Coach L.C. Cole and our entire staff, it is an honor to contribute to this year\u2019s A F C ASummer Manual. I have been coaching now for 16 years, seven of those as an offensive coordinator, and have had great success running the HOBO offense (High Operated Big Offense). The 2001 season ended with some great numbers for the Alabama State program. We finished third in the nation in total offense (averag- ing 486.0 yards per game \u2014 300 pass, 186 run) and we ranked sixth in the nation in scoring (37.5 points) and passing per game. Over our two years at ASU, our quarterback threw for over 6,500 yards and 66 touchdowns. With all this success, we have broken numerous school records.
As with most offenses, we have a vari- ety of formations, packages, and schemes which will attack modern day defenses.
Perfect Practice Scores Touchdowns
No-huddle (two minute offense)
Screens and Draws
I believe in any team sport you must have everyone working for the same cause, in the same direction and on the same page. A d d i t i o n a l l y, your coaches have to believe in what you are doing. I like highly motivated guys who are multi- dimensional and are team players. There are many ways to attack defenses, but as an offensive coordinator you must have guys you can work with, so it is very impor- tant that you choose the right people. I would like to thank my staff, Darryl Williams (wide receivers), Chris Kapilovic (offensive line), Lane Powell (runningbacks), and Sadiki Johnson (tight ends). These gentle- men do an excellent job in teaching and motivating our players to learn and execute our offense. Good coaches are one part of a bigger equation which includes my life motto: \u201cPeople don\u2019t plan to fail, they fail to plan.\u201d In my seven years as a coordinator (Southwest College 92-93
Tennessee State 96-99 [OVC], Alabama State 2000-2002 [SWAC]) the HOBO offense has averaged 32.0 ppg and 410 ypg; I contribute my success to having both a good plan and good coaches.
With multiple offenses, you can do many different things. However, in my opin- ion, this is not the best plan because per- fect practice makes perfect and to be per- fect you must practice exactly what you will be doing. Our practices are broken down by certain run plays, pass plays and forma- tions, but we also make room for special plays. We open practice every day with screens and draws, which replaces team take off. The next several periods are indi- vidual and group, where we work on posi- tion specific techniques, different pass pat - tern combinations, runs and special plays. After which we move to our run section of practice. During team periods, we coach on the move and do not repeat incorrect plays since they are already repeated on the call sheet. Further corrections are made in our meetings (individual or team). We end our practice with a scramble drill because it is great for conditioning (no-huddle offense).
We run a no-huddle offense to limit sub- stitutions by the defense and to control the tempo of the game. Although we are \u201cno- huddle\u201d, this does not mean we are always in a \u201churry-up\u201d mode. If we have a team on their heels we will \u201churry up\u201d and attack, however, there are times we want to slow it down to rest our defense or give our quar- terback a chance to get his composure back and develop a rhythm. There are other advantages to the no-huddle offense. Many times the defense will show their front and coverage scheme earlier than a team that huddles. This enables us to make checks and audibles at the line of scrimmage. Also, we free up more practice time to work on other game situations, since our two-minute offense is already built in.
We implement our special plays (revers- es, halfback pass, etc.) during camp and practice them all year so that it is a regular part of our offense, just as the zone or screens and draws. The advantage to this is that no extra pressure or special build up exists to run those plays. If it is successful,
we get a big play or an easy score. If it is not, it\u2019s just another incompletion or unsuc- cessful run.
We use multiple looks to manipulate the defense into lining up a certain way. We also employ motion and shifts to create mismatches and help our quarterback to determine the coverage. This situation pro- vides an edge for us over the defense because they have now become pre- dictable. Our game plan includes at least 15 different formations, various motions and shifts because we always seek to exploit mismatches. To help accomplish this, we drill our players on formations and teach them defenses so they know where to look for mismatches. Using multiple for- mations means the defense will have a more difficult time preparing and using var- ious front and coverage combinations. We utilize this advantage by scripting most of our formations in the beginning of the game plan and determining which ones create the most mismatches, providing us a greater chance of success.
We try to keep all of our run blocking, pass protections, and screen and draw schemes the same to minimize time spent thinking and limit mistakes up front. We feel that a knowledgeable, confident athlete is a much better player. Our run game has sim- ilar blocking schemes but different back- field action. Some plays we use include inside zone/outside zone, speed option, power and guard trap. Keep in mind that all of our formations tie into all of our schemes.
As discussed in the previous section, we feel if our players understand the schemes, we have a better chance of protecting our quarterback (seven sacks in 12 games last year). We have protections for two-back, one-back, and no-back and also use a turn back, sprint out, and slide protection. At times we will cut block in our quick throwing game. In pressure situations, we allow our quarterback to change the protection and/or throw hot (Diagram 1).
We have a basic run package, but we try to use different motions, backfield sets and action to give the plays a different look
while keeping the blocking scheme the same up front. Our favorite run is the inside zone and we can run the play out of a vari- ety of formations. We run it out of a two- back set with the fullback blocking force or away and give the ball to the tailback. We may also give the ball to the fullback and run the belly. Out of the one-back set we can have a two tight end, one tight end or no tight end set and can be under center or out of the shotgun (Diagram 2).
We have had great success throwing the ball, and believe this is due to our emphasis on several points. First, it is very important that our receivers know where they are going and why, so we keep our routes simple. All of our routes are pack- aged and include the vertical game, option, horizontal, tight end, bunch and fast break. If there is a pattern that we feel is effective against a certain defense we will run that pattern out of multiple formations (Diagram 3). The primary goal we communicate to our quarterback is to take a pre-snap read, find the safety and put the team in the right protection. Next, we teach to read the near- est defender, safety (vertical game) and inverted defender (horizontal game). Finally, follow the progression and find the primary, secondary and third receivers and deliver.
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