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Offline bdjackson

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Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« on: October 30, 2018, 09:15:25 AM »
So we won our last game on Sunday to cap a 6 game winning streak and end the season 6-2. We were a DTDW/Killer Bee team all season after dabbling with Beast as a complimentary package our first 2 games. Beast worked sometimes but the snap was never coached well enough to be reliable so we really honed in on the DTDW after our second loss of the season. The beauty of this season was the smaller the play sheet got the more points we scored. We never really had a lot of plays to begin with, but by the end of the season, we were running Power R/L, Counter R/L, QB Power and Wedge. Occasionally we would throw a pass in there and we ran yo-yo twice this season which provided 1 TD.

Honestly, over 6 years of being an AC/DC with this my first as a header, we were probably on the lower side of the talent spectrum when compared to previous teams. We had a handful of talented/experienced players this year, but most players were first year guys that needed a lot of coaching. However, this isn't a downplay or an excuse, quite the contrary, this just shows what the DW is capable of with a few good kids in the right spots at this age group. It definitely took some tinkering and a few losses to get my head out of my ass and make the necessary changes, but hey coaching is learning; and that's what we did. went back to the whiteboard and made the changes necessary.

For those curious, we swapped our PSTE with our best blocker who was the PST. THIS MADE THE BIGGEST IMMEDIATE IMPACT, IT WAS ASTONISHING!!!!!!!!. Changed our center to someone that could snap and hold his ground for the pulling guard. We switched over to the X-Men block an hour before our week 3 game, and narrowed down our playbook and committed to the DW as I previously mentioned. We adjusted our dynamic warmups to include angle blocking and tackling on pads, focused on wedge sessions more (NEEDS TO BE EVERYDAY), and ran skeleton drills to perfect the toss, counter, footwork, QB Spin; basically drilled fundamentals of getting out of the backfield in a hurry. Never could quite get the pulling G quick enough, sometime he made it, but that's a coaching point for next year.

Overall, as a first year header with a new offense/defense I would say this year was a success. I wish I could replay those first two games, but honestly, those losses provided insight into myself as a coach, and the intricacies of running a DW/Killer Bee scheme. Speaking of which, I haven't mentioned the KB much because I feel as though I did it a complete disservice and am a little ashamed at how many points we gave up. Mostly on sweeps, and while it was indeed all assignment miscues, it really falls on not enough repetition and practice for those guys. And with that comes the biggest mistake I made all season, not putting enough time into defense since we only had 18 kids. I didn't take the time to contact DC and ask for help, or come up with drills to run with half a defense. There were definitely things I could have done, but unfortunately for our defense, it was not a priority. And it almost cost us a coupe times. But again, coaching point for next year. Well, that and the 33 stack.

Nothing personal Clark, the killer bee worked great, but if rules allow me to blitz, I'm a stack guy all day. Ran tap n' go with Gregory's 6-3 and I fell in love from the moment I saw it on the field. Plus I agree with JJ in that I want to attack, from all sides, all the time. Score or give me the ball, but either way I want the ball.

Again, thanks to all the coaches out there that lent a hand this season, your assistance was instrumental in my ability to improve as a coach.

-Brian
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Re: Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2018, 05:32:28 PM »
Nice Job Brian.

It is indeed all about comfort level with regards to what you coach.  If you're not comfortable then how can you expect the kids to be?  I have "borrowed" a ton of material from folks over the years to tweak my O and D perspectives.   There is no One Size Fits All.   

Congrats and keep building! 

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Re: Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2018, 09:18:54 PM »
Thanks Dusty. I can say while I wasnít that comfortable at the beginning of the season I definitely feel much more in control of being a head coach. But a far cry from being a good coach. Oh I definitely have borrowed from here as well. A lot of times I just pick a forum of interest, select a random page and see what I can find. A lot of times thereís gold in them there hills.

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Re: Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2018, 08:59:27 PM »
I didnít realize that you were in Billerica. Close by to me. Would love to see more of the Merrimack Valley guys here.

Nice job on the season!

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Re: Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2018, 09:55:47 AM »
Yeah, just took over the HC of the E2 Team this year and will try to move to D next year. Tried to get my AC's on here but it didn't seem to stick; their loss.

So I guess that makes two coaches from the area now. I know John mentioned you to me a while back, are you coaching this year?

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Re: Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2018, 10:51:43 AM »
Tried to get my AC's on here but it didn't seem to stick; their loss.

They'd have to feel like there's something they need to learn, for that to happen.

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Re: Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2018, 10:32:41 PM »
Yeah, just took over the HC of the E2 Team this year and will try to move to D next year. Tried to get my AC's on here but it didn't seem to stick; their loss.

So I guess that makes two coaches from the area now. I know John mentioned you to me a while back, are you coaching this year?

-Brian

Not coaching this year. Still on the board for our association, so not out of the game. I did my time and may get back in after my son gets out of HS.

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Re: Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2018, 06:31:02 PM »
Way to go Brian, love it!

Just an FYI - Clark and I had a long back and forth discussion when he first released the KB, and his advice was that it didn't make sense for me to run it.  We just don't see many of the system offenses around here that it was built to beat.   It's not like it won't work, we just wouldn't be getting the full advantage of the D when we're facing grab bag offenses, which is pretty much the norm around here.

Congrats on the season.  On a separate note, Stoneham HS is one game from the Super Bowl running Murphy's U/C DW. I'm not sure where/when/who they play.

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Re: Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2018, 03:07:56 PM »
Yeah Stoneham is a monster of a team this year. Trying to make it to one of their next games since the competition is ramping up. And yeah, I still donít blame the KB, I blame the missed assignments on n defense which is on me at the end of the day. Iím really looking forward to installing the DW again next year along with JJs Stack. Learned so much this year and hope to continue to build on it this offseason. Got the Calande Drill/Practice manual and am looking at adding a couple more references for down time this year.
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Re: Billerica Chiefs 2018 (Mighty Mites)
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2018, 12:51:56 PM »
Stoneham is playing this Saturday at 5pm in Worcester to go to the Super Bowl.  I'm out of town, unfortunately.