FNF Coaches Talk — Oklahoma’s Counter Trey, Mistakes to Avoid on Game Day, Bye Week Planning

FNF Coaches Talk

Welcome back, Coaches. We’ve got three good stories for you today.

1. Oklahoma’s Variations of Counter Trey (SpreadOffense.com)

I’m not sure how many coaches are running Counter Trey at the high school level, but this is certainly worth a read if you’re considering it.

Counter Trey is the perfect blend of deception and physicality. The misdirection in the backfield freezes the defense just long enough to allow backside guard and tackle to kick out the defensive end and pull for the play-side linebacker. This play can be run in a number of different ways depending on the personnel on the field and the style of the offense. Whether you run Counter Trey in 10 personnel, 21 personnel, 2×2 or even Empty sets, it can be dressed up in multiple ways to gain a numbers advantage in the run game.

Let’s dive into Lincoln Riley’s variations of Counter Trey.

RPO QB Counter Trey Swing

RPO(ish) – Double Counter Trey Bubble

Counter Trey (Veer)

How does the Counter Trey scheme combat some of the defensive schemes you see in your conference?

2. Coaches reveal mistakes to avoid on game day (MaxPreps)

Every coach has their own pregame routines. We’d love to hear about your routines, so reach out on Twitter or email dguttenplan@ae-engine.com if you’re willing to share.

Failing to prepare and create routine is one way to mess your players and coaches up, as well as waste precious time on Friday night. Winning teams have their pregame routines down to a science.

“Not having a plan in place before hand, and not setting the field up before hand is a common problem I see. When you don’t set up the field before the team comes out, you are failing to maximize your time,” said coach Bill Godsill of Coolidge High School in Arizona.

It’s also important to take into account factors like the weather and energy level of your players during the pregame. Don’t let your players waste energy during the pregame.

“One thing I noticed is when teams come out in hot weather in full gear for warm ups and pregame,” said Jason Strunk of Lubbock High School in Texas. “There is no need for that when it is 95 degrees in August. We go out in just game pants and helmets. We leave the shoulder pads off. We pace ourselves. We just get loose, break a little sweat and head back in. Win the game, not the pregame.”

What is the biggest mistake you see other teams make during the pregame?

3. Managing the bye week for coaches (USA Football)

We’re starting to talk to more and more coaches who are in the midst of a bye week, so we thought this would be a good story for laying out a plan for that time.

Former assistant coach of the AAF’s Memphis Express Rob Everett told USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast host Keith Grabowski the bye week is all about recharging the batteries for the stretch run.

“You want to finish strong or else it doesn’t matter. Accomplishing your goals [is what matters], whether it’s playoffs, whether it’s momentum into the offseason, whatever that might be. This time to get your players and your coaches the chance to recharge I think is important.”

It goes without saying that plenty of coaches work right through the bye week. Some even put in additional hours. Everett does not recommend taking that approach.

“It’s tempting to say, ‘We have this time, we need to fill this time,’ and having time off is really an important piece,” adds Everett.

How do you ensure that your coaching staff is taking time off to recharge during the bye week?

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