American Football Monthly The Number One resource For Football Coaches http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Letter From AFM: We're Listening Every good business listens to their customers. Success demands that companies have a good handle on the opinions, the needs and the desires of the clientele they serve. The media business is no exception. “Know your Audience” is rule number one for anyone in publishing.At AFM, we’ve been listening very closely to our readers for 20 years. Whether it’s hearing from the hundreds of coaches who have contributed articles over the years, getting face-to-face with coaches at conventions or during video shoots or simply exchanging correspondence, we greatly value the input we receive from the coachi... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6309&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Speed Report: Running Ahead of Speed - Making it Doable and Challenging During the Season Making it Doable and Challenging During the SeasonThis is part I of a four-part series entitled, “Running Ahead of Speed.” The objective is to help you build a truly consistent results-oriented football speed and movement program. Like any endeavor that’s year -to-year, it must rely on certain required elements in order to truly maximize training success.We’re all busy, and this can often determine what is done and how it’s done. Just running isn’t speed work. Running must be part of a plan of action based on quality, not quantity. I find this to be the exception, not the norm. This series wil... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6310&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Strength Report: How to Use Weighted Sleds for Explosive Acceleration There are numerous products designed to increase speed, but one of the most effective, versatile and easiest to use is the weighted sled. The research on resisted sled sprinting has changed over the years, creating a lot of confusion for coaches. Fortunately, recent information has shown that proper use of these sleds can have a positive effect on an athlete’s ability to accelerate – the most important aspect of football speed. Which Way to Push Because the ability to accelerate has been highly correlated to on-field success, it makes sense that football coaches would spend their tim... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6311&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Safety First: Keeping Equipment Clean - In-Season Football season is long and hard on equipment. It is the equipment managers’ job to maintain that equipment so that it can last all season. This includes repairing and cleaning the equipment on a regular basis. The number one goal of cleaning football equipment is killing the microbes that pose the biggest threat to athletes including MRSA, Staph, Meningitis, Strep, Athletes foot, HIV, Herpes, Hepatitis, mold and mildew. These microbes can keep a player out of play for days, weeks, months, years, or possibly endanger their life. Proper cleaning techniques can keep these microbes at bay and kee... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6312&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Drills Report: Punt Safe: Defend and Return In certain situations, whether due to field position or when leading in the latter stages of a game, teams will leave their defense on the field to protect against punt fakes and employ a ‘Punt Safe’ scheme. We employ a scheme that first guards against the fake but at the same time will look to block the punt, and if the ball is punted, use a set wall return (Diagram 1).Diagram 1: Punt Safe Scheme    Here are the responsibilities of each defensive player: Sam and Will:  They align in a loose outside shade on the end man in the box. They pressure the punter and make sur... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6313&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Five on the Line - The 5-man defensive front is making a comeback – especially against traditional run-first offenses. Before the advent of today’s high-powered spread offenses, it was common for defenses to employ a 5-man front with a nose guard, two tackles and two ends. While many teams have gone away from 5-man fronts, AFM found a surprising number of 2013 state champions that use the front either exclusively or part time.Here, coaches from four championship programs share their insight and strategies for making the 5-man front effective, especially against the run. They are Matt Crossman, defensive coordinator of New York Class A champion Queensbury high School; Scott Mahoney, head coach of New Jersey Nor... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6315&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Lasting Legacy - At 70, Corky Rogers is still going strong as a member of the exclusive 400 win club. It was a misty, cool, December night in Florida. Things looked bleak for coach Corky Rogers and his Bolles School team from Jacksonville. The Bulldogs were trailing a powerhouse Santa Fe team 17-6 with less than a minute to play in a semifinal playoff game. Santa Fe was loaded with future NFL players. “We were just getting it taken to us,” Rogers said. “We were trying everything you could try, because nothing was working.”In that final minute, Rogers made an adjustment and pulled out a unique formation that he’d never used. “We went to basically what you’d call an end-over formation,” he recal... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6316&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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So, in 2012, we began running a unique, multiple option system from the shotgun and pistol that actually includes 15 different types of option plays. Some are double option. However, the majority are triple opti... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6317&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Updating the Pistol-Flex Offense - Five new enhancements make this offense even more effective. In our continuing effort to enhance the Pistol-Flex offense, this season we’re adding new plays, variations, drills and pass protection schemes that will, we think, make this offense even harder to stop.One of the improvements in the Pistol-Flex offense is the use of different variations of the base Triple Option play depending on what the defense is showing prior to the snap. An example of this is our “LB” call variation of our Triple play (Diagram 1). 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Zone Defense on the Goal Line - To be efficient in this zone defense, give each player a specific responsibility. As the passing game has evolved over the last few decades, defenses have been challenged in a variety of ways. Defensive coaches have had to try to find ways to maintain some competitive balance in both the red zone and the big red zone. In the 1970’s it was rare to find teams playing zone defense in the red zone. The standard coverage was man-to-man with corners playing on the line of scrimmage with inside leverage. The most common pass in this scenario became the quick fade to the corner of the end zone. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Shotgun Snapping in a Run-First Offense - Teaching proper techniques and practicing as many reps as possible will improve the performance of your shotgun snapper. Shotgun and pistol snapping have become more commonplace in today’s game. It is also common for some high school and college teams to operate out of the shotgun for the majority of their offensive snaps. We are a run heavy team (75 %/25 %) and we operate out of the shotgun nearly 100% of the time.     A few years ago, I researched as much as I could about the shotgun snap. I read from multiple sources and emailed, called, and met with various coaches. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 AFM Subscribers Ask with Cocoa High School (FL) Head Coach John Wilkinson Over the last five seasons, Cocoa High School (FL) has given up an average of only 7.2 points per game on their way to a 58-8 record including 24 shutouts. Cocoa has accomplished this under Head Coach John Wilkinson’s base 3-3-5 defense. What makes it effective, according to Wilkinson, is a combination of slants, stunts, blitzes and disguises. And Wilkinson has done it with many undersized players. His nine-year record at Cocoa now stands at 100-19. This includes three 4A State Championships, a 38-game winning streak and a Florida Coach of the Year Award. Coach Wilkinson answers your questions... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6321&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Fueling Champions Sophisticated nutritional and recovery practices and new NCAA food guidelines help Florida State’s Katy Meassick keep Seminole athletes fully fueled and ready for competition.To build a championship program in the ultra-competitive FBS, every aspect of athletes’ training, on and off the field, must be carefully addressed. That includes making sure that proper nutritional and workout recovery practices are being followed. At Florida State, that job falls to Sports Registered Dietician (RD) Katy Meassick.As awareness about the importance of good nutrition has increased, more universities are tur... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6324&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Erasing A Decade of Disappointment: The Transformation of the Mustangs A lot of coaches like talking Xs and Os, which is the easy part of coaching. The scheming and game planning is the chess match we all signed up for and love to do. However, as head coaches, we take on a little more than just the scheme these days. When you get your shot to be a head coach, for most of us, we don’t inherit a program that wins and is used to winning. Rather, it is usually a challenging program, one that has not won or doesn’t do so consistently. This presents us as with an entirely different challenge aside from Xs and Os. What I am hoping to do in this article is prese... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6322&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 35 Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 THE HEAD COACH EGO CHECK    We all need an “Ego-Check” from time to time, myself included. It is far too easy to lose perspective on things and get caught up in ourselves, our goals, our personal pursuits. Here are some questions to help us reflect on whether or not we truly are “checking our ego at the door.” The first question is pretty much the sum of all the other ones … in other words, are your assistant coaches and players there to serve you, your needs, your goals, your name … or are you there to serve them?   A Blueprint to build leaders on your team this season ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6323&output=article