Welcome back, Coaches. We’ve got a few stories for you.
1. CoachTube Video: Spread Offense Plays from the BCS Championship (CoachTube)
Coaches — If you’re looking to add some new plays in your spread offense, this is a great place to start. Our friends at CoachTube have provided 30 minutes of action from the BCS Championship game between Clemson and Alabama.
It’s game film, so you can see the down and distance before each play. Watch the best college teams operate the spread offense to perfection.
What other offensive or defensive schemes would you like to see us feature?
2. Georgia Tech Coach: ‘I Don’t Believe in Naming Starters’ (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
New Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins believes depth charts make players complacent, so he doesn’t name his starters and back-ups until the opening game.
The new guy explains his eccentric way: “I don’t believe in naming starters, I don’t believe in naming backups. The second you get labeled as a backup you start preparing as a backup, you start practicing like a backup. But if you know you’re going to play and get meaningful reps because of your preparation and how well you do in practice, you’re going to practice like a starter, you’re going to prepare like a starter.”
This article highlights and energy and enthusiasm that Collins brings to the job every day. It’s worth a read.
How will you handle naming starters and second-string players this preseason?
3. The Spacing Pass Concept (USA Football Blogs)
Every pass game needs a pass concept they can lean on as the foundation of their pass game. Matt Drinkall details a spacing concept he has carried since his first day as a coordinator. This is an all-purpose pass concept that can be run from any personnel, formation and situation in a game. This spacing concept is a catch-all and is paired with a simple set of rules for all players. This is a hybrid or curl/flat, smash and Y-cross. I
This concept is built by splitting the formation in half, weak/strong. The weak side of the formation is a pre-snap read by the QB. The post-snap read moves over to the strong side. In the diagrams, you will see the pre-snap read indicated by the color blue. The QB is reading the weak side of the play as a picture between two receivers. The strong side of the formation and progression is indicated using the colors of a stoplight (green, yellow, red.)
Click on the link to read more about the Spacing Pass Concept.
What are some of your favorite play-calls when you’re trying to create space for a particular skill position player?
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