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October 2, 2009

Football: Drills to develop man coverage skills for defensive backs

Man-to-man coverage begins with the proper alignment of the defensive backs to the receivers at the line of scrimmage (LOS). This normally places the corner backs 5 to 7 yards off of the LOS, with an inside shade on the receivers. At the snap of the ...


October 2, 2009

Football: Training your linemen in the 43 defense

Click here to read part one of this article. There are four basic combination blocks that we cover in our daily practices. Depending on the type of offense we face each week, we determine which ones to put more emphasis on — double team, scoop-o...


October 2, 2009

Football: D-line techniques and drills from the 43 defense

Coaching is a world of give and take. I know that in my last years as a coach, I have certainly bent the ears of many great coaches in developing my philosophies and techniques of defensive line play. I have been fortunate in finding coaches who a...


October 2, 2009

Climbing the Mountain Top

Rich Rodriguez returned to his roots and has West Virginia on the fast track to national prominence.  Football Coach Rich RodriguezCOACH: You grew up a Mountaineers fan, having been raised in Grant Town, just a half-hour away from West Virg...


October 2, 2009

Blue Man Group

While they may play on the fabled blue turf and are perceived as offensive tricksters, Chris Petersen’s Boise State football program takes pride in its blue collar approach. [caption id="attachment_9676" align="alignright" width="150"] Petersen ...


October 2, 2009

Turning wide receivers into ‘primetime players’

[caption id="attachment_14629" align="aligncenter" width="501"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] Although it may only be an issue of semantics, I have never liked the idea of labeling a player a “big play” wide receiver. All players, including w...


October 2, 2009

Ball disruptions in football: Winning with defense

At Apache Junction High School in Arizona, we believe our defense has as much responsibility as our offense in winning football. We try to achieve this by creating turnovers and scoring points. We have had considerable success at this and once led th...


September 23, 2009

Game Planning vs. the Run

The prevailing goal among defensive coordinators is to make the opponent one-dimensional. Whether the offense is known as a throwing offense, running offense, or a 50/50 balanced offense, the defense’s first consideration should be to stop the ...


September 21, 2009

A Beam of Light

Frank Beamer’s vision that Virginia Tech would one day become a national contender has come.COACH: We know you were born in Mt. Airy, NC, and grew up in Hillsville, VA. What was your childhood like?BEAMER: I actually grew up on a farm in Fancy ...


September 21, 2009

’State’ of the Art

Bolstered by two consecutive national championships, Chuck Martin has helped solidify Grand Valley’s status as the elite football program in Division II.Interview by Charlie PattonCOACH: Growing up in Park Forest, IL and graduating at Rich East...