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

Romo and McClain argue about who is “Mike.” – Identifying and Declaring the Mike Linebacker

This happened in the Cowboys game versus the Giants.  Romo stepped to the line to identify the Mike Linebacker.

Romo: “53 is the Mike!”
McClain: “No, I’m not the Mike! I’m not the Mike!”

Not all teams use this system.  It’s something that I did not start using until I coached at the college level, but it is a simple tool to help the offensive line block different fronts on both run plays and pass plays.

Procedurally, we had both the center and the quarterback identify the Mike linebacker.  The center would not say anything unless he disagreed, at which point we instructed the quarterback to use the center’s call.  The helped some of our younger quarterbacks.  We moved to the quarterback using this system because it allowed him the flexibility to marry protection with his hot routes which became important at times.

In the run game identifying the Mike allows the line to determine their assignments, especially when determining who is being combo blocked or double teamed, and which linebacker that double team is working to.  Here is a slide from our playbook in which we are running a two back power concept.  In this play, our rule is to declare the #2 second level defender as the Mike. The rule is that the combo on the 3 technique is working toward the linebacker past the Mike to the backside.  The Fullback will kick out #1 and the pulling guard will be pulling for the Mike.  Note that the defender the offense identifies as the Mike may not be the true Mike in the defense’s scheme, though they will typically not try to argue with the quarterback as McClain did with Romo.

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In the passing game, we used a man side and a slide or zone side.  This was called by giving an Roger (right) or Louie (left) call and identifying the Mike linebacker as being in the slide side sort.

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Last season, my 10 year old son asked me, “Why does the quarterback say ’52 is the Mike’.”  I explained and taught him, and then pulled up some plays on Hudl and had him declare the Mike.  He picked it up pretty quickly, so I know this is a concept that can be used at the high school level.  More than anything, this keeps the quarterback and the offensive line on the same page and helps give any play success because every defender is accounted for.

Coach Bill Mounty shared this information on designating the Mike. It lays out the procedure.




Learn more about Identifying the Mike in the videos below:

For protection in the West Coast Offense
Brian Billick with Mike Solari explaining Identifying the Front by Identifying the Mike
Brian Billick with Chris Foerster on how the Redskins identify the ‘Mike.’

On AFM: Stress the Defense with Quarterback Power

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Over the past four years, we have used some form of our power scheme with the quarterback as a runner. This has served as a play for us both with our starter in the game as well as part of a wildcat package.

Our initial use of it started as part of wildcat package when our starter’s style and skill set was more of a pro style drop back quarterback. While he was a capable as a runner, we saw his primary function as that of a distributer. His job was to get the ball out quickly, and when it was a run to be selling and setting up play action.

Our second team quarterback had the skill set of a runner, so we utilized wildcat packages to highlight and emphasize his abilities. We built his package around two different thought processes. First, we knew that because he was also a quarterback, we probably would not see cover zero. If we did, he was more than capable of hurting the defense with his passing ability. The video below emphasizes his ability as a passer. In this particularly game we used this exact set to run the ball the majority of the time, but in this play we protect and let him hurt the defense as a passer. The safeties filled tentatively after he showed what he could do as a passer, and opened up the run…more

Learn more about our offense in my iBook for the iPad & Mac 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays available here on the iBookstore.  It contains over 229 pieces of dynamic content including diagrams and over 30 minutes of game film.  The ideas shared can apply to any offense.



Power Read (Inverted Veer) Resources

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In August, I wrote an article on American Football Monthly on the power read play.  It’s a play that we started implementing in 2012, but we needed to learn more about it.  In the article I share what we knew in August about the Quarterback and Sweeper Mesh.  Read more here.

The power read play was very effective in every game in 2013.  We ran it 62 times for 429 yards (6.9 yd. avg.).  It was 60% efficient (runs of 4 yards or better) and we had 16 runs of 10 yards or more.

Here are some more resources on the Power Read/Inverted Veer play:

Smart Football – What is the Inverted Veer/Dash Read Play?:  The article provides the typical detailed explanation from Chris Brown on the inverted veer play.

The Urban Meyer Ohio State Offense: Stretching the Defense:  A very detailed explanation of Ohio State’s Inverted Veer and complimentary plays tracing back to his days at Florida.

Nebraska defeating Michigan’s Inverted Veer play:  Gives an explanation of why Michigan’s inverted veer play did not work against Nebraska.

University of Michigan Inverted Veer:  Counter point to the above article.  Here is a good explanation of what the inverted veer is and how the blocking scheme functions.  Also, the use of a fullback to help defeat gap exchange is illustrated and explained.

Inverted Veer-Comboing Two of the Best Plays into One:  Article diagrams the inverted veer against several fronts and has youtube video links.

Youtube Playlist of Power Read Plays:  The playlist includes 8 videos with 22 minutes of video clips including Ohio State, Auburn, New Mexico State, La Tech, and Nebraska.

Power O, Inverted Veer, and the FB Adjustment to Scrape Exchange:  This appears to be the same info as the Michigan post.

Inside the Clemson Offense: Inverted Veer/Dash:  Article on Clemson’s use of the inverted veer.  Includes diagrams and explanation of video clips of several other college team running the play.

Spread Offense- inverted veer/frontside read play:  Includes a brief explanation and video of Ohio State.

University of Nebraska:  Inside the Playbook: Multiple Ways to Option the Playside DE:  The article includes explanations of the traditional veer and the inverted veer.  Diagrams of variations like Inverted Veer Triple Option and Inverted Veer Bubble are included.

All 22: A Look at the 49er’s Inverted Veer Scheme:  The article provides a still shot explanation of the 49er’s play.

Will We See the Inverted Veer in the NFL?:  The article provides a brief look and some video clips of the inverted veer play.

Mississippi State use of Inverted Veer against Northwestern:  Provides a still shot explanation of the play in the 2013 Gator Bowl.

Insider’s Guide to the Zone Read Play:  This article explains the inside zone read, midline zone read and inverted veer (power read plays).  Diagrams and video of each type of read are provided.

Stopping the Ole Miss Inverted Veer:  A short explanation of how the Alabama gap exchange stopped Ole Miss.  There are some things Ole Miss could have done better in their execution to defeat a gap exchange. A link to the video clip of the gap exchange is included.

INVERTED VEER, CAROLINA PANTHERS-STYLE, PROVE THE READ OPTION ISN’T DEAD:  An explantion of Carolina’s inverted veer with video clips, still shots, and a great overhead view.

University of Michigan Inverted Veer Blocking:  Commentary and opinion on what the writer believes are problems with the blocking scheme.  Still shot illustrations and video clips are provided.

From the Far Hash: A Preseason Primer on the Veer and Inverted Veer: Diagrams and explanations of the basics of the inverted veer.

My interactive iBook, the first of its kind for football coaches, provides a detailed look at a pro-style downhill run game from the Pistol backfield set.  Look for another iBook to be release in late December or early January on the read game from the Pistol.  Get my first iBook here.


On AFM: Key to Successful Power Read-QB/Sweeper Mesh

Having a week one bye has allowed me some extra time to watch both high school and college football for the last few weeks. A play that I’ve seen numerous times is the inverted veer or “power read.” It’s a play that puts major stress on the defense as it is an option play that can attack inside or outside. For teams that have an athlete at quarterback and some speed from either a receiver or tailback, this is a play that with practice and repetition can put some explosiveness in an offense.
In studying some game film of this play, the different scenarios of what can happen can be minimized. In setting up drills or practice reps, defenders can be controlled to give the offense a look at the possibilities that need to be taken into account. Film study also revealed some key coaching points to make this an effective play.

Read more here.

On AFM: More Bang for your Buck with the Power Scheme

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It’s up on American Football Monthly. The Power Scheme is being utilized in new and different ways in today’s offenses as well as in it’s traditional form. Power is a key component of the the Pro Style Pistol Offense, and you can learn more about it in my iBook for the iPad here.

The “Power O” is a play that has been around for a long time. Running it with a fullback and a tight end used to be the standard. It was a play that was a staple in many run-based offenses because it allowed for a double team at the point of attack and brought two extra blockers to the play side with the fullback and the pulling guard. Offensive coaches were not afraid to call it into an 8-or 9-man box, and utilizing two tight ends and two running backs to get it done was common.
The professional game evolved with many teams adopting an H-Back for a fullback to the point where some would joke that NFL stood for “No Fullbacks Left”. However, many high school and college teams still used the fullback to run the play. The game evolved further with the advent and popularity of the spread. Still, the power play found a way to survive through all of these changes. Again, the numbers that the scheme brings to the play side makes it a viable play in any offense…read more

Here are more resources on the “Power O” scheme.

Downhill Pistol Running Game

I’ve written a number of articles that provide the information and detail necessary to get you started on putting together a powerful downhill running game from the Pistol. These runs are not necessarily limited to the pistol set and can be adjusted to be run from many backfield set. If you’re familiar with the way I present information, you know you will get plenty of diagrams, coaching points, and video cut-ups to illustrate each play and technique being discussed.

It all starts with the zone running game and teaching gap responsibility. Learn how to create a multiple zone running game here:

A Multiple Run Game with the Zone Scheme

Combination blocks are an important part of zone and gap schemes. Get details on combination blocks here:

Distort and Displace with Double Teams

We use two gap schemes that we teach in a very similar way. Learn about our Power and Counter schemes in the following links:

One Back Power Concept

Add Multiplicity with a Flexible Run Scheme-The Counter Play

Hit the perimeter with Pin and Pull Sweep. It’s a flexible scheme that can be run with the running back, quarterback, or a receiver in motion:

The Pin and Pull Sweep

Sweep Action to Enhance the Inside Running Game

Of course all of these runs and more are detailed, illustrated and shown in video (over 30 minutes worth of game film) in my iBook 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays available now for your iPad from the iBookstore and later this fall available on your Mac as well.

Click the link to get it from the iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/101+-pro-style-pistol-offense/id611588645?mt=11