Dec 16

THE H.O.P.E FOUNDATION: An Update for 2015

Hugh Freeze, the head football coach at the University of Mississippi, is considered by many as this season’s Football Bowl Subdivision Coach of the Year. He led the Rebels to a regular season of 9-3, a top twenty ranking, and an upset win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa.   But Coach Freeze has also taken a …

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Dec 08

Coach Russell’s Ruminations – December

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe and happy holiday season! It’s the best time of the year (Bowl Season!) as we get to take some time to be around our friends and family, and reflect on how lucky we are to be involved in this profession. In our neck of the woods, it’s also …

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Dec 07

Quality Control

As we head into the winter/off-season and jump into our film study from the 2014 season, please find below some ideas for areas of analysis as you reflect on the past year.  These are the areas that we will focus on at both a player, position group, unit, and team level as well as for …

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Dec 03

Hartigan Continues to Prove Himself as a Program Builder

Jim Hartigan is only adding to his reputation as JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano (CA) continues to win. Hartigan took over at the private school in 2007 after it had gone 2-27 the three previous seasons and managed to match the win total in his first year. The Lions ended this year …

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Nov 26

Using Half-Field Coverage to Double Team a Single WR

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Facing a great WR who can exploit one-on-one matchups can be a difficult challenge for a defense. Coordinators are often faced with the challenge of assigning more than one player to cover just one offensive weapon, which becomes particularly problematic when an offense couples this threat with the ability to effectively run the football vs. …

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Nov 26

The Firm Always Knows Best

I hear an expression several times throughout the season (including last week) and every now and then during the off-season: The Firm. The Firm is Smith, Smith, Coverdale and Holcomb. More specifically, Homer Smith, Chuck Smith, Andrew Coverdale, and Mike Holcomb. John Arn, our former offensive line coach and defensive coordinator, came up with the …

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Nov 20

Can Bishop Gorman Win a National Title With a Frontloaded slate?

Tony Sanchez has not lost an in-state game since he took over at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) heading into the 2009 season and, as such, he set his sights on a higher prize: a national title. Sanchez has worked to build his program – and his schedule – to the point that the talent …

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Nov 20

Why Run The Ball?

Many new fast-paced, no-huddle offensive philosophies are not about taking as much time off the clock as possible.  Rather, these offensive sets are all about trying to score as many points as possible in the shortest amount of time.  Personally, I am at the opposite end of the time-management spectrum in that I have always …

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Nov 18

Coach Russell’s Random Ruminations

Happy November, Coaches. I realize that our readership spans the profession, from youth coaches on up through the college ranks, so a lot of you are currently in different phases of your seasons. If you’re into your post season, good luck! The past couple of weeks have been an extremely busy and hectic time for …

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Nov 18

Post Season Analysis: Factors Affecting The Passing Game

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The off season gives a coaching staff the opportunity to go back and evaluate their work from the previous season.  Done in detail, the process can serve to identify the effectiveness of passing concepts.  By charting key data on each play, the coaching staff can pin point correct assignment and technique, as well as developing …

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