Game Planning the Passing Game with Dan Gonzalez

Dan Gonzalez is former Texas High School football player, college player, and coach. He is now a consultant, helping teams with their passing game. To read his articles and learn more about his system, check his website dan gonzalez passing game

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Summer Programs

Q1: What opportunities do you provide your team to work together during the summer?
Q2: Are you allowed to coach your athletes in the summer?
Q3: What role does 7on7 play with your program?
Q4: How do you get your athletes to the weight room to work out together?
Q5: What skills camps do you host during the summer and what age do you target?
Q6: What is the most important activity you want your athletes doing each summer?
Q7: What message do you tell your athletes when they leave school for the summer to be prepared for the fall?

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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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