Available: Wide Receiver Skills and Drills in an Uptempo System

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Tyler Dorton has coached 3 all-state players and 7 all-conference players in 4 years.  He’s worked hard on learning his craft and assembling a series of drills that allow him to accomplish much in a small period of individual time allotted to him in practice.  Dorton presents over 80 minutes worth of drills detailing not just what, but also the “why” behind the drills.  This is an outstanding manual for any receivers coach looking to refine his players skills and teach them to be effective on game day.

Virtual Reality in Football Training is Becoming a Reality

Stanford using VR to train QBs

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Virtual reality provides our players with more learning opportunities than we can provide on the field while keeping them safe from contact and collision. It uses a technology that is used to train surgeons and fighter pilots .  It’s packaged affordably for the high school level.  The possibilities with this are huge.  Players play faster when they understand and recognize, and this training platform works to accomplish just that.  EON Sports Virtual Reality has developed training software that brings a Madden-like atmosphere to life with 3D virtual reality.  Your player can put the headgear on and turn his head viewing the field and the play as if he was right in the game.  Research shows that people remember more by doing as opposed to simply watching something.  You as a coach should watch game film, but ask yourself, “Are my kids learning anything from the hours of gamefilm they watch?” Film is good.  Overdose of film isn’t.  Herman Ebbinghaus studied learning and found a direct correlation to repetition based on active recall (repetition).  unfortunately, we have a limited number of reps in practice, and team periods don’t always allow for us to get our back-ups proper repetition.  Additional repetition can be provided through the virtual reality technology in EON’s software called Sidekiq.

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1twitterheadingI have this software, and the capabilities and potential for coaching your players now and in the future are tremendous.  This is the safest way to get more repetitions thus allowing your players to become proficient and play fast.  You need to check this out!  EON Sports VR has improved on something that is already great and made it affordable for every program.
Gone are the days of trying to explain something 10 times before they get it right. Gone are the days of kids not watching or learning from game-film. Today your job just got a whole lot better.
SIDEKIQ, the only football training tool that puts your athletes in real live game action at realistic game speeds, is now compatible with HUDL.  Version 2 is now being launched and the biggest upgrade is the HUDL integration.
If you’d like to get started for $195 let us know. Contact Brendan Reilly.  Mention that you heard about it here.

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I will be sharing more innovations in coaching in my soon to be released book Coaching HD

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3 more Coaches Edge Quick Hitters

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What is a Quick Hitter?

The Quick Hitter allows a coach to find information on a very narrow topic.  The coaches sharing this topic still provide great detail.  The Quick Hitters will be valuable tools for a coach looking for specific ideas.  This type of information is useful both the off season as well as during the season.  As we build our library, we will incorporate a cutting edge search tool allowing a coach to get the exact resource he needs to solve a problem or improve a certain aspect of his own system.  The Quick Hitter gives you the critical information you need right now.

Diamond Pistol in the Red Zone for iPad $4.99

Zach Tinker shares how they utilize the Diamond Pistol formation and a set package of plays to improve their scoring opportunities in the red zone. His approach allowed South Dakota School of Mines to score 42 out of 43    (.977) possessions in the red zone.

Offensive Line Play in the Power Scheme for iPad $4.99

The “Power” scheme is one of the most widely used schemes in all of football.  It is a scheme you will see used at every level of football.  What I love about the power scheme, and why I chose to add it as a core concept of our running game, is the wide variety of ways I can use the scheme.  This one core blocking scheme for the OL, can be used in an exponential number of ways, all dependent on the imagination of the offensive coordinator.  Power can be run from nearly any personnel grouping, formation, or backfield action. This Quick Hitter goes through the assignments and techniques of each offensive lineman.  Video shows exactly the footwork and technique that the linemen use.  This progression goes from learning on air to executing against shields.  This attitude play can be learned and repped without pads.

Adding Voltage to Power for iPad $5.99

Coach Girolmo has a unique application of the Power scheme which goes beyond the basics that he explains in setting up the play.  Girolmo explains what the “ formation formula” is as well as what he looks for in setting up the formations in his game plan.  He  follows with the assignments, techniues, and mechanics for all players.  Girolmo explains how to use the “coverage trangle” and the T.U.G screen to make the defense pay for exposing its weakness.  Girolmo uses a number of variations including one back and two back Power.  By adding a mesh read and a pitch man, Girolmo turn the Power scheme into a triple option attack.  This Coaches Edge Quick Hitter presents plenty of information and definitely adds some voltage to the Power scheme.

Other Coaches Edge Quick Hitters:

Marrying Stick and Zone Bubble (an RPO) iPad   iPhone  Google Play  more info

Something to Hang Your Hat on Inside Zone  iPad  more info

101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays:  Play Action iPad iPhone More Info

101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays: Pin & Pull Sweep iPad More Info

The Zone Offense-Define the System and Build the Foundation  iPad more info

The Zone Offense-Develop the Fundamentals  iPad more info

The Zone Offense-Structure a Starting Point and Develop Coaching Methods  iPad more info

Bubble as a Pre Snap and Post Snap Answer

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Everyone seems to run the bubble, but Coach Brown has done a solid job in creating a thought process for how to attack an alley player in their read game.  Having 4 different ways to account for the alley defender, they are able to put a defense in a bind and make them work on a lot of variations of what is really the same play. The key is to make it as simple as possible for the offensive players to execute through their teaching and terminology.  Coach Brown shares the concepts and illustrates the variations with video.  32 game video cut-ups are included.

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History

It’s amazing to me to see all of the interest in the Pistol Offense, and the amount of creativity it has sprung at all levels of football. When I first started working at the University of Nevada in 2006 I had no idea that the seemingly simple alignment change that we made in our offense would take off the way it has. Being in the middle of that expansion has proven to be a tremendous tool in my development as a coach, but I’ve also started to realize that it has caused me to look at attacking a defense in a completely different way.

Throughout my time in Reno, we had countless visitors from all levels of football, and one thing that Coach Ault was great about was getting ideas from those staffs in exchange for opening our doors. As a young Graduate Assistant I was able to clinic with some great offensive staffs from every level of football and from every corner of the country. One of the ideas that we started exploring and was of particular interest to me was the different zone read concepts we kept discussing with Spread staffs who were making the stop through campus. There was a lot of potential there, but we had to find out a way to incorporate it into the Pistol.

One of the biggest misnomers I notice when people ask me about the Pistol Offense is that they tend to almost exclusively relate it to Zone Read schemes and a mobile quarterback. In reality, that element of the offense was really something that evolved with our personnel. One of the biggest advantages of the pistol set is that defenses have to defend both sides of the formations. We do not tip any of our plays by the alignment of our backfield. So to me the most interesting part of our expansion in the offense was figuring out how to incorporate Zone Read schemes into the Pistol Set to keep our philosophy.

During the spring of 2007, we started playing with the mechanics and timing of how to run the Read concept from a Pistol backfield set. We played with a few different actions, alignments, and timing. Since everyone was doing this out of an off-set backfield we had no film to study, and had to work through it ourselves. There was a lot of work put into adjusting our run-timing and the mesh between the QB and RB. Through this trial and error we realized that it would be possible, and now we just needed to commit to it. Once Colin Kaepernick took over as our QB it was very evident that we needed to utilize his physical tools to really stress the defense. That off-season the full commitment to the Pistol version of the zone read took off. Once we had this down, then we also needed to figure out the next step to expand again to stay ahead of the defensive adjustments.

Answers for the Force Defender

One of the first issues we needed to address once we dove into the zone read game was the perimeter blocking element of the play. We were a very efficient team when it came to running the inside zone, and because of this, teams committed a lot of their efforts to stopping the interior run game. A lot of times this simply forced the pull read and their answer was to run linebackers and safeties into a force position to account for the QB. The answer we needed to find was how to protect what we termed the alley. At the time there were three different answers we had to combat this problem. We could send our read side TE to the force player, or we could bring a WR or Wing from the opposite side of the formation to either block the defender or to use as a pitch man creating a triple option type look. These are still the answers that I utilize the most in our offense here at Fort Lewis.

The “Force Block”

The first answer that we had was a simple force block by the TE. This really helped us in two ways. First, it took care of the SS that had been hurting us in the alley. The TE was able to become a perimeter lead blocker for the QB doing a block that he had already been doing on other plays. This also allowed us to read the closed side of the formation and hide our read side even more than the Pistol backfield set already did.

About Dave Brown

Offensive Coordinator Dave Brown joined the Fort Lewis College coaching staff prior to spring practice in 2013 after spending the last seven years coaching at the Division I level, at the University of Nevada and Portland State. During his career, Brown has been on the coaching staffs of teams that appeared in seven bowl games.

While at Nevada from 2006 to 2010, the Wolf Pack ranked at or near the top of the NCAA FBS leaders in rushing offense (first in 2009 and third in 2008) and total offense (second in 2009 and fifth in 2008). Brown coached Colin Kaepernick, who was the 2008 WAC Offensive Player of the Year and the only player in NCAA history to throw for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000. In 2010, Brown left Nevada to join former colleague Nigel Burton and to assist in installing the pistol offense. At Portland State, he helped the Vikings lead the Big Sky Conference in rushing (203.3 yards per game) in 2010 and improve their total offensive output by 95.7 yards per game over the previous season. In 2011, Coach Brown returned to Nevada during the 2011 and 2012 seasons before joining the Skyhawks.

Brown has 12 years of diverse experience in three different levels of NCAA football, with emphasis on every offensive skill position. Most notable is his experience with the pistol offense, which was actively involved in designing, teaching and adapting at both Nevada  and at Portland State.

Using Tempo as a Weapon is Live on Google Play

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What is this book?

First, it is so much more than a book.  The iBook format allows for so much interaction as well as providing the best possible platform for learning any concept.  The days of sitting in front of a computer screen to watch a streaming video or in front of a TV watching a DVD are over.  Now text is blended with video and interactive presentations (much like PowerPoint).  There’s still more.  The capability of interactive note taking diagramming within the book, and sharing through email, Twitter, Facebook, and Evernote are also possible.  Links to outside reading via websites and videos on YouTube add to the resources included in this manual.

The total amount of video included is over two hours.  Instructional videos explain the concept and give additional coaching points.  Telestrated, voice over analysis of game video provide a deeper understanding to the reader.  All video analyzed is also included separately in a section called “Further Review.”  The game cut-ups are separated by press box and end  zone view allowing the viewer to choose which angle he wants to analyze on his own.  Slow motion forward and reverse are possible.  Now the viewer can create deeper understanding by being able to watch the video free of telestrations or being held to the forward, pause, and reverse of a presenter having control of the video.

Who does this book benefit?

This is a detailed analysis of every tempo and procedural tool being used as well as ideas for future use.  There is something here for every offensive coach at every level.  The system outlined was used at the college level but had its roots in high school football.  Some of the tools have filtered down from what is done at the pro level.  However, these tools can be adapted at the youth level as well.  Tempo and procedure only take thought by the coach in implementing the tool and practice of the procedure by the players.  These types of tools have nothing to do with skill level.

What is meant by Tempo Tools?
The tempos are divided generally into Fast, Faster, Fastest, Slower, and Slowest.  The way in which information is communicated and how the procedure works determines in which category it fits.
As Rich Rodriguez points out, the use of tempo is an underutilized aspect of offense.  As is explained in this manual, tempo can be used to create a “counter” to how the defense is defending it.  It can be used situationally to create advantages for the offense.  Overall, it can keep the defense off balance and greatly enhance the attack.  Whether the philosophy is go as fast as possible running as many plays as possible, or manage the game and control the clock, this manual has tools that will benefit each approach.
Tempos Explained and Illustrated
1.  Run It (Base Tempo)
2.  Bounce
3.  Check
4.  Word
5.  Picture
6.  Sequence
7.  Order
8.  Same
9. Again
10. Flip It
11. Indy
12. No Play
13. Look
14.  Double Look
15.  Kill
16. Milk It
17.  Huddle
18. Jump
19. Next
20. Sugar
The manual includes the following chapters:
Chapters

1. Introduction to Tempo  – explains the philosophy and defines tempo and procedures. 2.  Setting Up Procedures – discusses how to set up procedures in any offense so that tempo becomes a weapon. 3.  Speed It Up – the theory and philosophy of speeding up the pace. 4.  Fast – a set of tools that allow the offense to operate at a fast pace.

5.  Faster – speeding up procedures and communication to stress a defense.
6.  Fastest – tools that allow the ball to be snapped at the fastest interval after a whistle.
7.  Slow it Down? – theory and philosophy behind controlling the clock.
8.  Slower – tools to get the offense in the best play.
9.  Slowest – tools to manage the clock.
10.  Implementing Tempo – strategies and methods for implementing tempo in an offense.
11.  Game Planning Tempo – thoughts on how to approach inclusion of tempo within a game plan.
12.  Exploring New Tempo Ideas – newer ideas in tempo and some that have not been utilized…yet.
13.  Getting Started – Must Have Tempos in Any Offense – suggestions for any offense.
14.  Perspective:  The Greatest Reason for Being Uptempo – perspective on tempo from Dan Gonzalez.
15.  Further Review – over 60 multi-angle cut-ups for your review.  Plays are labeled with the tempo as well as the play call.
Get other iBooks in my series.  Coaches Edge Technologies give you way more content than you can get from anyone else.
101+ Pro Style Pistol Plays.  More that 101 plays, it give s all the instructional materials you need to run each concept.
Pro Style Pistol Offense:  101+ Read Game Plays.  Add reads, run-pass options, and packaged plays and play action off the read game to your downhill runs. Like the first book, it has so much more than play diagrams.  Video tutorials and interactive presentations give you the details you need to coach these plays.
The Zone Offense:  Create a Structured System.  This resource is designed to show you how to set-up and teach an offensive system.  It starts by illustrating in detail the stretch play with position-by-position tutorials. Frame-by frame play analysis with coaching points and diagrams and video.

Drop the Bomb on Opposing Defenses

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Foreword

Explosive plays matter.  Other than turnovers, explosive plays are typically cited as the single statistic that is the best predictor of wins.  Good offenses generate explosive plays.  A common saying among spread coaches is “throw short to people who score.” While we certainly agree with this statement in par; unless we have an incredible talent advantage, it is difficult to be explosive if we only throw short.  Some years we have fast receivers.  Some years we don’t.  Some years we have receivers who can make things happen after the catch.  Some years we don’t.  As offensive coaches we have to make sure that we give our players a chance to make plays down the field.  To do this we have to find ways to manufacture vertical throws.  By using the term “manufacture” it should be pointed out that these ideas are created through play design, not simply by saying, “Johnny, you are faster than everyone else…go deep.”  While that tactic also has its merits, and we have been blessed on occasion with that type of player, it is not the norm for us.  When we create opportunities to attack vertically, not only can explosive plays be generated, but these down-the-field shots protect the rest of our offense.  Safeties and corners can no longer be as aggressive in run support or in robbing short patterns and eliminating quick underneath completions.

In a previous work for Coaches Edge Technologies entitled Quick Rhythm Option RoutesI discussed in great detail two routes packages we feel are cutting edge and applicable to many different offensive systems.  Both packages are ball-control passes that can get the ball out quickly but also provide the potential for big plays.  We will look at a variety of methods we have used to engineer explosive passes.  These passes are designed to create explosive play opportunities every time they are called, not just in the hope of the defense missing a tackle or a receiver making a great run after a catch.  The hope is that even when they are unsuccessful, these ideas can still put a defense on its heels.

Josh Herring

Introduction and Philosophy

In 2007 I fondly recall our team throwing the ball all over the field on nearly every snap.  We had a record-breaking quarterback who was a four-year starter and a veteran, physical offensive line.  We had two outstanding receivers who both went over 1,000 yards receiving, complemented by numerous role players who could block and catch the football.  Over 50% of our passing game was three-step gun dropback passing, often down the field with intermediate and vertical throws.  At that time, in rural North Alabama, very few teams threw the ball more than ten times a game.  Coverages were extremely basic.  A jailbreak screen had a high likelihood of scoring if called in any given passing situation.  For a “passing team” those were the days.  Things have changed.  Currently (at least in our state), most high school coaches have more time with their kids than college coaches.  Most teams practice all summer after a ten-practice spring training period.  High school teams participate in off campus OTAs with other teams during the summer which closely resemble the NFL training camp model.  Defensive tactics have advanced at an alarming rate.  In a given season we will typically see the following:  base 4-2, 4-3, 3-3, and 3-4 fronts (often with multiple combinations in the same game), blitzes not just from inside and outside linebackers but cornerbacks and safeties, and a dizzying array of pass coverages, including complex split-field combo coverages like those favored by the University of Alabama and TCU.  Pass rushes are better.  Defensive backs are better.  Blitz schemes are more exotic.  Coverage schemes are sounder, better taught, and refined through countless repetitions in summer 7-on-7 competitions.  Against better competition, if we intend to dropback pass 30 or more times a game…our QB is in for a very sore Saturday morning.

We want to create explosive down-the-field plays in the passing game like everyone else.  However, we have had to find numerous new ways to get those throws while keeping our QB off of his back.  We came to the realization several years ago after an up and down offensive season and numerous conversations with college and high school coaches, that we had to make some adaptations to our offense. Simply put, defenses were often willing to concede short throws on quick game and screens.  We began to face talented defenses that were willing to play a conservative base front that maintained overhang players on both sides and played soft coverage with a “don’t give up big plays” philosophy.  Going into a game, they had decided to force us into a “constraint” offense.  Constraint plays are plays which protect the base offense and serve as “counters.”  In discussing this problem with other coaches, we found that many of them were facing the same issues.  As an example, while much less common now than at the advent of the up-tempo spread era, here is a common case study in which the defense controls offensive tactics rather than the other way around:

Team A was almost exclusively a 2×2, 10 personnel spread team. When they started spreading people out, they found that it emptied the box, and they could run zone read effectively.  They had a very basic passing game and protected their read option running game with bubble screens.  Team B was good on defense.  They played a 4-3 Cover 2/4 defense.  They apexed their outside linebackers to collapse on the zone read and still stressed the passing game.  The outside linebackers were athletic and could cover.  When Team A threw bubbles and quick game to constrain the outside linebackers, Team B was in cover 2 and take it away.  When Team A became frustrated, they tried to throw four verticals.  Team B converted from cover 2 to cover 4 due to their read system and matched all four vertical patterns.  Team A could find no rhythm on offense.  They moved the ball at times but had difficulty creating explosive plays.  Team B was perfectly content in allowing Team A to throw bubble screens for 4 yard gains.  In the red zone, Team B clamped down time after time and ended up winning a close game. 

In a clinic talk in 2009, I heard Mark Hudspeth remark that he had learned that a spread team, if always in a 10 personnel 2×2 spread look, is giving the defense the best of both worlds.  They can rally 7 and perhaps even 9 defenders against the run and drop 7 into coverage.  By relying only on box counts (or to use a more current innovation as an example – run pass combos), the defense can often dictate.  We believe there is a lot of truth to this.  We don’t want to be forced to check the ball down all game.  While our enthusiasm about run-pass combos is as devoted as anyone’s, there are times when we need “attitude” plays even as a spread offense.  We want to attack on every snap, whether in the run or pass game.  One of the things we hope to show is that teams which operate in a spread environment can use simple tweaks such as tight-end /wing sets and multiple personnel to benefit the rest of their offense without being overly complex.  For instance, it can be surprising how defenses respond to a two back set when playing a “passing team.”  We might even be in 10 personnel, but simply by aligning with a receiver in the backfield, we may automatically check to an 8 man front.

We are committed to trying to take a minimum of two downfield attempts per quarter.  In our way of thinking, down-the-field throws are constraint plays like screens.  We must throw them even when they are not working, because even when they aren’t working….they are.  Even unsuccessful screens can tire out a defensive line and make defenders run from sideline to sideline.  In a similar way, attacking downfield makes defensive backs (and coordinators) nervous.  Even an attempt that falls incomplete can create space for the short to intermediate passing game and make fast-filling safeties hesitate just a little more before committing to the run.

As a “spread” offense we have realized that changing personnel and/or using “pro-style” formations does not mean we have to change anything about our philosophy or scheme.  We are not going to be “put in a box” as to our style of offense.  While the ideas here are going to be shown as applied in a spread environment, most of them are applicable in any offense.  We have divided our deep ball package into a variety of categories.  Some are “attitude” plays where we are attempting to assert our authority and dictate to the defense.  Others are constraint plays that protect other parts of our offense.  We should note that in no way is this work a comprehensive study in attacking vertically down the field.  We certainly are not arguing that any of these methods are the best way to take deep shots.  The best way is what works for you.  Instead, we will look at applications within our offense and the thought processes that led to them.  Hopefully this will provoke thinking and reflection about how your own offense can adapt to attack vertically.

Our hope is that in presenting our philosophy and methods, you can find something of use for your offense, regardless of system.

Coming Soon on all devices: Manufacturing Vertical Shots

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Manufacturing Vertical Shots by Josh Herring is the second volume in his series:  Rapid Precision Offense.  Herring’s first volume Quick Rhythm Option Routes is an outstanding coaching resource for any offense.  He includes ways to include the routes into many concepts from multiple formations.  He also illustrates using quick option routes packaged with runs to create run-pass options.

Through his works Josh Herring has shown he is a bright football mind.  Check out his first iBook.  It will definitely have you excited to see the new one.  Both volumes include over 2 1/2 hours of video.  Like all Coaches Edge products it is full of the details you need to implement the concept now.

From Herring’s Quick Rhythm Option Routes

Introduction of Quick Rhythm Option Routes by Josh Herring

Slot Option with Run Combo (an RPO)

The “Dodge” concept

From Quick Rhythm Option Routes Ch1: “Sloppy” (Slot Option)

Through text, 68 diagrams, 20 instructional videos, and 72 game video cut-ups, Herring gives all the details necessary to install the quick rhythm option passing game.  These concepts can fit into any offensive system and enhance receiver abilities.  With the details provided, these concepts can be added to a system to create a high percentage passing game with explosive opportunities. Video totals over 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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.