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The Camaraderie Brian O’Brycki grew up in Allen Park, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He and his older brothers attended Cabrini Prep, the catholic high school in Allen Park. O’Brycki played just about every position on the football team while in high school, but primarily defensive end and fullback. Cabrini won three consecutive titles when he played there.After attending trade school and then multiple layoffs associated with the industry, O’Brycki began his own lawn service business. He also felt he would like to try his hand at coaching and began to help the CYO seventh and eighth graders. Now married with ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6490&output=article
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Speed Report: The Pros and Cons of Speed Training Modes and Their Effectiveness Speed performance for football is filled with movement requirements of varying magnitudes. Let’s discuss the uniqueness of football speed and movement as it relates to training applications and playing faster as a team. Every program should categorize which speed training procedures are the best suited for producing movements that are fast and controlled. Sometimes we look at the drills and movements and see only relative to the position requirements.What I stress would be to improve football speed by building athletes who can control any movement change with relative ease and sustained veloci... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6491&output=article
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Strength Report: Football Specific Conditioning, Part I Football is an explosive sport requiring power and speed in linear and non-linear sport specific movements. With the average time per play lasting 6 seconds and a 40 second play clock, football is an interval based sport switching from high intensity bursts of about 6 seconds and low intensity active-recovery periods of about 40 seconds. Due to the high intensity nature of each play, one goal of the off-season conditioning program is to train the capacity and efficiency of the short duration, high intensity energy system. Between plays, there is low intensity movement being performed, sometime... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6492&output=article
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Drills Report: Special Teams Organization for Competition Drills and Circuits One of the greatest challenges for coaching special teams at all levels is how to get maximum quality reps in the most efficient manner possible during practice. Teaching multiple skills and techniques to 60+ players takes the combined effort of the entire coaching staff. I rely on all our coaches to help teach our players different aspects of the kicking game. It also takes a great deal of planning and organization so that your time on the field is efficient.One organizational concept that we used last year was splitting our roster into four teams for the purpose of special teams. We used the... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6493&output=article
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Coach to Coach: Coaching Staff Self-Improvement from the Inside-Out Self-evaluation can be incredibly important for professional development, yet so often we make evaluation sterile, boring, and too driven by numbers. I will not focus on that type of evaluation for several reasons, not the least of which is that you probably already have a way to do that type of evaluation or have easy access to such an evaluation by performing a quick internet search. I’m going to propose a different type of self-evaluation, one that I believe is superior to the typical self-evaluation. This type of self-assessment may seem scary because it is short on assessment and long on ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6494&output=article
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Leadership Strategies: How to Develop a Steady Stream of ‘Championship Level QBs in Your Program, Part I There is not much argument in any level of football that to win consistently and compete for championships you need strong quarterback play. So what defines ‘strong quarterback play’ and how do you develop that consistently within an organization? This series of articles will lay out a clear path that can easily be followed in any program given the proper attention. Let’s first discuss what goes into the makings of a great quarterback. From there, you’ll be in a better position to choose who to invest your time into and how to develop them year after year so that the success of your program ca... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6495&output=article
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Hal Mumme – The Godfather of the Air Raid Offense Considered the original architect of the Air Raid Offense, Hal Mumme developed his passing game after studying the playbook of LaVell Edwards, the near-legendary coach of BYU. Mumme first brought the offense to Texas when he was the head coach at Copperas Cove High School. Mumme studied Edwards and built the high school program into a consistent power with the strength of a wide open passing attack. In those days the I-formation was king but Mumme saw possibilities with three and four receiver sets. Later he became the head coach at Iowa Wesleyan where he first installed the Air Raid. He then ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6496&output=article
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State Champions 2015 – The Best of the Best Gary Rankin – Alcoa High School, TNSpread Offense • 4-3 Defense•      Tennessee’s all-time winningest high school coach.•      Won 7 state championships in his 10 years at the school.•      Averaged 32 points in playoff games last fall, surrendering only 4.5 ppg.•      Defeated Christ Presbyterian Academy in 3A state title game, 20-0.Chris Wolfe – Male High School, Louisville, KYShotgun, No Huddle • 4-2-5 Defense•      Won first state title since 2000 with 15-0 record.•      ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6497&output=article
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Maximize Offense in the Real World of High School Football IntroductionTime is a football coach’s most precious commodity. Most coaches at the high school and youth levels are challenged with limitations (such as player talent and perhaps a limited number of experienced coaches); but all teams are limited by time. Even the best coaches believe there simply isn’t enough time to fully teach, install and rep all phases of the game to all players. The Double Gun offense is unique because it offers such a wide variety of options with one simple, time-efficient system. This article expands upon the introduction of the basic Double Gun offense (Gridiron Stra... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6498&output=article
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Off-Season Drill Work for Offensive Linemen The off-season, specifically the cycles around spring football, January through March and May through August, are absolutely vital to the growth and development of an offensive lineman. It is when they make the most significant gains in upper and lower body strength, speed, conditioning and explosiveness as well as continuing to develop and improve position specific technique. We preach the concept of doing it harder and better than it’s ever been done before. It is a constant strain to improve daily and “Win Today”.  There is a quote we have in our OL meeting room, taken from the Greek g... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6499&output=article
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Locking Down a Slot Wide Receiver Learning some techniques and progressions on covering a slot receiver will give you a foundation to improve your one-on-one match up in the slot. There are a variety of drills specifically for man-to-man technique that you can practice. Offensive coordinators are placing a premium on using spread systems. Therefore, the DB’s have to possess the skills to cover all types of players all over the field. Covering in the slot is a different facet of their craft and needs to be emphasized. Defensive coordinators can be limited when the safeties struggle covering in the slot. They still want to be ag... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6500&output=article
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Fire Zone Blitz The following is an overview of how we play our fire zone coverage concept. We utilize several different blitz patterns but our coverage rules remain consistent throughout. We use this exact information to teach our players not just to do their job, but the overall schematic of the coverage and why we do what we do. Fire Zone Blitzes consist of any 5 members of the defense rushing the passer, and 6 members of the defense dropping into pass coverage.  Essentially:5 Rushers6 Droppers•  For these 6 droppers we will use the phrase “3 Under, 3 Deep”.•  The 6 droppers are labeled and ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6501&output=article
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Your Take: I Hate Banquets (Part I) I hate banquets. I hate awards. I hate all-conference voting. I hate newspaper articles. I hate stats.Maybe it’s just this time of year as sports are winding down and people are starting to get recognized (or not recognized) for their on-field achievements. Or, maybe I have just reached my yearly tipping point, where I get so fed up with the modern culture surrounding high school athletics that I truly comprehend doing something else for a living.I think I am like most of you. I got into coaching (and subsequently athletic administration) because of what sports did for me. I do this because of... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6502&output=article