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long with the outstanding offensive strong personal convictions about giving
coaches listed below, it has been my back to the game. I always tell our players
privilege to learn and share thoughts with
all the excellent coaches and staffs that I
that the ‘game’is bigger than all of us, none
of us are invincible. For that reason we
A Millennium
have worked with over the years. It has
also been a learning process as we have
have adopted the slogan ‘carpe diem’
(seize the moment) as one of our constant
Offense that
competed against outstanding teams
and coaches at both the high school and
slogans we use every year! It is truly an
honor to play and to coach the great game. Balanc es the
Pas s & Run
college. Now lets seize the moment—it’s prime
Some great teams at the high school time 8:30-9:30 a.m. I’ve always attended
and college level have had years to attack as many clinics and college and pro visita-
our offensive and defensive schemes. tions as possible as I am eager to trigger
These same schemes are used by some some thoughts and share the concepts that
college and pro teams that we have contin- have helped us be successful.
ued to study every year! The real credit for Our football coaches present today are
our successes belong to the great players responsible for the successes we have had at
and excellent coaches I have worked with Mainland along with our entire football staff,
and grown with on the great journey of team and football family. I ask for these coach-
being a coach! es to stand and if anyone would like to visit
I consider today a privilege and challenge with any of them or myself we will be available
to speak with you. We have a great school at to you for the next few days. I introduce Coach
Mainland and are blessed with terrific leader- Marc Lippens (six years) our Defensive
ship from principal, to athletic director, teach- Coordinator (we had seven shut-outs in 10
ers and faculty. Our coaching staff is highly regular season games this year).
experienced and we have a good balance in Coach Bud Asher (13 years) our Special
age, excellent chemistry with a lot of com- Teams Coordinator and the Mayor of
passion and respect for each coach regard- Daytona Beach. Wade Rollinson (one
less of age or experience. year), (seven years in county as a head
There are some things you cannot do coach), quality control coach. Jeff Martin,
overnight and building a football staff is one Administrative Assistant, Graphics and
of them! I always believed that in football Technology.
you must hire the most knowledgeable
coach, but I now rate a coach’s desire and Evolution & Influences
love for the game and helping boys On Mainland Offense
become men as critical qualities! I have Nebraska: (Frank Solich, Milt Tenopir)

‘Evolution & Influences of Mainland Bucs Offense’

Early Influences:

(In California)
Coaches Colleges
Tom Lee, Sid Gillman, Don Coryell Cal Poly (SLO)
Bill Walsh, Dennis Green, Ted Tollner San Diego State, Stanford,
San Diego Chargers

(In Michigan & Ohio)

Bo Schembechler, Jerry Hanlon Michigan, Michigan State
Lloyd Carr, Bill McCartney, Joe Pendry, Boston College, Ohio State,
Bob Baker, Jack Bicknell, Earl Bruce, L.A. Rams,
Nick Saban, Milt Tenopir, Frank Solich, Nebraska
Paul Brown, Cam Cameron,
Jim Harbaugh Oakland Raiders

(In Florida)
Ralph Friedgen, Marc Richt, Pete Adrian Barcelona
Don Solinger, Jimbo Fisher University of Miami,
Mike Kruczek, Larry Little, Georgia Tech, LSU,
Kirk Mastromatteo Bethune-Cookman, UCF, Florida State
Influences: run game, blocking schemes, pass/50 percent run). • Tampa (squeeze, bunch, cluster).
option football I formation, Offensive center • Drive defensive coaches nuts. • Blue
techniques. • Green
Georgia Tech: (George O’Leary & Mainland Bucs Spring Ready List Goal Line & Short yd: Robust:
Ralph Friedgen) • Formations: primary, complimentary, “ Bone
Influences: spontaneous back, multiple package, unbalanced, heavy dink, jumps, “ Heavy
packages to attack defenses, offensive shifts, scatters. “ Posse
blocking schemes “defensive scheme.” • Motions: (every conceivable motion by “ One right & left
Florida State: (Marc Richt) position). “ Snug
Influences: passing game, quarterback • Run Game: (it must all look the same). “ Bulls right & left
skills, and development, shot-gun forma- • Option Packages: featuring blocking Motions
tion and packages. schemes vs. coverages. • ‘FLK” = Fly, Sail, Rocket, Crack
Barcelona: (Jack Bicknell, Formerly of • Draws, screens and shovel packages. • SP: Spontaneous back, ‘F’ = Fin,
Boston College) • Drop back pass: 70 series, 71, 73, 75, Crazy, Minus
Influences: passing game – progres- 77, 3, 5, 7 step. • ‘H’ = Rip, Liz, Zapp, Tampa Mo, Tulsa Mo
sive reads, multiple sets and motions, one • Action passes: (from every run action). (Jump, Shift, Scatter)
back offense. • Bootleg game. • + Formations with built in motions
UCF: (Mike Kruczek and Shaun Becton) • Waggle game. • Exception: ‘stay’ do not go in motion
Influences: passing: crossing game, • L.A. & Reno (spring draw package). Pass Protections:
mesh game, distribution and replacement • Naked Actions. • 71, 73 = 1-3 Step (Fire)
concept. Defensive concept. • Sprint & Roll Game. • 75 = 5 Step (Cup)
LSU: (Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher) • Shot-gun & gold rush package. • 75 Oklahoma (Big on Big, Backs on
Influences: pass and run balance, pack- • Scramble package & scramble drill. linebacker’s)
aging an offense, universal pass routes. • Pass concepts: progressive reads • 77 = 7 Step (Cup)
Defensive package and schemes. (P.S.L.). • L.A. = Slide protection (Left) backs
Oakland Raiders: (Wes Chandler and • Vs. coverages: site and route adjust- right.
Jim Harbaugh) ments, mesh package w/crosses, box • Reno = Slide protection (right) backs
Influences: quarterback, receiving package, triangle package, indy package. left.
techniques, skill development drills. Off- • Max = Tight end stays in (sometimes it
season specific position training. Offensive Formations is build in).
Pro Sets: • Play action = Base block off any run
Philosophy of Bucs Offense • Pro Right One. (Right) Ricky. action.
• Run the ball when we want to. • Pro Left One. (Left) Lucy. • Backs responsible for rules.
• Pass the ball when we want to. • + Strong, Weak, Snug. • Sprint and dash right and left = reach
• Be known as a team that passes, but • + Ray, Len. protection.
runs option with power package. • + Flex. • Roll = right and left reach protection.
• Feature explosive plays. • Flanker Right Left (+ above sets). • Boot = right and left base – reach
• First down efficiency pass and run • Twin right + left (+ sets [Tight end over to • Waggle = right and left
60/40. called side]). • Universal oc left fullback right
• Red Zone Efficiency. • Pair right and left (same as twin except • Gun protection backside of quarterback.
• Ball Security (BS) first and foremost. x and z are in obie alig).
• Protect quarterback on blitz and vs. • Big right and left (+ sets) Pass Actions & Protection
Eight-man front, not always ‘hot read.’ • Dink right + left (+ sets) Boot Action:
• Multiple packages and motions. • Ricky (+ sets) OL: base – reach unless pulling
• Feature the best athletes. • East (+ sets) • ‘F’: Lead playside, block E.O.L.
• Continue to develop the athletic millen- • West (+ sets) • ‘TB” (Fake double buck opposite
nium quarterback. • Cinci (+ sets) direction, & block.)
• Constant personnel for packages and • Obie (+ sets) Naked Action:
schemes. Double Sets: • 28,29 act. (rb block E.O.L after fake)
• Some groupings for situations. • Red. • 28,29 act/marked r + l possible herd
• Ability to release four and five receivers. • Black. call for “F”
• Speed, athleticism, courage requisites of Ace • Offensive line base block
‘O’. • Ace Right and Left. Waggle Action:
• System that makes the quarterback • Cougar. • Universal protection (Two backs & One
better. • Empty and spread (+ gun). back).
• Must be able to M.T.A. ‘Make The Trip sets: • Center block, left gap (to First threat)
Adjustment’ to win. • Trips (+ mo)+ (+ pair) (squeeze, bunch • Fullback block, left gap (to First threat)
• Balance between run and pass, 200 cluster). • Halfback block. Backside E.O.L. or run
yards run, 200 yards pass (not 50 percent • Tulsa (squeeze, bunch, cluster). route.
• Sprint: Full sprint + attack the corner specific reaction after our original alignment. • 44, 45, 46, 47 lead
Gun Blocking Rules: Thus leaving a possible void in their defense. • 36,37 power
• Use regular protection pkg. 8. Motion will also be used to create a free IV. Exotic Plays
• + One back protect b.s. or quarterback. release for the wide receiver. • Sally Right & Left
• Quarterback read hot to strong side. 9. Motion will be used to get us into a pack- • Rev Right & Left
age concept that best attacks a defense or • Bounce Pass
Pass Protection Concepts: coverage. Shovel Pass
• 70 series aggressive or cup protection 10. Motion is used to allow our person- Double L. Hitch Pass
• Quarterback: 1,3,5,7 step nel to feature their multiple talents and not Smiley
• 71, 73 Series: aggressive offensive line let the defense get a bead on them! V. Explosive Plays
keep defensive line hands down attack low. • 24,25 Draw (constant)
• 75, 77 Shorten splits drop back ([cup Categorizing Plays • 28, 29 Zues (constant)
protection] a-b-s-o-r-b). I. Core Plays • 22,23 Slash (constant)
• L.A. and Reno: ‘Slide protection (left 1. 20, 21 Trap • Option package vs. defense structure
& right) from (24,25 draw action) playside 2. 24,25 Draw 22,23 Slash (game plan).
guard to backside E.O.L. must fan out: on (Inside Zone blk) • Screen package and 71 passes
backside detached rush end or outside blitz 3. 24,25,26,27 db. Bk. (game plan).
from weak side! 4. 28,29 (Zues) 28,29 ‘P’ • Specialty packages.
• Backs: 24,25 draw action (opposite II. Complimentary Plays • Ex: mesh, triangle, box, etc.
direction of LA & Reno Call) 1. 34,35 T. Tp.
• ‘F’: Block E.O.L. 2. 46, 47 Guard–option Master Ready List “Spring” Runs
• ‘TB’: Block playside linebacker (A, B, Speed option Right & Left (Diagram 1)
CA Gap) (Then backside help). Center option Right & Left
• Sprint & Rollout ‘Reach protection’ 3. 24,25 (26,27) db. Bk. ‘W’ The Sneak
(possible hinge) 4. Any run naked Right & Left We have two types of sneaks in our
• Sprint Right & Left Quarterback – Full Any run quarterback/tail offense. In both types the quarterback will
spring action attacking the corner on run; or Center Right & Left call the formation – type of sneak – back-
run. III. Short Yard – G.L. field faking – type of blocking – the count.
• Roll Right & Left Quarterback Five • 42, 43 ‘C’ & ice at 2,3 Surprise Sneak: This type will be used
steps toward sprint, set up behind the right
Diagram 1
or left hip of offensive guard.
‘F’ & ‘H’ attack & block E.O.L. unless
called routes!
• Also use on called dash, & scramble
• Example LA, Reno dash right or left.,
75 dash right or left. 36,37 dash right & left.
• Also roll left scramble right or roll right
scramble left.

1. Motion will be used to out number our
opponent on a specific play if they are not
adjusting with their defense. This can be an Off-T (4-6)
extra receiver or extra blocker. Outside Off-T (5-7)Inside Middle(1-0) Inside(2) Outside(8)
2. Motion will be used to allow our 29 Zues 25 Draw Ice AT QB Sneak Ice AT 2, 24 Draw 28 Zues
receivers better blocking angles on specific 3&4C 42’C’
plays. 29 ‘P’ 25,27 DBBK 3 Opt Lt. 20, 21 Trap 3 Opt. Rt. 24, 26 28 ‘P’
3. Motion will be used to standardize or (39 Give) DBBK (38 Give)
dictate the coverage and thus eliminate 3 Lt. ‘P’ 37 Power Midline Midline Midline Rt. 36 Power- 3 Rt. ‘P’
certain stunts. Buck Lt. Block Rt. & Lt. Block Buck
4. Motion is used to create soft end and Speed 34,35 T, TP 23 Slash QB, FB Draw 22 Slash 34 T, TP Speed Rt.
corner play. Lt. (LD.D) P (LDD)
5. Motion will be used to create the Boot Lt. Sally Lt. Ice at 0,1 Sally Rt. Boot Rt.
match up or mis-match we want. (Naked Lt.) & TN out
6. Motion will be used to give the Rev. Lt. Ctr. opt. Ctr. opt. Rev Rt.
defense many looks and mis-direction with- Lt. Rt.
out affecting our efficiency. 47 ‘G’ 47 ‘G’ 46 ‘G’ 46 ‘G’
7. Motion will be used to make the Opt. Opt.
defense uncertain and force them into a
as a long gainer or in long yardage situa- Scat Package Concepts
Diagram 6
tions – the blocking on the surprise sneak Eye fix for the QB
will be drawn specifically each week in the • QB stays frontside except on will blitz.
pre-game offensive plans. • Trigger and throw.
Short Yardage Sneak: This type will be Read “Mike Backer”
used, a the name implies, on short yardage. A. Zone Drop
“wedge style” blocking will be used and will B. Runs with back
remain constant throughout the season. C. Mike blitz
Note: Ends – on wedge type sneaks ends D. Box out on “Y”
will line up close unless otherwise designated. Read “Backer”
This will help on the double team blocking or if Diagram 7 A. Curl Drop – throw flare.
you have the looping-fill-in block. B. Flat Drop – throw curl.
Tackles: On all cut-of blocks use the C. Will Blitz – hit “3 yard out – hot”
looping filling maneuver Line Blocking.
Quarterbacks: Whenever possible • Protect “A & B” Gaps.
favor “D” block in your sneaking action. • C-M-W.
Short Yardage – Wedge Blocking • PT – Dual read on sam and backer.
Gap Eight – Even Spacing
(Diagrams 2-7) Passing Game
Controlled pass – anything five yards
Diagram 2 Passing Game Concepts deep. Run five yards. 80% completion
1. Create a true balance, not a number rate. hitch, stop, slant, arrow, choice,
balance. 400 Yards (200 yards pass 200 shoot route.
yards run) not number of times run or Home run – 20 + yards pass explosion
pass. plays (passes)
2. Must keep the Defensive Coordinator’s Option Routes (for all receivers & backs)
calls in check. Throw 1st and 10, 3rd and 2. 1. Good vs. all coverages.
Be able to run the ball when you want to run. 2. High percentage control type pass.
3. The conversion pass package is a 3. Requires exact timing of the quarter-
key to success of the pass package. back and receiver.
Diagram 3
4. The routes begin as one type and 4. Simple concept..Easy learning.
ends up something different after the ball is 5. Routes, patterns and half field
snapped. Man or zone. orientation.
5. Designed to exploit Cover Two or 6. Isolate a great athlete one-on-one.
Cover Three Zone and combat the M/M
blitz. Quarterback Reads
6. With the different coverages and dis- 1. Read free safety for pre-snap read.
guise techniques that defenses utilize today, Where is strong safety?
it is important to fit the route adjustment to 2. Put yourself in a formation to attack
the coverage after the ball is snapped. the blitz pressure.
Diagram 4
7. Corner press in Cover Two – “Z” will 3. Use formations to get our best on
run a Post – Corner (Shake) if funneled their second best. Slots inside and stacks
inside. motion. Motion to and from doubles and
Principles of the Passing Attack 4. Look to throw everything from the
• Object Receiver … Look to One three-step drop. Start with three and
Receiver .. Option. expand to five. R-L-R shuffle-shuffle.
• Direction Reads. 5. No back – go to shot gun to handle
• Vertical Game. Four & Five Receivers the outside blitz.
Diagram 5 Deep (& Tags). 6. Corner Read.
• Triangle Read—Strong and Weak. a. Did corner squat or drop to a third.
• Distribution and Replacement Package. b. Read depth of the corner. Hard cor-
• Progression and Over/Under Concept ner or bail.
(1, 2, 3). c. Read eyes of the corner. On receiv-
• Develop the Passing Square. er or the quarterback.
• Develop the Mesh Package Squeeze d. Read leverage of corner. Inside or
Bunch Cluster. Outside.
• Develop the Tri-Angle Concept. 7. Concept: protect quarterback’s back-
• Develop the Box Concept. side and read “hot” on front-side.
Scat Package/Cougar Right back Outside…hitch: inside…roll outside. Diagram 8
X Line up 11 yards from the ‘OT’ Come back down the stem.
F Line up three yards from the ‘OT’ “F” Release off the los and run ‘out’ at
Y Line up seven yards from the ‘OT’ three yards. Three step rollover. Uncover –
Z Line up four yards from the ‘Y’ look for ‘green seven.’ On blitz outside –
Quarterback under center or in gun look for ball on break – “hot”
SB Line up at four yards deep “SB” ball release and run a flare through
“X” Line up 11 yards from the ‘OT’. Take the outside foot of “Z”.
inside release and run “come back” route at “Y” prancer step and release over the
12 yards. Find the opening to the quarter- middle – catch the ball and get up field.

Practice Safety-First Coaching Techniques

Excerpted from an article by Dick Schindler for the National Federation News

Coaches’ Checklist
1. Keep the head up. 13. Stress safety every day.
2. Discuss risk of injury. 14. Don’t glorify head hunters.
3. Keep the head out of contact. 15. Support officials who penalize
4. Explain how serious injuries for illegal helmet contact.
can occur. 16. Don’t praise or condone illegal
5. Involve parents in early season helmet contact.
meeting. 17. Provide conditioning to strengthen
6. Have a set plan for coaching neck muscles.
safety. 18. Entire staff must be “tuned in” to
7. Clearly explain and demonstrate safety program.
safe techniques. 19. Check helmet condition regularly.
8. Provide best medical care 20. Improper technique causes spinal
possible. cord injuries.
9. Monitor blocking and tackling 21. Helmet must fit properly.
techniques every day. 22. Be prepared for a catastrophic
10. Repeat drills which stress injury.
proper and safe techniques. 23. The game doesn’t need abusive
11. Admonish and/or discipline users contact.
of unsafe techniques. 24. Player safety is your responsibility.
12. Receive clearance by doctor 25. It’s a game — not a job — for the
for athlete to play following head players.