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Kicked off our 2018 Spring Season last night with our first Coaches Meeting. Eight graders. Eight Coaches, 31 Players all very experienced. We will full two platoon the skill positions and use a rotation system for the Biggs.  Speaking of Biggs, we picked up a 260 pound NG that actually moves quite well.  ??? We have been playing against him for years.

For the first time ever...we will be coaching a youth team with 2 HS players on the Roster. 9th graders under 165 pounds are now eligible. Not sure I agree with that but whatever. We also have a 7th grader playing up but he has been doing that for a few seasons now and kicks butt.

Total experimentation this season. Lar and his Group will implement a Nuclear version of the Beast while I figure out how to run the 46 as a zone / man cover 0 defense. We will take what we learn and use it beginning next season with the Super Smurfs.

Last run for these kids. First practice is March 12th....opening day on the 24th. Should be fun.  :)
« Last Edit: May 24, 2018, 03:00:04 AM by mahonz »
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2018, 03:36:20 PM »
For the first time ever...we will be coaching a youth team with 2 HS players on the Roster. 9th graders under 165 pounds are now eligible. Not sure I agree with that but whatever. We also have a 7th grader playing up but he has been doing that for a few seasons now and kicks butt.

No worries. Plenty of our opponents will field HS players well over 165.  :P
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2018, 01:09:47 PM »
We start on March 13th with 32 players and 10 coaches.

Odd deal this season. We rent our practice facility from the local HS. AD approves the application then it goes to the District for processing. This has always been completed a month in advance. I hadn't heard back from anyone and nobody was returning my calls so I was getting anxious. Finally heard back from them last Thursday. Apparently they have been mowed down with bomb threats and shooting threats all year which has seriously disrupted their daily operations as a district. The HS where will will be practicing has had 5 threats in the last 45 days and one fire.

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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2018, 11:38:16 PM »
First practice in the books. Talented team of 33. It will be impossible to screw this team up.  :P

Our Division looks strong. 13 teams but it looks like two might not get the numbers. The rest look pretty solid to very solid as far as numbers go. This League has struggled in the past by fielding teams with 12-14 players. Really tough to compete when all others have 20-30 players.

Gonna be a fun one.  :)
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2018, 08:56:20 AM »
Thanks for the thread Mike.

This will be fun to watch unfold.

If youre running into some things with the zoned 46 you can shoot me an email as I am interested in the issues.

I am a zone guy but love the D line techniques of the DC46. I love the DE techniques as they are close to what Jack has done and I absolutely love that.
I have been contemplating a zone 5-2 for years where we can man at times so I am going to be interested in what yall are doing.

I will sit back and enjoy the thread
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2018, 01:08:28 PM »
Thanks for the thread Mike.

This will be fun to watch unfold.

If youre running into some things with the zoned 46 you can shoot me an email as I am interested in the issues.

I am a zone guy but love the D line techniques of the DC46. I love the DE techniques as they are close to what Jack has done and I absolutely love that.
I have been contemplating a zone 5-2 for years where we can man at times so I am going to be interested in what yall are doing.

I will sit back and enjoy the thread

Here is my base playbook. Under normal circumstances I would be a bit concerned with cross training. Since we have the coaches to full two platoon I believe we can pull this off without too much trial and error.


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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2018, 08:52:20 AM »
Threw the o-line to the lions last night . . . Well, Mahonz did anyway. Spent 25 minutes running 5 wide empty. 100% pass pro. 1 OT and 1 OG who were completely new to us and our system. 1 OT and 1 OG who have done this in the Spring, but not in the fall. Considering we did ZERO o-line install and ZERO OL group or indies, I was very pleased. For a few of them, I have to break the "flipper block" habit. I will also have to de-program a couple of them who have been taught to NEVER allow a DL past the LOS.  I think I did, however sell the new guys on the splits. We gave up 2 "sacks" because we are working with a new QB. It takes them awhile to understand that we are dead serious about "One One Thousand, Two One Thousand, THROW!".
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2018, 01:18:51 PM »
Week 2 of pre season begins. First game on the 31st. We are so far ahead of schedule after 4 sessions we cancelled this Saturdays practice to give the families one more full weekend before the season begins.

We have a really good Staff. Its going to be a ton of fun coaching with these guys. Lots of energy and everyone is all in.

Division is shaping up as well....looks like 10 teams will have good numbers. Something I never really concerned myself with in the past but sadly its a new era.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2018, 10:02:29 AM »
Made progress last night, but not in the traditional sense. Our OC has been "unfocused" so far. Last night, about 20 minutes after everyone else had left, we had a talk and I think he finally realized that his head has been firmly up his ass. The good news is that no damage has been done yet. Tonight, the offensive coaches plus Mahonz are meeting 90 minutes early to figure this out. Mahonz could tell something was amiss from the other side of the ball. Now that I've explained it, Mahonz noted that the OC has been running a combination of offenses from 1 and 2 years ago. Our offense typically has a shelf life of about a month.

First game is in 8 days and I'm now confident that we'll be ready on the offensive side. Defense is freaking scary. Usually when they screw up, we score. Even with the talent upgrade on offense, a defensive screw up yields about 10 yards. That said, defense will be down 3 key players for the first game. 1 injury and 2 vacations.

We know very little about our first opponent other than the talent pool they have to choose from.  They are new to the Spring league and represent a HS in my back yard. Best case scenario (for them) is that this is a team of all stars from my old org. Around this time of the year, HS coaches have their "new player" orientation/meeting. It's there that parents, some of whom are youth coaches meet and mingle, then someone says, "Hey, let's get a playbook from the Varsity coach and start a Spring team to get ready for HS."

Last night, I traded one of my better o-linemen to the defense for a great athlete with some ass. Threw him to the lions last night and was really worried for the first 5 plays. However, this kid is extremely coachable and at the end of Team, he was getting it done just fine. Fired my RT for lack of effort. Hopefully that sent the right message.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2018, 03:57:43 PM »
Spring football......you guys are truly blessed. Good luck this year.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2018, 11:52:11 PM »
HC/OC stood me up. Brother in law who helps with o-line and backs/receivers coach were there 90 minutes before practice. HC/OC "spaced it". So the rectal craniotomy isn't 100% yet, but the good news is we got him on the right page in short order. Threw a slant for a pick 6 to an extremely talented CB/LB on the first play  ???, but after that, the offense rolled. Sweeps were on point. Backs coach is 90% up to speed.

Comment from one of our OLBs: "Those splits are crazy, Coach. They look like you can just run right through them, but then they close up, or you get through and the ball is already gone."

I am legally obligated to credit Michael every time I talk up the mega splits. All hail Michael!
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM1
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2018, 07:36:41 PM »
GAME ONE

When your starting NG who weights 318 pounds soaking wet and has a 40 time measured in minutes rather than seconds and has 1 carry for 9 yards in the 4th Q.... you know your opponent is having a rough day. Although I have never seen our NG run that fast before.  :)

58-0 victory vs a tough team with talent coached by a long time friend with loads of experience.

Pretty much verified what I thought already... we have a very good team....probably the best youth team I have ever been a part of. Won the turnover battle 5-0. Mojo Score was 0-0. The glaring problem we had today was lots of flags on both sides of the ball. Gotta clean this up.

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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2018, 11:12:26 PM »
Couple of observations:

1) Number of teams has been consistent at 8 until this season, where we not have 13, despite several perennial teams folding. I guessed that in February, most High Schools hold their incoming Freshman football meeting. It's there that youth coaches and dads who wannabe coaches mingle and decide that it would be a good idea to start a Spring team, running the Varsity playbook to get them ready for HS ball. That was the case on Saturday. Opposing coach is a guy that I have a tremendous amount of respect for who decided to run the HS stuff by the book.

2) Team with 20 kids on the roster only brings 15 to the game. Several are missing for Spring Break. At least a couple of kids learned how to play o-line during pre game warmups.

3) I also guessed that most Spring coaches install all special teams on the Friday before game 1. We work on special teams before we ever work on offense or defense. We spend at  least 15 minutes per day on ST, sometimes more. This is what happens when you don't spend time on ST:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/14pJqWRezmgQUDAyWGQ2wm10D2OeqNequ/view?usp=sharing

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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2018, 10:29:06 AM »
Guys are you two talking about the same game?  ;D

One says very tough team with talented coach

The other says the team only brought 15 kids and they didnt even know how to line up on a kickoff- 20 yards off the ball

Which one was it- or different games?

Mike- I always thought when a team blew someone else out- there is no way that team could be tough or well coached? Changed your opinion on that now?  ;D
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2018, 10:55:21 AM »
Opposing coach is a very good coach. I was shocked at their KR. Very out of character for this guy. As I said, I suspect that they were so busy with the Varsity offensive playbook, that they neglected ST until the night before.  Very good coach, but this team wasn't well coached on this game.

This is the same guy who I coached against with 2nd graders. His team (of 2nd graders) would line up in a base formation, all staring at the sideline. 3 coaches were giving hand signals. All at once, 11 players would slap their helmets and shift into a different formation. It looked like something out of Stepford Wives. Oh, BTW, they would go on silent, one, two or three . . . all on hand signals. Did I mention these were 2nd graders?

Not sure what's happening this Spring. I know he folded his D1 team last Fall. Frustrated over parental drama. Maybe his heart's not in it? One can only guess.

Tough? Yes, they played tough . . . or a few of them did . . . up to a point.  Tough, but not good.

First drive, we were grinding it out in Beast. Overcame a penalty and punched it in. Recovered the "onside" kick. 2nd drive, a few bigger plays. Overcame another penalty. Then they took a 15 yard personal foul and we punched it in. They threw a pick on their 2nd play and that's about when most of them gave up. Their toughest player (also very dirty) left the game right before half time (I think).

They did have some talent, but o-line and d-line looked to be an afterthought for them. Probably several kids playing out of position due to missing 1/4 of your roster.
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