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Author Topic: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and Round 2, and the SHIP  (Read 2136 times)

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Offline SingleWingGoombah

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Played our first game over the season, our league has a 100% participation rule, so you either have to start on O or on D.  If you have less than 22, you have players go both ways.  More than 22, you can rotate.  I have 16 players, 4 rookies, draft strategy was to draft quickness and aggression, early and often.  We sacrificed size for that.  Grabbed some size that I thought had potential when possible.  Grabbed 4 older lighters as well.  Our age group is 9 and 10 with 11 year older lighters.  I have 7 kids that are 9, 5 that are 10 and 4 that are 11.  Other teams went after size (they had slow feet, wasn't interested), so I was able to gobble up kids we wanted highly up and down the draft. 

With our 100% participation rule, I opted to load up our defense, and put 3 of my 4 rookies on offense for their starting position.  I figured we would be able to pound out a score or 2, early on, until we get the offense rolling, the defense would keep us in it. 

Game 1, offensively, went worse than expected.  We were able to pound inside with 24s, and move the ball, but the other team eventually just brought their line backers down and safeties down to linebackers, and we should have been able to hit 47 speed.   But we kept making one fatal flaw with it, most of the time it was the same kid making the tackle, the one time we blocked it better, the exchange was fumbled.  There was such a mass of bodies in there I could not figure out what was going on.  Talk to my left guard and ask him if he is reaching outside, he says yes... film discovered that to be a lie, but anyways, we go in 0 to 0 at half time, defense gave up 2 first downs on their opening drive, and then kept them from picking up a first down the rest of the way. 

Make a couple adjustments at half to mini 47 speed, change my left side to down down, have to at least get those DTs blocked, with their backers in so tight, I thought they may get caught in wash, and their safeties would have poor visibility in the back field.  We get the ball to start, and they have their LBs back at normal depth, we pound 24 and 36 a few times and pick up a first down, then we break a 24 for a big gain, linebackers up tight again, call a 23 quick keep, QB goes for an easy TD. 

Defense keeps balling out, they gave up zero first down in the 2nd half.

Finally hit a Mini 47 speed, WB takes it to the house, end up winning 12 to 0. 

Film showed some key areas we need to address.  We ran 24 quick to death, which I didn't like doing, cause my son is the FB, but we struggled with our other plays, especially in the first half.  But I expected that.  My left guard was killing us, but fortunately he makes full speed mistakes, so he was at least blocking someone.  He has only been starting LG for a week, he lost his starting FB spot at the jamboree the week before.  This week, we will start wedge install, so that will be our only new play, so we will focus highly on correct blocking assignments. 

We had a tough matchup week 1, and we came out with the W and some very obvious areas we need to improve.  We will get them coached up, and I think we will be primed for a very successful season.  Need to get through this weekend, playing Labor Day weekend can be tough.  I have 2 kids missing, so will be playing with 14 only. 

« Last Edit: November 12, 2018, 09:10:41 AM by SingleWingGoombah »

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Re: 2018 Season - Week 1
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2018, 10:58:19 AM »
This is your first year with the offense right? You have the right mentality, don't add anything until you run what is in well. I bet you see a big improvement week 2.

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Re: 2018 Season - Week 1
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2018, 11:11:37 AM »
This is your first year with the offense right? You have the right mentality, don't add anything until you run what is in well. I bet you see a big improvement week 2.

Yes sir.  Only reason I want to install wedge is now as film gets out, I don't want mini splits to be a tell to outside run.

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Re: 2018 Season - Week 1
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2018, 11:16:00 AM »
I don't disagree with putting in wedge now. The sooner the better. Wedge is an all year maintenance play.

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Re: 2018 Season - Week 1
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2018, 11:17:04 AM »
Forgot to mention!

We were 5 for 5 on no plays, we went off book for cadence and snap count.  We go Shift, down, motion, Setgo, and we go on setgo.  And to keep defense honest, we use no play.  Called it 5 times, and defense jumped 5 times. 

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1 and 2
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2018, 09:34:38 AM »
Was nervous going into this game, it was a disjointed week of practice.  We got rained out on Tuesday, a lot of kids had to miss Wednesday for school open house.  And at the start of Fridays practice, I get a text from my starting QBs mom, they have to travel to Texas for a family emergency.  So we change up practice and put in a quick version of a beast offense as an emergency offense.  My backup is more than capable, but if something were to happen to him... we would have been in trouble.  I was not able to get film on the team we were playing, I knew they lost week 1, but we were playing a team from one of the better programs in our league. 

Gameday morning... get a text, my starting QB was able to find arrangements and will be at the game.  I opt to let my backup start at QB still, but at least we can run normal offense if he goes down.

We get the ball to start, their defense pretty much just puts everyone on the line, and sends most of them, some kids back out at the snap.  First play, 23 for 8 yards, 2nd play 23 again, 62 yard TD... called back for a block in the back when the RB was free and clear... We practice for this very scenario... and still did it.  So now we have the ball at the 20 or so going in.  Next play kid shoots A gap, hits QB as he is handing off, fumbled, we recover.  Get them on a no play for a free 5, so it is like 2nd and 8.  Run a 24, huge hole, touchdown.  36 Toss for the PAT. 

Defense gets a 4 and out.  Call a 23, that whole side of the defense crashes hard.  CB crashes hard... next play 23 Keep, touchdown, 36 toss again for the PAT.  Then we traded fumbles.  Defense gets another 4 and out after our fumble.  Mix in a 47 speed for a nice pick up, couple other plays, 23 Keep again for an easy touchdown.  Offense is looking much better, much faster and much more confidant.  Defense gets another stop, we have 1 second left, up 21-0.  I give my starters one more play, as I am going to be putting in backups for 2nd half.   Call a 47 Speed, X reverse Keep.  Touchdown. 

Get my 2nd string some work the entire 2nd half.  They made a nice goal line stand, 4th and 1, and my biggest kid sheds a block and stones the other teams fullback.  Was an awesome play for a first year player.  We ended up giving up a safety on a hold in the end zone from my SE who should have been track blocking... but we will fix that at practice.

Its nice having a good FB... my FB is my son.  He is doing great.  And he is going to be benched.  Watching week 1 film with him, I noticed he isn't doing his layered handoff.  He pretty much grabs the ball.  Never does that in practice.   I ask him why he is doing that in the game.  He says he takes the handoff faster.  I show him a nice clip of how slow he took a hand off his way.  Now it usually was not as slow as that clip, but not what we coach, or not what we want him doing.  I tell him no, you do not get to do your own thing, you do it the way we tell you.  Does it fine in practice... reviewing film for week 2... does it again, ask him again why, and he says the same thing.  Had the same issue with him in baseball... all of a sudden he thought he knew better than his swing coach and was just swinging as hard as he could with no form.  Played 5 games in a tournament and had 2 hits.  Had the discussion about how he doesn't know squat, and you need to do what your coaches tell you because they do know.  Now back to him thinking he knows better... he is back up LG, and the LG is his back up... so he will be starting at LG for this week.  Maybe that will teach him. 

Aside from that, the defense was again incredible, we have a very fast and aggressive defense.  They swarm.  Very fun to watch.  Starting defense has only given up 2 first downs this season. 

Hoping for a full 3 days of practice this week!

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1 and 2
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2018, 10:40:23 AM »
No play was not so hot.  First one was great.  2nd time, SE jumped and 3rd time center snapped the ball.  6 for 8 on the year so far. 

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1 and 2
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2018, 10:54:23 AM »
If another kid was at fullback and doing the same thing, would you have had the exact same conversation with him and taken the exact same actions?

Many times we end up being harder on our own kids when we coach them because we want to make sure we aren't giving them any special treatment, but it ends up having a negative effect on the kid.

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1 and 2
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2018, 11:11:36 AM »
If another kid was at fullback and doing the same thing, would you have had the exact same conversation with him and taken the exact same actions?

Many times we end up being harder on our own kids when we coach them because we want to make sure we aren't giving them any special treatment, but it ends up having a negative effect on the kid.

Well yeah, I gave lots of kids notes after week 1.  My son was not even the starting FB at first, other kid gave away the spot at the scrimmage by fumbling his first 2 carries.  My son is the better player, and earned it.  He had a chance to make the correction.  Changing running backs mid stream is not something that is new to me.  I am always evaluating and having the kids compete. 

This is the first time he has had to earn a job and work to keep it.  Last year, his coach cared more about winning than anything and was all talk and no follow through.  He was given the position he had (blocking back) on day 1 last year. 

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1 and 2
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2018, 11:26:36 AM »
Well yeah, I gave lots of kids notes after week 1.  My son was not even the starting FB at first, other kid gave away the spot at the scrimmage by fumbling his first 2 carries.  My son is the better player, and earned it.  He had a chance to make the correction.  Changing running backs mid stream is not something that is new to me.  I am always evaluating and having the kids compete. 

This is the first time he has had to earn a job and work to keep it.  Last year, his coach cared more about winning than anything and was all talk and no follow through.  He was given the position he had (blocking back) on day 1 last year.

I should have noted, that the notes were attempted to be, or were corrected.  Its not the first time I have had somewhat do it "their way."  Its not the first time I have had to do this.  He will get his spot back I am sure, we have 2 games coming up that should be pretty lopsided, so he will have a chance to show me he can do the proper technique in a game.

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2 and 3
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2018, 09:53:39 AM »
Week 3 we won 25 -0.  Opponent had 2 of his starting backs unable to play, and he did not find out until the day of the game, pretty much at the field, so it was an unfortunate game, losing 2 starting backs with only pre-game to adjust is typically a death sentence for our league, for most teams.  We had 4 fumble recoveries in the first half and a pick 6.  Half time score was 25-0 as well.  We had a lot of coachable moments in the 2nd half with the back ups in.  My son was in at FB, and was using a layered handoff.  Then he made a boneheaded play again, deciding to not listen to his coaches.  We forced a punt on their first series.  I did not put anyone back, I could not put any starting backfield guys back there, so I just elected to take it where it stopped and run offense.  There were 2 kids (including my son) who went back at first, and I told them to come up, they got about half way to the LOS when they punted it, my son starts to go back to get it, would have been able to, and probably would have ran it back, I am yelling to get away from the ball.  He listens and gets away and lets it roll.  It goes to like the 50 where it stops.  There are 3 players from the other team around it, referee starts moving in to blow it dead, and my son comes out of nowhere and taps the ball (thinking he was downing it) and starts to come off the field... the other teams kid picks it up... Talking to him after the game, its another discussion on listening to your coaches.  I told him I understand you thought you were doing the right thing, and did not know what was going on... but I am poison, which means to stay away from the ball.  We practiced poison, when I yell poison you find where the ball is and run away from it.  You chose to listen to that at first, but then you went back to the ball.   You need to listen to your coaches.  My wife had a bridal shower so she missed the game, so I was recapping it at home, get to that part, he starts yelling at me not to tell her, its embarrassing.  I tell him look, you made a mistake, the problem here is you are not learning to listen to your coaches.  If you are embarrassed by your mistake, ok, but learn from the damn mistake this time, and start to listen to your coaches. 

more on the game, I think they only had one true cornerback playing.  Was a good weekend to have installed a split over tag.  We ran split over 23 Quick Keep for big yardage, split over mini 47 speed for 2 touchdowns and 38 Toss Sweep for a TD. 

Only ran one no play, and my back up center snapped the ball... He is also my starting LT, so he usually does well on no play.  Gonna have to drill no play more this week...

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2018, 11:25:11 AM »
Week 4, won 27-0.  Had 10 kids touch the ball this week.  Did not need to pass, have not really had to this season except for week 1.  But I forced myself, we were up 12-0, and got my TE the ball, nice catch in traffic by him.  Then we followed up with a Pass Left to the split end for a big gain.  Tried to force feed my SE to get a TD, but they ended up having 4 kids cover him, QB ended up running it in.  Broke a wedge for a long touchdown too, we only have the collapsible wedge in for now.

Defense was stellar as usual, even without our stud DE not playing, they are so quick and aggressive yet disciplined.  It is a fun group to coach.  Definitely what the doctor ordered after the past 2 seasons. 


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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2018, 12:52:19 PM »
I watched the clip again of trying to get a SE a TD.  Little 62 pound 9 year old, getting covered by 4 kids was pretty funny looking.  He is a great kid though.  Quiet, first year player.  Always gives it his all.  Really wish we could have got him in the end zone.  Will try again this week!

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2018, 02:10:36 PM »
I watched the clip again of trying to get a SE a TD.  Little 62 pound 9 year old, getting covered by 4 kids was pretty funny looking.  He is a great kid though.  Quiet, first year player.  Always gives it his all.  Really wish we could have got him in the end zone.  Will try again this week!
Is he fast? Maybe you can hook him up with a running play?

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2018, 03:18:18 PM »
Is he fast? Maybe you can hook him up with a running play?

He has some speed.  we have a reverse in for him.  Have yet to run it.  Been working on a beast offense to start getting kids that don't normally run the ball easy carries, and as an emergency offense.  My center for some reason could not dead ball snap in pre-game, so we pretty much scrapped it for this past week.