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 - Hat's Off to You, Coach The next time you go into our online archive of back issues at AmericanFootballMonthly.com, scroll all the way down to June 2004 and open up our cover story on John McKissick. At the time we published this profile, McKissick was the all-time winningest coach at any level of football with 510 victories in 52 years as head coach at Summerville High School in South Carolina. In the feature, he shared some of his secrets of success and longevity with our readers. He summed up his belief that football is really a simple game by commenting, “I stress that football is really just running, blocking an... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6411&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 Drills Report: The Run-Up, Escape Drill The ‘Run-Up, Escape Drill’ teaches our quarterbacks three important fundamentals – ball security, vision downfield, and launching while trying to escape or avoid pressure. The drills we practice are the drills that we witness our players performing as we watch game tape. The Run-Up, Escape Drill is one drill which we see over and over as we watch game film and then rep daily in practice.We can incorporate under center drops (5 or 7-step) or shotgun drops (3 or 5-step) into the drill. We start by placing targets downfield. You can use your favorite pattern possessions as seen in diagram 1. We a... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6412&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: Train Like A football Player At the core of all strength and conditioning, there is one unalienable principle: a body is a body. With so much focus on sport-specific training, it is easy for a coach to be enamored with the latest, greatest, custom-built program. The truth is, however, that without a solid base, none of that matters. So, before I explore the methods by which we prepare some of the top football players in the area, I will identify the building blocks to our program.One: Technique. We cannot control the sort of athletes who walk through our door – nature makes a receiver 6’5”, we don’t – so, on the first day... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6413&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. 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When the subject comes up about conditioning, one must consider what may be good, bad or just simply indifferent.For some programs conditioning begins in January and ends at the end of fall camp. This constitutes a long series of training for what is termed, conditioning. Some programs condition just during the spring and summer months and, as odd as it may seem, there a... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6414&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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Follow this plan each day, and you will get better.BuildTo be a great coach, you must build relationships. Relationships are the primary e... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6415&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 From the Coach's Bookshelf: Power Assessments The popularity of plymometrics training for strength and conditioning coaches is gaining tremendous momentum. High-Powered Plyometrics (Human Kinetics, 2015), written by University of Oregon Strength and Conditioning Coach James Radcliffe and fitness professional Robert Farentinos includes a complete training regimen and a total of 81 exercises for explosive training. Any program dedicated to enhancing performance needs an ongoing method of evaluating its direction and participants’ fitness and accomplishments. To use the stretch–shortening cycle optimally, athletes and their coaches need... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6416&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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The University of Idaho’s quick passing game was first developed by Head Coach Dennis Erickson when he coached the Vandals. Now, Paul Petrino has refined the quick passing game after working on it with his brother, Bobby, when both coached at Louisville. Our goals with the quick passing game are to get the ball out of our QB’s hands quickly and produce explosive plays with short passes.  This demands a system that is detailed, disciplined, and practiced every day at full speed.We feel confident using the quick passing game at any down and distance situation, even third and medium and thir... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6417&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. 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Creating mismatches, getting the ball into the hands of your playmakers, spreading the field and forcing the defense to play in space are three of the primary goals associated with this offensive scheme. Proper execution coupled with accurate quarterback reads is one way for a spread offense to gain a schematic twelfth man advantage in the passing game. Taking the snap from the shotgun position has been instrumental in creating better downfield vision for the quarterback. This has operated to improve not ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6418&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. 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One primary characteristic of high tempo offenses is their reliance on a core set of simple, yet effective, pass game concepts. The “high – low” concept is a staple of many spread offenses. Our version of the “high-low” features a pivot, with a deep dig over the top of it. We have also discovered that using some auxiliary route structures related to the ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6419&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 Why We Do What We Do - A Look Inside Clemson's Strength and Conditioning Program. The foundation of any successful collegiate football program is an understanding and commitment by all who work with the student-athletes to shape them into the vision the head coach has for the team. Head Coach Dabo Swinney has a vision of greatness for our program, which in the past four years, has driven us to two ACC Atlantic Division Championships, one conference championship, a 4-year span of 10+-win seasons, three straight bowl wins over ranked opponents, three straight Top 15 finishes, and the winningest senior class in the school’s history (42 wins in 4 years). Coach Swinney’s three-p... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6421&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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We have incorporated different unbalanced sets as a part of our offensive scheme. Our players understand what we are trying to accomplish with these sets and, more importantly, they understand the do’s and don’ts in these formations. Ultimately, with these formations, we look to surprise the defense and create a small amount of confusion. We also look to out-leverage the defense and bring more players to a side of a formation than the defense can handle.When using these sets your players must understand th... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6422&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. 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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 A Complete Summer Conditioning Program Each program has different goals when it comes to strength and conditioning training during the winter months and then in the summer:Winter •  Conditioning is not a focal point.•  Time to develop size and strength. •  Fine tune mechanics and speed and agility (linear and deceleration).Summer•  Learn to carry the new weight.•  Develop max strength and peak power.•  Prepare the athlete to deal with the extremes of fall camp.Four Day SplitJune•  Monday - Linear speed/plyos/compete.•  Tuesday - Team conditioning.•  Thursday - Programmed agilities/plyos/... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6423&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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Golden has 18 years of collegiate strength and conditioning experience. Prior to UMass, he coached for two seasons at the University of South Florida. He also coached at East Carolina, helping build the Pirates into one of the top programs in Conference USA, winning back-to- back conference championships with Head Coach Skip Holtz.  While at ECU, he also trained first round draft pick Chris Johnson who recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL Combine history. Golden has also coached at the University... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6424&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. 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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 Interview with Dr. Jared Wood and Jeff Heath, Dallas Cowboys Safety and Special Teams Starter This past off-season I had the opportunity to interview Jeff Heath, a safety and special teams starter for the Dallas Cowboys. I love getting to interview guys like Jeff because they weren't superstars coming out of high school or college, and yet they are able to make it in the NFL. To me, guys like Jeff are a great study in how to do things right mentally and how to make a big transformation - from a barely recruited player at the D-II level - to an NFL caliber player in just four years. Below I've transcribed my interview with Jeff, and I added some comments about how his answers ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6426&output=article