Happy Friday, Coaches! We’ve got three great topics for you today.
1. Why do some high school coaches put their players’ film on private? (Twitter Discussion)
Sometimes, interacting on Twitter is the most informative part of the day. Today was one of those days.
Kevin Langston, Co-Defensive Coordinator at Langston University, offered up this gem of a question on Twitter this morning.
Why do some high school coaches put their players film on private? It's not fair to the young man first off, because his film is not being evaluated properly by college coaches who might be interested in that young man.
— Kevin Griffin (@Coach_Griffin32) December 5, 2019
We posed that question to our friends on Twitter.
That's a great question. Does anyone have any insight on this? https://t.co/9NlEMNcrHt
— FNF Coaches (@fnfcoaches) December 6, 2019
Coach Bubba Ryan had the answer.
If it is in season some opponents can go watch those hudl highlights. You can scout plays, schemes, and which kids are the biggest threats. It really isn’t a huge advantage. Sometimes kids have endzone shots in their hudl highlights. Now that is an advantage on blocking schemes.
— Coach Bubba Ryan (@bubbaryanjr) December 6, 2019
Sherwood High (Md.) coach Chris Grier seconded that experience.
I have had opponents in the playoffs refuse to exchange film and make their kids highlights private as to not give up anything to gain an advantage. Very low… and not something I would ever do. https://t.co/1ObWrisF7B
— Chris Grier (@CoachGrier) December 6, 2019
What is your philosophy about opening up your team’s game film to the public on HUDL?
2. Defending the Zone Read in Fill and Fold (USA Football)
USA Football continues to provide great X’s and O’s articles on its daily blog. If you get a chance, visit the link above on a daily basis because the content is great if you like football strategy.
Zach Dunn gives some excellent examples of how “Fill and Fold” can work at the highest level.
Here is just one example of what I discuss in the article from New England defending Seattle's Zone Read game in 2014. pic.twitter.com/Y9hbvpwv5z
— Zach Dunn (@ZachSDunn) December 5, 2019
When discussing the zone read and how you defend it, it comes down to how are you playing your front. With the four-down front, you have a “50” side and an “Eagle” side.
If the 50 side is to the running back, you are gap exchanging with the defensive end and the backside linebacker. The defensive end will take the dive of the running back and the backside linebacker will play the quarterback.
If the Eagle side is to the running back, the defensive end is the quarterback player.
If the 50 side is to the running back, you are going to get an “Eat” call from the backside linebacker. This tells the defensive end that there will be a gap exchange.
What strategies do you have in place to defend the Zone Read?
3. A Texas defending three-time champ had its game plan work to perfection. And they still lost. (Dallas Morning News)
We’ve done stories on Highland Park (Texas) coach Randy Allen before. He’s a legend in Texas and has been recognized by the NFL as the National Coach of the Year as recently as 2016.
He’s also won three state championships in a row in Texas, so you would expect that he’d come into this year’s postseason game against Frisco Lone Star with a great game plan.
If Frisco Lone Star was going to make a regional final and beat Highland Park for the second time this season, it had to be more than Marvin Mims.
Highland Park wouldn’t let the do-it-all receiver do it all against them, not a second time. Two touchdowns, 11 catches and 236 yards the last time the two teams played had that type of effect.
“We wanted to make them beat us with somebody besides Mims,” said Highland Park head coach Randy Allen.
The plan worked. And it still led to the end of Highland Park’s dynasty.
The narrative following Lone Star all season has been about one player. Mims, an Oklahoma pledge, entered the game with 82 catches for 2,151 and 27 touchdowns. Production like that is sure to steal the headlines, even for an undefeated team.
It also stole Highland Park’s attention. Mims was double covered pretty much the entire game. He had the game’s first touchdown on Friday — an 11-yard jump ball from sophomore quarterback Garret Rangel — but for the majority of the game after that, the Scots held him in check.
It was a good game plan for Highland Park. The Scots trailed 24-0 at halftime of Lone Star’s 30-19 win earlier this season. This time, it was tied at 17.
The game went to overtime. And after Lone Star forced a three-and-out and a missed field goal, Nixon ended it.
What defensive coverage scheme do you call when the opposing team has a physical freak at WR?