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Keeping Drives Alive: Effective Third Down Game Planning
\'Efficient is doing the job right. Effective is doing the right job.\'
© August 2004
At Western Michigan University, we utilize a multi-faceted approach
when it comes time to game plan third down. It is a cooperative
effort, involving all of the members of the offensive staff and
the head coach.
Before any meaningful discussion on third downs takes place, you must develop
the down and distance parameters that will guide you through your game planning.
We have two general categories, run situation and pass situation. We’ll
game plan two run situations for third down: 3rd/1 and 3rd/2-3. Our third down
pass situation game plan has the following: 3rd/4-6, 3rd/7-10, 3rd 11-15, and
One of the ways that Gary Darnell, WMU’s Head Coach, requires our staff
to measure 3rd down effectiveness is through the use of quality control....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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