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Offline jtschem

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Re: Super Bowl Champs
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2017, 01:17:37 PM »
Sometimes is it play calling.  The Auburn/UGA game the other day had a screen play where there were 3 blockers out in front of a screen and not a single defender to hit until he got 50 yards down field.  :D

I think I could live with that!

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Re: Super Bowl Champs
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2017, 01:26:31 PM »
If you can win without pulling- MORE POWER to you
There are alignments we dont pull against- because no one is there to block

As to pullers not hitting anyone- yep it happens
Use the fingers call out drill to work that
Even then if we get good contact on power or sweep 2/3 of the time- we are happy
Lots of times- they are just a body someone has to run around- which isnt all bad
On traps and Gs- we expect 100% good contact on the right player

Dont forget a couple of PA- passes off your best plays, 16, 18, 43 etc
Must have at 9U IMO
Best of luck

Thanks, coach. We will utilize that in practice.

I think a couple of things probably helped us get by with not having to pull - alignment and how quick my 1 back hit the hole. But, these are things that I will not be able to rely on when we see older and better prepared teams.

At the start of the season, we did not have many kids who could catch well at all. We made it a point of emphasis to continue to implement pass catching drills in our practice schedules and the boys definitely improved. I am optimistic that we will be a better passing team next year. My QB was 7 and returns next year. He throws a pretty good ball. I should have several capable receivers as well.

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Re: Super Bowl Champs
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2017, 01:27:02 PM »
True.

And no doubt, that is what needs to be done. But, I still think it is a difficult task for a 7 year old to execute. I could have been completely wrong, but made the decision for him to stay. Depending on the alignment of the defense, I could actually direct him on who to block in the huddle if needed and thought the success rate of getting in the way of a linebacker in space would be as good that way as with him pulling around and blocking him once he is flowing hard.

We will work on it next preseason, and I will do my part to become a better teacher of it as well in the offseason. It is great to have a site like this to start my studying!

Look at the circle drill and a fence drill.  We utilize a modified circle drill for pulls.  I have BSG going around the circle and taking on the inside LB.  Always has that as his responsibility.  I will also have a C and a BST who are working on filling that gap of the puller against a defender.  Our C is always man-on-man-away and our BST usually blocks down (unless he is also pulling).  For us, we have had more success in pulling one back side player than having 2 pull. 

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Re: Super Bowl Champs
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2017, 01:46:43 PM »
Pulling is something that I firmly believe in. Of course sometimes there is noone to block but that shouldn't be the pullers fault. The backers or secondary took themselves out of the play. Sometimes no contact is just as good as a block. The angle the the tackler has to take has to be changed due to the guard creating a barrier. Often that is enough. When you really need it is against well coached teams that stress gap filling on defense. Then you better pull because you need to dig that backer out of the hole.

The big thing is to not worry about how bad it looks week one. And it will be bad. It takes work and weeks of practice to start making a big difference. Pulling really matters late season and especially the playoffs. You can get the backers blocked with other oline rules but they give away the doubles and angles. Can that work well? Yes, but generally it takes a higher level of technique coaching and in some cases a better athlete. Basically for the oline surface to get to the backers they are not participating in doubles. With SAB blocking like you are doing, the track may get you to the backers as well. I would suggest thinking about moving to the rules Dave uses in his material. Don't throw away the SAB blocking as it works for teams that stunt/blitz often.

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Re: Super Bowl Champs
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2017, 02:31:13 PM »
One more thing coach...I am not adding anything new here, but I do not believe in the years prior that any filming was done. I picked up on so many things from the film that I would have never noticed from the field. I know that is common knowledge, but the other teams we faced did not film as far as I could tell. Also, we scouted the best we could in order to prepare our kids for their opponents. It was great to go into a game where our guys did not see a single play that we had not already shown them in practice.

Big time. After 13 seasons, it still takes me 2 or 3 plays to see what the heck is going on. Expect your opponents to catch on in the next few years as far as scouting you. They may never figure out how to scout themselves.

Something I'm not looking forward to are confrontational parents when I show up to film their precious little snowflakes. By 6th grade, it's old news and I often end up having pleasant conversations with parents as I film. Last time I coached bobble heads, I remember several people getting upset that I was filming. I developed a "sales pitch" that actually worked a couple of times and had parents confronting their own head coach about why he wasn't scouting.
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Re: Super Bowl Champs
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2017, 02:49:28 PM »
Pulling like most things in football takes practice. To me, you're in a stance, you get out of a stance, you run from A to B and throw a block. However, to do that consistently with speed and aggression simply takes a lot of reps. On top of that, you're often fighting the "experts" who tell you it can't be done. So when it doesn't look like a shiny diamond in the first 5 minutes, everyone wants to say "I told you so." Like Wedge, it's well worth the investment.

So next question:

What was going on with this team a year ago that led to a 1-7 season?
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Re: Super Bowl Champs
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2017, 03:20:51 PM »
Look at the circle drill and a fence drill.  We utilize a modified circle drill for pulls.  I have BSG going around the circle and taking on the inside LB.  Always has that as his responsibility.  I will also have a C and a BST who are working on filling that gap of the puller against a defender.  Our C is always man-on-man-away and our BST usually blocks down (unless he is also pulling).  For us, we have had more success in pulling one back side player than having 2 pull.

Will do. Thanks. I used the fence drill some but primarily used it for teaching my backs the proper route to take on power. Should help with linemen and pulling as well. Running the single wing allows me to have one player who can do the majority of the pulling to either side. I've got to have a kid that can be coached up and do it well.

Pulling is something that I firmly believe in. Of course sometimes there is noone to block but that shouldn't be the pullers fault. The backers or secondary took themselves out of the play. Sometimes no contact is just as good as a block. The angle the the tackler has to take has to be changed due to the guard creating a barrier. Often that is enough. When you really need it is against well coached teams that stress gap filling on defense. Then you better pull because you need to dig that backer out of the hole.

The big thing is to not worry about how bad it looks week one. And it will be bad. It takes work and weeks of practice to start making a big difference. Pulling really matters late season and especially the playoffs. You can get the backers blocked with other oline rules but they give away the doubles and angles. Can that work well? Yes, but generally it takes a higher level of technique coaching and in some cases a better athlete. Basically for the oline surface to get to the backers they are not participating in doubles. With SAB blocking like you are doing, the track may get you to the backers as well. I would suggest thinking about moving to the rules Dave uses in his material. Don't throw away the SAB blocking as it works for teams that stunt/blitz often.

Good point about being patient. Not always my strongest area. I am definitely thinking about using Dave's rules. I was hesitant at first but underestimated how smart the kids are.


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Re: Super Bowl Champs
« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2017, 03:40:08 PM »
Pulling like most things in football takes practice. To me, you're in a stance, you get out of a stance, you run from A to B and throw a block. However, to do that consistently with speed and aggression simply takes a lot of reps. On top of that, you're often fighting the "experts" who tell you it can't be done. So when it doesn't look like a shiny diamond in the first 5 minutes, everyone wants to say "I told you so." Like Wedge, it's well worth the investment.

So next question:

What was going on with this team a year ago that led to a 1-7 season?

Thanks, coach.

As far as last year, I think there are several things that came into play.

First, I would be naive to not understand that some of the teams on our schedule were not as strong as they were the year before. I wasn't there to witness it in person, but I have seen enough video clips to say that. That helped for sure. Also, some of my 7 year olds played last year at the age of 6. A year makes a huge difference. I am hoping they will be even better next year.

From limited video of the previous season, too much time was wasted in the backfield after the snap (slow handoffs and TB very deep). Installing the single wing and keeping things simple helped a lot I believe. Our points per game average wasn't too high (~20 or so), but we tried to make sure our younger guys got as many reps as possible. Also, my best back did not play for us last year. He was really good, but most of that was due to his work ethic and reps during our practices. He was always fast but progressed so much as the year went on. I am very proud of him. Defensively, this year we had 11 kids that flew around and got after it. They were fun to watch.

Lastly, we as a staff let the kids know we loved them and were proud of them, but we also demanded their best every day (I am not saying this was not the case last year). Sometimes, I myself may have coached them a little too hard, but I believe the kids will take on the mentality of their coaches. They knew it was important to us and that it did not matter who we were playing, we expected to win.



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Re: Super Bowl Champs
« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2017, 07:36:45 PM »
I was hesitant at first but underestimated how smart the kids are.

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