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Offline gumby_in_co

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7
« Reply #135 on: October 13, 2018, 03:44:54 PM »
Weve had a great deal of success w/ mega splits from our TEs. Vs 6 man fronts the DE lines up outside of them & we just leave the DE unblocked & run off tackle behind em.
One thing I've learned is that there really is no "right" way for the DE to line up vs mega.

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For whatever reason we cant get our interior lineman to get more than a foot. Id like Gs & Ts to be 2-3, & TEs to be 5-6.

It is an ongoing, often soul crushing fight to keep the splits wide. In tougher games, the Gs and sometimes Ts will shrink their splits over time. Mahonz and I were joking in last week's game. After about the 20th time, I yelled "SPLITS!!!", I looked at him and said, "I forgot how sick and tired I get of yelling that about a hundred times a game." Yet, in this game, the little guys kept their splits the entire game.

I keep my guards a football length from the C. C really doesn't block yet . . . or we don't depend on him to block. Snapping the ball is about all he can handle, so I keep the guards close to help him out. I will experiment against our next opponent and let the guards stretch out.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7
« Reply #136 on: October 14, 2018, 07:49:44 PM »
One thing I've learned is that there really is no "right" way for the DE to line up vs mega.

It is an ongoing, often soul crushing fight to keep the splits wide. In tougher games, the Gs and sometimes Ts will shrink their splits over time. Mahonz and I were joking in last week's game. After about the 20th time, I yelled "SPLITS!!!", I looked at him and said, "I forgot how sick and tired I get of yelling that about a hundred times a game." Yet, in this game, the little guys kept their splits the entire game.

I keep my guards a football length from the C. C really doesn't block yet . . . or we don't depend on him to block. Snapping the ball is about all he can handle, so I keep the guards close to help him out. I will experiment against our next opponent and let the guards stretch out.

Only disadvantage for you guys is youre direct snap instead of UC,. Makes it difficult to leave that DE unblocked. We can run under him so fast in our OSV series that even if he squeezes down were gonna fall forward for 3. Also our fly & rocket sweeps keep the DEs honest.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7
« Reply #137 on: October 14, 2018, 10:00:25 PM »
Only disadvantage for you guys is youre direct snap instead of UC,. Makes it difficult to leave that DE unblocked. We can run under him so fast in our OSV series that even if he squeezes down were gonna fall forward for 3. Also our fly & rocket sweeps keep the DEs honest.

It's an argument that I've been having with . . . well . . . everyone it seems since I joined this staff. I say "Screw it. Let's send a guy backside when we are convinced the backside is a problem." It takes me awhile to be convinced, BTW. Previous OC was a "nervous Nelly" and always wanted a guy back side. Mahonz' bobble head rules calls for a guy back side every play. He convinced me to send a guy backside with the bobble heads because the direct snap is sketchy at best.

Then . . . Friday. We blocked back side for maybe 5 blast plays and I'm probably being generous. The rest of the time, inside sniffer picked up leakage. No idea who was telling him what to do and when, or if he did it on his own. Defense didn't adjust until after 3 unanswered scores. Yep, they adjusted by loading up the short side and trying to chase us down. It only worked when the snap went wonky. In our regular "bully up" personnel, it only happened twice. In one, our cadence caller got antsy and called the snap while the Center was still getting situated. In the other, the snap hit our guy in the hands and he dropped it. Other than that, they never came close. In fact, on one TD, our beast back dropped the snap, picked it up and still scored with no one blocking back side. Late in the game with a huge lead, we started playing "who wants the ball" and we dropped quite a few snaps.

Anyway, now that our C is dialed in, I say we don't have to send a back to the short side, but I don't coach the backs. It took us a long time to get to this point, though.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7
« Reply #138 on: October 15, 2018, 09:05:18 AM »
I think this proves the adage of stick to what you know best. You guys know Beast and when you committed to it, you guys got better.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7
« Reply #139 on: October 15, 2018, 01:43:13 PM »
Been doing a lot of reflecting since Friday night. The biggest lesson for me is the importance of patience and playing the long game, especially with the youngest kids. We have 6 more seasons of football with these guys. Build the foundation and trust it. We are peaking at exactly the right time and are the most complete team. We are not depending on getting the fast guy around the corner.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8
« Reply #140 on: October 21, 2018, 07:53:44 PM »
GAME EIGHT

Finished up the Regualr Season with a nice 39-12 win vs a rather poor team. We finish up at 4-4 and the 6th seed. We play the team that beat us week 3 46-33. Our D is MUCH improved so I like our chances. They are a side saddle SW team so we will be practicing our special SW Killer D this week. Their D is just flat out awful but they know how to score points....lots of points. Im thinking if we keep them to 4 scores we win.

Fun ending to a season. The kids finally woke up and flipped that switch.

Today the D was lights out....the O...a bit clunky. Some key blockers and our Center were a bit off today. 

Anyhoo...won 4 of the last 5 so peaking at the right time....if 7 years olds even do that. I cant tell.   :P
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8
« Reply #141 on: October 21, 2018, 09:46:49 PM »
I feel our seasons have mirrored one another. We will play a team that beat us 31-13. We were completely aweful, but we are a different team right now. Good luck
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8
« Reply #142 on: October 21, 2018, 10:42:59 PM »
GAME EIGHT

Finished up the Regualr Season with a nice 39-12 win vs a rather poor team. We finish up at 4-4 and the 6th seed. We play the team that beat us week 3 46-33. Our D is MUCH improved so I like our chances. They are a side saddle SW team so we will be practicing our special SW Killer D this week. Their D is just flat out awful but they know how to score points....lots of points. Im thinking if we keep them to 4 scores we win.

Fun ending to a season. The kids finally woke up and flipped that switch.

Today the D was lights out....the O...a bit clunky. Some key blockers and our Center were a bit off today. 

Anyhoo...won 4 of the last 5 so peaking at the right time....if 7 years olds even do that. I cant tell.   :P

Man, what a turn around. Good stuff!
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8
« Reply #143 on: October 22, 2018, 08:58:15 AM »
I wish our O was that "clunky".

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8
« Reply #144 on: October 22, 2018, 10:07:28 AM »
I wish our O was that "clunky".

Saturday wasn't about us being good. It was about the opponent being terrible. On Saturday, they were where we were at week 1. 2 guys who could tackle and 9 who couldn't/wouldn't. Their alignment was as good as anyone we've faced. We introduced a "dance" where we shifted all 3 sniffers right before we snapped the ball. Sometimes they shifted with us, sometimes they didn't. Didn't seem to matter. If we ran within arms length of one of two players, one of those two kids would have a 33% chance of making a tackle. At one point, we ran a blast play that wasn't well blocked at all. Didn't matter because the RB completely missed his landmark. We had a blocking back executing a perfect stalk on a CB 10 yards downfield. Our RB completely wasted that stalk block, yet we still made 11 yards on that play. Opposing sideline was actually celebrating. Defensive teammates were high fiving each other.

I'm not happy because it was the worst game from the o-line all season. We did not play well enough to beat our upcoming playoff opponent. Sporadic effort at best. My Alpha got an ass chewing because he went on sabbatical for one play. The play was good for about 25 yards and made it down to the 2 yard line, but damn. This kid NEVER takes a play off.

Center was benched for complete lack of effort and focus. At one point during a PAT, the other team simulated our snap during a shift and the C snapped the ball while all 3 backs were moving. Ref didn't catch it, but that didn't explain the multiple late snaps, double clutches, early snaps and rolling the ball on the ground. I benched him and was about to put him on defense when Mahonz reminded me that this is what he wants, so he sat.

So no, I don't think you wish your offense was that clunky. We were just like all of our opponents that beat us like a drum. All we needed was 6 good snaps in the game and our superior talent at RB (compared to their inferior talent on D) took it to the house.

On the up side, defense was spectacular. I now have 6 players that I can plug in and out of the TNT without a considerable drop off. Our girl won the "hammer" award from the DT spot. I can't even begin to describe what a win that is for this young lady. In week 2, Mahonz and I were bummed out because we thought we'd failed her and that she hated football. Her big brother played for us, so her family has been with us for a long time. Then, Dad told us how much she loves football and won't stop talking about it, so we dodged a bullet there. In the last 3 weeks, she has been really coming along. This game, she was pushing double teams into the backfield, so I left her in more or less the entire game. Toward the end, she was splitting the double teams and finished the game with a strip sack.

Defensively, as a team, it is getting difficult to determine who is making the tackles because we are swarming the ball. Mahonz had them doing a ton of pursuit drills starting last week and it is paying off big time. No one is shying away from tackles now and just about everyone is in a position to make a play.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8
« Reply #145 on: October 22, 2018, 12:22:26 PM »
Their alignment was as good as anyone we've faced.

I take that back. Just watched our first offensive play. They are 2 full yards off the ball, which explains why we could run at will with sub-par blocking.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8
« Reply #146 on: October 22, 2018, 01:01:33 PM »
I take that back. Just watched our first offensive play. They are 2 full yards off the ball, which explains why we could run at will with sub-par blocking.

They were just blitzing all 11.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8
« Reply #147 on: October 22, 2018, 02:21:39 PM »
They were just blitzing all 11.

That may have been effective. Unfortunately (for them), 2 or 3 guys would "blitz", meaning they would move forward at the snap and actually try to cross the LOS. 4 would stand completely still and 3 or 4 would back up at the snap.

Attached is the same play about 2-3 steps after the snap.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8
« Reply #148 on: October 22, 2018, 03:50:35 PM »
That may have been effective. Unfortunately (for them), 2 or 3 guys would "blitz", meaning they would move forward at the snap and actually try to cross the LOS. 4 would stand completely still and 3 or 4 would back up at the snap.

Attached is the same play about 2-3 steps after the snap.

Okay, delayed blitz then  :P Gotta love the little guys.

Compare & contrast w/ our D. We got 8 guys at or behind the LOS before the ball gets a 1/2 yard forward.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5, GM6, GM7, GM8. PO1
« Reply #149 on: October 27, 2018, 08:01:25 PM »
ROUND ONE PLAYOFFS

I actually liked our chances today...then we played the game.

Jumped out to a 13-0 lead and then got worked for 3 Q's losing 39-13.

Fun season. Exhausting season. Movin' on. Have one heck of a banquet planned.

Finish up 4-5 after starting 1-4 so we did progress nicely. Good group of hard working kids.
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