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Offline calcoach

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Player Selection / Best on D?
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:17:39 AM »
Do you put your best players on D first, then go through the selection process for the DCWT? Do you follow a more balanced approach?

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Re: Player Selection / Best on D?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 09:19:29 AM »
I don't think this question is scheme specific so I'll answer anyway. If you have enough players and talent then go that route. Most do not. I would imagine almost everybody plays a handful both ways. We had offensive packages to get those guys breathers. Best 11 at their position started on defense.

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Re: Player Selection / Best on D?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 10:32:59 AM »
I kinda formulated a plan based a lot on clarks writing for youth.

If we start assigning positions by the most talent we pick "the committee" (dc46) which doubles as the the backfield for dcwt or most any offense.  Basically we are going to plays these kids all day. No subs

If we go the other way and assign positions by lack of talent, we know we are going to sub a lot and have less 2 way players and have more specialists in there position.
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Re: Player Selection / Best on D?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2017, 11:04:43 AM »
Thanks coaches.

Unfortunately in my league the only players that can play both sides of the ball are "down" linemen.

I am going ALL CLARK this year with KB and DCWT. We have two levels doing this, as we try and standardize schemes and flatten learning curves for the players and the coaches.

For personnel this creates a conflict between the Safeties and the HB/WB.

I am leaning towards putting the best two studs, who like to tackle, in the Safety positions. Then I am going to fill the HB/WB with the other two best players (#3 and #4).

In the past seasons the OC/HCs typically have allotted themselves 80% of the best athletes. I am breaking the trend this year but struggle as I will be running the O and dont want to look like a douche. Perhaps that is why the past OCs/HCs took all the studs.








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Re: Player Selection / Best on D?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2017, 02:00:56 PM »
Take your stud FB and HB and make them "down linemen". Win, win.

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Re: Player Selection / Best on D?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 03:02:50 PM »
Take your stud FB and HB and make them "down linemen". Win, win.
As long as the 2nd best kid at fb and hb is decent it is probably a good idea. Having two of your best player on the oline and running behind them will not be a bad thing.

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Re: Player Selection / Best on D?
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 09:01:04 PM »
From the description you're going to suffer somewhere.  I would not worry about the HB ("33 Quick" and "Left 32 Trap" and he'll get you 5) and FB positions but running "47 Speed" against 20% talent will likely pay off (Perhaps with a speedster that's afraid to tackle?).  Make sure you include the wedge plays in your offense.  Both SPW and "QB Wedge" should be meat grinders to "20% defenses".  You don't give your roster size but it sounds decent.  About 1 in 10 kids (10%) are universal studs.  Thus, on a roster of thirty kids the odds are good you find 2 safeties and a WB.  And, what the heck?  Try everybody at FB (FB would play Mike on defense so, if it gets down to two equals, pick the Mike that won't cross the LOS.

I would be tempted to cross train studs for both sides of the ball and alternate them every other game for at least the first two games, especially Mike and FB.  Make sure you get the right one at FB. 

Keep in mind you cannot win a game 0-0.  The offense you pick must score at least 6 points to win.  A coach sent me his "Beast" package today that uses GOL blocking.  I hope to add it to the playbook.  Along with wedge you can probably pound out your one TD and "47 speed" another.  That should win the game. 
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Re: Player Selection / Best on D?
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 10:45:37 PM »
Good idea on alternating the first few games.

We have a 4 game Jamboree to start this year. During the Jamboree we can alternate players as well so it will be a good testing ground to see who fits.