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coaching

October 2, 2009

Game Planning Your Defensive Coverages

Probably the most vital decision you will have to make in your game planning is what kind of key coverages to use. Most of them will fit into one of the four basic types: zone, man to man, combination, or blitz.We realize that most defenses will use ...


October 2, 2009

Friday Night Lights

Todd Dodge has maintained and enhanced the longstanding tradition at Southlake (TX) Carroll HighA Friday night game at Southlake Carroll HighCOACH: Where did you grow up? What was your childhood like?DODGE: I grew up in Port Arthur, which is along th...


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...