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How to Teach the Option Route

Posted by Alex Kirby on

When teaching players how to run option routes of any kind, it’s important they understand the principles invoiced, as well as the fundamentals. When adjusting route concepts, the receiver will base his decision off of the defender (or defenders) in his portion of the coverage. This means that a player at the receiver position is not responsible for reading the entire coverage concept, and he doesn’t have to see the entire field. The only thing he has to be able to do is keep his eyes trained on a specific area of the field in order to make that decision...

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Dante Bartee explains Basic 4-2-5 Coverage Concepts

Posted by Gavin Southworth on

Calling the proper coverages in the right circumstances can be crucial to the outcome of your game, entire season, and success of your defense. Different coverage rules and coverage techniques will change the defense’s ability to respond to offenses attacking certain areas of the field. In this article, we will cover the 4 categories of Dante Bartee’s 4-2-5 coverage concepts and the coaching points that he implements into each. Watch the video below to get the full experience, or see the entire six-part presentation from Dante Bartee HERE. Man Coverage The most basic coverage concept that coach Bartee uses with...

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The Michigan Counter Play: Video & Diagrams

Posted by Gavin Southworth on

Let's face it- nobody wants to play "3 Yards and a Cloud of Dust" football anymore. Grinding out 15 play drives can be effective, but without creating explosive runs to improve your team’s efficiency this can be tough to sustain over the course of a game or an entire season. In this article we will be taking a look at the University of Michigan’s approach to their counter play, which sends multiple pullers into one gap to get their electric playmakers in space. Michigan offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore has put together a great two-part video series...

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Michigan Inside Zone Blocking Drills

Posted by Gavin Southworth on

Coaches, do you find yourself in situations where you have the perfect play design in the run game, but you just aren’t quite executing the way you’d like to? Maybe it’s trouble effectively executing double team blocks and climbing to the next level, or maybe it has to do with your players not taking proper leverage when approaching the defenders that they’re blocking. Coach Sherrone Moore, Offensive Line Coach and Co-Offensive Coordinator at the University of Michigan, has put together a great two-part video series on the Michigan Football Offense.  Watch the video below to hear his explanation of how...

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The Stick Concept: Advanced Variations

Posted by Gavin Southworth on

The stick concept is a simple play design that allows quarterbacks to have success in any down and distance situation because of its ability to let the quarterback determine leverage and make pre-snap reads. By doing so, the quarterback is able to create easy pitch and catch opportunities based on his analysis of the defense. This is why Mike Budzisewski of Carroll University says it's one of his most frequently called plays which nets his team an average of 10.3 yards per catch. In an effort to protect his team’s best play, Carroll University’s Mike Budzisewski has implemented 4 specific variations...

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