Offense

Phil Longo on Instinctiveness: Play the Best Eleven

A coach’s job is to get the best eleven on the field. But who are they? North Carolina Offensive Coordinator Phil Longo says it’s the guys who can play instinctively.

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3 Tips on Installing Procedures and Running an Uptempo Offense

The procedures coaches use to operate must be installed early in camp in order to play fast as part of an offensive attack. 

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Offense R&D – Tackles

by Keith Grabowski In our first two installments we talked about the offensive line and how different skills sets should be considered when choosing scheme to fit your personnel.  The same approach holds true with offensive tackles. Interior Linemen, Part 1 & Part 2 Match Personnel with Scheme The primary difference between Offensive Tackles and…

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Offense R&D Series – The Interior Offensive Line, Part 1

It is the time of the year where we evaluate what we did last season, what we have coming back for next season, and how we need to evolve in order to be successful in 2021. In order to help you move forward, we will be sharing a series which will put the focus on…

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12 Days of Christmas – Distort the Defense with Power Read

One play that we fell in love with because of its flexibility and its ability to stretch a defense was power read.  It seems like an easy play to install, especially if you have the power scheme in your offense, but we learned there are some key differences which, when accounted for, can make a…

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A Better Definition of Game Planning

There’s plenty of ways to game plan: Focus on your team Focus on the opponent Keep it simple and run only a handful of plays Have an answer for everything and run a lot of plays Everything in between Well, what’s the best answer? Andy Kotelnicki, offensive coordinator at the University of Buffalo has studied…

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Wake Forest’s Slow Mesh RPO for Explosive Plays

By Keith Grabowski  Wake Forest has found consistent offensive success in the last few years. Watching video of that offense operate in 2017 compared to what they were doing in 2019 and now again in 2020, on the surface appears to be the same when looking at diagrams of the play, but the video shows…

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All-22 Tuesday – The Double Wing and Diamond Formations to Create Misdirection

All-22 Tuesday is a collaboration between First Down Playbook and the Coach and Coordinator Podcast. Coach and Coordinator host Keith Grabowski and First Down Playbook Founder Charlie Coiner review plays from the past weekend. Joining Coiner and Grabowski is Dan Hatman from the Scouting Academy to focus on the personnel aspects of a play. To…

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No Read Progression Third Down Strategy

The 2019 season brought certain schemes to the forefront of offensive football. Like it has throughout the history of football, the pendulum has swung back and forth between scheme trends and this season has seen defenses answer the RPO that hurt them for several seasons using more man and match coverage. Of course, it’s always…

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