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WELCOME TO THE BIRTHPLACE (1997) OF THE WILDCAT - HERE'S PROOF
|My grandson Nick Tiffany attended the game, and and his buddies Chris and James served as our ball boys||Also at the game - he helps coach Seattle Lutheran - was friend and Wing-T co-inventor Mike Lude|
*********** Belated congrats on the new gig, coach W. Sounds like your kids are off to a running start.
How you find time to run a varsity football program and still do your "blog" regularly is beyond me. Your enthusiasm and energy are an inspiration.
Anyway, two items in your latest NYCU caught my eye.
The first was the segment about running up the score. If you or your readers are interested, I did a piece about that very subject quote awhile ago, on my website. I think you'll find it ... ahem ... right in line with your thinking. Here's the link...
Even when I suspect that another coach may have done less than he could have to keep from running it up, I keep my mouth shut. I hate whiners, and I refuse to be one.
When a guy keeps his starters in too long, he is screwing over his own backups. That means that if he doesn't already have a morale problem and a parent problem, he will, and they are both richly deserved.
The second thing that caught my interest was the early success you're having with that once moribund "Hyaks" program. It sparked a question that I'd love to know your thoughts on:
Which do you think has contributed more to the resurgence of your team: The double-wing scheme, or the skill and energy with which you coach it?
Mike Brusko, Zionsville Pennsylvania
As for the second thing, bearing in mind that we have not turned anything around but rather are in the process of doing so...
There is no doubt in my mind that my Double-Wing has helped us get off to a good start. I know it and believe in it and I know how to teach it. Combine that with the help of some very knowledgeable assistants - Gary Garland, who now lives in Idaho and helped us during two-a-days, and Jack Tourtillotte, who despite the disparaging remarks of a certain someone still learning how to be a high school coach at his old place also knows and believes in my system and knows how to teach it, and as a career coach is knowledgeable about football in general and really good with kids.
But it is a lot more than schemes. It is much more about the atmosphere we create.
Our whole deal is built on my Three R's: Respect - Responsibility - Resilience
Respect: Creating an atmosphere of respect... Kids respecting kids, coaches respecting coaches. Kids respecting coaqches, coaches respecting kids.
Responsibility: Demonstrating that you can be depended on... Being early and being ready... Doing whatever has to be done and doing it the best you can - all the time.
Resilience: Football is a game of good things gone wrong... Suck it up and deal with... Get up off the mat and keep punching.
(1) We NEVER make ANY reference to what has gone on in the past either in public or to the kids.
(2) Although I didn't arrive in Ocean Shores until August 10, I let them know from the start that we had minimum conditioning standards - a certain number of circuit workouts (in this case only 3 because of my late start) that had to be completed in order to be issued equipment. Only one kid attended the first AM workout. There were three at the PM workout. Then four, then six, and so forth. Suffice it to say that at first, my optimistic nature was put to a test.
(3) I let the parents and kids know right up front what my personal mission statement is, and I do everything I can every day to demonstrate that it is my guide.
(4) Before we set foot on the field, I spent time starting to instill our culture - the way we are going to do things. I carefully went over our rules, one by one, stopping after each point to make sure that everyone understood. . If they did, they initialed next to that point on the contract they were given, with all the assistants circulating to make sure everyone had initialed. If they didn't understand, I went over it again. It took me a little over an hour of valuable practice time, but it was time well spent. When I was done, they signed their contracts and handed them to me. This is really big - latecomers who miss the rules meeting can turn out to be big problems if they miss out, so as late arrivals have come on board, they have been required to look at a PowerPoint presentation of our rules, and then answer questions on them to the satisfaction of a coach.
(5) From the start, we had coaches swarming all over everything they did, making sure that everything, down to the tiniest detail, was done correctly, while constantly reinforcing the importance of our rules.
(6) Practices were well-organized but not overly so, to the point where we might have to move on even if we hadn't accomplished our objective.
(7) We always had some fun component in the practice plan.
(8) We do coach with energy and enthusiasm. We love our kids and we let them now that. They know that we care - about them and about the team. They know that caring means they will be corrected. We will correct every little thing, and we try to make sure that they understand that correction is an act of love - we love them and the team enough to be willing to do the things that will make them and the team get better.
(9) We have a very supportive administration. Remember, in a job interview, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you, and they impressed me. Both of our co-superintendents and our principal - a former football coach at our school - pay visits to our practices. One of the superintendents has actually come out onto the practice field to visit. Both of them were in our locker room after our first game, wearing their "North Beach Football" hats, and both of them were at our game in Seattle (3 hours away) last Saturday night.
(10) The kids were ready. They have been receptive. They have bought in. They have an excellent work ethic and are very tough. They have done everything we have asked of them, with never a squawk or hesitation. Perhaps to some extent my reputation has helped, because the nearest daily newspaper, the Aberdeen World, ran a nice article about me before I arrived.
(11) Finally, I have spent a fair amount of time on senior leadership - cultivating a sense of ownership among them, putting them in positions where they have to step out front and take charge of things, and helping them to overcome most peoples' natural reluctance to take charge. They are responding. I encourage them to come to me with suggestions, and I always listen to them. Sometimes I go along, and sometimes I don't. When I don't, I make sure to tell them why.
*********** Napoleon said, "the largest army is useless if it has lost the will to fight. The morale is to the physical as three is to one."
The older I get the more I realize how important all the "extraneous" stuff is - all the stuff other than schemes and systems.
I see older coaches coaching very good football teams that are still running a supposedly obsolete Double-Tight, Full House T, and they're whipping up on spread-it-out younger coaches, because they understand that the people stuff is at least as important as the scheme.
*********** A coach whose team is very good, year in and year out, unexpectedly got hammered Friday night, and he wasn't taking it well.
Not that any of us does take losing well, but he's wrote a few things to me indicating that his kids had let him down.
I tried a gentle reminder that we're all in this with together with our kids. They don't lose. We lose. If they are losers, so are we.
They are still just kids, I reminded him. I'm sure that they didn't TRY to lose. Or lose big. And they didn't do it to their coach, personally.
I would imagine they're hurting, too.
Part of a coach's life is dealing with a very tough loss. I am having to do that right now, after we blew a 29-13 fourth quarter lead and lost, 35-29.
If I may say so, I told him, the kids really need his direction right now, not his derision. Everybody else is probably ridiculing them, which is why they especially need their coach.
*********** Bud Light may no longer be the world's number one brand of beer. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Snow Beer, a Chinese brand, either is now or soon will be the best-selling beer in the world.
*********** Forbes Magazine ranked college football's five most underpaid coaches (on the basis of what they have done for their schools as opposed to what they are paid), and the five most overpaid...
The Five Most Underpaid
Jim Tressel, Ohio State
No. 1 Most Underpaid
Mike Riley, Oregon State
No. 2 Most Underpaid
Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
No. 3 Most Underpaid
Pete Carroll, USC
No. 4 Most Underpaid
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
No. 5 Most Underpaid
And the Five Most Overpaid
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
No. 1 Most Overpaid
Greg Robinson, Syracuse
No. 2 Most Overpaid
Charlie Weis, Notre Dame
No. 3 Most Overpaid
Ralph Friedgen, Maryland
No. 4 Most Overpaid
Al Groh, Virginia
No. 5 Most Overpaid
*********** Coach we are now 2-0 (24-0 and 42-7) in the toughest kids division in Maryland. Already many naysayers are starting to believe in the double wing. The only thing slowing us down so far is the confidence of my 2nd string QB.
Next week we play a very good team that runs a 4-4 defense. They usually blitz one of their inside backers. What suggestions or adjustments do you recommend. They line up their linemen on the guards and TE's. Thanks in advance
Congratulations on a good start.
Just dealing with your question with regard to power blocking...
You didn't say where the Inside LBer blitzes.
If it is through the "B" gap, your uncovered tackle is well prepared. Unless, of course, he leaves his post too soon and leaves a gap in the line.
If it's through the "A" gap - either one - your options are (1) to treat him as a nose man, which means that you now have a T-N-T front and you could block down across the front, leaving the man on the TE to be kicked out (since the TE would also block down), (2) to block as normal and make sure that the playside guard, while he is double-teaming, keeps one eye on the LBer and picks him up if he blitzes, or (3) to run Super O and assign the center to snap and wait for the backer to blitz and have the backside tackle cut off their backside DT.
*********** Thank God the Ohio State-USC game is finally over and ESPN can now return to cross-promoting some other program that will be showing on ESPN/ABC. Looks as if it will be "The Express."
Many sportswriters for major publications seem finally to have awakened to ESPN's disgustingly excessive cross-promotions: the Great Sports Network practically ignored the Olympics - because they were on a competing channel - but then, for the last 10 days, turned themselves into the All Beanie Wells Channel.
*********** One of the experiences we've all been through in running the Double Wing is a tendency to bail too soon - to get away from the basics - when in fact we might actually be making progress. I liken it to splitting firewood. You can't be sure that your early strokes are getting you anywhere, because they don't seem to be having any effect, but eventually, when you do split the wood, those early strokes turn out to have been just as important as the one that split it.
*********** Can't say he's not appropriately named. In Brazil, where soccer players frequently are known by just one name (Pele, for instance), one of them was just given a two-year suspension for violating a drug policy. His name? Dodo.
*********** Funny - ever since that chickensh-- call against Washington's Jake Locker for jumping in the air and letting the ball go as he jumped (after driving his team the length of the field to score with seconds left), I sure have seen a lot of jackass strutting by receivers and tacklers going unnoticed by the ever-vigilant officials, who following the Locker fiasco told us that "excessive celebration" was not a judgment call. Dodos.
*********** The NFL season is just two weeks old, but this year's Jackass Strutter of the Year Award has already been locked up by the Eagles' DeSean Jackson.
*********** Get this - an Indian company called Maverick Mobile Applications has a great way to protect your cell phone from thieves.
If your phone should be lost or stolen, its Maverick Secure Mobile will encrypts your data, send you a text message with the location of the phone and, if you wish , play a loud siren to drive the thief nuts.
The software is concealed, so the thief can’t tell whether or not your phone has it. You give the company a second phone number, such as a friend's, and as soon as a thief replaces your SIM card with his, the phone encrypts all of your remaining data, such as your contact or photos, so that the thief can’t see them, and sends that data to your second phone so that you still have it.
Then you can start to play with the thief's mind. You can see all the phone calls and text messages he sends or receives and any new contacts he enters in the phone book. You can call your phone and eavesdrop on the thief’s calls without his knowledge. And if you really get pissed, you can make the stolen phone play a blaring siren.
You can even send him a text message with your name and location and, maybe, if you're feeling compassionate, offer a reward for returning the phone.
*********** Eddie Crowder, a standout split-T QB under Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma and one of the most successful head coaches in University of Colorado history, died last week in Lafayette, Colorado.
*********** The Beloit Trojans are 2-0 after a dominating defeat of league rival Salina Sacred Heart. After building a 22-0 halftime lead, the Trojans dismantled the high scoring Sacred Heart attack in the second half. For the game the Trojans gave up fewer than 80 yards of total offense and only allowed the Knights to cross midfield (the 49 and a half yard line) once. The smothering defense and improved special teams play gave the Trojan offense great field position all night, resulting in many short scoring drives. Next Friday the Trojans will go on the road to take on another league opponent, the Republic County Buffaloes. Greg Koenig, Beloit, Kansas
Here's a nice article about Beloit running back Cas Spangler, from the Salina Journal...
By HUEY COUNTS JR
Being a small guy in a world of giants isn't all bad. In fact, Cas Spangler finds it downright delightful on the football field.
Beloit's senior running back, at about 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, is turning his small frame into a big advantage and putting up huge numbers for the Trojans.
"It's hard to see Cas when we run him tight behind the tackle," Beloit coach Greg Koenig said, "Then he is so good in the open field. He has great balance, and it takes more than one person to get him to the ground, that's for sure."
Spangler admits he isn't the fastest running back around, "but I've always been naturally quick."
Opponents can catch Spangler near the top of the North Central Activities Association statistics for running backs going into Week 2. One of the backs ahead of him is teammate Logan Eck, who took advantage of Southeast of Saline's defense keying on Spangler last Friday to race for 244 yards and two touchdowns.
Still, even with a target on his chest, Spangler managed to wiggle free for 152 yards and two scores on 20 carries in Beloit's 38-14 victory.
"What I tell the guys all the time is if a team wants to key on someone, great, because that opens it up for somebody else," Koenig said.
Koenig took over the reins at Beloit in 2006 and immediately installed the double-tight, double-wing as his base offense. There are variations to the scheme, and every coach adds his own bells and whistles, but it's a deception-based misdirection offense built around one play, the power off-tackle run.
The offense has been literally a dream come true for Spangler, who last season led the NCAA and topped much of the state in rushing with his 2,171 yards on 182 carries, good for an eye-popping 11.9 yards per carry and 217 yards a game, and 30 rushing touchdowns.
When he was informed after his sophomore season he'd return as the main man, Spangler said, "I was real excited for the opportunity. I got into it at first just kind of feeling things out. But once I got into the flow and got the hang of the reads and stuff, I was like 'Yeah, this is alright.' "
Koenig said the offense isn't designed to focus on just one running back, but it looked that way last season. Spangler had 107 yards in the season opener, which proved to be a season-low, before exploding for a season-high 336 yards and four touchdowns the following week against Sacred Heart, the Trojans' opponent tonight.
Spangler, whose full first name is Cassidy, went for more than 300 yards three times, including a 319-yard, six-TD effort against Riley County. He led the squad in rushing every week.
Though Spangler may not have sprinter's speed, Koenig said his little back with the strong leg drive does have "football speed."
"It became apparent to me as soon as I saw him in our offense that he hit the hole faster than any other back I had coached," Koenig said. "His vision and balance were just amazing. I don't think he's the fastest kid, but he does have great quickness."
Spangler moved to Beloit from Nebraska when he was in third grade. He immediately became involved in the city's youth wrestling and football programs and was an immediate standout in both sports. Just last winter he was the Kansas Class 3A wrestling champ at 152 pounds.
Because Beloit's football numbers are somewhat limited, Spangler will also see time in the defensive secondary, though Koenig said he hopes to rotate some players as much as possible.
Spangler started in the secondary as a sophomore, but did squeak in some reps on offense, averaging 11.4 yards on 20 carries, giving fans a peak at what lay ahead.
He's looking forward to tonight's matchup with Sacred Heart (0-1) and a chance to avenge the Trojans' two losses to the Knights a year ago, 44-38 and 55-30.
"When you lose a game to a team, you're definitely hungry for a win," Spangler said.
And chances are good that the dinner table will be set with a big helping of Spangler toting the pigskin.
(PS: Beloit beat Sacred Heart last week for the first time in the last three attempts. HW)
*********** CA 26 Griswold 74
Week 3 Stats
42 rushing attempts for 256 yards
A Back 21 carries for 161 yards
B Backs 6 carries for 25 yards
C Back 11 carries for 57 yards
QB 4 carries for 13 yards and 7 of 12 passing for 163 yards 2 TD's and 1 Int.
419 total yards of offense through basically 3 quarters of the game
Gave up OUCH!!! 570 yards to them.
17 penalties for 93 yards against us
2 penalties for 15 yards against them....I detect a problem here....
Oh well, we will get better.
Worst officials I have seen in 14 years as a coach. What can you do???? Keep coaching.
Athletic Director/Head FB Coach
(Not as bad as our officials, I'll bet. They were not the reason why we lost, but they sure took a lot of the fun out of the game. They were officious and, at times, downright nasty. I'm told it happens to all the bumpkins like us who pay a visit the Big City. Every penalty required a lengthy conference that seemed more like a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, but even less productive; without any preliminary signal, we could only stand there, as if waiting for a jury to return with a verdict. We threw just three passes and our opponents threw only 17 - yet the game took THREE F--KING HOURS to play! A high school game! And on top of it all, supposedly in the interest of Prostate Cancer Awareness - gee, I had no idea it was so bad, did you? - the refs were throwing blue flags. Gimme a f--king break. HW)
*********** Hugh: We got a big win last night vs. Jacobs High School. We won 14-6 in a constant rain storm. We rushed for 245 yards and QB Connor Buxton was 2-2 for 30 yards and a touchdown pass. We saw a 3-5-3 but against us it was 5-3 with ends coming down the heel line of our ends very hard after initially lining up outside our wings. Jacobs is twice our size and two classifications above us and our kids had not beaten them since 1996. It was a statement game but we have another one coming up next week with McHenry, who has been to the playoffs for twenty straight years in Illinois. We will see if we come to play.
Bill Lawlor, Crystal Lake Central HS, Crystal Lake, Illinois
*********** Hi Coach Wyatt, I noticed in the playbook you make mention of the option. What would be the best way of running it. This is for high school JV level . I have been using your double wing for 5 years now and have kicked the thought of the option around but never really figured out the best way to run it.
Coach, We have all sorts of options that look good on paper and in camps, but we've never gotten too deeply into running option simply because it takes so much of our time and between running the base double wing and having a passing game, too, we just don't have that time.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008- "Just be glad you're getting kicked from the rear because it means you're still out front." Mike Huckabee
BLACK LION IAN CAMPBELL AND HIS KANSAS STATE WILDCAT TEAMMATES FORM THE "CAT-PACK"
*********** At this point, we've played only one game, and it's still the honeymoon at North Beach High, but our kids have bought in and they continue to work hard and work smart. They are a lot of fun to work with.
No doubt the win itself Friday night was exciting enough, but the convincing nature of it really has the kids believing. Their only win last year was over a team that EVERYBODY beat.
Our kids have done everything we've asked of them and they have begun to see the results of their efforts.
Now we have had to introduce them to the reality - unfamiliar to them - that while you have to work hard to win, you have to work even harder to continue to win.
They have responded well, and after a lackadaisical Monday practice they have been sharper than ever the last three days.
This week, we play Saturday night at Seattle Lutheran.
You wrote, "But after all the euphoria of a big win, Monday afternoon's practice sucked. Remember, these are kids who've never before had a winning record - not even 1-0 after one game. They still don't understand that winning a game doesn't end the pressure to get better, it increases it - that the world doesn't stop for you just because you won one football game"
Man are you right on that one! Convincing staff and players, and in some cases parents, that a blowout win doesn't mean you've accomplished your goal for the game is really difficult. Our 1st practice after last weeks 30-0 win really stunk. How do you get the point across that just because a play gains yards or even scores doesn't mean the play was ran correctly, or that we used perfect technique? Film study seems to help but what I keep hearing (not from players) is...the play went for a TD.
That's the difference between a coach and a clipboard holder. The coach is always looking for ways to get better and he's always looking for potential signs of trouble down the line. He looks under the hood and checks all the gauges. The clipboard holder simply looks at results. He's caught up in looking at the chrome trim.
You are a coach, and it's hard for some other guys to understand that.
*********** Greg Koenig, close friend and coaching associate in Beloit Kansas, sent me the following note Thursday...
I received this message this morning. Luke Denecke started at left tackle (#61) for us the past two seasons. He is a great kid. Last year his mom was in the hospital dying of cancer when we went to Oberlin in Week 8. Luke got to score a 2 pt. conversion on 2 Wedge to honor his mother. She died that weekend, and Luke had an outstanding game vs. Phillipsburg in Week 9. He is now attending Ft. Hays State University. He is going to be a teacher and a coach. I have to admit that this message gave me a lump in my throat this morning. This is why we do what we do. Keep coaching!
Greg Koenig, Beloit Kansas
I was so moved by the thoughts expressed by this young man that I asked for his permission to reprint it, in the hopes that other players might understand the powerful yet short-lived nature of what football means to them, and the importance of cherishing the experience right now...
Hope you and the team are doing well and in high spirits. I am having a hard time making it through a single day without wishing away everything for one more play underneath those Friday night lights. I'm proud to call the BELOIT TROJANS my younger brothers,and I will be there Friday night to support my brothers. You and the team may never know the support you offered me and the amount of strength that I drew from that support. Practices may get hard to get through TROJANS, and when you're down this season, it might be easy to let things slip away. REMEMBER that every time you put your hand on the ground you have something to play for and what you play for tonight might not be there in the morning so never let anything in life go unfinished or half done, for those you play for appreciate the work you do.
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt "If I want a man under me to do a job, I will give him the power to do it, and will say: 'I will take another man. I will take someone else to do it.'If I am trusted to do a job, I want the power given to me and then I will be held accountable for it. But give me the chance to make or mar that job myself."
You the chosen few, lucky and dedicated, wear the Black jersey on Friday nights and I cannot, so I leave with these words: BELOIT TROJANS DO WORK... run down hill... and always HIT HIT HIT
Your brother and teammate,
************ Army coach Stan Brock was quoted by someone as saying that his players - or some of them, at least - quit in their last game. I hope he was misquoted, because I don't think any coach - other than an NFL coach - should publicly criticize his players. NFL coaches should do it a lot more, but there's probably something in the union contract that prohibits it.
The rumor is also out and about among Army faithful that the AD, an incompetent ass named Anderson, ripped the Army players in the locker room. Called them an embarrassment, or somesuch. If this is true, and Coach Brock didn't defend his players and throw Anderson out on his ass, then shame on Brock.
Many of these yung men will be leading platoons in Iraq next year. They know Anderson not at all, and respect him even less. He came to Army as a professional fund-raiser type, with zero credentials in the area of athletics. Who TF is he to criticize an Army football player?
Actually, the only thing any AD should say to a team in a locker room is that they've been invited to play in a bowl game.
*********** Hello Coach Wyatt:
Glad to see you are back doing what you love to do. Keeps you young! Last Saturday, while running the sticks at our local HS game, I got to meet coach Chuck Wagner of Springdale HS, Pa. Coach Wagner is 73 years old, and has coached in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and has just signed a contract extension that will carry him through 2111. He will have coached in 6 decades. He looks about 55.
I am writing to ask that you once again register the 2008 Brighton Township Bears Mightey Mite football team for the Black Lion award. It has become a fixture at the annual dinner and the kids and parents look forward to the presentation.
Most respectfully yours,
***********From a coach in another section of rhe country...We were up 41-7 after the first drive in the 3rd quarter - our second backfield scored with our first line and with about 4-5 min left in the third I cleared the bench for all 3 phases of the game (my mistake for sure - I should have left a few starters on defense). The other coach left his starters in and they scored in one play (we only have 22 kids - so our seconds struggle). So, okay - they get a confidence builder for their starters - fine with me. Then they go on to go hurry up, onsides kick etc. you know the drill. I stay calm... pissed... but calm. Now with 4:30 left in the game their starters punch in a TD to make it 41-27. I know they are going to onside - so I put my first team out there and we recover. We would have marched down for another score, but an untimely fumble almost became a scoop and score (Im sure it would have been followed by an onside kick) - however the kid tripped. To say the least I told my 1st team defense to beat the p--- out of them - within the rules of course. 4 and out and then we wedged 3 in a row and took a knee. Sad to say my days of being a nice guy are somewhat over. I won't pass if we don't need to - and I will get my seconds in at some point (I wish coaches thought about how hard those kids work and how little they get to play), but I'll be damned if I let that happen again. We will hang 60 + on people before we sub in the 4th quarter (not the third) and I will run 2nd backfield behind starting O line in the 3rd with mostly a first team defense. I will not wholesale sub our defense out again. We've won the sportsmanship award 4 of my 5 years here. I'd like to win it in my 6th, but other coaches don't seem to get it - so we will see. Keep Coaching (Why can't guys just say, "We lost to a better team?" I nearly laughed my ass off Saturday when I read the post-game comments of the coach whose team we'd whipped Friday night. Quoted in his hometown paper, he said that several of his key players were ineligible (so whose fault is that?) and he'd been forced to start several freshmen. For the record, we started two freshmen and four sophomores ourselves. He also noted that we had "left our starters in" (after the score was 35-0). Well, yes, I guess we did. We had exactly 18 players dressed for the game, so even when we put in all our subs, we still had four starters in there. Now, maybe I was wrong in leaving them in there, but I just couldn't see any sense in playing with only seven men. I guess the guy was bitter because after we went up and down the field on them (we never punted), it finally took his starters (who were still in the game) the last five minutes of the game to score against our mixture of starters and non-starters. HW)
*********** As a Washington fan who hopes that Tyrone Willingham can turn it around, I admit to a certain prejudice. But my question regarding the "excessive celebration" call against the Huskies' Jake Locker is this - who would have been hurt if the officious official had not made that call?
God, I despise officials like that. Cowards. They let holding go (openly admitting that they won't call it, simply because it is so commonplace) but they go and muck up a game with a call like that and say they're simply going by the rule book.
*********** Hugh: Crystal Lake Central is now 2-0 after a 30-14 victory over Lakes Community last night. We rushed for 300 yards and passed for 70, but we also made a lot of mistakes on a wet and sloppy field, putting it on the ground twice. A-Back Anthony Niemo rushed for 107 yards, B-Back Adam Smythe had 119 and QB Connor Buxton ran for 70. It was a good victory but I don't think we have played anyone close to playoff caliber yet and next week will be a real test for us against a school twice our size. Best of luck next week.
Bill Lawlor, Crystal Lake, Illinois
*********** A non-Double-Wing friend writes -
I wish I could report some good news about (the place where I coach) . But the truth is that we are now 0-2 and suck. Sad, but true. The only way we will win a game is if our opponent just happens to suck worse than we do. I wish I could get my hands on this program and clean it up.
Thanks for the note.
I guess all I can suggest is that you soldier on and keep your nose clean and keep making notes of what you'd do - and NOT do - when it's your job!
*********** You're soon going to be seeing such faux microbrews as Shock Top Belgian White; organic Stone Mill Pale Ale; and seasonal beers Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale, Sun Dog Amber Wheat and Beach Bum Blonde Ale.
Don't be fooled. Not for a minute.
They might sound as if they've been made in some brewpub in Portland or Seattle or somesuch place, but in fact they're nothing more than industrial brews made by that good old Belgian/Brazilian firm, Anheuser Busch and its newest division, the Michelob Brewing Company.
*********** Haw, haw! Make me laugh. Check out ESPN's depiction of Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder in "The Express," the soon-to-be-released movie ( "based on a true story") about the late Ernie Davis. One thing that Hollywood just can't do is find actors who can play credible coaches. They blew it twice on Bear Bryant.
I have no doubt the movie will dwell heavily on the racism issue. Why not, if you're ESPN? That'll draw in the casual viewers, even if it is at the expense of detracting from the real story - the tragedy of a young man of great courage who died young, before he could achieve the success in the pros that his college career foretold.
Yes, to be sure, there were racial issues in the 1950s and 1960s and many were the black athletes who had to deal with them. But they did. And the Ernie Davis story is less about the yahoos who couldn't understand the concept of racial equality, and more about the strength and courage of the black men - and the good will of many white coaches and teammates - who prevailed and made it possible for there to be an NFL today whose makeup is 70+ per cent black.
From what I know of Ernie Davis, he was a young man of remarkable maturity, class and dignity who would have been uncomfortable to see his life story used in such a way.
*********** Coach Just wanted to give you a update on the 2008 season. As I had e-mailed you before I moved from my old school at Orange High School to open up this brand new high school San Juan Hills. This is our second season and we have have freshman and sophomores this year. We are playing a freelance schedule this year. We have two varsity games this year and 8 JV games. We played our first game on Friday and it was one of the varsity games we are playing this year. We won 35-12. We were winning 35-0 with 9:00 to go in the 4th and emptied our bench for the remaining of the game. We had 245 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns and we had 110 yards passing with 3 TD's. We had all of our backs make significant yards rushing. Not a bad opening for a sophomore only team. Thanks again for all your help over the years. I can say this is complete confidence, as long as I am a head coach, the only offense I will ever run is the double wing.
Head Football Coach
San Juan Hills High School
San Juan Capistrano, California
Oakfield-Alabama defeated Elba 41-27. C back Tim Smith gained 114 yards on 13 carries and 3 TD's. A back Jason Stanley gained 92 yards on 9 carries, and starting B back Brad Riner had 16 for 67 and a TD (his backup carried another 17 for 66). We ripped off a whopping 69 runs for 377 yards and went 3-7 for 22 yards passing (actually called 9 passes but got sacked twice). OA dominated in all phases of the game. John Dowd, Oakfield, New York
*********** Hey Coach,
Congratulations on your win last week! Just wanted to "report in", so to speak. Our 7th and 8th grade teams both won this week, 7th by a score of 30-8 and 8th by a score 16-14. Both teams moved the ball well but our 8th graders lost 3 turnovers (all on good drives) plus we didn't convert on a 4th and 2 inside the 5 yardline (how can you go wrong with wedge?). I guess an ugly win beats a pretty loss any day.
Anyway Coach, what I wanted to tell you is how much our execution has improved since last season. I am so proud of our guys! If you remember, back in May I sent you some video of our teams and we used your criticisms as our points of emphasis during the summer and pre-season practice. That plus the PVC hoop idea you showed us at the Charlotte clinic has transformed our offense. Over half our plays in each game were super power or unbalanced Super-o. Our linemen were running circles like champs and our backs did a great job of sticking it up in there instead of trying to bounce it wide. Granted, there were some ugly moments in both games, but overall we have a great foundation to build on. After watching the video I got so jacked up that I wanted to write you to thank you for your help. I hope you have a great game this week! By the way, I'll take any advice you have on how to beat an /athletic/ 5-3 defense (next opponent; we'll start by working on not fumbling the ball).
China Grove Middle School
China Grove, North Carolina
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2008- "The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is." Winston Churchill
*********** NORTH BEACH HYAKS OPEN WITH 42-7 WIN OVER MORTON
OCEAN SHORES, WASHINGTON… It was a glorious evening for football at Lt. Jim Davis Field - 60 degrees and sunny at kickoff time - and the host North Beach Hyaks showed that they intend to end their long striong of losing seasons, defeating the Morton Huskies 42-7.
After kicking off, then stopping the Huskies and forcing a short punt, the Hyaks scored on their first offensive play, as Jamaal Lind, 6-2, 190 pound A-Back, ran right, broke one arm tackle, and outraced defenders 42 yards for a score. The blocking was impressive, none more so than the kickout block of B-Back Kevin Braden, called on to replace injured starter Jason Fry.
It appeared that the game might run into a blowout when the Hyaks stopped the Huskies once more and in two plays drove deep into Morton territory, but a fumble ended the drive, and then a series of mishaps –including an encroachment penalty on fourth-and-four – enabled the Huskies to control the ball for much of the half.
But time and again the Hyaks’ defense held firm, until finally free safety Tres Pope intercepted a Morton pass and returned it to the Huskies’ three-yard line. Although a blocking-in-the-back penalty brought the ball back to the 33 yard line, it took just three plays for the Hyaks to score, with Lind going the final 19 on a great cutback run to make the score 14-0 just before the half.
Morton came right back, though, driving into North Beach territory, where Derek Archer, doubling as quarterback on offense and corner on defense, scooped up a Morton fumble and outraced everyone on the field – including his “faster” teammates, to score from 73 yards away to make the score 21-0.
With 9.9 seconds left in the half, that just about did the Huskies in, but they did try one more roll of the dice – they onside-kicked to start the second half. The Hyaks recovered, though, and scored in four plays, with B-Back Kevin Braden taking it the final 20 yards on a wedge.
After a wind-aided Morton punt (did I mention the wind coming off the ocean?) pinned the Hyaks on the own three, they drove 97 yards in 14 plays, eating up what remained of the third quarter and putting the game away for good. Old reliable Wedge started and finished the drive, getting the Hyaks off their own goal line, and finally getting them the score.
After recovering the ensuing kickoff (no, it was not an onside kick), the Hyaks then drove 40 yards in eight plays to finish the scoring, with Lind taking it in from two yards out. The highlight of the drive came on a third-and-15 situation following a penalty, when Lind picked up 14 yards off tackle.
With the remaining North Beach frosh and sophs playing the final eight minutes of the game, the Huskies finally punched in a score with under a minute to play.
Fort the night, the Hyaks rushed 43 times for 357 yards, while holding Morton to 131 yards on 41 carries. North Beach did not attempt as pass, while Morton threw twice and had one intercepted.
Jamaal Lind carried 15 times for 200 yards even, while B-Back Kevin Braden rushed 14 times for 76 yards and C-Back Maurice Alfaro picked up 75 yards on eight carries.
Not to say that there is enthusiasm and support for football in the North Beach school district, but making their appearance in our post-game locker room - and wearing their "North Beach Football" caps - were our two superintendents. (Yes, two superintendents - that's a great story in itself.) Contrast that with the fact that in three years of coaching at Madison High in Portland, I never once so much as met the principal.
Next game for North Beach is Saturday night, at Seattle Lutheran, a good Wing-T, 3-5-3 team that opened with a 20-18 win over Darrington.
NB: (9:05 1st) Jamaal Lind, 45 Run (Russell Alfaro Kick)
NB: (2:45 1st) Lind, 19 Run (Alfaro Kick)
NB: (0:12 2nd) Derek Archer, 73 Fumble Advance (Alfaro Kick)
NB: (10:30 3rd) Kevin Braden, 20 Run (Alfaro Kick)
NB: (0:09 3rd) Braden, 2 Run (Alfaro Kick)
NB: (8:06 4th) Lind, 2 Run (Alfaro Kick)
MORT: (0:56 4th) Anderson, 2 Run (Brown, Kick)
*********** What a weekend. Bear Bryant once said that when you when, everything's better - the food tastes better and the girls look prettier.
So we won Friday night, and trust me - Coach Bryant was right.
Not even an eight-hour, 444-mile round-trip to scout our next week's opponent in a Saturday night game could bring us down from our high. Besides, the weather was beautiful during our entire drive, and easterner Jack Tourtillotte got his first look at Olympia, Tacoma (and the Tacoma Dome, where the state championships are played) and Seattle, on one of those days when you wouldn't trade living in the Pacific Northwest for anyplace in the world.
Actually, after a win like that, we could have dealt with the nastiest weather imaginable, but God saw fit to throw in a few bonuses of His own.
Sunday night as we ate dinner we looked out our front window at Grays Harbor, where we followed the progress of a whale as he swam around and spouted. (Tell your tree-hugger friends about that!)
Monday morning, a bright orange-red sunrise silhouetted the top of Mount Rainer, 110 miles away.
So clear were the skies that we could see the snow-capped Olympic Mountains far to the north.
God's in His heaven - all's right with the world.
But after all the euphoria of a big win, Monday afternoon's practice sucked. Remember, these are kids who've never before had a winning record - not even 1-0 after one game. They still don't understand that winning a game doesn't end the pressure to get better, it increases it - that the world doesn't stop for you just because you won one football game.
*********** Hi Coach,
I'm sure you are real busy, but I have a couple questions.
1) When we run 47 xx counter, we face a lot of 5 man fronts. Center blocks
nose, FB takes tackle, but we are constantly getting blitzed by an LB in the
vacated guard slot. Any advice?
If that blitzing is a major problem and it is occuring regularly, then you have to treat that backside LBer as if he is a linemen, which means you are looking at a TNT and you block down across the front
2) My A back is a bull. He is fast and powerful. Any A or C back plays
that can get him running inside(iso, etc)?
My A-Back is probably as good as yours (6-2, 190, 4.6) and we don't do anything special. He runs Super Power, Counter, Sweep. Friday night he carried 15 times for 200 yards and 14 of the carries were Super Powers. We still need to get better at what we're already doing. About the only thing I might consider adding would be Super Power from Stack-I.
3) We are facing the #1 team this weekend and they run a 3-5-3. Any
experience/advice for attacking it? I assume wedge should work.
3-5-3 can be target practice for a Double-Wing team. We face one this week also and if we execute, we could be okay. 3-5-3 is pretty good against spread teams but it is not all that great against a power off-tackle (Super Power, counter). But you will want to make sure that you work hard this week at blocking down.
Good luck to you!
*********** Coach Wyatt, You are right about people changing their defense when they play us. The team we just played (a 4-4 team) runs a 50 TNT defense which they call "Ridgeview" They have never been able to completely stop us over the years and we haven't changed our blocking rules at all.
Good luck tonight!
Mike Benton, Ridgeview HS, Colfax, Illinois
Hope all goes as well as it possibly can for you tonight! It's great to know that you are back coaching and I hope your guys know how lucky they are.
Down here at Lake Havasu, the local Pop Warner teams, and they have about 8 teams here in different age groups that play all over from Kingman, Arizona down to Blythe, California, decided to have all teams put in the double wing as their offense. The president of the league made the decision over the winter. He obviously got a lot of resistance from coaches and "experts," but he stuck with it and pulled it off.
A couple of months ago, I ran into one of the coaches and we got to talking football and somehow the double wing came up, and he told me about the league plans to implement it at all levels. I told him about my experience and belief in the system, so all of a sudden they wanted my help. The league president and a few of his guys invited my wife and I out to dinner. Unfortunately, they had purchased a play book off the internet and had already given it to each coach and expected them to use the numbering system that another coach had come up with. Quite a bit different from your numbering system or the one I used, which is very similar to yours. I encouraged them to get online to your site because the numbering system they are going with, requires quite a bit of memorization for these little guys.
Long story short, they felt like they were too far down the road to change, so I gave them a bunch of things to watch out for. Their first games are next weekend, so I'm planning to go see what they look like.
Book update.....I have worked day and night on this thing, writing a book is a daunting task. If anyone thinks it's easy, they haven't written one yet. But the book is done and is being printed, probably 2 weeks away from distribution. Since it's football season now, I doubt if anyone has the time to read it.
Go gettem', Coach! Show 'em what smash-mouth......oops......ball-control football looks like.
Gary Creek, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Thanks for the note.
I fear for those guys because it sounds as if they got their Double Wing puppy from a puppy mill breeder, and my experience has been that people that start out like that, relying heavily on Internet experts when they run into trouble, ultimately wind up searching blindly for solutions. From there, they usually junk the offense or "tweak" it to the point where it is no longer recognizable. Or effective.
I do wish them luck.
********** Congratulations!! - From the newspaper account I read it seems like you had a very good 1st game. Go Hyaks!! (btw I attended one of your clinics in Birmingham Alabama a few years back.) We moved to South Carolina and I have been out of coaching for 4 years. I found out this past Tuesday that I would be coaching an 11-12 year old team this year. Wednesday we drafted kids and conducted our 1st practice on Thursday. I have 21 kids no assistants in site and no time to plan. I will be breaking out your DW manual and videos this weekend.!!!
God Bless You
Carl Dozier, Cheraw, South Carolina
Of course I remember you, and I appreciate the note. It was certainly a memorable opener.
I'm pleased to hear that you're coaching again.
Trust me - you can do it all by yourself until you find an assistant who is good with kids and in harmony with your philosophy.
God Bless you, too!
*********** The Beloit Trojans opened the 2008 high school football season with a 38-14 victory in a game which was not as close as the score might indicate.
Beloit ran their Double Wing offense effectively with 57 rushing attempts for 469 yards and 4 TDs, but they did lose two fumbles on the night. While Beloit opened the scoring with a 26 yard TD pass from junior QB Jordan Adams to senior TE Brett Melton on their first offensive series, the passing game will need some improvement as 2 out of 6 for 17 yards, 1 TD, and 2 interceptions will not get it done. Junior wingback Logan Eck had 21 carries for 244 yards and 2 TDs while senior wingback Cas Spangler had 20 carries for 152 yards and 2 TDs.
The Trojan defense was dominant for most of the game, allowing only 31 rushing yards on 28 attempts and 9 completions on 19 attempts for 124 yards. A missed open field tackle led to the first SES TD, and a short field in the 4th quarter led to their second score. The Trojan defense recorded 3 sacks and 1 interception.
For the first game of the season, it was a solid performance; but there is much room for improvement. With league rival Salina Sacred Heart coming to town this Friday night, the Trojans will have to be ready for a battle.
Greg Koenig, Beloit, Kansas
*********** we won a nice opener for us. we were down at the half but rallied to win 45-26 over Glens Falls
A back Marcus Hepp had 19 carries 274 yards with 5 td's
QB T J McLaughlin had 10 carries for 64 yards
Used a lot of formations and added double over and double under that produced a 15 yard penalty in our favor of an illegal chop block by a crabber.
Next week we go on the road and play our rival Burnt Hills
Pete Porcelli, Lansingburgh HS, Troy, New York
*********** Hello coach I'm going against a football team that has nothing but speed at there skills positions , they have tight splits on the line and I run a 5-3 defense with cover 3 Im thinking of running cover2 to not get beat long on the fly routes and to take away there out patterns and swing patterns to the backs and toss/sweeps. and on defense all he does is blitiz , I like to run the spread offens / and single wing t , Im thinking of running the pwr - I offense and just run right at him to stop that speed. HELP?
With all due respect, it seems to me that you would be best advised to settle on one offense and get better at that. You need an offense that you can run no matter what defense the opposition runs. If you are trying to combine a spread and a Wing-T, you are already trying to do too much. Unless you're jerking my chain, I frankly doubt that a team that's used to running the spread will be able to make a quick and easy transition to a power game anyhow, because your kids will be used to standing up and powder-puff blocking.
*********** Hey Coach,
We are playing a team that likes to run a shade 50 defense. I know that you have put on your web site several times that you don't see much 50.
We aren't sure how this team is going to line up to our two tight set, so I was wondering if you had any advice to share about seeing the 50.
If we run Super Power we will try to Double Team the DE, which forces the corner into primary run support. If we can't Double-Team him because he plays outside, we will make an OFF call and kick him out. In that case, they can expect to see a lot of G.
There is nothing in our package that won't go against a 50.
I don't see how they can run a shade because we can force them to balance.
If they were actually to declare a side, we would call Super Power - Check With Me and automatic to one side or the other.
If they try stemming at the LOS we will snap everything on GO.
*********** Hi Coach
We opened up Friday night with a 48-0 victory over Newfound Regional H.S. We scored 3 Touchdowns in our first 8 plays to put the game away. We were able to play 56 players and a lot of first year football players saw their first Varsity action which was a thrill for them. Our opponent displayed excellent sportsmanship and they played hard until the final whistle. They are a young developing program with a bright future.
Seventeen different backs rushed for 358 yards on 45 carries. We also opened up our passing attack going 2-2 for 40 yards. This week we go on the road for our first league game against the defending Champion Pelham H.S. squad. They were 11-0 last season with 10 starters returning on each side of the ball. I'll keep you posted.
Trish - John Trisciani, Trinity HS, Manchester, New Hampshire
I coach at --------- High School Illinois.
I have run your offense successfully now for several years. We have a new high school coach that runs a DW system very similar to yours. He has coached at Joliet Catholic here in IL under Gordie Gillespie some years back. We are in the process of turning around this program. I wanted to ask a question concerning the 3-5 defense. In your opinion...what are the best pass routes against a 3-5 defense?
They are playing Man outside inside zone with cover 2. Seams, Fades drags? Also is it best to have a roll out pocket or quick passes.
Gordie Gillespie is one great coach and one fine gentleman. He was a guest at our house several years ago while in Portland to do a clinic. Much of what I do from "slot" formation was a result of that dinner.
In passing, we don't distinguish between one defense and another. Our receivers are all able to run an out, out & up, corner, dig, post, post-corner and fade, each from two or three different set-ups, as well as hitch/slant/fade from spread formation.
Frankly, if we see a 3-5-3, we don't expect to have to pass much because in my experience that defense, designed to work against spread teams which often have no tight end at all, is not particularly strong against a double-tight running team.
*********** Clarinda Academy 74 Shenandoah 14
A and C combine for 476 yards rushing and 7 td's. My C back is averaging 30 yards per carry.
Brad Knight, Clarinda, Iowa
*********** A coach making his first start as a Double-Wing coach writes:
Hugh, we started off slow, was down 12-0 and then put together a 94 yard drive and from then on accelerated. the final was 41 -12, we had 371 yards rushing both A an C over 100 and 60 yards passing for 431 yards. I swear we didn't start moving the ball till halfway through the 2nd qtr. Anyway good luck and I will talk to you later.
Hey ----- You moved the ball. And best of all, you now have some video to show you where you can get better.
It's all about confidence - on your part AND the kids - and that start ought to give you all some confidence!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2008- "If you wait until you see the whites of their eyes, you'll never know what hit you." President Franklin D. Roosevelt
*********** I was preparing to talk with my players about ways that even good offenses can beat themselves, and damned if Oregon State didn't come through for me with a shining example.
The first way, I always tell a team, is turnovers. We will stress the correct way to carry the ball, and a guy who is a persistent fumbler simply won't play running back, no matter how talented he is. We will control our passes and our quarterback's field of vision and his choices so that the chance of interceptions is minimized.
Next are foolish penalities. We start drills, plays and sprints on our snap count. We do not mix our snap counts very much. We do a few other things as well, but there's no sense giving away something that might disadvantage another Double-Wing team who is doing the same things. And in our blocking drills, we insist that the hands stay hidden. We block the classic, "obsolete" way, and if we do it correctly we should not be able to see the blocker's hands. We tell our players that if we can't see their hands, the officials can't either, and if they can't see the hands, they won't call holding.
A third way is blown assignments, and we are constantly trying to simplify the assignments and our way of teaching them, and constantly testing the players on them.
Finally, there is the matter of dumbass calls. That is totally a function of coaching. Can't blame that on the players. It constantly amazes me the number of coaches I see who can't stand prosperity - they refuse to stick with a successful play and instead insist on showing everybody how many different plays they have in their repertoire.
And it also amazes me how many coaches fail to weigh the upside of a call against its downside. That's where Oregon State comes in. They hadgot the ball inside their own 10, and they called a swing pass. The QB was on maybe the 2-yard line when he threw the ball - to a back who happened to be on the 1-yard line. For those of you on the East Coast who didn't stay up late and watch - the ball was mishandled, and, travelling backward, went through the end zone and out of bounds for a safety.
Two points for Stanford, and Oregon State had to kick. Stanford took the kick and put on a drive for a score that put the game away.
Now consider - We all know what the downside of that call was. So WTF was the upside, anyhow? Maybe getting the ball out to the 10? Whoopee do.
A businessman who made decisions like that would soon be holding a "GOING OUT OF BUSINESS" sale.
Seems to me it was not unlike racing a train to a railroad crossing. The upside if you make? You save a couple of minutes. The downside?
*********** The North Beach Hyaks open tonight against Morton, a big team that beat us last year (as did nine of the ten teams on the schedule). Although we lost our starting B-Back, a 6-1, 205 pound sophomore, last Friday to a knee injury, our kids do seem to be developing a resiliency that apparently has been missing here over the last several years.
We have had a few other injuries that have really tested our ingenuity in juggling game plans, but as LTC Pat Frank of the Black Lions says, "We will find a way or make one."
The loss of a solid B-Back can be devastating to a Double-Wing offense, but we do have a tough, if undersized, backup. We have some size up front, to go with a trio of fast wingbacks, a couple of ends with very good hands and a QB who can throw. We are not without talent. But with our slim numbers (we're now at 24 kids) we haven't had any meaningful contact on either side of the ball, so tonight is sure to bring some surprises.
As we told our kids, tonight's game is just Round One, and all we expect is a videotape that will enable us to see where we need work.
*********** My daughter Julia, a Duke grad who married another Duke grad and settled in Durham. North Carolina to raise three of my grandsons, sent me a photo of an unusual site - a jam-packed Wallace Wade Stadium, where Duke beat James Madison to oppen the season, and wrote,
"And this is after the game was delayed for one and a half hours for lightning. The students were soaked but stuck it out. Apparently Coach Cutcliffe went to their tailgate, asked them to do that first march from the chapel, which they did, then went and greeted them during the delay. Those kids love him. Before the game he asked them to stay in the stands after the win (love that) and wait for another game to storm the field. They did; he was smart enough to send the players over to the students to thank them right after the game as a further incentive to stay in the stands. He also said after the game that he would need to work with his team on celebrating a win, since they didn't really know how and they would need to learn because it was going to keep happening. He's already completely changed the mentality. And the conditioning- the teams, particularly the defense, in the last few years were dead tired by the 3rd quarter. This team stepped it up after halftime. It's so exciting!"
*********** Coach Wyatt, Best of Luck this season, read the newspaper preview. You have some big kids for a smaller school. Read a bit about Ocean Shores, once called the "Richest Little City," the scenery looks beautiful.
*********** Coach Wyatt, I am new to the double wing system and was reading on the "(I WON'T GIVE IT PUBLICITY) " website and saw a mention of a "hockey stick" technique that you had developed. It seemed to be helping several coaches with their teams and was hoping you could explain what it is?
It has always been my policy to make sure before I recommend anything to other coaches that I first make sure (1) that I have tested it myself, and (2) that other coaches have been able to take my ideas and put them to use in their programs.
Everything I tell people in my clinics and on my vidoes is the product of actual use in high school football.
At the present time it is being "field tested" by a small group of very good coaches with whom I have worked closely over the years and whose input is invaluable to me.
I will share the information when I am certain of its effectiveness.
*********** Coach Wyatt:
I purchased your playbook and video Dynamics of the Double Wing this summer and so far they have done wonders for my 11-12 year old youth football team. We are going to put in the Wildcat plays next week and wanted to ask for clarification on the depth of the “L” and “R” back? Are they the same depth as the B back in Tight formation 3 yards off the ball?
Additionally, I wanted to get your philosophy on changing blocking assignments week to week based on scouting your opponent. I think it would be simpler to run the offense the same way for consistency and only allow the 9 or 6 call by the end and the TNT call by the Center. My line coach wants to adjust more to the defenses we face.
First of all, the depth of the backs in Wildcat is as you thought - heels at 3 yards from the ball. Make sure that the snap is SOFT and LOW (keep the center's tail down, make sure he holds the ball loosely, and puts almost no weight on the ball). And make sure that the backs have their "knuckles on the ground." Otherwise, they won't be able to field a low snap. We work hard on keeping the snap low, and we don't want them spoiling it by trying to imitate a shotgun QB. The whole point of this is to keep the snap lower than our linemen so the defense can't find the football.
As for the blocking --- we teach ONE set of rules, and that is what we apply against ANY defense. Our game plan doesn't change a whole lot from week to week. We are going to run certain things, and the opponents know it, and based on what they try to do to stop us, we are either going to take it to them with our base stuff or hit them where they have weakened themselves in order to stop the base stuff.
People will try to gap us or "TNT" us and for those cases we always have DOWN blocking ready. We do spend time every day on down blocking, just in case (a major reason why we cut down on splits, get back off the ball as far as legal, and keep the inside hand down and inside foot back, taking the correct first step.) If we can protect our inside gaps, we can handle anything.
These blocking rules, I should point out, derive from the old unbalanced line Princeton/Michigan single wing and were adapted to the balanced-line single wing more than 50 years ago at the University of Maine and perfected at the University of Delaware by a line coach named Mike Lude, who now it is my good fortune to include as a friend. These blocking rules have stood the test of time, and their beauty is that we do NOT change them from week to week. Our linemen at North Beach High are being coached by a real Double Wing expert with years of experience in Maine, Jack Tourtillotte, and the blocking rules that they worked on this week (power, counter, trap, tackle trap, G, O, Wedge, G-Reach, Brown/Black) are the same ones they will be working on the final week of the season.
What you find, frankly, is that the defenses will have to change for YOU.
If I suggested to Jack that we change our blocking rules each week, he would probably be on the next flight back to Maine.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008- "A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is built." Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska
*********** Here's the Abderdeen World's pre-season preview of the North Beach Hyaks -
Things are good - but not great - in the home of the Hyaks. Last Friday, we lost our starting B-Back, a converted offensive lineman who at 6-1, 205 was a real force on the Super Power kickout block. Fortunately, we do have a backup ready. But in a small school, most injuries to starters mean having to start to reshuffle positions.
*********** As a rule, what do you do against crashing ends?
Coach, Depending on what you mean by a crashing end...
If he is outside our wing, we will deal with him with our fullback or we will G-Block him.
If he is crashing between the TE and wingback, we will do the same as above, and we will also reach him with the TE, and sweep.
We will also counter away, because NO crashing end crashes shallow enough to stop a counter. They all come "deep as the ball," which runs them right past the inside handoff.
*********** 1. Does it bother you that the QB isn't leading through on superpower anymore (it was always a big selling point to me that he had to get dirty like everyone else).
Doesn't bother me at all. To me, the benefits far outweigh any disadvantages. The possibility to lead through is still there. We call the roll-out version Super Power Roll.
2. What do you do if the CB is "falling in and making the play on superpower? (Red Red I assume)
Super Power Keep (and I only tell the QB), and 88 Super halfback pass. C Back comes over the top for the backer inside - about 4-5 steps - then breaks for the corner. QB tosses and runs the stick. A Back runs into the hole, then stops and drops back and throws. Backside G-T-TE all hinge.
3. Now that you don't hand off on sweep or on xx - do you not run 38 black ox anymore??? (or do you feel 47 brown is enough)
Not running a waggle this year - yet
4. Without the threat of bootleg, do you feel there is more of a threat of backside chase?
Lemme tell ya - the Super Criss Cross is death on chasers.
*********** I don't know if you noticed that a majority of the Top 25 teams opened against teams a good step below their level. Just as I had predicted they would, the big-money schools used their 12th game to screw their season ticket holders by charging them full-fare to watch the college equivalent of a pro exhibition game. (Not as bad as a pro "pre-season" game, though, because at least back when they were called exhibition games, the pros actually let their starting quarterbacks play a fair amount of the game.)
One really nice thing about opening against the likes of Coastal Carolina (Penn State's challenging opener) is that it offers a great chance to discipline the knuckleheads on your team without affecting the old W-L record. Take Miami, for example. (Please take Miami, as the old comedian used to say.) The Hurricanes were able to give the appearance of running a disciplined program by suspending seven players for various offenses and - whaddaya know? - still managing to beat Charleston Southern.
*********** I hope that football itself builds character, because there sure are some a**hole coaches who don't. From a youth coach, whose team won, 39-13: Their head coach was the only coach on their staff who wouldn't shake hands with me after the game. He also refused to have his team share a team prayer with us. Now, if he doesn't want to pray - that I can understand, if it's motivated by his religious (or non-religious) beliefs. But atheist or devout Christian, a coach has to be an example of good sportsmanship for his players.
*********** Greetings Coach Wyatt and congratulations on your new venture with the Hyaks. We opened the season with a 19-13 victory over traditional rival Laredo Nixon. We led 19-0 in the third quarter and then they were able to close the gap with some incredible officiating gifts in the fourth. While I have been here five seasons, Martin had not won this big rivalry game since 1999. We averaged over 8 yds. per carry, Sadly, we attempted only one pass and it was incomplete. Oh well. C-back Jerry Delgado scored on the first play from scrimmage (your 99 super power) and had 86 yds on 11 carries. A-back Ricky Munoz rushed 18 times for 97 yds. and B-back Erik Chavez had 5 carries for 110 yds and two touchdowns. My young Defensive Coordinator Matias Ydrogo did an outstanding job preparing our defense, limiting their spread (surprise) offense to under 200 total yds. We are open this week and play our other LISD "sister school" next week. I'll try to do a better job of keeping in touch this season. Thanks for all your help.
Best of luck!
Head Football Coach
Martin High School
*********** I heard some network doofus say that Nicholls State's game at New Mexico State had been cancelled, "but they're trying to reschedule it."
Now, wait a minute - WTF is so tough about understanding the difference between "postponed" and "cancelled?" If a game is cancelled, it ain't gonna be played, simple as that.
*********** Give Rick Neuheisel credit - that was one hell of a job of coaching we saw Monday night against Tennessee.
*********** Coach, How are things progressing with your new challenge?
I wanted to share a story with you. We played this past weekend in our league's jamboree. This season's team is brand new to the DW and we are...learning.
We played 4 teams in 20 minute mini-games. We were really rough in the first game, barely moving the ball and making a lot of mistakes.
As we met as a team during the break, getting hydrated and preparing for the next contest, a parent approached me and said, "Hey that offense is not working. You need to dump it. I've got a better offense for you. The kids will like it better. "
At first I thought he was joking with me, but he repeated it. I told him there was nothing wrong with the offense and that all we needed to do was execute and stay with our blocks. He insisted on pestering me, so I told him to please leave the team area so we could prepare for our next game. I am sure I was not as polite as I could have been. I was hot!
We had three more contests to go. After going over where we needed improvement and firing the boys up ( I was certainly motviated for that!), we went out and scored on our first drive against one of the toughest teams in the league. Our next game we tied one of the fastest teams, and whalloped the perennial North Division power in our final match up.
Funny...I didn't see that dad around anywhere after the last game. (Dad pestered the wrong coach. The writer is a long-time Double-Wing coach with plenty of experience in coaching the Double Wing and dealing with ignoramuses. HW)
*********** What I once called Red-Red I am now calling (at least at North Beach) 88 Brown. Similarly, Blue-Blue is now 99 Black. I have three reasons:
(1) For the linemen, there is no difference, so why give them two terms when one will do?
(2) It is the same steps for our QB on 88 Black or 88 Super Power Roll, which is becoming my power play of choice.
(2) If/when our QB comes to the line and automatics to RED or BLUE, he may need to be able to repeat it - RED! RED! - which could cause quite a bit of confusion.
*********** Boy, talk about the anti-Hillary... Sarah Palin. She hunts and fishes and is a member of the NRA. She and her husband ran a salmon boat. If she owned a liquor store, she'd be perfect. And unlike Hillary, she's married to a real man - a guy who races snowmobiles and works on oil rigs on the North Slope. Put a guy with Bill Clinton's goat glands that far away from women and not even the female polar bears would be safe. Come to think of it, somebody could have saved this country a lot of grief if they'd told Slick Willie that a polar bear is a great lay.
********** I am walking a tightrope in regards to not offering a lot of corrections that I hear the other coaches demand but don’t follow up on; how can I reinforce to the players the requests the other coaches have made without stepping on the coaches toes (ie – where to line up, saying yes sir and no sir while responding to the coaches, telling them to tackle that guy when we only went through tackling for about a half hour during only one practice, etc)
What is the biggest thing to reinforce to the cornerbacks?
Don't get beat deep.
How do I respond to the questions from the players on what are we going to cover today?
Think of yourself as a substitute teacher and always have an everyday plan ready. Have a list of everyday things that they need to be good at
Drills the receivers can do while waiting for one of the other coaches to come over?
The receivers need to run their routes, they need to practice getting off the ball with a man in their face, they need to practice catching a lot of footballs, and they need to practice running with the ball (and protecting it). And, of course, they need to block.
And drills the cornerbacks can do while waiting?
Sounds as if everybody on the team needs to practice tackling. You don't have to kill each other. Practice good form tackling. And don't take a kid to the ground.
Expand it to an open-field tackle.
Work on back-pedal, and then back-pedal and changing directions.
Work on not getting beat deep - covering a man whose instructions are to beat them deep. If they can't cover a guy when they know it's coming, they will never do it in a game when they have no idea what's coming.
Just a few things to keep them occupied.
You really could benefit from my Safer and Surer Tackling and Practice Without Pads video.
And from being on a different staff.
*********** I think I know what you are going through - We started the season with 27 kids- already have lost 3 to injury and we have one kid who I never know if he will make it to practice or not. (needle to say if he don't show up, he doen't play.) We will take on the Smith Center Redmen on Friday - they have 56 kids out. The same Smith Center team that scored 72 points on us in the first quarter of the first round of the playoffs - We are just trying to survive - Question - how are you running your practices? It's hard to get a full defensive practice in - We can't get a look at the offense. Any suggestions? John Petrie, Plainville, Kansas
Hi Coach, Nice to hear from you. I sure know of Smith Center. Very tough assignment.
I hope I didn't come across as complaining, because I took this job with my eyes open. But as you noted, it's hard, if not impossible, to practice a full defense because you'd just crush your scout offense.
Defensively, we have "inside drill" and "outside drill."
Inside drill formally includes the defensive linemen and inside backers, although we could expand it to the outside LBers as well.
Outside drill can be your usual 7 on 7 although we may add DE's and we may go against an entire offensive unti.
The only time the entire unit is together is for making adjustments to various formations and motions.
Hope that helps.
*********** So let me get this straight...
Michigan pretty much lets Lloyd Carr go and hires Rich Rodriguez, whose first appearance on the Michigan sideline is an inglorious, embarrassing opening game loss to Utah. In the Big House.
Amazingly, the media are already cutting him slack, saying "it's a rebuilding year." Rebuilding? Gimme a break.
As Bo Schembechler once told a young reporter, "This is Michigan, son." Right on, Bo. When you're Michigan, you don't have a rebuilding year.
So, okay, okay. Mighty Michigan, one of the proudest of proud programs, is officially rebuilding. I'm sure all those Michigan fans who lost their minds over Carr's annual loss to Ohio State will be happy to accept that explanation for the lifeless display against Utah.
They're being asked to have patience with a coach whom their school lured away from West Virginia with an obscenely lucrative package. It's as if they went out trolling for a whore who turned out to be an undercover police officer. They're out all that money and the sex is lousy.
So Mighty Michigan is stuck with a coach whose celebrated offensive system has one major flaw that's already glaringly evident - it is so dependent on a quarterback Rodriguez made a phone call to highly-recruited Pennsylvania QB Terrelle Pryor to tell him about his move to Michigan before he even told his West Virginia players... it is so dependent on a quarterback that when he doesn't have one, he is punchless. (In Rodriguez' last game at West Virginia, with QB Pat White injured, his fantastic system of the future produced a meager nine points and less than 200 yards total offense in a loss to Pitt.
For the record. Mister Millionaire is 0-2 in his last two games.
*********** Considering that they desperately want us to take them seriously... does EVERY woman on sports TV now have to show off her jugs and/or legs?
*********** ANY TRUTH TO THE FACT THAT OHIO STATE'S BEANIE WELLS HURT HIS FOOT? Considering it was all they talked about at halftime of the Lousville-Kentucky game, Is there anything left to be said about it?
*********** Clarinda Academy 42 Wayne Community 18
41 rushing attempts for 500 yards
A Back (starter) 16 carries 211 yards 2 TD's and a 20 yard reception for a TD
C Back (starter) 14 carries 241 yards 2 TD's
B Backs (starter and backup) 2 carries for 15 yards
QB was 4 of 6 for 40 yards and a TD (2 INT's as well) something to work on.
Ran 88/99 SP
Super XX 47/56 C
Red Red/Blue Blue
That's it. Have a ton of work to do, as we were not as good on film as the stat sheet showed, but we will get better.
Athletic Director/Head FB Coach
Clarinda, Iowa (Coach Knight neglected to say it, so I will - this win was only the second in the history of the Clarinda Academy program! Clarinda is an "alternative correction facility," for kids who have "had contact" with the justice system wherever their home happens to be. That could be someplace in Iowa, but it could be inner-city Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Detroit. I have worked with Coach Knight's kids and on the football field they are typical kids - hard-working and eager to please, and in need of some success in their lives. This win might make a difference in the lives of kids who put themselves in Coach Knight's hands and are now beginning to see how the hard work and discipline and selflessness he's introduced them to can help them achieve success. HW)
*********** Coach Wyatt,
I hope you can help me with my iMovie question. I've gotten no help from my two iMovie books or from those on the Apple message board.
I have some old iMovie projects that I want to get rid of. How do I do this? If I drag all the clips of an old project into the trash, I can empty the trash but it still saves the file. For instance, if I drag all the clips of my 2007 highlights into the iMovie trash and then empty that trash, the contents are gone, but I still have a project in iMovie that says "2007 Highlights."
It also seems like there would be an easier way than dragging all of my clips to the trash. There is no "delete project" or "delete file" that I can find.
When I've asked this same question on the message board, I've been told to drag the file to the desktop trash. (They won't drag.) I've also been told to "right clicK to get a "contextual menu" and select "move to trash." I fear this is something akin to a "snipe hunt" as the Apple mouse doesn't have "buttons" to right or left click.
Anyhoos, I am loaded up on old projects and just need to clear out a lot of old stuff. I thought with as many movie projects as you have, you might know a way to perform this function. Thanks.
BTW--We won our season opener yesterday, 39-13.
In Finder, highlight the file and click on the "Delete" icon - the red circle with the red slash through it.
That will trash everything, clips, file folder and all. And after you empty the trash, you will notice the return of all the hard disc space that frees up.
I am such a packrat that I just keep buying more hard drive storage. It's getting cheaper all the time.
Congratulations on the win!
*********** Don't get me wrong - I am not big John McCain supporter. But the man spent more than five of what should have been the best years of his life in a North Vietnamese prison. I resent anyone who diminishes in any way the contribution of anyone who served his country in a sh--hole like Vietnam, so it really pisses me off when a zero like Jimmy Carter says that McCain is "milking every drop of advantage" from his POW experience.
*********** Remember my gloating over the new policy of no soccer practice on the all-new FieldTurf surface of Vancouver, Washington's Kiggins Bowl? It gets better. There'll be none of that Gatorade bath idiocy, either. Seems that sports drinks can damage the "blades" of the artificial grass and void the warranty!
I noticed on your video that when the lead pull man goes straight as to show a kick out is it crucial as to what shoulder he has into the defender,example pull right hit with the right shoulder or to maintain that eye contact up field.
Kickout Right- Right shoulder; kick out left - left shoulder
Another way to say it is "helmet in the hole."
*********** If you thought Coach Holtz' Pep Talks last year were bad, you haven't seen "Dr. Lou" yet. This one is going to get old really quickly. They give him almost five minutes of halftime, and he manages to waste all of it with corny coaching cliches that most of us have heard oh, maybe seven or eight hundred times.
*********** Hi Coach
I checked the NEWS this morning. How awesome to be coaching with Coach Garland (say hi for me) and Coach Tourtillotte.
I saw you had someone email you regarding firing off the ball. We had this problem earlier this week and have made tremendous strides since then by:
1) Show our players our practice video and how high and non-aggressive we were getting off the ball (we film our practices)
2) Showed a film of some of our past teams and how good of a job we getting off the ball.
3) Explained there were 2 reasons for not getting off the ball
1- not enough sled work...driving the sled...staying low...driving our feet...butt down...head up...no holding the sled (extra pushups)...and wide base with our feet as we are driving
2- reemphasis on the blocking rules by coaches and players...to increase confidence...which will lead to more aggressive play
The kids bought into what we were telling them and we have been hitting the sled hard. After doing these things...we have been much more effective driving off the ball the last 2 practices.
Keep up the good work!
John Lambert, La Center, Washington (John Lambert was a solid student and player of mine at Hudson's Bay High in Vancouver, Washington, and after a playing career at Western Washington he was an assistant to me for two years at LaCenter. He was instrumental in helping turn the program around, and after succeeding me he has built the program to a point no one would ever have thought possible. Going into his tenth year as head coach of the Wildcats, he has failed to make the state playoffs just twice. HW)
*********** Can it be possible that Chad Johnson is so full of himself (or so demented) that he has really changed his legal name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco?
*********** CHECK THIS OUT - http://tom-phillips.info/images/funny.military.htm VERY FUNNY!!!!!
*********** Hi Coach
I am enjoying hearing about your new team and its progress. I especially like the fact Coach Tourtillotte is on the staff!
We are playing our third scrimmage today on Wednesday with a Jamboree Friday night playing one half with game conditions. Trinity with 440 students will play in Division 5 this season. We have scrimmaged Div.1 Central (2200 students) and Division 3 Portsmouth (1000 students) and are getting better every day.
Offensively we rotate 9 backs and are big and getting tougher up front. We have benefited from 2 transfer lineman from public school looking for a better educational environment. One is a 5'10" 265lb. Senior Guard with DW experience and the other is a 6'4" 265lb. Junior Tackle. We also start a Freshman TE 6"4 230lb. and Senior TE 6"4 240lb. Add in a 5'9"225LB. Sophomore Guard and 6"2 260lb. Sophomore tackle and we look pretty good in pads.
We open the regular season Sept. 5th with 58 players. A long way from 18 months ago when we dropped from a league due to low numbers and had to play an independent schedule.
Double Wing football is running strong and we expect to compete for a title at Trinity H.S. Thank you for your assistance over the years and I wish you and your staff and players the best this season. Please say hello to Connie,Jack and Sue.
Trinity H.S. FOOTBALL
Manchester, New Hampshire (Hi Coach,I am so glad to hear how well you're doing. You have paid your dues to get to where you are and those kids are lucky to have a coach of your ability and enthusiasm.
We continue to do well, although a scrimmage or a jamboree would be nice before we play a game. Jack is great. He is really having fun. He works the kids hard and cuts them no slack, but he is warm and enthusiastic and they know he loves them.
We are having a blast. Keep me posted and I'll do the same! HW)
*********** I'm still really nervous about our ability to get off the football. I compared our scrimmage footage side by side with my last two 8th grade teams to make sure I wasn't crazy and these guys really are SLOOOOWWWW off the ball.
Did I mention that they can't even move the 5 man sled if I stand on it and they barely move it with no added weight? I actually had a starting center bounce off the first time we hit it. I've haven't seen anything like this...ever. This is a real, real challenge and it is taxing me to the limits of my abilities as a coach. It may be beyond me. I've dealt with idiots in semi pro and undersized kids who want to win, but this is different. The kids look good standing there but they don't seem to bring anything to the table when it comes down to it, and more importantly they don't seem to care either way. If we get a big play there is zero emotion or congrats to the person who scored or from the person who scored (by the team). If we get a bad play they don't give a flip about that either.
The worst thing is our other coaches are ready to give up, settle, and have a bad year. They just don't have the stomach for the fight. At this point I am pretty much alone on making this work.
I don't mean to seem like a whiner. I'm just trying to find an answer.
So they can't move a sled. It is what it is. At least now you know what you are starting with.
Don't give up on the kids. Be there with them and for them even after everyone else has given up on them.
And especially don't give up on yourself. You are well qualified and quite capable of at least getting them better than they are. Sometimes that in itself is a great accomplishment. And be patient. No use chewing their asses for what God didn't give them. Progress is going to some slowly. And be quick to praise the slightest sign of improved effort.
They might benefit from a little agility work and a little squat work.
You will all be better off if you don't listen to the naysayers.
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