Thursday, December 13, 2018

NCAA Analytics - Adjusted Yards Per Play

I stumbled upon a book called, Football by the Numbers, 1986 when I was growing up that changed how I look at the game.  It made an excellent argument that Total Offense and Total Defense were not the best statistics for determining which Offense or Defense was actually the best.  The authors, George Ignatin and Allen Berra, determined that an Interception was worth -50 yards in field position and a Fumble was worth -40 yards (Int's are worth more since they are usually returned back for more yards than Fumbles).  They took Total Offense/Defense minus the 50 yards for each Interception and minus 40 yards for each Fumble, and then divided that by the Number of Plays.  This gave the value of Adjusted Yards per Play.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

New Website Logo

I have been meaning to update my website logo for a long time and I have recently been inspired by the courage and selflessness of a man who gave his own life, Coach Aaron Feis.  I wanted to write a bit about these coaches that have inspired me to try and follow in their footsteps.

Top row: left to right

Aaron Feis – Stoneman Douglas HS (FL) – I started my coaching career at Deerfield Beach HS in south Florida and Douglas was in our District.  Coach Feis is an amazing hero.  John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2017 UCF Clinic - Scott Frost notes

I didn't know much about Scott Frost until I got to hear him in person at the UCF Clinic last March.  I knew that he ran the Chip Kelly offense that I have always been a fan of, so I made the trip to Orlando.  There were some audio-visual technical difficulties after the first speaker, so he went off the script and just starting talking ball and fielding questions.  You can tell when someone has complete mastery of what they are talking about, and I was really blown away.  Here are the notes:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Defensive Points and Stats Sheets

I posted a pic of my Defensive points leaders for last week and I got a question about how I did my points system.  I originally got this from when Charlie Strong was at Florida and I tweaked it a little.  I tweaked it some more after getting some feedback from Sam Nichols at X&O Labs as well, who made an excellent argument that Missed Interceptions should be even more penalized.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Film Study: 2016 Clemson Defense vs Louisville

Clemson vs. Louisville is the Saturday night game and I want to take a look at the film of last year's epic battle and see what Clemson DC Brent Venables did to try to slow down Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and the explosive Louisville Offense.  Louisville scored 36 points with 295 yards passing and 273 yards rushing (573 total) and was a yard away on a 4th down inside the five-yard line from winning the game at the end.  There were a number of things that Venables and the Clemson Defense did well to pressure the Louisville offense into some mistakes and keep them off-balance.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Stalk & Go RPO

The Stalk & Go RPO (Run-Pass Option) is a good addition to any playbook against defenses that become undisciplined with their Defensive Backs versus the run.  The play below is Zone Read with the QB reading the DE.  The H-Back arcs around the DE to the CB but he fakes a block on the CB and sneaks behind the CB.  Most Quarters defenses will check to Cover 2 vs a Nub set to the Boundary with no Wide Receiver and this is the case here.  The CB is the Force player and he must come up quick to play the run.  The Safety is not a regular Cover 2 hash Safety, he is cheated to a C-7 (C gap, 7 yards deep) alignment to help versus the run.  However, he is still a Pass-first player, but he is in a difficult position to cover the H-Back with full run action.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Football Tool Chest

Wow, just found Toys-R-Us for football coaches.  There is a TON of FREE stuff here:
Football Tool Chest

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2009 Florida Clinic

I did a previous post on just Bill Belichick's outstanding portion of this clinic but here are my notes from the entire clinic, including Urban Meyer, Jon Gruden, and passing game notes from Scot Loeffler.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Coaching Styles and Motivation

Probably my favorite coach of all-time: Chuck Heater, Marshall Defensive Coordinator
I posted this on quite a few years back.  It is a paper I did for my Master's degree.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Addressing Domestic Violence - ProtectHer Sexual Assault Prevention Program

South Carolina football players were warned by the Head Ball Coach to respect women.  Coach Spurrier's rule was, "Never, ever, hit a girl. If you do this, you're finished as a Gamecock football player."  He said, "It's a wonderful rule and when you enforce it, you get results...You'll have to ask other coaches why they don't have that rule.  Everybody knows I have one." 

Dennis Dodd in his article on Steve Spurrier's Zero-Tolerance policy said, "Any expert in the field can tell you one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime."  Dodd makes a great point worth repeating: "Why can't that stance be adopted nationwide?"

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hook and Lateral

The Hook and Lateral play by the Miami Dolphins vs. the San Diego Chargers in their 1981 playoff game is one of the greatest plays from one of the greatest games in NFL playoff history. Check out the old-school three-point stance by the inside WR on the play.  Unfortunately, his is not the worst WR stance—look at the stance and false step of the WR at the top of the screen):

Twenty-six years later, in the Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2007, the Hook and Lateral play resurfaced again as Boise St. shocked the world in its epic upset of Oklahoma, and this play also became part of one of the greatest bowl games in college football history.  The game was tied and Boise St. had the ball with under two minutes remaining looking to pull off the upset until Oklahoma ran back an interception 33 yards for a TD with 1:07 left that seemed to crush all hope.  Boise St. faced a 4th-and-18, down by 7 with seven seconds left at the 50-yard line when destiny called upon this play once again...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2008 Destin Glazier Clinic Notes

This was a very good clinic.  I got notes from Steve Addazio, who was still with Florida at the time and Joe Cullen, who was with the Detroit Lions.  I also got some notes from Ted Monachino who was with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Steve Addazio, who is doing very well for himself as the Head Coach at Boston College, talked about Implementing a Zone Blocking System.  He talked about Inside Zone footwork and some of the blocking tags and the Zombie variation as well as his count system.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2007 Destin Glazier Clinic Notes

This clinic had two good defensive speakers, namely Doc Holliday and Will Muschamp.  This was fresh off Florida's national championship win over Ohio State in January 2007.  Doc Holliday spoke about the Tracer blitz that they used to harrass Heisman trophy winner Troy Smith as well as their base defense, Under Orange, which is an Under front with Man-Free coverage.  He also talked about DB Drills and Charlie Strong's three favorite Fire Zones.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Need a Little Help...

I need the following TCU Defensive film if anybody can help out:

2005 - Oklahoma, SMU, Utah, BYU (Whole Game), Air Force
2006 - UC Davis, Utah, Army, Wyoming, UNLV, UNM, SDSU, CSU, Air Force, N. Illinois
2007 - Utah, UNM, BYU, UNLV, SDSU, Houston
2008 - SMU, SDSU, CSU, BYU, Wyoming, UNLV, Utah, Air Force
2010 - Baylor

Shoot me an email at if you can be of help.  I have a bunch of 2016 film I can trade.

Friday, December 11, 2015

LB Scrape Technique

The success of the NCAA Blitz, a.k.a. America's Fire Zone, like any other Blitz or Fire Zone, is predicated not so much on the schematics of the play as much as it is on the fundamental techniques executed by each player.  I have talked about the "Run to Daylight" technique of the playside DE (F in the diagram below) here in a previous post.  Manny Diaz refers to this Fire Zone as Scrape, and I will talk about the "Scrape" technique of the Mike LB that is essential to the success of this play. 

Monday, December 8, 2014


I've been studying the 4-2-5 and I pulled a lot of good resources from Runcodhit, Brophy, Deuce, Blitzology, Coach Mac, Chris at SmartFootball, Jim Light, and some articles from this site.  The newer links are at the top of the list under each coach.  Here are links to the 4-2-5:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DL Stunts - Part 3

Here is Part 3 of the DL Stunts series.  Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2.  Part 1 dealt primarily with stunts between the two DTs, Part 2 dealt primarily with stunts between the DT and the DE and Part 3 will deal with stunts that affect at least 3 of the 4 defensive linemen.  We will look at the Pirate, Loop, Slash, Pinch, and Hi-Lo stunts.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Speed Kills: Breaking Down the Chip Kelly Offense by Alex Kirby

Speed Kills: Breaking Down the Chip Kelly Offense by Alex Kirby ( looks at the different parts of the 2013 Eagles Offense that blended Kelly's successful Oregon Offense with its option schemes along with a pro-style passing attack.  Alex Kirby does a nice job of breaking down and explaining this offense to the casual fan as well as giving enough X's and O's for fellow coaches looking to study and or incorporate elements of Kelly's offense.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Better Way to Measure Red Zone Effectiveness - Red Zone Average (RZA)

A pet peeve of mine has always been Red Zone % as a way of commentators of gauging a team's effectiveness in the Red Zone.  The problem with Red Zone % is that it places equal value on scoring either a TD or a FG.  Now I could be wrong, but the last time I checked, TDs were worth more than FGs.  Red Zone Average (RZA) is a better metric because it places the appropriate value on what the offense did (TD = 7 pts, FG = 3 pts, no score = 0 points) and it is computed by taking the total points scored in the Red Zone divided by the number of trips to the Red Zone.

Red Zone Average (RZA)  =  Total Points in Red Zone
                                                     # of Chances in Red Zone

Let's look at a simple example below:

Total Points
Red Zone %
Team 1
Team 2

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Practice Segment Timer

I have created a .mp3 file that acts as a practice segment timer that you use by connecting your ipad to a speaker.  A horn goes off every five minutes.  It works like this:

HORN, followed by "Period 1!"
(After 3 minutes) - Two short beeps that act as a two-minute warning for the end of the period.
(After 5 minutes) - HORN, followed by "Period 2!"
(Repeat for 4 hours)

I am selling the .mp3 files for $20.  The first .mp3 file has the beeps and the second one does not (in case they annoy you).
To purchase, click on the button below and then click on Open Bag to check-out.  ***Be sure to type your name and then your name on credit card EXACTLY the same:

I will email you the link to download the .mp3 files after purchase.  
If you have any questions, email me at