Meal Prep: Easy Lunch/Dinner

In my last post I wrote about an easy way to PREP BREAKFAST for the week.

Now I will explain how I make my Lunch/Dinner at the same time (i try to be as efficient as I can.

For Lunch I make a CajunAlfredo pasta with ground turkey.

For Dinner a Turkey Burrito Bowl.

 

I make Lunch and Dinner on the stove WHILE my breakfast is in the oven (multi tasking at its finest).

Super Easy,

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 Packs of Ground Turkey (I use 93/7)
  • Pasta and Sauce of your choice
  • Black beans/taco seasoning/salsa of your choice

Step 1: Start boiling water for Pasta while you get the ground turkey cooking (I start making my breakfast while I am waiting on water to boil.

Step 2: Cook Pasta and drain.

Step 3: Once Turkey is cooked add half to pasta, add sauce, and add some spices… I like to make it Cajun.

Mix it all together, divide out into tupperware for the week and Lunch is done.

Step 5: Take the rest of the turkey still in pan, add some taco seasoning and black beans. Divide into tupperware and top with salsa and/or whatever veggies you like.

Super simple recipes, easy to cook, and easily adaptable to fit your specific tastes.

 

 

 

 

Running DUO from BUNCH

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hearing formers Raiders assistant OL Coach Tim Holt speak on Bunch Run Game Concepts. One of the concepts Holt spoke about was “DUO”.  Duo seems to have taken over the social media coaching fraternity in the last year.  I first heard about duo about 2 years ago.  I saw a few diagrams and saw a few cut ups of a play quite often called “Power without the puller”.  I REALLY started to notice it more and more watching NFL games this past season.

At first glance it can appear like just another Inside Zoneplay; I think it is a bit more powerful, with better angles like you get in GAP schemes.

Coach Holt did an excellent job of explaining how they teach it and the key to making it all work.

Offensive Line:

The play starts with the Center “ID”ing the Will LB(#1 LB).  He will work with the BSG to double team on a path to pick up the Will.

The BST can work OUT on the backside DE similar to how he would by himself on an inside zone block.

The PSG and PST can double back on the DT on a track toward MIKE(#2 LB) like how they would on Power. Coach Holt made a very specific point that they ONLY need to worry about the Mike IF he fills A gap.  They don’t need to worry about him if he goes over the top into B gap because the RB is reading him (more on this later).

The Bunch:

The TE and 2 WRs in the bunch are what make the play work.  The TE (aligned off the ball) kicks the DE out.

The 2 WRs in the bunch HAVE to account for the #3 LB(Sam in the diagrams below).  This was Holt’s biggest key to making the play work.  Duo can only work if they are able to get #3 blocked. Their general rule is to “zone it” both working inside to pick up the #3 LB and the next closest box threat (Diagram 1).

Diagram 1

If the defense aligns with a defender heavy on the point man on the bunch, they can also use a fold scheme… having the point man block out, and the other WR go behind him to pick up #3 (Diagram 2).

Diagram 2

The last blocking variation they use is to Push the outside bunch WR to Safety when they see a Cloud Corner… they figure the Corner can’t make a tackle on an inside run so they are better off getting the safety blocked (Diagram3).

Diagram3

 

The success of the play is built around being able to block #3 (drawn above as the Sam).  IF the QB feels the WR can’t get to him because of his alignment (too far inside or too shallow) the QB must check out of the play.  They would most often just check to Stretch to the bunch (Diagram 4), which makes sense if Sam is playing tighter inside or they can check to a pass concept.

Diagram 4

RB READ:  The RB is READING the Mike LB.  This is what allows the PSG/PST to focus on their double team getting vertical push… whichever gap Mike fills, the RB should cut into the opposite gap.

I like this version of Duo from the bunch set.  I have always felt that GAP doubles are more physical than zone doubles and this scheme allows you to get 2 double teams.  By using Bunch you can usually get a consistent alignment from the Defense.

Qb/RB Mesh:

They just opened up and handed the ball off to the back… his aiming point being outside leg of the guard, and let him read the Mike.

Some teams, specifically the New England Patriots work almost counter steps/mesh in the backfield in an effort to freeze the LBs which lets them stay with the double teams longer.

This concept is also often run from 21 or 12 personnel as well.  Using one TE to block OUT on the DE and using a FB or off the ball TE to account for #3.

Below is a clip James A Light posted of Sean Kugler talking Duo when he was with the Steelers.

Here is a solid play action scheme from the New England Patriots (you can also see the counter like Qb/RB mesh in the backfield). This is from Ted Nguyen.

 

 

One Back Clinic Notes

Below I have copied and pasted my notes form last weekend’s trip down to the One Back Clinic.

Overall it was a great experience with some great speakers and I highly recommend attending next year.

RPO, streak, air raid vertical – Timmy Chang

Streak vs 6 call

Streak is an RnS backside concept 

Get vertical if they’re not backing off

He squats get deep. If we can’t get deep we hook it 

If safety gets outside of us, widen him  back inside (post)

Wr has to SET the defender

SET means foot, head, shoulder at defenders leverage then go other way

QB starts the throwing motion on the WRs set… so he isn’t waiting 

Outside WR read corner 

If he hitches work back down own stem

Vs cover 2 has to attack aiming 2 yards outside the corners leverage

Uses quick game concept frontside (smash, fade out)

Reading safety alignment to know coverage 

Depth… at or under 10 its cover 0

Width… outside hash cover 2, on hash probably 4

Back shoulder fade coaching point

DB in dominant position, throw the ball at the back of his head, he will never see it 

AIR RAID 6 call

Simplicity and spacing 

Lock one seam, one can bend 

Outsides have option to sit down if corner is bailing 

RPO

RSO/RPO

Run screen option now and bubble screens

Run pass option 

If you block BS DE you can throw the ball RPO

If you leave BSDE unblocked, can only RSO or you’re gonna get QB drilled

RSO screen frontside 

RPO backside , reading OLB

Slants is simple, common use backside 

Boot Camp

I wanted to share with all of you, something new we started doing that I think is THE BEST thing we have ever done.

I was inspired by Coach Randy Jackson’s book Culture Defeats Strategy – Book Review Here.
We are doing a week long boot camp for the players this week.
JV and varsity alternate between weight room and field

On field we haven’t done any actual football, it has been all competitive drills.

It has been a blast, and the kids are working harder than I have ever seen.  We are starting to have some leaders emerge. kids are cheering each other on, and finally starting to celebrate each other’s success.

We are by no means perfect, but I  see it starting to bring everyone together.

It is probably the best change we have made… some special moments this week and we are starting to separate the men from the boys… the winners from the excuse makers.

Here are some examples of things we have done this week.

Here is a break down of what our week looks like.

                                                       Weekly Schedule

Monday:

  • Tug of War
  • Obstacle Course Relay

Tuesday:

  • Partner Wheel Barrow
  • Partner Carry
  • Footwork/Agility

Wednesday:

  • Farmers Walk
  • Over Under Hurdle
  • Tic Tac Toe

Thursday:

  • Weight Stack
  • 4 x 400 Relay
  • Water Balloon fight

Friday:

  • Overhead Carry
  • Slosh Pipe
  • Tire Flip
  • Dodgeball

Below are my tweets through the week that show some of the action.

“Culture Defeats Strategy” Book Review

I don’t do a ton of reading but decided to make a purchase 2 weeks ago.  I feel our program has been lacking leadership and we need to make some changes to increase the leadership and improve the buy in within the team.  I came across this book from Coach Randy Jackson from his Twitter Account.

Culture Defeats Strategy

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Throughout this book Coach Jackson shares his journey as a coach, lessons he has learned, and the way he has run his program at each stop along the way.

This book was exactly what I was looking for.  This is not an X’s and O’s book.  This book focuses on creating core values to shape the identity of your team.  Coach Jackson shares his ideas for building leaders, creating core values, and using those values to improve your team.

Throughout the book he shares stories that help you see the importance of each core value.

The 7 Core Values are illustrated on the Cover

  1. Energy
  2. Competition
  3. Toughness
  4. Family
  5. Discipline
  6. Finish
  7. Pay Day

I will be honest, as I read this, I knew I personally, could not use every single idea in this book.  However as I read, i jotted down notes.  I tried to write notes on every single idea I thought I COULD add to my program.  These strategies will help us lay a foundation to build an overall better football program in 2017.  It has pushed me to create a “leadership council” within my program where we will meet monthly year round to build a better football program.  We had our first meeting the day after I finished this book and we were able to start working on our own core values.  Asking the players to work with me on this has helped yield so much more buy in than if I just decided things myself.  This helps me see what is important to them and tells me the general pulse of the team.

 

I don’t do a ton of recommendations on this blog but I recommend this book without hesitation.  You WILL find something in here that you can take, and improve your football program.

 

Other Positives:

  • Cheap… only $20
  • Easy Read (I finished in under 3 hours)
  • Comes with digital copy and worksheets (emailed to you)

 

Culture Defeats Strategy can be purchases at Coach Randy Jackson’s Website.

 

Pass Protection Drills 3: “Spot Sets”

A Great purchase I made this Spring was a set of a dozen Poly Spots from Amazon.

These flat rubber circles are 6 different colors and I have been using them a lot in place of cones.  They lay flat so kids can step on them without problems and I have used them to color code some drills.

One drill I have been using is what I call “Spot Sets”.

Each color comes in pairs so I will lay one of each color out along a yard line, this is the starting “Spot” for that line.  I use it’s matching color to show a depth and angle I would like us to take on our sets.

So if a kid starts on the Red Spot, he wants to finish at the other red spot.

I spend most of my INDY time working on the run game so I noticed we were struggling in our drop back protection against our scout defense.  Any sort of speed/edge rush and we were toast.  I decided to spend a lot of time this week working for us to get more depth in our pass set.

Spot Sets Drill:

With this drill 6 kids are working at a time.  When we work right side sets they put their right foot on the first spot, and will take 2 “kick slide” sets back and out make it to our just past the second spot.

Having the spots has really helped my kids see the depth and angle I want them setting at.

I have made it a major focus to get them understanding their ability to set comes from the inside leg, not the leg they are flailing in the air trying to kick with.  I borrow a lot from LeCharles Bentley and he phrases it as “Drive – Catch”.  The inside leg is DRIVING you back and out and the “kicking” leg is catching you.

Here are some clips of us working it.

Varying Your Sets

Pass Sets are tools in an Offensive Lineman’s Toolbox.  You need different types of sets for different types of rushers.  Some guys may just need one “drive-catch” or one “kick slide” to get into good position.  If you go against a wide speed rush you may need 2 or more.  I can change the distance between spots to get what i want from the drill.  In the video examples above we were working against a wide speed rush, so I tell the OL to “give me 2”.  This means they will work 2 kick slide back and out to get to or beyond the spot.  Another day I may work a quicker, shorter set and we just work the 1 kick slide or “drive – catch”.

Even though this is a newer drill for my OL and myself, I have seen a pretty immediate improvement in our pass sets during team.

Safer Tackling Made Affordable

Background on Tackling Safety:

If you are not aware of all of the safety concerns with tackling in our sport than you have been living under a rock. A major move over the last few years has been removing the head entirely from the tackle. Most teams in the country are now teaching tackling by bringing the shoulder to the thigh area, wrapping up, and driving the feet. The head is completely removed from the tackle, and we are no longer coaching kids up to “get their head in front”. This old school “putting the head in front” puts all of the stress in the head/neck area and does not actually give you more force. The Seattle Seahawks studied form Rugby teams and how they tackled and created a video tape explaining a technique called “Hawk Tackling”.
Here is a great video showing their techniques.

As this “Hawk Tackling” or “Rugby Tackling” has become more popular, devices have been created to help teach tackling.  Rugby teams have used “Tackling Rings” for years.  They are large foam wheels, you roll them, players tackle them.

tackling ring

You aren’t banging players’ bodies, they get to track an actual moving target, bring their hips and wrap up.  This is a great safe way to teach tackling… but they are usually $400-$500 EACH.  A lot of high schools and youth organizations do not have the resources to buy one, let alone a few for all positions to work on safe tackling at the same time.

Here is a little example of some drills using a tackling ring.

Ballin On A Budget

I do not believe teams with money should be the only ones that deserve to learn how to tackle safely.

I do not believe in paying that much money for something Cavemen invented a million years ago.

So I came up with this idea…  I’d buy an inner-tube on Amazon.  It was cheap, seemed adequate size, and if it didn’t work out… oh well I am not out that much money.  However, if it works, and holds up to getting tackled, I have given my players and coaches a way to safely rep tackling at a fraction of the cost.

I bought an inner-tube from a seller on Amazon.  Link to Inner-tube Seller

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They offer different sizes and my first purchase was a 40″ inner-tube for just $32.99.  This is a great size for youth and your smaller players.  I felt like I needed a little bit bigger model so I ordered the 45″ for just 36.99. They also offer a HUGE 68″ model that I want to order for $110.

All of these options come with free shipping for Amazon Prime members (you are insane if you are not a Prime Member).

Does it Really Work?

These first purchases were just an experiment.  I wanted to see

  • Will it even Roll?
  • Will it hold up?
  • Will tackling it work like we want?
  • It is probably gonna pop the first time we tackle it, right?

Well after trying them out, they work!  They have held up just fine no matter how much we tackle and throw it around.  The inner-tube itself feels more thick/durable than I would’ve thought.  We are getting the desired result and kids have fun with it.  My experiment showed me this is worth doing, and a much more cost effective way for us to help teach tackling safely.

Again, the link to the inner-tubes I bought is here.

I will post some videos of us tackling the inner-tube in the next couple weeks.

Pass Pro Indy Drills Part 1

A friend asked me for some Pass Pro Indy Drills so I am going to start filming a few that I do.

I do not do these drills every day.  Some of the film I put up will be us actually learning the drill.

Stealing Time for Pass Pro:

In my practice planning I put most of my offensive time into Indy time.  I am an OL guy and I need my Indy time to work through all of our blocks.  We are a run heavy team and that is our identity.  It is what we are good at so we do not spend a ton of our Indy time working Pass Pro drills but I try to steal as much time as I can to make sure I am working it.  Last season I was guilty about not working pass pro enough.  Now I make sure I include at least a little in every single practice.

I also try to steal 5-10 minutes segments pre-practice, and post-practice to get extra work in.  When we start working special teams I will use that time to get extra pass pro work in with the OL since the big guys aren’t usually on KO, KOR, or Punt.

Over the next couple weeks I will be posting video clips of some of my favorite pass protection drills.

Sled Punch:

We work flat down the sled, working to keep a good stagger, base and geenral pass pro demeanor.  As we shuffle through each bag, we get a Right hand punch, 2 hand punch, and Left hand punch on each bag.

We go down the line and can get a lot of kids moving at a time.  We all go right, and then we all come back to the left.

It helps to stay close to the sled so you have to punch, and kids can’t lean forward on the bag.

Medicine Ball Drill:

This is set up similar to a “mirror drill”.  I use cones/bags to make large gaps.  Players partner up across from each other and mirror one another.  The player holding the medicine ball controls the drill and the partner has to mirror/shadow them.  They will keep a good base, stagger, and pass pro demeanor while stepping side to side.  After a few steps they have to shoot the ball forward as powerfully as they can and snap the head back.

Most kids will want to snap the wrist out like a chest pass, or down like theyre shooting a basketball.  This flares the elbow out and weakens their punch.  We want to keep the hands and elbows in tight, and the thumbs up.  I have found that having the kids hold their hands out with thumbs UP for a second at the finish lets them see that they haven’t snapped their wrists and flared their elbows.

More Pass Pro Drills coming later this week!

Sprint Draw

This post is a combination of a few REALLY old posts from my previous blog.

Back a few years ago, when I was still sipping the “have to live in 4 wide spread offense” Kool-Aid.. we ran a lot of sprint out.  Off of that sprint out action our best play was not the sprint out pass, but our sprint draw.

First I will explain the action.  In our sprint out game our QB catches the snap and sprints with depth to the edge, the RB aligns playside and will lead block, helping the tackle seal the edge or pick up any sort of backer free off the edge scenario.  We want the sprint draw to look similar, so our RB will slide 2 steps playside then work back for the mesh.  Qb catches the snap and takes his sprint out, sticking the ball in the RB’s belly on his way by.  Now in the clips you will not see a great slide by the RB’s, and our QB doesn’t sell the sprint far enough or long enough.  We just didn’t emphasize these small details like we should have that year.  Fixing these mistakes will further sell the sprint out look to the defense.

Now to what really matters… the offensive line.

The biggest reason I am so high on sprint draw is the investment I have to put in to it.  There is no new scheme to it.  We block it the exact same way as we would any pass play.  We ID fronts, have a man that we have to block.  We will set, punch, and then drive block the defender whichever way he is going… the biggest thing is to stay engaged.  If say, a guard is responsible for blocking Mike in pass protection, then he would set, show his hands, and then fire out upfield to that LB.

In the case of a 6 man box, where the RB fits into pass protection we keep all of the rules the same.  Generally our RB has a specific LB depending on how we ID the front.  On draw, he is still responsible for that LB, only know he is responsible for making him miss.  I know it doesn’t guarantee a hat on a hat but it allows us to keep our rules 100% consistent and we get so much LB movement from sprint out that it makes the RB’s assignment of making him miss easier.  Really you want to call sprint draw because that playside LB is over reacting to sprint out to disrupt the sprint out game.  This is where the constraint comes in to play.

You can use Half Slide For Everything

I am big on recycling schemes.  You can get away with using your existing half slide rules to block any kind of draw (Rb, QB, or Sprint).  I want the QB calling the half slide away from the RB.  This would typically put the RB on the playside inside LB.  This LB is the most influenced and the majority of teams have a built in sprint rule for this LB to fire off the edge to  help contain the QB when he sees sprint.  The rest of the OL blocks their gaps or their man.  This is what my rules above evolved into, we just began calling our half slide protection away from the RB.  The blocks may change some (which is how this play hit anywhere from near to far B gap for us) but the rule doesn’t change.

Note the movement even crappy fakes create from the defense in a few of the clips, also notice there are many clips where the OL isn’t exactly dominate, but they are able to stay engaged on a defender and let the RBs use their vision and athleticism.

CLIPS:

Cut up of the Day: Outside Zone

Our OZ wasn’t as big of a part of our offense as I wanted it to be.  Part of this was because of the backs we had and some mistakes we made.  We actually had much more success running QB OZ with the RB leading.  This was a great play for us because our QB was fast, ran hard, and it gave us an instant numbers advantage.  One thing that helped us was all of the sprint out we ran… it looks very similar to the defense and puts those force /flat players in conflict.
When we had number advantage to trips we could overload them by running it strong, when defenses brought their OLB over to the trips side and left no #2 defender to the single side we could run it weak.
A lot of the clips you will see my tackle after determining he couldn’t get a reach block turn his defender out giving a CUT UP read (as opposed to a cutback read on IZ) The best clips in my opinion are the ones where QB reads that block turns it up, and then gets back outside.
The final 2 clips are us running speed option.  I included it because we ran it with an OZ blocking scheme.  This wasn’t a big part of our offense, only ran it a couple times on the year.
Since I have now shown cut ups of our whole base run game I can now show this…As a bonus here are some clips of our QB keeps on the backside of our run game.  These are not called runs, but every RB carry involves the QB reading the BSDE, we are still not as good as I want us to be at this but we were better this year than we have ever been with it (mostly because of personnel).  Our backup QB actually did a better job reading it than our starter who was our stud runner.