Mailbag Chat

Q1: How have you adjusted your practice to fit new full contact limitations?
Q2: What technique do you use to teach backside protection for roll out passes?
Q3: When do you start breaking down each opponent?
Q4: How do you involve your running back in the passing game?
Q5: How do you use trips to stress the defense?

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MS to HS Alignment

Q1: How do you develop and maintain a relationship with your middle school/feeder system?
Q2: What resources do you provide the coaches?
Q3: What are the feeder system coaches expected to teach about your football program?
Q4: How much time do you spend working with the feeder system?
Q5: Does your program have control over who coaches at the feeder schools?
Q6: How does your program work with the youth football teams?
Q7: How do you use your youth and feeder programs to develop your football community?

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Coaching Responsibilities

Q1: How does your head coach decide who fills each position on staff?
Q2: What responsibilities does the OC have through the season and the rest of the year?
Q3: What responsibilities does the DC have through the season and the rest of the year?
Q4: How does an assistant show they are ready to handle the responsibilities of a coordinator or become a head coach?
Q5: Are you provided a written description of what your responsibilities include?
Q6: What do you consider “other duties as assigned” to be pretty typical for a coach?
Q7: What advice for coaches new to the profession can you provide regarding their new responsibilities?

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Football Trends

Q1: How are you adapting your RPOs to beat man coverage?
Q2: How does your OL work to pick up extra defenders on playside of your zone runs?
Q3: How can you incorporate unbalanced formations like Stanford uses and maintain an uptempo offense?
Q4: How do you teach your defenders to defeat blocks?
Q5: How are you teaching your safeties to properly identify Run/Pass and be effective vs RPOs?

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Offseason Football

Q1: How do you balance offseason strength and speed acquisition with teaching football skills and scheme?
Q2: How do you focus instruction in the spring without the end goal of winning a game?
Q3: If you spend your athletic period focused on football, how do you encourage the athletes to lift?
Q4: When you start phasing in football specific work, where do you want to be once you start Spring Ball?
Q5: To end the chat, please go over a drill or two that you enjoy doing that doesn’t involve pads

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Zone Scheme and Drills

Q1: What zone scheme do you use (IZ, OZ, MZ, SZ) and how do you install it?
Q2: A)Do your OL all step in the same direction or do you look for double teams? B)What drills do you use?
Q3: A)What do you teach your RB to read? B)What drills do you use?
Q4: How do you work your QB reads for give, keep, or RPO?
Q5: How do your personnel packages impact what you do with your zone scheme?

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Evolution of Football: Coaching

Q1: How has coaching changed over the past 10-20 years?
Q2: What are the most pressing issues a coach must be able to handle today?
Q3: How have advances in technology changed the coaching profession?
Q4: How do you define “old school” coaching and is it still relevant today?
Q5: How have expectations of coaches in college and the pros impacted the high school coach?

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Evolution of Football: Rules and Safety

Q1: How do rule changes impact the way football is played?
Q2: What rule changes have resulted in major changes in the game?
Q3: With player safety being a hot button issue, are rules changes necesary or an overreaction?
Q4: Which rules do you feel are more progressive, NFHS rules or NCAA rules?
Q5: Do safety rules regarding concussion protocol do enough to protect our players?
Q6: What is your definition of a “defenseless player”?
Q7: What rule would you add or subtract to help improve the game?

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