Here are my notes from the 2017 AFCA Convention

It’s that time of year again. The AFCA Convention was great.

I heard a lot of great speakers, re-connected with old friends, and even met some of you.

The topics covered include:

  • The New Mexico Triple Option Offense
  • The Navy Run Game
  • How to run a program on a shoe string budget (with great fundraising tips)
  • Former NDSU now Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl on building a program
  • Both defensive coordinators from this past Orange Bowl share their philosophies
  • And more!

If you weren’t fortunate enough to go, have no fear, I always share the notes I take with my readers, so click the link and get yours free!

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Alex Kirby

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How to Download Football Games from YouTube


There has never been a better time to be a football fan.

If you miss a college football game, or maybe you just want to go back and study a bunch of games from a particular team, YouTube is the place to go.

But what if you want to save those games? Is there a way to get them onto your computer?


I get this question all the time, and today I’m gonna show you how to download football games from YouTube.

Step One – Find A Game On YouTube

How To Download Football Games From YouTube - Step 1

Let’s say I wanna find the TV copy of Clemson vs Louisville from earlier this season. I’ll search for the game and find it. » Read more

Play of the Day – Delanie Walker Tight End Screen

How do you keep the defense honest, especially when you bring a bunch of big guys on the field who are normally used to move the ball on the ground? Let’s take an example from the Titans playbook.

The Play

The Titans come out in 13T Personnel, where one of the tight end spots is being played by an extra offensive tackle (#71).

The one receiver they’ve actually got on the field is veteran Andre Johnson, who runs across the field to the opposite side to try and clear out the defense to that side, and maybe bring a defender or two with him.

Mariota carries out the play fake and then delivers the ball to Delanie Walker on a tight end screen, who gets a decent gain on first down.

This is a great way to create a passing threat out of a normally run-heavy personnel grouping.


What really sells this play is the two pullers, one guard and one tight end (Fasano) pulling to simulate the counter action on the play.

The weak side blitz that doesn’t get there in time just means that the Colts defense is a man short to that side, and it makes it a lot easier for the blockers to get out in front.

Here’s the Video:

Walker runs this route better than a lot of receivers. Instead of dancing around, he gets vertical right away, and turns this into a very productive first down call, setting up the offense ahead of schedule.

Having the ability to run the tight end screen out of multiple formations and personnel groupings gives your opponent something else they have to worry about. It’s a low-risk, high-reward approach that can turn into a big play if the defense doesn’t flow to the play and pursue properly.

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8 Free Football Coaching Videos You Can Watch With Amazon Prime


Free football coaching videos are great, but they’re even better if they’re coming from some of the top names in the business.

You’ll probably recognize most of these names, but others may be brand new to you. These videos were shot in the mid 90’s, but the meat of the information is still relevant today.

At some point, these old videos were put up on Amazon and included in their Prime members library (for FREE).

If you’re not a Prime member, you can try it free…

If you are a member, let’s talk about the videos available to you below.

Yes, these videos are a bit old, but there are still plenty of great pieces of wisdom, especially about the fundamentals of the game.

1. Tom Osborne – Practice, Organization & Game Strategies

One of the most successful coaches in college football history, Osborne was a master tactician, and his offenses tore up the scoreboard every Saturday afternoon for years. In this video, Osborne goes into how he organized his program, practice, and gives his advice on game situations, including halftime procedures.

Click here to watch

2. Phil Fulmer – Offensive Line

Phil Fulmer is a master of the offensive line position, having coached it for years before becoming the head coach in 1992 at Tennessee. In fact, Jon Gruden credits Fulmer for helping him learn a lot of the basics early on in his career when he was a graduate assistant with the Volunteers. There is plenty of great stuff here.

Click here to watch

3. Mack Brown – Defensive Line

The former Texas head coach has long been a respected teacher of the game, and in this video he talks about what he teaches his defensive linemen.

Click here to watch

4. Frank Beamer – Special Teams

Is there anyone else you’d rather learn about special teams from? Frank Beamer goes through the fundamentals of many of the critical skills needed for the kicking game, including long snapping. If you’re a coach trying to find a niche and move up in this profession, you’ll never have a hard time finding a job if you’re a great special teams coach.

Click here to watch

5. Bob Toledo – Quarterbacks

Coach Toledo was the head coach at UCLA and Tulane, and most recently was the offensive coordinator at San Diego State. Watch and learn the mechanics of the quarterback position.

Click here to watch

6. Boyd Epley – Strength & Conditioning

When Nebraska hired Epley in 1969, things were a lot different. He was actually the first paid strength coach in college football, and he’s been a leader in the field of strength and conditioning ever since.

Click here to watch

7. John Cooper – Defensive Backs

Cooper was the head coach of the Buckeyes before the Jim Tressel era, and put together an impressive overall record. Learn defensive back play from a guy who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Click here to watch

8. Bobby Bowden – Receivers

Watch the former Florida State head coach break down the fundamentals of playing receiver.
He would know, after all, he’s coached a lot of good ones.

Click here to watch


If you’re not a Prime member, you can try it free for 30 days.

You’ll get access to these and hundreds of other videos for free, as well as free 2-day shipping on thousands of items in the Amazon store.

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James Vint on Offensive Game Plan Efficiency

Coach James Vint is always a great read. We finally got to meet in person a couple of weeks ago at Texas HS Coaching School, but I’ve always been a fan of his stuff, and this article is another reason why.

He wrote a great blog post a couple of days ago about how to track the number of practice reps you’re getting each week and how that ties into how much offense you can carry with you into a game.

“I decided to take an analytical approach. We had approximately 50 team reps each day, 25 inside run reps, 25 team on air reps, and 25 7-on-7 reps each day. If we had four days of practice, we would get 500 reps a week. These 500 reps were sacred. We had to make sure we used them wisely so we were prepared each week.

The first thing we did was cut down on the number of calls we had in our game plan. In a typical game we are going to run between 70 and 85 plays. We aren’t going to run 85 different plays. We are going to repeat plays throughout the game. And often, we are going to find a call that works and repeat it over and over. Once we find a formation and concept that works, we often will call that concept several times.”


This is a great approach because it treats practice reps as the scare resources that they are, and that’s not something to be taken lightly.

Read the whole thing here.

Aaron Rodgers on Preparation, Playing QB, and Peyton Manning


On his HBO show “Any Given Wednesday” last week, Bill Simmons had a long and interesting interview full of great Aaron Rodgers quotes, and he delivered some great insight on playing quarterback and the finer points of pre-snap strategy.

He went into a lot of detail on his offensive philosophy, who his biggest influences are at the quarterback position, and even talked about Peyton Manning’s Omaha call, and the meaning behind it.

Most pro athletes are mediocre interviews at best, but Rodgers actually gave a lot of great information here, and he even talked about the “quick flat” play I’ve written about before.

He also had a great quote about practice and preparation:


Some more things covered:

  • Would you rather have A- running backs and receivers and a C- offensive line, OR an A- offensive line with D- running backs and receivers?
  • His thoughts on what Peyton Manning did well, especially during his time with the Colts
  • Why the simplest stuff is the most effective.
  • Pre-snap verbiage and the need to change up week after week
  • The areas of the field and the situations where he’s most likely to draw a defender off-sides.

Watch the whole thing here:



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A new wrinkle on an old favorite: The Ohio State run game

Urban Meyer is not an innovator, and that’s OK.

He’d be the first guy to tell you he didn’t invent any of the plays his teams run on Saturdays, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less of a coach.

In my opinion, being an innovator is overrated anyway, compared to all the other qualities needed to be a great coach.

(But that’s a whole nother conversation)

We all love to break down great teams and the little wrinkles they bring to the table, and Ohio State is no different.

Learn why the Buckeye run game is even more dangerous when the tight end doesn’t block anyone at all.

Chris Ault: Pistol Inside Zone Basics

Chris Ault Pistol Inside Zone

It’s official: The inside zone has taken over the game of football.

Look far and wide, but it’s increasingly rare that you’ll find a team at most levels of the game who doesn’t have it somewhere in their playbook, especially in college or the pros.

Still, there are holdouts. Maybe you’re one of them?

Don’t worry, Chris Ault, renowned creator of the Pistol offense, knows exactly how you feel.

As he talks about in the video below, he was never a big zone guy.

Now? He’s considered one of the foremost experts in the zone run game, especially the pistol inside zone.

After retiring as the head coach at Nevada, Ault now works as a consultant with the Kansas City Chiefs.

You may not be able to hire him as a consultant for your team, but he’s got a great video course over at CoachTube on the basics of the Inside Zone, and I highly recommend it.

For now though, let’s talk about what made him change his mind and embrace the inside zone. » Read more

How Wade Phillips threw a wrench into the Panthers game plan

Hey, I’m back!

Just a quick update on some things that will be changing:

I’ve been brought on board with to head up the football section of their site, and a big part of that is writing regular content for all different places, including on the CoachTube blog.

I’m not gonna bore you with my life story, but to sum it all up, I’ll be doing a lot more writing now, and you’ll get updated whenever I get a new post out there, which, as it turns out, happened today.

So here are two things I want to let you know about on this Friday morning.

1. The first is that I wrote about a simple but effective strategy that Wade Phillips used to take away a big part of the Panthers game plan in Super Bowl 50.

You can read about that here.

2. The second thing is that CoachTube offers a free starter course for the Gus Malzahn Offense that features several videos from his popular clinic series.

Click here to start watching

3 Ways Green Bay Uses Randall Cobb

They say one of the hardest things to do in sports is to do what you’re expected to do.

What does that mean exactly?

Every year in the draft there are always those few guys who have all kinds of ability, and commentators love to talk about all the different things NFL coaches could do with them.

Unfortunately, for any number of reasons, those guys don’t have a great track record at the pro level.

Remember Percy Harvin? What about Matt Jones?

There are plenty of others who had the kind of skill set that coaches dream of, but they never could quite make it work the way they hoped.

Whether it’s mediocre quarterback play from the offense, a lack of creativity from the coaching staff, or they’re trying to force him into a position that he’s just not suited for, these things usually end with a lot of “what ifs.”

Randall Cobb is the exception, and not only has he survived, he’s thrived in his role as the X-factor for the Green Bay offense.

The guy played quarterback AND receiver in college, and did both very well. Instead of hampering him and weighing him down, it appears to have strengthened his game, and allowed the Packers to use him in ways they could use other players.

Wanna learn more?

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