#Edgefbchat 5/28 8pm CST Head Coach Mike Hallett

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We are excited to have @coachhallett Coach Hallet guest host the #Edgefbchat on May 28th from 8pm-9pm CST.

Over the past 4 years Coach Hallett has had one of the most consistent, top producing offenses in the country.  Over the past four seasons Heidelberg really moves the ball, totaling nearly 11.5 miles of offense.  Over that span they have averaged 492.3 yards of offense per game including averaging 532.5 yards per game in 2014.

Coach Hallet lists the following keys to their success:

  1. Utilizing a strong running game
  2. Having a great decision maker at QB
  3. Changing launch points for QB in passing game,
  4. Always thinking about the OL when game planning
  5. Practicing faster than we will ever play (Tempo)

Coach Hallet will answer questions on the keys to the Heidelberg offense.

I know Coach Hallett personally as well as having faced him as an opponent.  He is a great football mind and coach.  He has excelled in turning Heidelberg into one of the top teams in one of the toughest conferences in Division III.  He is a coach whose mind you will definitely want to pick on the #Edgefbchat.

Heidelberg Stats 2011-2014:


Rank Team G W-L Plays YDS Yds/Play Off TDs TDs YPG
4 Heidelberg 10 8-2 681 5,325 7.82 57 61 532.5


6 Heidelberg 10 679 5,108 7.52 63 67 510.8


Rank Name Games Plays Yds Avg TDs Ydspgm Wins Losses Ties
#19 Heidelberg 11 800 5178 6.47 57 470.73 9 2 0


13 Heidelberg 10 712 4572 6.42 47 457.20 8 2 0

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:

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.
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Though presented mostly in the pistol set, the concepts in these products are applicable in any offensive system.

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Pace of Play not expected to be an issue in NCAA rules meeting

Pace of play is not expected to be much of an issue for the NCAA rules committee.  Brett Bielema and Nick Saban have spoken their concerns in the pace of play in football.  Their contention has to do with the number of plays being run and the safety issues that it causes.  In speaking recently with a former NFL coach, his study of the New England Patriots showed that they played 2 1/2 more games than anyone else during the regular season in terms of the number of plays.

Football does take a toll on the body.  Many teams with two-way players struggle with the idea of using tempo because they have to be concerned with wearing their own two-way players out.  Uptempo teams certainly run more plays than traditional huddle teams.  Obviously, many teams have found a way to use tempo as a way to ambush opposing defenses.  The good news for those wishing to use tempo is that it doesn’t have to exist exclusively in a no-huddle environment.  There are other ways to affect a game in your favor with tempo.

Targeted Attack:  Using Tempo as a Weapon explains 20 procedural tools for attacking a defense.  This resource includes video examples and instruction on how to implement tempo and procedures.

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