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  1. Why Run M2M?

    In our last two games, our offense has simply destroyed M2M defensive teams. I hope no one takes this the wrong way, but I see no reason to run this defense unless 90% of your team can tightly cover the offense and break on the ball when needed. To attack M2M, all a coach needs to do is send the defense wherever he wants it to go. It's like an orchestra, as the offensive coach just needs to move the defense one way, and hit them in the opposite direction. Zone is a lot more difficult to coach, but it pays tremendous dividends. The kids will pick it up after a few games, and you build on it from there. I'm curious to hear from the coaches on here who run M2M, and how it's worked for you. As mentioned, if you have the athletes to do it, it works. However, it can be exploited if you don't have tremendous talent. Thanks!
  2. Man Vs Zone

    So my son played first basketball game this season---for once I am not coaching him, but have already decided I am going to coach basketball in the winter (I'll figure out how to juggle it with football bleeding in to it). I really like his coach, so it is no knock on him at all, it's just that it feels too weird being on the sideline. I promised myself I would "stay back" but caught myself pacing up and down the the court all game. ;-) With that, his team is running a man-to-man defense (9-10 year old league). I'm seeing some downside to this. His team won, but I'm curious about your thoughts on man vs zone at this age. First our opponent subbed a lot during the game. This caused our players to lose track of who they were covering. It got to the point where the instruction was to "cover anybody who is not covered". Second, we were called numerous times for double-team--this is related to the first point above. As I watched, I started pondering how a 2-3 zone would fare. We scrimmaged a team that manhandled us, and they were playing a 1-2-2 zone (although it was overkill as 99% of the shots seem to be from the baseline). Anyway, I'd appreciate your thoughts on this. I could be completely wrong and man is the way to go. I asked one of the officials (who has officiated many years) and he said most teams run man, and he would recommend running man. Now I spend the rest of the season chomping at the bits to start coaching again. I am grateful that my son's coach "gets it" (our opponent kept their 5"9' player in the entire game) but our coached showed integrity and made it about having fun.
  3. New Inexperienced Team

    I'd suggest the following at a high-level: 1. Base your playbook around your personnel. You noted you learned a lot in the first game, so build on that. 2. Hand the ball off to multiple positions. If you hand off to the RB every running play, defenses will shut it down quickly. 3. Teach the kids a zone defense. It's really not that hard. Just have them "stay in their positions" and keep their eyes on the football until the ball crosses the LOS, then swarm. Finally, look at this season as a learning season. This is not to say you should not expect much, but it is really difficult for a team to compete their first season (unless you are playing teams in your situation or you have one or two terrific athletes you give it to every play, which you probably don't want to do). We got kicked in the teeth over and over in our first season, but we tried to build on something after each loss---and actually won our first round playoff game that season. ;-) I hope this helps some---if you need more specifics let us know. Thanks
  4. In Need Of Some Good Passing Plays

    We have one that we are able to hit 95%. Twins left: Have the slot receiver run an outside slant, and the wide-out run an inside slant (so they cross). QB does three step drop and hits the wide-out about 5-7 yards deep. Quick, easy play...
  5. I'm pretty close to a lot of the coaches in our league (i.e. we'll socialize outside of football). This season we have a lot of new coaches, so I'm only friends with about six of the 12 coaches in our league. Forever, we've had a support system among us in that we will provide scouting reports to one another after we play a team. For example, I received a call from the coach who is facing the team we played last Saturday in his next game. I detailed for him what to expect and my suggestions on how to attack their team (i.e. who their best players were, the type of defense they run, play selections, etc.). Essentially anything to give him an advantage. I notorious for this, and have no problem telling any coach about any team I have faced---so I get asked a lot. Ha! Do we do this among our own teams? Absolutely! I know my team is typically one of the most highly scouted teams, and coaches know what to expect from us---the unexpected. ;-) Just curious if any of you guys to the same with other coaches in your league, and/or you think this is unethical.
  6. My Team's Season Thus Far

    Good luck! Sounds like you've had a great season thus far. Did you play your next opponent during the regular season? Those are the only ones I worry about---the ones I know nothing about. Or do you know much about this team? You were spot on about practice (especially early in the season). Because I know 100% of my roster about a month before other coaches even get their rosters, we get to work very early and will typically triple the number of practices of other teams before the first game...and it makes all the difference in the world. Practice, practice, and more practice is the way to go. I also agree with you about the QB position and how a coach's son has a tremendous advantage (assuming you want the QB to implement comlex assignments). My son has learned 100% of his QB'ing at home. Allows me to focus purely on all the other players at practice and not worry about spending half the practices coaching the subtlities for that position. I'm also fortunate that our second QB (who plays half the game at QB) has played that position for me now five seasons---so he has it down too. Let is know how you do!
  7. Scaling It Down....

    We won very easily in our last game. At the half we were up like 40-0. We opened the third quarter with a pick-six. It was the THIRD pick-six in the game at that point. At this point I started getting a little concerned. I actually reflected on the 100-0 high school basketball game that occured here a few seasons ago and how the coach was destroyed once it got out (he actually lost his job). When we got back on defense, I told the team, "Hey, since we are up so big here, if you make an interception it would be a class move if you took a knee instead of running it back for a TD." A few days later, a player's mom sent me an email. She was very tactful and essentially said she would rather her son not be "limited" and instead sit out in a situation like that. I fully respect (and understand) her mindset. However, I do disagree with this approach. A few important notes on my decision: 1. First, for most coaches that have been in this situation you know it is a no-win situation. Your darned if you do, darned it you don't. 2. My philosophy, above everything, is that we play with class (win or lose). Part of that is ensuring that my players understand how to discipline themselves on the field when we need to scale it back some. This does not mean to go half-speed, but to tweak our approach to slow the game down and prevent the score from getting out of hand. Just as we go vanilla and milk the clock in games such as this...it's merely a tactic. 3. The player 'Joey' had not played much in the game. Sitting him out would run the risk of hearing from a parent "Why should my son have to sit on the bench because our team was so dominant?" 4. If I took the approach to "sit" players because we are up so much, then I would not have players on the field. By that, we really don't have 'stars'--so who do I sit? I informed the player's mother I respect her feedback, and I would do the same thing again if I am facing an 80 point win, but will ensure I sit her son on the bench. I know this is a controversial subject and don't want to open up a can of worms here, but I would appreciate your thoughts on the way I handled this. If you do decide to tear into me, please be sure that you've read the post through completion. ;-) Thanks
  8. Scaling It Down....

    Thanks for everyone's responses. To elaborate, we did not get another pick so luckily did not have to take a knee. I informed a few parents during the game that is what we would do (and word spread). Everyone agreed save for the one parent--which again I understand. She stated in her email, "(Joey) should never feel like he needs to shrink him self so that others feel better." Again...she was extremely polite in her dialogue and I took no offense whatsoever. I like them a lot and we simply need to agree to disagree on that one. Offensively, I can pretty much control everything, right? Extremely simple plays, milk the play clock, etc. Defensively is where I was worried about it getting out of hand. I thought about approaching the coach but I was a little timid in doing this because he was a new coach, very confident, and frankly was in shock. I had a nice chat with him after the game and he was very understanding. Taking a knee can be offensive to some coaches, although I'd rather be accused of rubbing it in like that then on the score board. Regarding playing "lesser-skilled" players---that is where I am stuck. There is very little difference with respect to athleticism with my players, so I don't really have any "good ones" to sit and non-athletic to play in that situation. Ironically, the player whose mom emailed me already scored two TDs in that game, including a pick-six (in about 10 minutes of playing time). With all that...I too have been on that sort of losing end before way back when we first started playing. I recall one game in particular a coach took a knee on fourth down near our goal line in the third quarter. I informed him I wanted them to go full throttle as that is the only way we'll learn (and he did after that). ;-) Additionally, when we play teams that I know our superior to us (we spent the past two seasons playing 'up' a division) I tell the coaches just because we are friends don't hold back. I expect their best because we're bringing ours.
  9. Trick Plays

    I'd like you get you gentleman's opinion on "trick plays." I am not talking about reverses, and flea-flickers, etc., but the completely unorthodox trick plays. As an example, "Wrong Ball", "Lost Man", etc. If you are unfamliar with these-type plays, below is a quick scenario: 1. Team lines up to LOS. 2. QB "taps" Center on rear. 3. QB turns to coach (me) and says (loudly), "What is the play?" 4. During this time, the Center slowly snaps the ball and stands up, with the rest of the players standing up looking confused. 5. The QB (with ball in hand) continues walking toward me, "Coach, what play is this again?" 6. At the last moment (when he is outside the line), he hands off to a player, who sprints (hopefully) for a TD. I had not considered this, until . . . it turns out (from hearing parents on my team) that there is a team in our league that is very good. The coach has had the same players for many years now and has like four "assistants". Two of my players defected from his team as they did not like his approach. So far this is fine. However, it turns out this coach likes to really run up the score on teams, and apperantely is at it again this season. I am not one to run up the score, but at the same time believe that if you don't like it, then do something about it. So . . . with that, if I find myself playing this team (three games from now) and they are that good to where they are putting a whipping on us and the head coach keeps his foot on our throats (perhaps extra due to the players that left his team), I really might consider doing a "trick" play like this just to put him in his place a little. My question: Do you consider these plays unethical? Personally, if a team did it to me, I am the type that would laugh and think, "Ok, you got us." As mentioned, I would only consider doing this if the situation calls for it. I've asked a lot of people I know for their thoughts, and have answers ranging from "Nah, that's just wrong" to, "Wow. That would be incredible to see. I bet the kids and parents would all get a kick out of that--you should do it!" Thanks
  10. Johnp2 Season

    Game 1 We had our first game of the fall season and it was extremely lop-sided (54-0). We were up 40 points at the half, and I actually considered asking the opposing coach if he wanted to play the second half, but did not want to offend him. I actually hate games like this and did everything to keep it managable. I was proud of my players as they won with extreme class. They have been around a long, long, time, and they are fully aware that they can be on the other end of 54-0 come our next game...so they were fairly business-like in their approach. I assure you the rest of our games won't be like this as we have two 'select' teams that joined our league from a select conference a few miles away---although one of them lost this weekend to a team that's been around for a few years in our league (heh-heh)
  11. Johnp2 Season

    Game 2 We played our second game and tied 32-32. My team played their worst game in two years, and I had my worst coaching performance during that time-span. We were down two TDs then scored three unanswered TDs and then gave up a TD late--so it was an exciting game. This team we faced was pretty much a one man team. They had a kid that was half a foot taller than anyone on my team and all they did was throw it to him high (he scored all their touchdowns). In fact, it got to the point where we were triple-teaming this player. Everything went against us in this game, gave up at TD on last play of the half, dropped two easy extra point passes, had an interception that was popped loose and caught by the opponent who scored, etc., etc. I told the players the good news is we played our worst game against a good team and still managed a tie.
  12. During the "off season" my son (8) and I have played a LOT of pass and catch. Every night we throw for about an hour or so, talk about our day, and simply hang out. One of the things I am working with him on his throwing a "good pass." He's already a good thrower , but not a "great thrower". His biggest disadvantage is his arm strength. It's probably a little above average for his age, but he doesn't have a cannon---yet---so he makes up for that by using sound techniques when throwing. His number one rule is to throw a good spiral. This is something I've been working with him on since he first started throwing, and he can pretty much throw a tight spiral whenever he wants. I'm not sure if others have struggled with teaching this, but what worked for him was to simply teach him how to "spin" it off his fingers. He picked it up immediately, but I want him to always be cognizant of the importance of a good spiral. The next thing we have been working on is the flight of the ball. I'm trying to teach him to put less air under it and throw more "bullet" passes. He likes to throw "bombs" (who doesn't, I guess), but I've been showing him how to get the ball to the receiver faster by keeping it in the air for a shorter period of time. I had him throw it "high", then counted out loud until it got to me, "One, two, thr". Then I had him throw me a "bullet" from the same distance and counted again, "One, tw". I think it really sank in as he was amazed at the time difference in getting the ball to me based on the flight path. While it's easier for receivers (especially at this age) to catch the ball with a higher flight path, it's also easier for defenders to get in position and snag it. Thus our goal is for him to realize how much lift to put on the ball at appropriate times and to "zip it in" when the time calls for it. Once the season starts, I'm going to coach him less on his throwing motion/decision making. He's been well coached in these areas. Of course if I see any glaring mistakes he is making I will chime in, but he is not going to always have me as his coach, so this season he will be a little more on his own. Do you guys spend much time with your QBs on proper throwing motions? I watched a game last season where they had a QB who could simply sling it downfield. However, his passes were not even close to being spirals (they looked like kick-offs) and his motion was completely jacked up. It was obvious the kid had unreal arm-strength, but had not been really coached on how to throw a football.
  13. Suggestions For Rule Changes

    In our league, as team can rush up to two declared rushers every four downs (or a full on rush after 7 seconds). I personally like this. Our comish really tries to encourage passing so our rules are slanted a little toward the passing game. We rarely blitz. In fact we run more "fake blitzes" (i.e. where we declare we are going to blitz but don't--those actually work well). QBs cannot run in our league unless they are rushed. 99% of the plays when a team rushes, the QB takes off---and 80% of the time it's for a good gain. I have a few home run plays I designed specifically for when we are going to get blitzed, so it's really an advantage when the team declares they are going to blitz. If we were to change, I'd suggest where a team can blitz two once ever four downs...but they don't have to declare it. Of course being so offensive-minded, my preference is for them to announce it so we can hopefully make them pay. ;-)
  14. Help Develop Qb With Slow Release/tunnel Vision

    Our league has a 7-second rush (which is very nice) and I see QBs (including ours) check down all the time. It's one of the benefits of not having to be out there running for your life....you get the chance to actually read the coverage and react. As TeeDub alluded to, it's all about having the time to do it...we are fortunate for this rule, so a lot coaches take advantage of that. We've had a two-deep progression for many seasons now. Once we tried to go three-deep, but I found that to be a little too much. If your check down is not open, find ANYONE who is open after that. ;-) Regarding the original post---it's not uncommon for QBs at that age to get tunnel vision. Sounds like implementing short passes with a (consistent) check-down is the best approach. The check-down does not need to be complex....simply always have a receiver 3-5 yards in the right flat and allow that to be the QBs safety net. Once he gets used to that, you can increase the level of complexity with regards to looking for the secondary receiver....then you "make something happen". If your QB bird-dogs his receivers you just simply have to keep drilling the QB to scan the field and react. Another idea is to implement fakes and then have him throw. This will take his eyes off primary receiver running the route. Good luck!
  15. Will, Thanks for your post. I can assure you that you are not alone in your competitiveness---most 'coaches' are sports fans and we have an inherent way of defining success with our win/loss record. One thing that might help is to think in terms of the parents and players at this age. While parents enjoy their kids' team to win, their first concern is (or should be) their child's individual contribution to the overall outcome. Players at this age? Hey---I can assure you when little Joey is riding on the car after the game, he's not thinking about whether his team won or lost, he's thinking about what HE did in that game. ;-) Said differently, continue to NOT let wins/losses dictate how successful of a coach you are. My first few seasons we got SKUNKED. However, we got skunked as a team. ALL the parents completely bought into my "team first" mindset, and I still have 99% of the same players 12+ seasons later....and we did end up winning some championships in the mean time. It was much sweeter doing with a team that battled through thick and thin...as you can imagine. As for substiutions...kudos to your wife for pointing it out. Is she saw it and mentioned something, then know it was definitely noticed by some parents who are monitoring how often their kid plays. Here is what we do: I sub at each quarter. I make a line up of who is to play in each quarter at each positions...and I stick to it. I let the parents know that while each player might not play an equal amount in each game...they WILL play an equal amount for the season as a whole. If you would like an example of the way I track substitutions let me know. As you've learned...game day is fast an furious. The only way I can ensure fair playing time is to chart it and stick to it. It also lets you devise your game plan as you know who is playing where...and when. I script my first 10 plays for each game, and we walk through them in practice...and I assure you when we open up the game we are a well-oiled machine and go in like a buzz saw and frankly destroy the will of our opponents if we can in the first quarter. If not, we've still shown we can dog-fight with anyone....as a team. Good luck!
  16. Nose Tackle Blowing Up Running Plays

    We play 6v6 and last season we faced a team who put their BEAST at NT. The kid was 13 years old, 5'11" and could run like the wind. I actually know him and his parents, and the next week I saw him on the field I jawed at him for destroying us...he said "Sorry about that. One of my coaches said he counted 19 flags." :-) Essentially he was doing just what you described, as soon as we would hand off, pitch, whatever, he would be all over it. We could not throw against this team as the rest of their defense was as talented as he was. In fact he batted down three passes at the LOS. For the first time, I actually started drawing plays up in the huddle. One play we did run on him a few times that worked was single wing left formation, I had my QB turn left and fake a pitch to the wing back and then quickly turn right and shuffle it to the Center who ran about three yards to the QBs right. Because the NT was so aggressive, he was either called for a penalty for jumping the LOS on the pitch, or if we got it to the Center in time he was still going after the wing back.
  17. 4 Year Old Son Won't Wear Mouthpiece

    I see nothing wrong with 4-5 year olds playing football, in fact I encourage it. Our league has 4-5, and quite often when my son and I get to the fields early we'll stop and watch them play (as it can be pretty funny at times). Aside from some of the overzealous parents (wow!) I think it's incredibly healthy for kids that age to play organized sports. It gets them excercise, teaches them discipline, the concept of teamwork, etc., etc. Glad to see you got the mouthpiece drama worked out. Good luck this season!
  18. New Coach, 8V8

    I can't speak to rotating positions, as all my seasons I've only used the primary/secondary position assignments, and it has worked well. Regarding ball touches--if you do assign primary positions-- simply tailor your playbook so that each position (not player...but position) has a running play geared toward it. This also has additional benefits as the offense never knows which position is getting the ball. This instead of rotating kids in at RB so they can get hand-offs (and the defense just tees off on the RB). Additionally, Rob is spot-on regarding fakes. Fake reverses can be deadly. Run a reverse a few times, then fake it (having the ball-carrier extend the ball out for everyone to see) and the defense will most always (especially at that age) start chasing the player who was 'supposed' to get the reverse. Focusing on little things like that can pay major dividends.
  19. End Of And Era

    Over the last two fall seasons, I've had a few players elect to play tackle. I understand this, and have actually supported them...as they all come back in the spring and summer seasons. In fact, our players will go watch them play tackle, they will come to our flag games, some of them even attend our end of season parties, etc. I also have a lot of "day one" players...those who have played with me every season I've coached. One of them has been on every teamI've ever coached (regardless of sport). His mom emailed me the other day and informed me he decided not to play football this season. Ugh!! Just a few weeks ago she told me he was going to play--so this came from left field. There are two downsides to this. First, he is by far our best player. In fact, he might be considered the best player in our league. Most of you are aware of my philosphy (no one player carries the team), but losing a player like this downgrades our team substantially. More importantly, however, is the fact that this is the one kid I never dreamed I would not coach. In fact, had I known he was not going to play, I would have seriously considered not coaching (it's pretty much like if my own son decided not to play). I responded and asked if everything is okay, and she told me he is just going through a "phase" and does not want to play. I'm going to talk to the player and his parents this weekend. I know his parents want him to play so he's probably under some pressure from them. I'm not going to give him a guilt trip or anything, but I do want him to look me in the eye and tell me he does not want to play. There have been times before where they have asked me to talk with him about things "as his coach"...and he's been very responsive to it. If he says he does not want to play, I will respect that. I do expect him to to come out and watch HIS team play some this season, and I will have an extra jersey on hand in the event he wants to take the field. I realize some of you may frown on that, but he is a "lifetime" teammate and I would do that for any of them regardless of talent-level. So...question to some of you coaches long in the tooth whom have had "career players". If one of them elected not to play for some strange reason, would you take a stab at talking some sense into him? As mentioned, I'm not going to try and convince him to play but I do expect him to tell me what's going on.
  20. End Of And Era

    Apologies for not being more clear (but I believe the following is explicit above in earlier posts): his parents asked me to speak with him, and I did not try to 'convince' him to play--but instead wanted to know why--and simply wanted him to appreciate his opportunity to play (as most kids don't get that opportunity). I also noted that I did not give him the 'hard sell' but instead completely respected his decision. As for it 'strange' that his parents asked me to speak to him, I can see how you might think that, but I have to respectfully disagree. These people are family friends. Meaning our families socialize outside of football. In fact--because I've coached him for so long--there have been other times his parents have asked me to talk with him "as his coach". I don't view speaking with a family friend's son at their request, one who is great friends with my own son, and one whom I've coached as long as my own son as "not my role". Quite the opposite, actually. We put relationship building and team dynamics (meaning parents and players) above anything else--and we support each other anyway we can.
  21. 4 Year Old Son Won't Wear Mouthpiece

    A few tips that could possibly help? 1. If he likes football, show him pics of players on his favorite team wearing mouth-pieces. 2. Get him a "cool" mouthpiece. Something different like a black one or a red one. Our league does not require it, and I'd say maybe five percent of them wear one (and while I know he probably should--my son does not wear one). I might end up getting him one for when he plays defense (he is our QB and is barely in a scrum on offense). One funny story. A few seasons ago before our first gamea parent was helping put flags on our players. One of the players saw another player who had a mouth-piece and asked "Are we supposed to have mouth-pieces? The parent (who is a big military-type guy, great guy though) said "Nah...you don't need any mouth-pieces". I simply said "It's up to your parents...if you want to wear them you can". Well, that first game...guess what happened? That parent's son got busted in the chops. He had a mouth-piece at our next practice. Ha! Good luck, I'd imagine if you have to sit him out for not wearing a mouth-piece, he'll change his mind.
  22. End Of And Era

    The mother asked me to talk with him as she and her husband really want him to play. I spoke with him and gave him a little speech about how he only has so many opportunities to play football in life--and wanted him to understand what he's leaving on the table. While he's probably the best player in our league, he's also probably the smallest player in our league--meaning I doubt he'll go far in tackle unless he grows considerably. His parents are both very tall--so I assume he'll sprout up soon. I think there is something with his height that is bothering him. When I first started coaching him he was one of the tallest kids on our team...now he is easily the shortest. He said he's tired of playing against kids much older and bigger than he is...even though he simply runs WILD on them. In the end he decided not to play..and I respect that. I know he'll be coming out to our games and I will get an extra jersey in the event he wants to jump in and play. I know the coaches in our league are going to be estatic. In one game last season, after this player got his first carry (for an amazing TD), I overheard a parent say to the coach, "Wow! That kid is unbelievable...does that coach give it to him a lot?" The coach said, "Nah...only when he needs a touchdown". Ha!
  23. New Coach, 8V8

    Sorry, the third play in the attachement above should be the play in this attachment. Bootleg.doc
  24. New Coach, 8V8

    That's a fairly good age discrepancy. I'm surprised your league doesn't have a 7U league, but it is what it is. What about your opponents, do they have a lot of younger kids as well? Has your team been competetive--or are you getting blown out? I think this is natural for 6-7 seven year olds. First, ensure that your players understand the passing tree. i.e. They know what slants, posts, outs, etc. are. Drill it into them. Then, when you call your play in the huddle, simply go around call out formation/play, and denote the route for each position. i.e. "Spread, Blue32 Cross, LR slant, LG medium out, C curl.." etc. Tell the players simply to execute their specified assignment, and the play will take care of itself. Quite often I'll have the players repeat their route to themselves from the huddle to the LOS. At first you'll probably get some questions like "What is a post again?" If you see you are getting that...then you know you need to keep practicing routes. If, at the LOS you have a player ask "what do I do again" and the play clock is running, simply tell him to run straight ahead and move on. First, I think you are absolutely doing the right thing by having a playbook. Telling players to "hand-off or pass to so-and-so" is not teaching them football, which should be your main objective...instead of "winning". As for the parents, you have more patience then I do, as if a parent "chastised" me, I would swiftly remove the player from my team and tell the parent to step up and volunteer to coach if he can do it better. As for ball touches, you only have so many plays to run, and if a parent's child forgets to take a hand-off on a play intended for him, at least you gave that child an opportunity. Perhaps let the parent know that "Joey's plays are Blue 32, Half-back End Around, and 3 Counter". Give the parent a copy of those plays so he can work with the child to practice at home and remember those plays more than any other. Of course, you'll want to re-evaluate your playbook and determine if it is too complex for the players. Simply ensure you have a "system"...much like I mentioned where all the players need to do is know their route (which you will call out in the huddle) for any given play. From an attacking approach, set teams up. I've attached a quick example of doing this. I coached 8v8 for many seasons with younger kids. You are correct that the defense has a HUGE advantage. Definitely don't quit...just keep a positive attitude and enjoy it for what it is. If parents are giving you a hard time and ruining the experience simply explain that you are a parent just like them, and that YOU volunteered to help...and they did not, and it's not as easy as it looks. Finally, don't be afraid to change things up this late in the season. If what you are attempting is not working, then try something different. Also, it's hard to tell your QB to not throw to the best receiver if he is typically the only one open. If this happens, just ensure you call enough run plays to give the other players and opportunity to touch the ball. Good luck! Example Set up.doc
  25. End Of And Era

    Thanks for your reply. I am actually very close to the parents--as well as his grandparents. As mentioned, he is like a second son to me--more so than any player I've ever coached. Ironically, my wife told me she talked with him the other day at school--and he was excited about the upcoming football season, so something has transpired. Not sure what--but I'm going to find out. I'll probably leave details out...as the main point to this thread was to 1) vent, and 2) see if any of you have ever run into a situation like this, and if so how you handled it.
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