Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coaching Points: Illinois vs Nebraska, 2014

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Illinois Offense: Lots of 5 wide and 10 personnel. Some 11 personnel as well.
Illinois Defense: Multiple coverage, quite a bit of man, mostly 4-2-5 nickel

Nebraska Offense: Mostly 11 personnel, mixed more 12 personnel near GL.
Nebraska Defense: 4-2-5 nickel and "Dollar" personnel (4 DL and 7 DBs). More Cover 4 than Cover 1.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Football Fundamentals - Power O Blocking

Originally posted at Maize n Brew on 8/30/13

 We've went over a brief primer to discuss some of the possible blocking calls that will be made during a Power O run. This time we are going to focus I specific examples of how an offensive line will adjust and make various block calls to face any defense.

Power O Basics

Football Fundamentals - Power O Blocking Primer

Originally published at Maize n Brew on 8/29/13

This post will work as a primer for blocking the Power O run scheme. In the next post, we'll look at how the play is run against specific fronts.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coaching Points: Minnesota vs Michigan, 2014

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Michigan Offense: Mostly 12 personnel, mixed with 11 personnel. Mostly zone blocking scheme with Power O mixed in. Simple route concepts in pass game.
Michigan Defense: Mix of Cover 1 and Cover 4 mostly

Minnesota Offense: Mostly 12 and 22 personnel. Zone based team. More under center than normal. PA heavy in pass game.
Minnesota Defense: Mix of Cover 1 and Cover 4

Author's note
Other "Coaching Points" posts will be later this week and more detailed. I'm also sorry for Minnesota fans in advance that they won't get the focus they normally would. I came down with the flu Friday night, forgot to set my DVR, fought my way to the game despite me feeling like it was 40 degrees outside on a beautiful 80 degree day, and did not manage to get as much detail as I had hoped. What's below is some of what I was able to take away based on one live viewing during a game I was generally dehydrated and feeling like crap. My apologies. And for those of you wanting to here my take on "concussion-gate" or whatever you want to call it, you can move along, I won't be discussing it in this post.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Football Fundamentals: Play Action Pass Protection

As a philosophy, I think an optimal offense needs to be able to threaten to run from every pass look (draw, screen, etc) and pass from every run look. This doesn’t just mean be able to do both from any formation, but be able to give an initial look while attacking with the other. Play action is a fundamental piece to almost every offense, even the most pass heavy, but particularly the more run heavy. However, it’s not enough to simply call play action, it is essential that the correct protection is paired with the run action look given the situation. Likewise, the correct type of fake should be employed  by the QB.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

PODCAST: A bit about Nebraska, Connor Cook, and Illinois

Had my first radio appearance today over at 1620 The Zone for "Unsportsmanlike Contact" out of Lincoln, Nebraska. You can check it out here.

Coaching Points: Iowa vs Pittsburgh, 2014

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Offense: Mostly 12 or 22 personnel, zone stretch run scheme
Defense: 4-3 Over (Under mixed in) mostly 2-high safeties as it's always been.