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Offline Beansko82

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Iron man against a superior opponent
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:28:07 PM »
League schedule was released today and I see that our first game is against a team we scrimmaged Saturday.  This team is both more athletic and bigger than us both size wise and in roster numbers. 

Right now my thinking is to play solid defense against them, which we did in the scrimmage (they only scored once when their stud RB broke 7 tackles and housed it). And hope to steal a few possessions on special teams. 

My question is when it comes to offense: should we try to slow the game down and try to grind out drives?  What's a good strategy when you're playing iron man ball? We didn't have much success against them except for the PAP game.  But I want to play keep away and hold on to the ball as much as possible. 

Any thoughts?  I'm open to suggestions....

Offline gumby_in_co

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Re: Iron man against a superior opponent
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2017, 07:47:57 PM »
League schedule was released today and I see that our first game is against a team we scrimmaged Saturday.  This team is both more athletic and bigger than us both size wise and in roster numbers. 

Right now my thinking is to play solid defense against them, which we did in the scrimmage (they only scored once when their stud RB broke 7 tackles and housed it). And hope to steal a few possessions on special teams. 

My question is when it comes to offense: should we try to slow the game down and try to grind out drives?  What's a good strategy when you're playing iron man ball? We didn't have much success against them except for the PAP game.  But I want to play keep away and hold on to the ball as much as possible. 

Any thoughts?  I'm open to suggestions....

I would think that would be a very wise strategy.  You're in the correct offense for that. You only need 2.5 yards per play with no penalties (drive killers) and no turnovers. The good news is that both are well within your control, especially if you emphasize them in practice this week. Get your play in, then have your QB wait until the back judge starts chopping. Have him snap the ball with between 5 and 10 seconds. Varying this stops them from timing your snap and allows you to run "no play" if that's in your repertoire. Come up with an "auto" 16 Power if they don't jump on "no play". The goal is to have long, sustained drives that eat the clock, leaving them fewer offensive snaps.
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Offline coacharnold

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Re: Iron man against a superior opponent
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017, 10:00:06 PM »
Definitely try to slow the game down as much as possible.  Run the ball.  Had the kids stay inbounds.  Take your time calling a play.  Protect the ball.  Etc.  Make that game as short as you can.  Take a shot here and there, but pick your spots carefully and try to stay ahead of the chains.'

A few years ago we had a game where we had a pair of 9 minute drives in the 2nd half to put away a very athletic opponent.  They ran a total of 1 play in the 3rd quarter... which was a 73 yard TD run.