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  1. Well, for those considering this approach I'd like to report that we incorporated the majority of this into our offense and won our opening day game today 35-8. Our league allows the QB to run, so we did away with lazer/razer, and our wide runs are option plays to either side. Instead of the razer/lazer the QB just takes the snap and runs forward for us anytime they leave the middle open. This makes them plant a defender over center and opens up other areas. We'll see if it continues to be successful. Loving it so far, though. Much thanks to kodiakid as well as the others who have been responding in this thread. It wasn't easy to dump our playbook and start over with a new philosophy, but I'm so glad we did.
  2. So far my team has just been practicing. (First game this Saturday). But in my case we are mostly just working out of "base". Our WRs are operating about 5 yards from the sideline. The thought being that this gives them room to make a strong move towards the sideline. I imagine in most situations the CB will want to be somewhere near them to start, even in a zone. Guess we'll find out if this was the right call in a few days.
  3. Why would 5 on 5 be a hindrance? The option is generally run outside the tackles anyway, so I would think it would be pretty much the same.
  4. Tim - First of all - THANK YOU! Great information. Another person with an undefeated season using this playbook - wow! It's to the point now that if we lose even one game I'm going to feel like I must be doing it wrong! Find it interesting that my favorite defensive scheme is so unpopular. I wonder if I'm describing it right as 3-1-1. It's 3 up front zones, one rusher, and one deep safety. It's been rare that I've seen opponents do it, but I didn't think I was completely alone. (Maybe I just need to pay closer attention.) A couple of follow-up thoughts I've had while getting this all organized - Bubble Routes One aspect of this playbook that I'm grappling with is that in our league all forward passes have to be past the line of scrimmage. My thought is to have the "bubble" routes basically just be slightly-backwards laterals. (Ball is dead when dropped.) Welcome any feedback on this. The way Kodiakid describes the actual route the player is jogging backwards already so my guess is it is roughly the same play. We had a similar play in our playbook that tended to work well last year as it takes the QB a second to turn and plant anyway. Play Calling Was thinking about play-calling at the line. I'm considering giving all of the plays human/male names that aren't on the team. That way it will just sound like I'm yelling at kids when I'm really calling out plays. "George" "Sammy" "Jose", etc. Just got to use rare enough names that I don't have an actual kid join the team that causes us to have to change the play names. Guess I'm just posting this here as a sanity check. Any reason this would be a dumb idea? Thanks again for the feedback!
  5. Thank you Kodiakid - hope you are still around! I have coached several years now. We had one undefeated season and always been competitive, but I know we can be better. Early on, our success was based on downfield passing. We would find a quarterback who could throw it deep, then just have a good WR run under it on the way to a bomb TD. Then once the D was on their heels, we would run the ball at will. My oldest son is in 6th grade. Last year we noticed a lot better coverage downfield, and had to work harder to find the open space, putting more pressure on QBs to make good decisions. One thing I haven't done well is to adjust based on defenses. Mainly because we haven't had to. I really like your approach specifically because it seems designed to take advantage of space and adjusts play calling based on the defense. I'm now re-thinking things. Was a little confused on a few points in your guide. Not trying to be critical, just want to understand since I am wanting to adopt your approach. Play Calling/Communication So are you shouting out plays to people right after the last play? Trying to picture this in action. Are you shouting play changes at the line of scrimmage based on defensive formations? Feels like I would be over-inserting myself into the game, but maybe I'm picturing it wrong. First Play You mention on the first play that you line up in base, then move to spread to see what they do. Does this mean the WRs never really "set" in base? Or do you set and then use motion to move over? Again, I'm having trouble picturing. If they set, I would have to move one at a time to avoid illegal motion penalty. Scrimmage How do you scrimmage in practice if everybody on D knows the play you are calling? It's bad enough for us now just the fact that they know the playbook and go-to plays. 3-1-1 Defense How do you handle this? It's actually been the defense my team runs the most. Generally kills the running game. I'm guessing you would run "Bubble Go" plays, correct? (This is what I am always afraid will happen to us, but we live with the risk.) Playbook Does your book include all your plays? I counted 12. Is it implied that all plays have variants in all formations? Do you call out a formation and then the play? (i.e. "Base Sour") The "Sour" play looks like it's ripe for a play action variant, but didn't see any references to it. Did you ever try it? Drills/Practice Any tips on keeping things "up tempo"? I definitely feel my team's practices could use a bit more speed and energy. ===== Again, really like your approach. Wish I could watch a game film just to see it first hand. I'm nervious about changing things up just because we've kind of got a comfort level and we're always one of the better teams, but I also know that you never get better with that attitude. Thank you!
  6. I am a big believer in Zone D, but in goalline situations you gotta go with man-to-man defense. Have two defenses, your base zone that you use, and a man-to-man for short yardage.
  7. I alway stress - get in front of the runner FIRST. Then pull the flag. Getting in their way makes them slow down or even stop. Don't whiff as they run by. Mirror their position on the field and when they slow/stop, get that flag.
  8. My league has "pass only" zones inside of 5 yards from a first down or a touchdown. Here is the only situation we run "man", so players see it in practice. That being said, I generally feel like zone is the toughest defense to beat, so I'm find with facing it in practice. When we see man in real games, it isn't really an adjustment. It just means the defenders have their backs to the ball and the risk is lower.
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