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Monday, March 8, 2010

Football Planning Depth Chart

As a football coach I am consistently evaluating and tinkering with my depth chart. A lot of times I'll shuffle through it, add names, change names, and drop names. Move names from a defensive position to an offensive one and visa-versa. I find that consistently managing your depth chart keeps you organized an up to date in your player development.

Like all good football systems that you implement, your depth chart reflects your player's strengths and where exactly they fit in the scheme of things. A football coach by maintaining a depth chart will be on top of his player's progress and keep the best possible line up on the field. It's a good way to track player progress over the course of the season and identifies players that have improved or have gotten better than one that's in a starting position.

So how does it work?

Well, at the start of a season during training camp I'll set up my first depth chart. I'll list on it all football positions that are on the football team including specialty positions and for each position I'll assign a name or names to that football position of the player who at that time I feel is the best player for that spot. After each practice, I'll spend 15 minutes evaluating my depth chart, and move the players up and down the depth chart based on their performance and improvement. I refer to it regularly and have it with me all the time.

I find it is valuable when injuries occur in the game and you need a player substitution right away, pull out the depth chart and scan down and find the player who's the next to go in at that position. It saves time.

I also enjoy discussing the depth chart with the assistant coaches on a player's progress and development. A depth chart analysis will reward a player's hard work and progress while at the same time challenge your players to work hard to keep their positions and not to drop down the depth chart.


Football Goal-line Defence

Football can be exciting, last play of the game and you're on your goal-line winning by a slim margin and it comes down to one big play. All the marbles are on the line? But wait a minute! Do you have a goal-line defence as part of your football system, or are you in one of your regular defences?

The answer to that question could determine whether or not you will be successful in this situation.

Goal-line defence should be practiced regularly and be treated like a football specialty team. That is, you want your best players on the field for this situation. With the game or season on the line it could come down to one play on your goal-line to determine whether or not your football season is over or not. You bring in your best and biggest linemen, as well as your best athletes available to play in this situation. You practice it every week like a special team, put the ball on the 2 yard line and bring in the "heavies".

Perhaps your all-star running back goes in as an outside linebacker, your star receiver plays cornerback and your all-conference guard goes in to play tackle. Whatever, it is, make sure you load up in this situation. A lot of times just bringing in rested players will do the trick as the offence perhaps has been on the field awhile having marched the ball to your goal-line and maybe a little tired. The fresh legs can make a big difference. Just remember, treat your goal-line defence like a special team, bring this look in for this situation only, its hard for players to be effective on both sides of the ball for the entire game.

A lot of times a goal-line defence will play gap control with good outside contain with man coverage downfield and probably blitz a back to force the offence into making a mistake, create a turn-over, or sack the quarterback. You want them to be aggressive and to attack!

A goal-line stand can be a big momentum changer and can demoralize an offence, practice it every week and with your best players!