 degrees to the LOS and look straight down the field, seeing your reads as you go back.  Know where you are going with the ball by the time you reach the set-up spot.  IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE QB TO KEEP HIS SHOULDERS AT A RIGHT ANGLE TO LOS, AND HIS FOREHEAD PARALLEL TO THE LOS ON HIS FIRST STEP SO HE CAN SEE THE FIELD.   ON STEP 2 & 3 TRANFER YOUR VISION TO THE THROWING AREA.

4.       The ball must be held chest high and with two hands.  Always be ready to unload the ball quickly.

5.      Stop in the “Ready” position without any resetting so you can pass immediately if necessary.

6.      THREE STEP DROP  (“QUICK DROP”):
A.      The 3 step drop is a 1 + 2 step drop, with 1 full stride and 2 short gathering strides – planting on the third step and throw. Always stop with short steps and come to balance before throwing.
B.      It is coordinated with the quick passing game.  Receivers run 5 step breaks.
C.      Think in terms of the set-up spot being 3 to 4 yards deep.  Set up in .8 seconds and throw the HITCH (timing route) in 1.3.

II.   WR ALIGN 12 YARDS FROM H/Y WITH OUTSIDE FOOT BACK  STEPS ON HITCH:

1.  First step with your outside foot.

2.  Your fifth step will find you on your outside foot (at 6 yards deep).  Plant this foot and pivot your inside hip to the outside – staying low and stationary.  Turn your eyes to the QB first and foremost.

3.  EXPECT the ball to be on the way BEFORE you turn your head.

4.  After the catch roll to the outside (you are a broken “arm tackle” away from a score)!

III.   ESTABLISHING TIMING BETWEEN QB’s & RECEIVERS:

THIS APPLIES TO “TIMING” ROUTES ONLY (THE “HITCH” IS A “TIMING” ROUTE):

A)      THE TIMING OF THE DELIVERY IS ESSENTIAL.  IT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM TO SUCCESSFUL PASSING!

B)      GIVE THE RECEIVER 1 SECOND TO GET OUT OF HIS STANCE, AND 1/10 SECOND FOR EACH ADDITIONAL YARD RUN.  FOR EXAMPLE:  A 6 YARD “HITCH” SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE RECEIVER IN 1.6 SECONDS!  NOTE:  ON A TIMING ROUTE – THE RECEIVER MUST TAKE AT LEAST TWO MORE STEPS THAN THE QB DOES IN SETTING UP  (THIS GIVES THE QB .5 SECONDS TO GET THE BALL OUT).

C)      QUARTERBACK MUST GET THE BALL OUT OF HIS HAND (ON “TIMING ROUTES”) BEFORE THE RECEIVER MAKES HIS FINAL BREAK.  FOR EXAMPLE:  THE RECOMMENDED TIME FOR THE QB ON THE “HITCH” IS 1.3 SECONDS (IT HELPS ON ALL “TIMING” PASSES IF QB’S ARM COME UP INTO THROWING POSITION AS LAST STEP HITS THE GROUND).

D)      (QB)  IF YOU CANNOT CO-ORDINATE EYE AND ARM TO GET THE BALL AT IT’S INTENDED SPOT PROPERLY AND ON TIME, YOU ARE NOT A PASSER!!!

E)       KEEPING THE BALL IN BOTH HANDS AND CHEST HIGH IS PART OF THE ANSWER.

F)      “BREAKING POINTS”:  (FOR TIMING PURPOSES) – OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING (ON TIMING ROUTES):
1)      QB TAKES 3 STEPS (IN .8 SECOND) – ON PASSES WITH BREAKING POINTS OF 6 YARDS.  QB GETS THE BALL OUT IN 1.3.  The WR on the HITCH comes open at 1.6.

Introductory Price- Developing an Offensive System: The Blue Print

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Dan Gonzalez’s iBook is available now for a limited time at $39.99 ($20 off the regular price).  Get it here. This iBook is loaded with content.  Gonzalez goes into detail on the essentials of putting together an offensive system through instructional video clips and interactives.  60 instructional videos explain concepts and analyze plays in detail.  Over 50 multi-angle cut-ups of plays are included for your own review and study as well.  The total minutes of video included is just over 2 hours.

Interactive Learning Tools

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The “Further Review” section allows you to hyperlink to multi-angle cut-ups of the play or concept being explained in the instructional video, and a hyperlink will also return you to the exact spot where you navigated from in the manual.

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The days of losing your scraps of paper (or having your wife thrown them out) are over.  Included in the interactive manual is a section for diagramming your own ideas.  Use your finger or a stylus to draw and save your ideas.

Highlighting and Note Taking

One of the reasons this platform is the best for learning any concept or idea is your ability to highlight and take notes.  On your iPad, just drag over the text to highlight, and tap to bring up a note. Scrolling and a mouse click accomplish the same task on your Mac.  Type your text into the note.

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When you are finished with any book, or video, having to page through a book, or fast forward or revers through a video is a pain.  The highlights and notes made by you can be accessed in a separate section.  You can add a key term and search your notes as well as scroll through them.

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Remember an idea, but don’t know where to find it in the iBook?  Not a problem, just enter a keyword and it will return the results.  Click on the one you want and you are taken directly to it with just one click or tap.

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Coaches Edge resources are the best and most efficient way for you to learn the game and develop  professionally.  We will be adding to our library throughout the off season.  If you have the desire to share your knowledge and a track record of success, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are able to reward coaches better than any other coaching education company in the industry because we view our relationship with coaches as a partnership.  Contact Keith Grabowski for more information. coachesedgetechnologies@gmail.com

Developing an Offensive System: The Blue Print

Dan Gonzalez’s new iBook  Developing an Offensive System – Part 2:  The Blue Print will be released next week.  It is loaded with content.  It includes over two hours of video with instruction, detailed explanations, and play analysis.  Over 50 multi-angle cut-ups of plays are included for your own review and study as well.  Dan’s ideas are cutting edge and useful for any offensive coach.

Part 1:  The Need for Change

The Blue Print – Dan Gonzalez’s new iBook

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Dan Gonzalez’s 2nd part of his 4 part series is nearing release.  It is absolutely loaded with information.  The total minutes of video included is just over 2 hours. Gonzalez goes into detail on the essentials of putting together an offensive system through instructional video clips and interactives.  Also included are all of the raw game clips used in the instructional videos for your own review and study.  Interactive note taking, highlighting, as well as a section for you to diagram your own ideas make this the ideal product for learning cutting edge football information.  Get part 1 The Need for Change here.

Below is the list of dynamic content included.

Part 1 – Language:

Interactive 1.1 Personnel Overview

Movie 1.1 Moving the B 

Movie 1.2 Rob/Load motion to affect the defense

Interactive 1.2 Language in calling protections

Movie 1.3 Language example with QB protection 

Movie 1.4 The play call chain 

Movie 1.5 Attacking Seams of Zone/Separate Man 

Movie 1.6 An examination of numbered routes 

Interactive 1.4 Streak read vs. rotation

Movie 1.7 Pass and Run game decision making 

Movie 1.8 Tempo 

Interactive 1.5 Run game explanation

Movie 1.9 Drag as an outlet, Drag vs. Man 

Movie 1.10 Instructional language “one message” 

Movie 1.11 Assigning Personnel (1:18)

Interactive 1.6 Player development

Part 2 – Assembling Protections:

Movie 2.1 Myth-extra blocker equals extra time 

Movie 2.2 Myth-change the launch point 

Movie 2.3 Play Action/Movement 

Movie 2.4 Zone schemes eliminate 1 on 1s 

Movie 2.5 Black/Brown 

Movie 2.6 Gone (Gold/Green) protection 

Movie 2.7 Need for Tan/Teal protection 

Movie 2.8 7-man protection 

Movie 2.9 Solo

Movie 2.10 Technique presentation 

Movie 2.11 Examples of one way protections 

Movie 2.12 Augment protection with formation & motion 

Part 3 – Dropback Passing:

Movie 3.1 Fixing the eyes 

Movie 3.2 The rhythm feature 

Movie 3.3 New from 2014 

Movie 3.4 Ten 

Movie 3.5 Dot 

Movie 3.6 Dart 

Movie 3.7 Fist 

Movie 3.8 Hic 

Movie 3.9 Bronco 

Movie 3.10 “51” 

Movie 3.11 Dribble 

Movie 3.12 Special Tag “Maverick” 

Movie 3.13 09 Dot/Bopper 

Movie 3.14 “519” 

Movie 3.15 Running back involvement 

Movie 3.16 Using the RB to threaten vertically 

Movie 3.17 Layers of teaching 

Movie 3.18 Youth script 

Movie 3.19 Advantage Principles and Navigation Tags 

Movie 3.20 Balancing out the passing game 

Part 4 – Complementing the Dropback Pass:

Movie 4.1 Using stacked formations 

Movie 4.2 Quick screens to control threats 

Movie 4.3 Pocket play action (Zone vs. Gap Pass) 

Movie 4.4 Misdirection play action 

Movie 4.5 Boot/waggle 

Movie 4.6 Dash wheel

Movie 4.7 Double screens 

Movie 4.8 Convoy screens 

Movie 4.9 Slow screen with downfield throw 

Movie 4.10 Packaged passes9

Movie 4.11 Attacking with one personnel grouping