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 'CST/-6.0/no 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 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 The Psychology of Football Maybe Knute Rockne said it best, “Football is a game played with arms, legs, and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.”Every coach is trying to get an edge on the mental side of football. It could be on the best way to motivate his players or simplifying a defensive scheme so his athletes can comprehend it easier. Most psychologists say focusing on simple goals can lead a player to identify and seize more opportunities.Jared Wood is a sports psychology consultant in Southeast Michigan and has been writing the ‘Coach to Coach’ column for a few months. It seems like the complexity of the game i... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6445&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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In knowing their surroundings, I’m talking about the scheme, and not only their fits, but the fits of players on either side of them. One of the biggest things we forget as coaches is to teach our players where their help is. Knowing where their help is allows them to play faster and attack in proper angles. Not knowing where your help is creates a slower, timid, or cautious player, because they are trying not to make a mistake or miss a tackle.  A lot of ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6446&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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Not only did I want to accomplish this, but I also wanted our players to feel energetic, explosive, and powerful come Saturday. Since the beginning of my career in strength and conditioning, it has been common for football players to squat on the day after a game or the next day, and that would be the only squat training ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6447&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 'CST/-6.0/no 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 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Coach to Coach: To Overcome Early Season Adversity, Become a Champ Early season adversity is common in football. Whether the adversity is a devastating loss, poor team chemistry, or another issue, a pre-planned process for improvement is necessary. Here are some suggestions for overcoming adversity and becoming a CHAMP. Can DoAdversity is often hard to overcome because individuals and teams stay focused on the problem for too long. A loss or setback always stings, and it should, but moving on and not looking back is essential for improvement. I like when teams have rules for limiting how long a loss (or a win for that matter) can be mourned (or celebrated). M... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6449&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 'CST/-6.0/no 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 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Leadership Strategies: In Need of a New Direction Coaching staffs should not expect seniors to lead simply based on their age. So, the ultimate goal of our program became to build better men, to help them to grow individually, and eventually teach them how to lead other young men. The result of our emphasis on leadership has been impressive. In 2014 we had a 13-game winning streak that included a #1 Missouri state ranking, a top 150 national ranking, and a narrow defeat in the Class 5 State Semifinals.      Providing a Bigger Purpose In 2013, my first year at Park Hill, we allowed our athletes to select captains. We quickl... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6450&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 'CST/-6.0/no 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 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Texas Legend Phil Danaher Phil Danaher has been the head coach at Calallen High School (Corpus Christi, Texas) since 1984. He is one of two coaches in the history of Texas high school football that has amassed over 400 wins. Danaher has a chance in 2016 to surpass the all-time leader – G. A. Moore – who won 426 games over a 44-year career. Danaher’s career record is 407-103-4.Danaher’s teams have made the playoffs every year since he arrived at Calallen. Before he took over the program, Calallen had not reached the playoffs for 29 straight seasons. He spoke with American Football Monthly about his career and his coachi... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6451&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 'CST/-6.0/no 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 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Having a Dominant Defense at the Point of Attack – URI uses a four word progression every snap to maximize the play of their defensive line. URI uses a four word progression every snap to maximize the play of their defensive line.Coaching a defensive line to be dominant is based on consistency in coaching. The players standard of performance begins and ends with their coach. We believe if players don’t understand their assignments, we need to change the way they are taught. Consequently, if drills aren’t showing up on tape, the drill needs to be adjusted. There is no such thing as “dumb players”, just different types of learners. It is our job as a football coach to get them to reach their potential. Most players know where they wa... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6452&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 'CST/-6.0/no 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. 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This is our philosophy for special teams play:•  We use the KISS principle – Keep It Simple Stupid – which allows you to focus on fundamentals.•  Give the illusion that you do a lot of different formations, motions, etc.•  Take calculated risks such as fakes, onside kicks, etc. By being simple, multiple and aggressive, we have ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6453&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 'CST/-6.0/no 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 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Shrug Off Predictability with Formation Adjustments, Not Checks – Offensive coaches, now more than ever, are using non-traditional sets to gain an advantage on the defense. Football has always been a game of numbers, leverage and angles. Offenses are constantly adjusting their formations and schemes to gain the advantage. You normally hear this in regards to the run game but, it applies to the pass game as well. Now more than ever, offensive coaches are using non-traditional sets (i.e., Bunch, Empty, Unbalanced) to gain the numeric or angle advantages on the defense. They also are taking advantage of another situation – predictability.If you are like most defensive coaches, you make a check to “non-traditional” sets. Your players know what to check – “Bunch check... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6454&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 'CST/-6.0/no 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 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 The Drive Series – It is critical for the QB to read coverage early for this series of plays to be successful. One of the pass series in our playbook that allows us flexibility and options vs. defenses is the Drive Series. The Drive encompasses concepts that can be successful against most coverages. The routes within the series also create some big play chances if the quarterback can recognize the coverage early. We install the three main plays of the series in the first two days of our August camp because, in addition to the fact that these plays are good for both first down and third downs, they also help our quarterbacks learn to read triangles early.  To make this series and all our pass conce... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6455&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 'CST/-6.0/no 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 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 3-4 Front with Quarters Coverage: Base Front Variations – These four variations of the 3-4 defense may help your defense with one more player having ‘drop skills.’ Over the past two and a half years of being directly involved with the 3-4 defense and through doing our research, we have encountered several different ways to adjust the base 3-4 look and play a multiple quarters coverage behind it.Some form of the 3-4 defense is being increasingly implemented at all levels of football. There are many reasons for this but the fundamental premise that our Head Coach Mike Archer and Defensive Coordinator Jared Backus always hangs their hat on is that it allows us to keep one more player with “drop skills” on the field at all times.  Our system is multiple... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6456&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 'CST/-6.0/no 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. 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We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 Quarterback Pulley Drills with Surgical Tubing By Bill Mountjoy, Retired Coach After stretching exercises, have your quarterbacks execute the pulley drills. There are high pulls, medium pulls, and low pulls. There should be 15 repetitions at each level and the number of reps should be increased by five pulls each week. Here is the complete execution of the drill: · Place the throwing hand in a loop with the hand open and the palm turned in, simulating a grip on the football. · Drape the other end of tubing over your throwing shoulder. · Put the non-throwing hand behind your back, reaching as h... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6458&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 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/americanfootballmonthly.com/httpdocs/feed/index.php on line 36 FREE FORM - Offensive Game Plan With the season just about to start, it’s time to complete your “Offensive Game Plan Form.” This two-page form includes a complete down and distance guide as well as listings for halftime adjustments, special situations, two-minute offense, and end of game plays. Download Here... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6459&output=article