As the school year winds down, and football season gets ever nearer, you may find yourself as the newest defensive play caller on your team. Or, maybe you’re a new DC on a different team than last year. Regardless, if you’re in a position to determine which defensive coverage your team will use, you’ve come to the right place. Defense doesn’t have to be complicated, and it often starts with keeping your coverage package(s) simple.
In this episode Joe and Daniel discuss why you need to stick to a base coverage, which coverage you should likely be using, and whether zone or man coverage is right for you.
In small town high school football, where the running game reigns supreme, the cornerback position is often greatly overlooked. Many coaches don’t know how to properly coach the position, so they’re schemed into a deep third of the field and forgotten about until they give up the big play that seals a win for the cross-town rival. However, if the proper personnel are used, you may find the confidence in your players to get them more involved, and even break free from the overly-common “we don’t have the players to run man coverage” ideology.
On this episode Joe and Daniel are joined by Dominique Franks, DB coach for the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, to talk all about how to pick the personnel you use at the cornerback position based off of your scheme and ways to identify who your best corners really are.
The offensive line could be considered the most important “team” to take the field on Friday nights. Sure, special teams is one side of the ball and defense wins championships, but you can’t win 0-0 and the offense goes as your O-line goes. Piecing that team together can be a daunting task, especially for small schools where you may or may not have five guys that look the part.
On this episode Joe and Daniel are joined by Coach Jack Dingus and Coach Matt Allen to discuss the personnel of perfect O Line positions, and what the “right guy” looks like for each one.
Coaching kickers seems to be one of the most overlooked and underappreciated skills in the football world. For a team that’s supposed to entail the figurative third side of the ball, it seems there is very little info out in the football world about how to take the average high school athlete and make them into the one kid held responsible for all of your special teams situations. It’s even been said that some very large colleges will not staff a kicking coach throughout the year.
On this episode Joe, Daniel, and Coach Joel Mathews of Headcase Kicking talk through some of the easiest reasons to get involved in your kickers training, the basics of kicking a ball off of a tee and punting, how to identify your next punter and the proper practice plan to make them better without burning them out.