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Recalling plays & play-calling

Here’s a test: Hand-draw an offensive play by drawing 11 Xs with lines that show assignments. Now add 11 O’s on defense and lines that show defensive assignments. Now add a name to the play. Now add your favourite football language beneath it under the heading “coaching points.” Hide the hand-drawn piece of paper. Test […]

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S.O.F.T. Defense – The cause of 500 yard passing games.

Here’s Real Life&Death Lesson #24,002 that I’ve taught my defenses for 40 years – give up 500 yards passing means you gave up. You are a S.O.F.T. Defense – dual meaning. One of the top 51 embarrassments that a defense can suffer is giving up 500-plus passing. Its not a defense if you give up […]

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Score with speed – dual meaning.

The first time I heard it was in 1991 when we slammed our no-huddle offense into overdrive – “You’re scoring too fast.”  “You’re scoring too fast” was their fear talking – their fear of something new, fear of the unknown, fear of the unconventional, fear of breaking from the norm, and fear of being broken […]

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#RunnerUp – dual meaning: how to be a #HeadCoach

The deepest, most profound lesson I learned as a rookie high school football head was the 10X #RunnerUp – getting the score run up 10 consecutive games in 1984 during the hell of my rookie winless season as a 26 yr old high school head coach. Ten straight games of being a #RunnerUp because of […]

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#DefensiveCoordinator: break speed limits.

If Speed & Strength won’t last 60 minutes, your defense ends up dead-last.  One of the top 362 responsibilities of a #DefensiveCoordinator is to condition every defender to break speed limits – the endless Layers of Limitations that slow down defenses, play by play. If your defense is unwilling and incapable of breaking speed limits […]

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Pandemic business: Zero x3 = more sales

Do less, earn more. The Pandemic Shutdown of the gym I own – X Fitness – taught our staff the Power of The Law of Unintended Consequences: Do less, earn more. Our gym membership sales and income have increased since Pandemic re-opening on July 24 for the following reasons: Minimalism. We do less of what […]

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Why Quarterbacks fail.

Keep wondering, keep blundering. Until they make football a contactless sport, #GameDay will always be an Unsafe Place. Until they outlaw hitting, bodies, minds, and souls will get mangled and scrambled. Players will get stretched out and carried out. Then you wonder why Quarterbacks fail. Quarterbacks fail because they were failed. They were failed by […]

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Fast-tracking: play defense or work defense.

There’s a big difference between playing defense and working defense. Choice of words determines choice of action. Playing defense forms a defensive mentality. Working defense builds an offensive mentality. That’s the difference between a championship defense and a dead-last defense. One of the top 26 distinguishing characters of Working Defense is fast-tracking. Fast-tracking is the […]

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How to shut down wide receivers.

One of the top 26 regurgitated, recycled conventional defensive football cliches is #StopTheRun. Here’s another – you have to #StopTheRun to win championships. If you Google #StopTheRun, you get about 3,080,000,000 hits in 0.65 seconds. Post-Modern Football has changed the conventional meaning of #StopTheRun. It now includes #StopTheRun by wide receivers – quadruple meaning: To the […]

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How to break any defense.

Here’s the #1 cause of incompetent defences at any level – Obsession over Xs + Os instead of what everyone knows. Change the obsession, change the outcome.  Change the obsession to what everyone knows from obsession of Xs + Os and you will build a #Championship Defense – a monster defense, a mauling defense, an […]