Dec 01

Excerpt from “Pigskin Rapture: Four Days in the Life of Texas Football”

(The following is from ‘Pigskin Rapture: Four Days in the Life of Texas Football’ by Mac Engel. This excerpt is the introduction to last year’s high school rivalry between two neighboring towns, Midland and Odessa). Midland-Odessa Before the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Texans, Houston Oilers, or Houston Texans, the roots of football in Texas are in …

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Nov 29

Book Excerpt: “The View from the O-Line” – ” Building Blocks”

(This excerpt is from ‘The View from the O-Line’ by Howard Mudd and Richard Lister) Building Blocks Few things tick me off as much as the term skill position. It suggests the only players possessing skill are quarterbacks, receivers, and running backs. What witless jerk coined that label? Had to be someone who didn’t know …

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Nov 29

Drills for Quarterbacks at All Levels Part II

II. Warm-up – Emphasis getting the shoulder and arm loose – stretching and concentrating on all aspects of the throwing motion and developing accuracy. Set Up:  QB    QB    QB  10 yards distance        QB    QB    QB 1. Bull Pen Pitch – Play catch with partner. Nice and easy warming the shoulder up, working the hips up and over and over-exaggerating the follow through. …

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Nov 23

Getting More from Your Training: Split Squats

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Fast to Precise Performance The first phase of an off-season training program is critical; this is when I set up the foundation I use to build the rest of my program from. Often this foundation is with each individual exercise. With all exercises I like to always ask the question, how do I want this …

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Nov 21

Helpful Drills for Quarterbacks at All Levels

One of the most useful tools for developing and refining the skills and techniques of a quarterback are properly designed drills. As such, a comprehensive plan for developing a quarterback must include a substantial amount of drill work. With all quarterbacks, consistent repeatable mechanics are vital to success. Like all things, practice makes perfect; thousands …

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Nov 16

Facemask Wars and the Clash of the Titans

  I called it “the Willie Lanier Facemask”. Willie Lanier was a middle linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1967 through 1977. He won postseason honors for eight consecutive years, making the American Football League All-Star team in 1968 and 1969 before being selected to the Pro Bowl from 1970 through 1975. Willie Lanier …

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Nov 15

Lou Holtz on Mental Toughness

What are some of the characteristics of a mentally tough athlete? What leadership qualities do mentally tough athletes bring to the team? Did you have a favorite player who was mentally tough?  -Doug Heslip, National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist and 15 year coaching veteran. I don’t believe an individual is born mentally …

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Nov 14

Creating Explosiveness Through the Ground and Creating Blocking Angles

Power, balance, and force starts from the ground up. To be explosive it is imperative to create force through the ground with the feet by transferring force through the body. Power and force starts from the bottom-up, not from the top-down with the ground being the power platform. Offensive linemen need to hear their feet …

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Nov 10

How Auburn Develops Speed and Agility

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 There is a saying in football that if you can’t run, you can’t play. That is so true. At every level of football, the team or individuals that can move the best have a great advantage. Although some are more blessed with speed than others, speed and quickness can be developed. As an assistant coach, …

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Nov 09

Beyond the Scoreboard: What Football Means to Me—Win or Lose

Dear Son… By Eddie Fields, Coach and Teacher Space Coast High School (FL) In a recent school assignment my, 8-year-old, son had to write a letter to one of his parents expressing appreciation. My son penned the following message: Dear Dad, Thank you for not coaching football this year. I think we can spend more …

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