What It Takes to be Number 1 Vince Lombardi “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. There is no […]
New (and Old) Tackling Techniques in Youth Football
In light of concussion concerns new rules have been put in place nationwide regarding helmet contact in youth football. In terms of tackling you can no longer hit the torso of a runner with your facemask. Nor can you initiate contact with the top of your helmet as a tackler OR a runner – this […]
2011 Huntley Big 10 MDW 2nd Place
Welp, we lost 22-16. It was a bummer. They were a little too big and fast for us. Plus, they were well coached to boot. We still played a heck of a game. I am proud of every one of the kids, they all played hard across the board in this game. We […]
New Youth Football Coaching Products
After many hours of work I have completed 3 products that I have for sale on the My Coaching Products page. These three products comprise nearly everything I know about youth football and are what I am currently personally using to coach youth football. 1. My complete youth football spread offense; Features: Base Run Plays, […]
Behind the explosive duo of junior quarterback Bret Mooney and junior receiver Hunter Williams, Jacobs’ football team jumped out on the road against Marmion early and often in the season opener Friday.
The duo hooked up for a 42-yard score 1:55 into the game and then connected for a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter to help build a 22-point halftime lead. Jacobs wound up winning 35-13.
Two of my former players that I helped develop. Really proud of them. They would have been good without me, but I like to think I played a role in their development.
Their opponent Marmion is a perinniel power and took second in state last year. My first group of local kids are hitting Varsity this year and it’s fun to read about them and follow their progress.
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.
Every time a football player goes to play his trade he’s got to play from the ground up — from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.
Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization — an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win — to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.
It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there — to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules — but to win.
And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.
I don’t say these things because I believe in the “brute” nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious.”
Still doing static strectches for football? Get with the times old man.
If you’re like most of us, you were taught the importance of warm-up exercises back in grade school, and you’ve likely continued with pretty much the same routine ever since. Science, however, has moved on. Researchers now believe that some of the more entrenched elements of many athletes’ warm-up regimens are not only a waste of time but actually bad for you. The old presumption that holding a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds — known as static stretching — primes muscles for a workout is dead wrong. It actually weakens them. In a recent study conducted at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, athletes generated less force from their leg muscles after static stretching than they did after not stretching at all. Other studies have found that this stretching decreases muscle strength by as much as 30 percent. Also, stretching one leg’s muscles can reduce strength in the other leg as well, probably because the central nervous system rebels against the movements
Dolphins did the worst with taking the 4th or maybe 5th best QB number 8. Nobody else wanted him. They probably could have had him in the 2nd or 3rd round.
My Bears took an okay player, but certainly not the best player they could have had. I really don’t like that the guy has had multiple concussions already. If they wanted a DE I think Jones, Perry or Merciless would have been better. Time will tell.
I think the better, safer pick at that point was David DeCastro. That’s who I would have selected. Kudos to Pittsburgh who always seem to draft well.
49ers reached with Jenkins.
Seahawks reached with Irvin.
Coples has great talent, but seems to have no will to be great (from my limited perspective). So I think he is a boom or bust and not worth the early risk.
Chargers got a steal with Ingram at 18. The key to him is using him properly though. He is kind of a tweener, but one hell of a football player.
In light of concussion concerns new rules have been put in place nationwide regarding helmet contact in youth football. In terms of tackling you can no longer hit the torso of a runner with your facemask. Nor can you initiate contact with the top of your helmet as a tackler OR a runner – this is an old rule – although the call against the runner is seldom made.
I personally taught face mask tackling in the past as illustrated in this Penn State video (never mind about Sandusky), the same technique was taught for many years by many great coaches:
The technique worked because it kept the aiming point centered and helped avoid missed tackles and as long as you kept you neck bowed and shoulders shrugged you were relatively safe from injury. Arguably, it’s safer than other methods because the neck doesn’t get attacked in a sideways fashion. However, the head was still involved and it may cause concussions so it has been rightly outlawed.
To avoid running afoul of these rules and to protect players there are two different primary techniques you can teach. One has been around for a long time. It’s basically a head up, head across, shoulder tackle – the object is to initiate contact with the inside shoulder and place the facemask on the football. Some call it “screws to the ball” or “bite the football.”
You can see the technique visually illustrated here: single shoulder tackle. It’s time tested and it works. It’s the way I was taught to tackle when I was growing up. It also has the potential to generate fumbles because the helmet hits the football in theory. The drawbacks are that it causes more misses than the technique illustrated above and still can put sideways pressure on the neck at high impact. It’s still a relatively safe technique for tackling.
New Football Tackling Techniques
In the last couple of years there has been some new techniques that a lot of big programs are adopting. It features an exaggerated hip roll that pulls the head back and out of the way. The hit is made with the tips of the shoulders and there is no head contact at all.
You see the technique illustrated step by step here by Bobby Hosea:
Here is the St. Viator h.s. football program running through some drills using the same basic technique:
I like this technique because I’ve been getting away from tackling to the ground in practice and changing my philosophy a bit after last year in terms of tackling for the following reasons:
1) Not going to ground in most drills cuts down on injuries in practice.
2) It encourages gang tackling.
3) It allows time for stripping the ball.* This is the primary reason for the switch in my mind. You can combine tackling and strip drills and create turnovers.
4) It cuts down on miss hits and tackles.
5) Dove tails nicely with open field tackling techniques.