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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Being a High School Coach

Being a high school coach is a very rewarding profession that allows us to help young men become productive members of society. It is my calling in life and I could not see myself doing anything else. The year round processes of developing your team is very time consuming but it is necessary if we are going to raise young men to be great husbands, fathers and employees. Wins and losses are third on my list of what I want to accomplish each year.

 First, I want my players to be good young men. Second, I want them to be great students. Lastly, I want them to be good football players. If you raise good young men that are successful in the classroom, then you will have good football teams if your players have the God given talent and we do a great job as coaches developing our players.

Coaching in high school is very different from coaching in college or professional football. We do not get to recruit our players and we must develop them in order to have a successful season. I look forward to the off - season and pre - season much more than the actual season. The off - season is a time where we get to develop an off - season lifting program, practice plans, and coaches meetings to get ready for the upcoming season. Pre - season practice is a blast because all we do is coach football and help our players develop without the "noise" of the season. 

Most people think they could be a high school coach, but few actually know what goes on inside a good high school program. Most people do not know about the 60 hour work week, the Sunday meetings, washing practice attire, checking the players' grades, dealing with "those" parents, and the stress Friday night's put on your family. My wife does not sit with our fans because of the nasty things people say about players and coaches. Now, those people paid their money, so they are entitled to speak their mind, but they do not understand the stress it puts on your wife and 2 year old little girl. 

There are a lot of great high school coaches that deal with the same issues every Friday night during the season, but we press on because we want to make a difference in our players' lives. We do not do it for the money or fame. We are investing into the lives of our players and trying to help them reach their goals and dreams! Next time you see a high school football coach, please thank them for their tireless work! 

God Bless!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Multiple Forms of Man to Man

My first job on the defensive side of the football was being a defensive coordinator and secondary coach! I was an offensive lineman in my playing days (high school and college) and my first two years of coaching high school football. A good friend of mine needed a defensive coordinator and he trusted me with the job without any experience (experience is OVER RATED). We had 8 defensive touchdowns that year (2011) and we gave up less than 200 yards per game using a 3-3 with a TON of country cover 3. 

I would like to think my defensive knowledge has dramatically increased since my first year as a defensive coordinator. However, the more I learn about defense, the more I believe in playing SIMPLE defense with man coverage in the secondary. Offenses are spreading the field and putting zone defenders in a TON of conflict. Using man to man is the best way to keep your defenders out of conflict and allowing them to play FAST (cover your DUDE). 

There are many ways to play man to man. You can blitz 6 and play cover 0 which is a great way to get pressure or you can play man to man with spy droppers underneath. I believe you should be able to mix and match your pressures and keep the coverage the same so your players can play FAST! I do not believe you can carry 10 different coverages, fronts and blitzes because you will be great at NONE of them. 

Below are some examples of how you can use cover 0 with a variety of fronts and blitzes:






I would love to collaborate with other coaches that use a lot of man to man in their defense. Please feel free to comment or email me with ideas. Thank you for reading and God bless!