Tuesday, March 3, 2015



I have been going to clinics for a long time now, and enjoy all of them that I go to, feeling that I am always learning something.  The AC Nike Clinic at the beginning of February proved to be the best one yet, for the simple fact that Coach Narduzzi is the single best clinic speaker I have seen to this point.
I think the ultimate compliment is this.....me and a few of my coaching brothers looked at each other as soon as it was finished and the resounding statements was, "Damn, I wish I could go back and play for that guy".   There are very few people I have seen, and as you can see from past posts I have seen alot, that left me feeling this way.

It is widely known that he keeps the scheme and adjustment simple, so that his players can play fast...but what really stuck out to me was his emphasis on technique.  For a long time now I have believed that technique trumps scheme a lot of the time, especially as a high school coach, and to hear his emphasis on it made me feel like I was doing something right.
Below are the notes I took, with a few other things mixed in.  I would love to start a conversation about it, so feel free to comment below.
Spartan’s Identity

·      “A focused group of vicious brothers, forever bonded together, to wreak havoc upon all oponents”
·      Core Values: Big Plays, Relentlessness, Swarming
·      Force Turnovers, Be Hungary, Have SWAG
**This is created by the players for their identity
Spartan DAWGS 2011 (I believe)

Defensive Philosophy

Defending the Run Game- Defensive Philosophy
·      Stop the Run- Build A Wall
o   Make offense one dimensional
o   Defend Opponents favorite runs in practice
·      FUNDYs
o   Coach the Little Things
·      SPEED
o   Evolution of the 4-3 Defense
·      KISS
o   So they play fast
o   No thinking
o   BONE HITS- Chart Big Hits
·      Disguise
o   Always look the same pre-snap
·      Zone-Blitz vs Man Blitz
o   Zone blitzing is safer and easier


·      Alignment Rules
o   Allow for easy adjustments
·      Nine Men in the Box
·      Bounce Inside Runs Out (Spill and Chase)
·      Make Outside Runs Cutback (Force)
·      DL
o   Attack and React
o   Get a great takeoff and work from there
·      LB
o   Key Read and Run
o   Read the “Guys that don’t lie”- Uncovered Players
·      Safeties
o   Read Key
o   Play Run to Pass
·      CBs
o   Press
o   Play great technique

·      Gets 9 Men in the BOX
·      Allows LBs to RUN
·      GREAT against Shotgun/QB Run
·      GREAT for Screens
·      Takes away all underneath throws
o   Forces LOW % throws
·      Easier to predict the release in WR routes

·      Attacking Mentality
·      Forces a bubble in the WR release
·      Keeps the WR off safeties
o   Safeties are generally the force players
o   The inside press tech of the CB keeps WR from having clean crack on $ on their way down to play run
·      Forces throws to the opponents secondary WR
·      Easier to Coach
·      Restricts the routes that a WR can run
o   WR can only run 5 routes against an inside technique press Corner

·      Press the #1 WR
·      Align to the Inside Eye of WR
·      Shadow Tech
o   Shadow first step with inside foot
o   Give a little ground
o   Once WR breaks cushion, offhand JAM
·      Gives the Illusion of FULL PRESS
·      Routes CB will see
o   Fade
o   Hitch
o   Post/ Post Corner
o   Corner
·      Play Run Support 2nd

Safety Play
·      9x2 of #2
o   Outside alignment if TE
o   Inside alignment if removed
·      Stick Feet (Flat foot read)
·      Read QB to #2 to #1
·      Vs. Trips play YO-YO  (trips side safety rock down, away safety MOF)
·      Beat the CRACK BLOCK

o   Read MUST be fast
·      Key the QB- “Key the guy that throws picks”

LB Play
·      Heels at 5
·      3 match LB (ILB) plays Out to Vertical
·      2 match LB (OLB) plays Out to Vertical to In

·      LBs can run in the run game.  Attack read. Safeties have force and BCR/Windback
·      In PASS game, Safeties get help from LBs rerouting WR


All-22 Michigan St. vs Illinois- 2013

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TCU Blitz Package

TCU Blitz Package

This season we are working on on transitioning to a 4-2-5 defense. For a few years now we have been a 3-4 and it has served us well, however, as often happens in high school, our personnel for the near feature dictates that we no longer can run the 3-4


I am a big proponent of fitting a system to a kid and not a kid into a system. Its hard enough to be a high school kid, nevermind a high school football player, so why not put more on myself to fit the system to them, then making them do something that makes it harder to create success.  
We have seen a move to more hybrid kids at our school. We no longer have a big 300 lb nose tackle, but we do have 6 250 lb kids that can do a little work on the line. We dont have the 235 lb LBs anymore, but we do have faster, 22lb kids that can play either MLB or W/s/$ in this system.


When transferring defenses, I believe in always starting to learn from the best, and recent history tells us its this guy....

2014 AFCA Coach of the Year, Gary Patterson.  You cannot read anything on the internet about the 425 without immediately being directed to him. I have read a lot of information so far, and it is all clear and concise in his system. It has been about as much of a smooth transition as one could hope for up to this point, and that is a credit to Patterson's simpleness, and me gaining the information by way of Brophy and Coach Hoover.   

Blitz Package

The easiest thing I have been able to install is the blitz package due to an excellent film I found.  

The Blitz Package

Coverage and Philosophy


Bullets are inside linebacker blitzes.  


Smokes are Safety Blitzes. Lions are Smokes but with an exchange with the End.


Dogs combine the Safety and the Inside LB to the same side. 

Bullets Thunder

Bullets Thunder brings both ILB and a Safety. The Safety must make a COP call to tell his DE that he has the DE in coverage. 

Hopefully this helps you have half the success of Gary Patterson. Any questions, as always, leave in the comment sections, Ill always answer as best I can.