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Development, Movement and Preparation

Development, Movement and Preparation

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Published by: Coach Brown on May 27, 2008
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I do want to tell you a little aboutwhere I come from and where I am today and where I started mycoaching career. I have justcompleted my 24
year as head coachat De La Salle High School. Istarted coaching there when I was 25years old. I do not claim to knowany more football than any of you.If fact, I know a lot less than alot of you as far as X’s and O’s,schemes, designs, and formations. What I do know is that I work withkids. When you work with kids you must learn how to maximize their potential. This lecture is going to be on what I do in our program.I am not computer literate. I knowhow to use the word processor. I donot have any of the latest softwareon scouting. I do not wear a headsetduring the game. I am the offensivecoordinator and I coach theoffensive line. I just came from Coach Andy Ludwig’s lecture. He did a great job. I think I have threered zone plays and that is about it.The amount of time we have to workwith our team limits us in theamount of material we can put intoour offense. A big reason why we aresuccessful is the fact that what wedo put in our program, we do reallywell. Our kids understand what weare doing. It is very simple. I am not that good in putting in acomplex scheme. I can’t keep all ofthe material straight in my head when I am in a game. That is one ofthe reasons I do not wear a headset.I’m not that smart. When someone istalking in my ear and I’m concentrating on what is going onout on the field, it causes me toloose my train of thought. I cannotgo on to the next play with someonetalking in my ear. So I just do notwear the headsets. Everything we dois very basic and simple. One thingthat we do well is the fact that weare technicians. However, we stillkeep it very basic in what we aredoing.I like to go to campuses of thecolleges and junior colleges. I liketo meet 1-on-1 with the positioncoaches. I meet with them and askthem questions that are related to my situation. I take their answerand adapt it to my coachingtechniques. We run the S
 plit Backs Veer offense
.That is about 50 percent of ouroffense. The other 50 percent I havetotally plagiarized from teams thatwe have played against. If those plays will fit into our formations,I will put them in our play book. Wedo run some four wide-out sets and some three wide-out sets. Ouroffense is like a menu. In someyears we take a lot of our offensefrom column A and the next year wewill take a lot of the offense from column B. It all depends on our personnel.Two years ago we had an outstandingquarterback who went to theUniversity of Michigan. That year weused a lot of four wide-outs. We did not run that many Split Backs Veer plays. This year we will run theSplit Backs Veer a lot more. We are very careful about taking the materials from our playbook. We do
not want to overload the kids with alot of plays.There are four things that I thinkare critical to our success. Atleast they are really important toour success. I have these pointswritten down so I do not forgetthem.
The most important person in  your program is your 
strength-and-conditioning coach 
. I have a greatstrength-and-conditioning coach. Heworks on flexibility, speed enhancement, change of direction and strength development. All of ourlifts are just like a practice.There are no chairs in our weightroom. There is no music in theweight room. That does not mean itis not fun to have music in theweight room. But our kids areworking and they know it is to betreated like a practice. This goesfor the entire year and not justduring the season. You must haveyour best players working on theweights during the off-season.I used to coach the strength-and-conditioning phase of our program. Idid it for 15 years. Now I have aspecial strength and conditioningcoach. I go in the weight room tosee what he is doing and to see whatis going on the field. It isdifferent from what I did.If I were to go back to coaching inthe weight room, I would have to go back to school to learn what theyare working on today. He is veryskilled in what he does.Unfortunately, the University ofCalifornia hired him away from us.He is the head strength coach for basketball. I was lucky enough toget a kid that worked under theformer strength coach who graduated from UCLA and we are working withhim to pick the program up and tocontinue the program.
I think your priority unit should be your offensive line
. I coach theoffensive line and I want everyoneto know this is where our priorityis for our personnel. All of ourkids come to me telling me they wantto play defense. I tell them theycannot play defense until theyestablish themselves as an offensive player. Nothing is more demoralizingto a team than to have an offense move the ball down the field on them  by running the ball and controllingthe football. It happens to us whena team starts making first downs onus. They start to get an edge as faras their confidence to win the game.I want to get our best linemen onour offense. I think you must workit from the tight end to the inside.The best offensive lineman must bethe
tight end 
. He has to block and he has to catch the football. He must be a multi- player. I think theweakest player can be the center.That is how I usually set ourlinemen up.The team that can capture the neu-tral zone will win the game. All ofour steps are positive progressivesteps. We work on our steps all yearlong. When we do drill work on thefield, we have a quarterback callingthe cadence and we come off the ballon the snap. We have our linemen po-sitioned on the field where they arenext to each other so they can workdrills together. We do not want them scattered all over the field. Wework on their stance and their firstthree steps out of the stance. Whenwe are not in pads we work on thesesteps and the blocking angles. Wework on them all year long.College coaches will come to look atour films. They will ask me how weget our linemen to come off the ballso quick. I really do not have asecret for them. We work on it yearround. There is no secret to them coming off the ball. When we are warming up and when weare doing our agilities, I am behind them. If their feet are not positioned right, if they do not
step out properly, I keep workingwith them on it. We are alwaysworking to get them off the ball allyear.
Linemen, who can get their second step down before their opponent,will win the 1-on-1 battle
. I used to get really intimidated by thisstatement and tried to make thistechnique simple. I do not thinkoffensive line play is ascomplicated or as intimidating as itappears to be. There are situationsthat come up that you are not goingto be able to solve. I will admitthe fact that I cannot answer thatquestion and go on. We work all blocks on the
tandem  block 
. We very seldom see defenderslined up on us head-up. Most timesthey are on our outside shoulder ina shade technique. Our first step isa six-inch step with the near foot.The second step must be a long stepto split the stance of the defender.TANDEM BLOCK  We use our hands and arms to ripthrough the defender to stand him up. We are working with theoffensive linemen next to him and heis doing the same thing. All of ourlinemen are working in stacks orcombination blocks. We work on thefirst two steps all year. When wewatch the game film and our practicefilm that is the one thing I lookat.If the defender gets his second stepdown before the offensive man does,he is going to move the blocker and stand him up. If the blocker getshis second step down before thedefender does, he will stand thedefensive man up on his second step.Our kids understand our approach tothe offensive line techniques. Ifthey can understand what we aretrying to accomplish, the rest iscommon sense. Once they understand what we want, and then see it in afilm and see the success once theytake the proper steps, then they believe in it.This has been proven to me by pastexperience in working with our kids. When our linemen get off the balland get those steps down quick, and then punch the defensive lineman,they start moving people. What is sohard to teach is that second step.They usually get hit before they canget the second step down and theyget rocked back into their stance.This is what I am talking about whenI say we want to get the kids offthe ball in the summertime. In thesummer workouts they have a tendencyto come off the line like sprinters.They come out high and they havetheir feet close together. They donot come off the first steps as ifthey are blocking someone. I get therubbers between their feet and Iwork on them staying low to high. Ido this even when they are workingagainst air. They like to rise uphigh and run. That is not how theyare going to come off the ball in agame. They must come out low and thetarget is going to be right in frontof them.
Our running game is an offensive priority 
. I do not think high schoolkids are skilled enough to be in anexclusive passing game offense. Evenif we do employ the four wide-outsets, we still work the runninggame. We run the stretch, trap,speed option, and other plays. Weare a run offense. We try to run the ball on everyone. We never abandon

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