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April/May 2017

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42 A P R I L / M A Y 2 0 1 7 Start today at usafootball.com/coaches-notes. Read it. Watch it. Print it off. Mark it up. STRATEGIES YOU CAN TRUST. WRITTEN BY COACHES, FOR COACHES. It's more than another article. It's your insider's look. Subscribe and access unlimited content for only $50/year! Because so many teams are now employing no-huddle offenses, defensive huddles should be stored on the same shelf as leather helmets. Defensive calls should be conveyed to players from the sideline via wristbands. Also, all verbiage must be eliminated from the call. Many coaches avoid implementing complex stunt maneuvers or comprehensive stunt packages because they are unable to express the information in a concise, precise manner. The answer? Simplify. For me, "Nat-Wamer-1 Tag" is all I need to tell my defense to convey five vital bits of information: How defenders are aligned in the box, three different stunt maneuvers and the pass coverage. The system works as follows: Since no defensive alignment is mentioned, players know that they will line up in their base alignment. No need exists to mention the alignment if it's a team's base. If you want to change from base to something else, simply precedes the call with a single syllable that designates the variant. Two-digit numbers and word descriptions are too long- winded. For example, "forty-three" and "single flex" both add three syllables to the call. It is much more succinct to assign each variation a single syllable (e.g., sap, wap, Mom, Tom, etc.) than to give a multi-syllable word or number description. Next, defensive maneuvers are designated by phonetic sounds that can be merged to create words that are meaningless to everyone on the planet except the players who use them every day in practice. For example, with Nat-Wamer 1 Tag: Nat tells nose and Ted to twist Wam tells Whip to blitz through the weakside A gap. When the suffix "er" is added to "wam" or any other stunt involving Whip, Mike is assigned to play his Base 3 technique versus run and spy the near back versus pass. 1 Tag conveys a variation of Cover 1 in which the strong end covers the tight end and Stud blitzes from the edge. Base Cover 1 stunts and twists in the double eagle-double flex defense Add to my list LEO HAND Learn the Philosophy Go beyond the surface with a comprehensive breakdown of the strategy. See it in Action You know the philosophy, you understand the schematics, now watch it come together. COACHES' NOTES Dive Into the Xs and Os For onfield topics, get the details on how to implement them into your program. Circle #119 or text CADAPR119 to 41411

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