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terrypjohnson
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Some people will attempt to minimize this as it was the second-to-last place team, but we put it all together in the first half last night. We ran a total of four plays in the first half, scoring all four times. It was so lopsided that I didn't even keep stats in the second half.

I was really proud of the offensive line. We've run "Galaxy splits" (e.g. the size of my phone) most of the year to help some of the blockers get to the second level. However, had trouble with penetration in the second half of the last game, so I cut them back to shoe-to-shoe (over some vigorous objections from the other assistant coaches). After hitting the sweep for two scores, the other team only had two defenders in the box... it looked like a flag defense.

We play for the championship on Monday night. I'm a little concerned about this contest as the other team basically "outside gaps" everyone but the center (e.g. a defender on each offensive player's outside shoulder). I've been told that I can't pull or down block (and I'm not happy about that), so the only real option is to go shoe-to-shoe and have everyone reach block the person on their shoulder (cutting the distance of the block). This is what won the game for us in overtime the first time we played.

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gumby_in_co
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Posted by: @terrypjohnson

the other team basically "outside gaps" everyone but the center (e.g. a defender on each offensive player's outside shoulder). I've been told that I can't pull or down block (and I'm not happy about that), so the only real option is to go shoe-to-shoe and have everyone reach block the person on their shoulder (cutting the distance of the block). This is what won the game for us in overtime the first time we played.

Why in the world can't you down block? Or is the HC telling you not to try?

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terrypjohnson
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@gumby_in_co - Because the head coach said not to. 

This has been a source frustration for me all year long. He calls the play in the huddle. No one but the backs knows what play he called and he really doesn't want the assistants to know -- even in practice (never got an explanation on this). Therefore, we can't teach any rule other than "block your man". I even got fussed at for GOD blocking two games ago...

Of course, this bit him in the backside last night. Our QB rolls out and throws a nice completion on a 2-point play... it was negated because the line was downfield. Some of our parents said, "They shouldn't call that at 7 and 8". I reminded them that it was still a penalty and that we as coaches needed to communicate that it's a pass. I wanted to say more but saw no need to throw anyone under the bus.

I'll go ahead beg for forgiveness about bugging all of you about finding some place to be a head coach next year. I don't feel like I can successfully coach the offensive line, if I'm not the head coach. Sadly, it's one area too many coaches ignore (and it seems like I've seen others lament this in a other threads)

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@terrypjohnson

Wow. You can move to Colorado and coach with me. You can even have the o-line.

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@terrypjohnson

Wow. You can move to Colorado and coach with me. You can even have the o-line.

For the small price of the Denver housing market, you too can coach offensive line!

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@terrypjohnson

Wow. You can move to Colorado and coach with me. You can even have the o-line.

For the small price of the Denver housing market, you too can coach offensive line!

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@terrypjohnson

That's not true. You can definitely coach the line successfully without being a header. It sounds like you may have found a nut. Likewise some people are pretty guarded if they feel threatened by a guy who knows too much. I like that book 48 rules of power. One of the rules is not to fuck with the guy in power. Don't out shine him. Flatter him and you might find him completely open to ideas. I know that advice seems pretty unprincipled. But another way to look at it is simply to be humble and nice to the guy and he'll probably have a much more open approach. 

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@coach-kyle - That's exactly the approach I took.... and I consider it very principled. My goal was to be the type of assistant coach that I would want on my staff. As head coach, I want assistants with ideas. As you guys have no doubt noticed over the past two years, I'll run with a suggestion that will help the team succeed. That's why I added the Double Wing, Beast, and 33 Stack Attack (technically the 42) to my arsenal after people said, "Hey, this could help you, what do you think?"

To be honest, the header is a really good guy. I just don't think he understands the offensive line and doesn't want to "fix" something that he doesn't see as broken. However, as that penalty on the PAT demonstrates, you can't keep the line (and their line coach) in the dark without there being consequences.

 

Fight 'em until Hell freezes over, then fight 'em on the ice -- Dutch Meyer


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