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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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:

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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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