It’s a short week, Coaches, so let’s get right to the stories we’re discussing in the newsroom.
1. Chiefs film review: 2-back formation with Tyreek Hill (Syed Schemes)
Any coach who watched the L.A. Rams and Kansas City Chiefs combine to score 105 points last night is likely looking for plays to steal this morning. These two teams are widely recognized for having the best offensive schemes at any level of football.
Syed Schemes breaks down a play the Chiefs use to create a mismatch with blazing wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Andy Reid and his staff start Hill in the backfield in hopes of matching him up against a linebacker or safety.
The Chiefs have scored huge touchdowns in the past two weeks from a formation that is both interesting to study and particularly difficult to defend: From 12 personnel, Kareem Hunt (#27) and Tyreek Hill (#10) in the backfield, tight end Travis Kelce (#87) in a condensed split with wide receiver Sammy Watkins (#14) inside of him, and tight end Demetrius Harris (#84) wide left.
The post shares three examples of how the play was run differently for a first down. The writer then shares that there are several other plays that can be run out of the same formation.
The Chiefs have several plays they haven’t shown yet from this formation. First, the outside pitch to Tyreek Hill. Next, a fake pitch outside to Hill with a route combination similar to that of the screen touchdown. Finally, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a tight end screen to Kelce as well.
What are some creative ways to create mismatches with your fastest player on offense?
2. Coach’s Corner: A Typical (Game) Week In The Life Of A High School Quarterback (TexasHSFootball.com)
In a perfect world, your quarterback is your hardest worker on the team — both on and off the field. As coaches, it’s our job to push that player as hard as we can so that he looks prepared and confident on game day.
Here’s one way to make that happen: Set a weekly routine. This particular schedule appears to be for a quarterback who is a tireless worker and extremely committed. Here’s an example of a schedule for Sunday, an off day for most players.
Sunday evenings are reserved for the Quarterback and The QB/Offensive Coordinator to meet. Typically the previous game is gone over first. Grades and point standings are given by the position coach and each play is dissected with the OC asking the QB what they did well/what they needed to do better for each play and finally, how they graded themselves compared to the position coaches grade. A list is made of what things the QB needs to work on improving during the upcoming week of practice.
One other aspect of the schedule we loved: Lunch on Game Day is reserved for a meeting with the offensive coordinator.
Lunch time on Friday is reserved for the QB and the OC. They go over the written test, review the game plan, and the OC gets the QB’s four or five favorite plays for the night. This helps the OC to know, in a pinch, which plays the QB feels most comfortable with. After school gets out the team heads to the locker room to get ready for another walk through before the ore-game meal is served.
What are some ways you push your quarterback to lead the team with his work ethic?
3. Watch: Herm Edwards talks high school rivalries (AZ Central)
Herm Edwards is preparing to lead the Arizona State football team into battle with the University of Arizona for the Territorial Cup. He was asked if it’s the biggest rivalry he’s ever been a part of, and he said — no — that his high school rivalry was bigger.
Edwards was set to attend Seaside High (Calif.) before segregation changed the district zoning just before he enrolled. He was bused to rival Monterey, and many local fans didn’t like the change.
“A lot of people weren’t happy to see one of the best players in town go across the tracks to play football,” Edwards said.
Click on the link in the Tweet below to watch the 1 minute and 25 second video.
How do you prepare your first-year starters for the magnitude of a rivalry game?
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