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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 – Winning Ways At the end of the college football season, we assemble AFM’s panel of experts to debate which FBS coach is most worthy of receiving the Rawlings Football Coach of the Year honor. Winning is not the only criterion. We try to identify the coach whose team most exceeded their expectations and/or overcame obstacles on their way to a breakout season. This year, the debate was short and sweet. It was clear, even before the championship game, that there was one coach that not only had brought his team to the brink of the title, but had done so in the face of long odds and a massive personnel challeng... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6362&output=article Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. 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As coaches, we  sometimes coach first and teach second. Our mental energy is usually revved up when we hit the field and sometimes we overlook teaching moments that could be useful.Coaching is defined as teaching and training athletes or performers. Teaching speed requires just that – teaching, not merely directing a workout based on activity and the number of repetitions completed. It should be providing information that is viable for processing skills that are useful during moments of competition. Take more time and slow down th... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6363&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 <img style='vertical-align:middle;height:24px;' src=http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/images/video_player_icon40x32.gif valign=middle height=30 > Strength Report: Indiana’s Off-Season Training Philosophy College football seasons are becoming longer and more physical than ever before. With many college football teams seasons lasting from 14 to 20 weeks, it is critical to use the off-season training weeks as a time to rebuild and retrain in a proper way. In order to start the year off with a proper foundation for the upcoming year, off season training programs can last anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks  consecutively, depending on a number of factors -  spring practice start dates, team discretionary weeks,  and whether or not schools are on a quarter or semester system. It is my belief ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6364&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: Four Running Back Drills for Good Footwork and Instinctive Moves Running backs need to have great footwork. They also need to be able to make moves as second nature. These are not the only things that we practice. But it is very important to make sure that the running backs get plenty of work on these. With our spread offense, the running backs need to be instinctive. Being able to make moves without thinking is critically important.  We work on drills that will help us during game situations. There are four drills that we work on every day to improve our footwork and help out players make quick instinctive moves.Drill 1 - Footwork Drill/Run Through Dr... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6365&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 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 Coach to Coach: The Mindset of Excellence At the end of the 2013 season, I remember watching 15-0 North Dakota State win their third straight FCS title. An ESPN reporter got to Head Coach Craig Bohl in the end zone for the post-game interview. At the end of the interview I heard coach Bohl say, “We pursue perfection and along the way we touch excellence”.           It takes an incredible attitude to push for something so unattainable that it can never be reached and then ultimately settle for the by- product. Excellence is coach Bohl’s by-product? That’s an amazing mindset. Pushing for... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6367&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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Somehow, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes did not come close to following that formula, yet the team pulled off one of the most memorable championship runs in recent history.For the leadership Meyer displayed in overcoming multiple obstacles, defying the odds, and proving the experts wro... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6368&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 Zoned In - Inside zone drills for covered and uncovered linemen To get the most out of our O-linemen we use an effective drill called the Board Drill, which is  part of our every day drills. We buy into it and start each day on the boards to develop great departure angles, contact, and follow through.The inside zone is the area blocking scheme where the covered lineman blocks on and the uncovered lineman blocks the playside gap often resulting in combinations. The O-linemen must read the near foot of the first DL. Movement is the key. The OL and RBs steps should mirror each other.INSIDE ZONE (COVERED LINEMAN)Departure Angle   •  First step i... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6369&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 DC Leadership Lessons - Detail is critical in making sure a staff knows the expectations of a defensive coordinator. As a defensive coordinator, you are the head coach of the defense. That’s the way I approach it every day. Before fall camp and spring ball,  I discuss my expectations for each coach and their position group. As the leader of those coaches, I want to make sure we are on the same page. My Expectations -A.  No egos. We should all be trying to achieve the same thing.We should all be in this for the kids. If you are in it for any other reason such as money, notoriety, or yourself, you won’t be around long. This game has been and always will be about the players and, of course, the team. ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6370&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 Get Organized - Having an efficient and effective play calling system can help maximize your offensive potential. As the offensive coordinator, there are many ways to organize your play calls. After six years as an offensive coordinator, I have experimented with several formats to find what works for me. What I have settled on is a format that is flexible in games and helpful in game planning on the weekends.When structuring my call sheet, the first thing I did was to create landmark calls. We broke the field down by zones, similar to what air raid teams do. But we decided to get more specific and have calls for the different yards lines within each 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 Training the Offensive Lineman Your offensive line is the life-blood of your football team. A strong, quick OL can change the complexion of any football game. Many of our players that went on to NFL careers took a strong interest in the weight room and the benefits it brought them. In this age of fast-paced offensive football, there still comes a time where your OL is going to be asked to put the game away.  To accomplish our goal of developing offensive linemen to handle the pressure of a fourth quarter win, we focus on two major aspects of training – leg strength and power development. We train for injury prevention ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6372&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 AEMA Report: Shoulder Pads – To Recondition or Not to Recondition? Many professionals involved in the administration of athletic programs that involve the use of various types of protective equipment are faced with the dilemma of keeping the equipment in reliable and sanitary condition from season to season. As with most of the other tasks they are assigned, this endeavor is frequently controlled by the constant constraints on today’s sports budgets and the perceived value of these expenses. Few will argue the significance and necessity of establishing an annual schedule to monitor the repair and recertification of protective head gear, mostly because of lia... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6373&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 – The New QB Gurus Most coaches would agree that quarterback is the most critical position in the sport. This past decade has seen the boom of the specialized private quarterback-coach business, transforming the position and the game. Former Super Bowl winning quarterback Trent Dilfer is one of this new breed, running the prestigious Elite 11 camp and starting his own training method. In this excerpt from The QB – The Making of Modern Quarterbacks, veteran sports writer and bestselling author Bruce Feldman gives an inside look at the private quarterback training business.One by one they each gazed up at – and th... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6374&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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These goals were all measurable outcomes we could strive to achieve in each game. How we measured each goal may vary from year to year but these goals always included winning as our #1 goal. This goal was followed by goals for takeaways, rushing yards, passing yards, third down defense, three and outs, and other... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6375&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 FREE FORM - Linebacker Grade Sheet The off-season is the time to evaluate the skill level of your offense and defense. The Linebacker Grade Sheet is the perfect form to evaluate the performance of your linebackers. In addition to including tackles – made, assisted and missed – the form also lists ‘pass react,’  ‘plug hole,’ and ‘defeat block.’ Points are then awarded for an overall grade. Download the Linbacker Grade Sheet Here ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6376&output=article