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03SM Melvin Spears

03SM Melvin Spears

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Published by: coachkramer on Nov 14, 2008
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n behalf of the Grambling StateUniversity Football Program, we wouldlike to thank the American FootballCoaches Association for a chance toexpound on our rich history and elaborateon our vertical stretch passing game. TheGrambling Tigers’offensive style of footballwas developed in accordance with, and isa reflection of, our head coach DougWilliams’personality.The offense was designed as anaggressive, up-tempo, attacking style thatcontinuously applies pressure to thedefense. It has been a process that hasunquestionably worked for the nationallyranked Tigers at Grambling State. In 2002,our sophomore quarterback, BruceEugene, passed for 4,500 yards and 43touchdowns. Also, our wide receiverTramon Douglas had 92 receptions for1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns.Two other receivers had more than 900yards. With all this success, we have shat-tered most of the school records. TheGrambling vertical stretch offense is rankedNo. 1 in total offense in the country.Traditionally, Grambling has been knownfor having outstanding skill players. Ouroffensive passing philosophy is gearedsimply toward taking what the defensegives us and attack them in an aggressivemanner through motion and multiple forma-tions. Our philosophy is based on the fol-lowing factors:• Up tempo practices.Attack and control field position.Multiple formations and use of motion.Keep protection and blocking schemesthe same.Control tempo of game (no huddle).Keep it simple.Our motion game is designed to dictateto the defense the kind of adjustment thatmust be made prior to our pre-snap read.Most of the teams in our league prefer run-ning with the motion, as opposed to invert-ing. This creates a man-type situation,which allows us to obtain the match-up wewant from the defense. Ultimately, we real-ly want to stretch the defense to open upthe running game. We also teach our play-ers to think in terms of being on a basket-ball court.Traditionally, basketball teams that runthe motion offense rely heavily on spacing.The most important term in our system isspacing. We look to occupy each quadrantor location on the field. By maintainingproper spacing on the field, it createstremendous pressure on the defense, ulti-mately causing the defense to profoundlycover the entire field.
Practice Time
Our practices are designed in a fashionthat reflect our style of play. With multipleoffenses, you can do many different things.However, I believe you must practice exactly what you will be implementing on game day.Our practices are broken down in different phases of the game. We open practice everyday by going through a variety of formationsto rehearse the different packages or per-sonnel groups that will be used in the differ-ent situations during the game. This is con-sidered our team take-off period.Our next period is called “The TigerDrill.” Our quarterbacks and skill playerswork on timing and touch for the verticallong ball game. The next several periodsare individual and group, where we work onposition specific techniques, different passpatterns, combinations and special plays.During our inside run period, we practicefull speed without tackling or putting any-one on the ground. Since we throw thefootball about 60 percent of the time, ourpass skelly period is designed to accom-modate all game situations (red zone, thirddown, etc.).During team periods, we coach on themove and do not repeat incorrect plays sincethey are already repeated on the call sheet.Further, corrections are made in our meet- ings (individual or team). We conclude prac-tice with our two-minute drill for conditioning.
No-Huddle Offense
We run the no-huddle offense for the solepurpose of changing the tempo of the gameand also to limit substitutions by thedefense. Although we are in a “no-huddlemode,” this does not mean we are in ahurry-up state. There are other advantagesto the no-huddle offense. Most of the time,the defense will show the front and cover-age earlier than the team that huddles. This allows our quarterback to get an earlier pre-snap read that enables him to make checksand audibles at the line of scrimmage.
We use multiple formations to manipu-late the defense into lining up a certainway. We also use motion and shifts to cre-ate mismatches. This gives our quarter-back an edge on determining the defense
GramblingTigers’ VerticalStretchOffense

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