Monday, June 25, 2012

Free Clinic Thursday, July 5th in Tampa/Orlando Area

OJW, Deuce, and myself are getting together to do an informal football clinic on Thursday, July 5th in the Tampa/Orlando area and would like to open it up and invite others if anyone is interested.  We will go from roughly 10 am to 5 pm.  We will talking a bit about the TCU 4-2-5 defense as well as other topics.  If you  definitely will be attending, send me an email with your name and what school you coach at to  Right now, we are having it at someone's house, but if more than a few want to come, I need to know so we can get a bigger facility to host the clinic.  Thanks and hope to see you there.

He said it's free, get your butt over there.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Pursuit Drills

Pursuit is a critical element of effective defensive play and it can be an eraser for missed tackles vs. superior skill players.  Deuce recently wrote a piece on Pursuit here that is essential reading, especially regarding holding kids accountable on film.  The first chapter of Ron Vanderlin's excellent book, Football's Eagle and Stack Defenses, is entirely devoted to the fundamental skill of defensive pursuit.  He defines pursuit as "an intense, all-out effort that is driven by an insatiable desire to get to the football and to put the ballcarrier on the ground," and says that it is "the essence of a good defensive football team."