Category Archive: Coach Keith Grabowski

Sep 16

Get Your #2 Quarterback Ready

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Most high schools are nearing the midpoint of the season. Most likely, only a small percentage of those teams have given their second quarterback meaningful work. Part of our problem is in our mentality as coaches. We grow to trust and rely on our starter to the point that our second team quarterback becomes a …

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Jul 15

Kicking Scrimmage – Practicing Special Teams, Third Down Offense, and The Free Kick

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Years ago I heard now retired coach Wally Hood present a clinic on the kicking scrimmage. This special teams focused scrimmage format allowed a team to work all phases of the game, but gave emphasis and most reps to the special teams. When I became a high school head coach this was something I implemented …

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Jun 17

Optimal Ways to Run to Zone Schemes – Part 1: IZ to the 1 Technique; OZ to the 3.

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Since I incorporated the zone scheme into my offense in 2004, one of the common questions I get is, “Which side is the best to run inside or outside zone to?” It’s also been the topic of many friendly debates. In this two part series, we will look at the rationale behind running the zone …

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May 15

The X Factor: Utilizing Your Singled-up Receiver

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In many offensive systems, the receiver on the line of scrimmage, away from the formation strength is called the “X” receiver. For many teams, this is their best receiver. He is a player that can force double coverage or bracketing. His role is to win on his routes, especially when he draws single coverage. Many …

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Apr 15

Pairing Zone Read and Power Read to Attack Across the Defensive Front

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The read game allows the offense to attack the defense where they become weakest based on post snap keys. The power read allows for a gap scheme read concept that attacks inside and outside in one direction at the same time. The zone option allows for an A-Gap to A-Gap inside run that can hit …

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Mar 17

The Different Personalities of the Zone Read

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Last month, the focus was on Zone Read with a lead blocker. This month we will continue the focus on zone read, but see how it can be packaged with different reads and passing game components from quick screens to short routes that attack the void left by defenders committing to stop the run. There …

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Feb 18

Stress the Defense With the Quarterback Power

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Over the past four years, we have used some form of our power scheme with the quarterback as a runner. This has served as a play for us both with our starter in the game as well as part of a wildcat package. Our initial use of it started as part of wildcat package when …

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Jan 21

Zone Read with Lead Blockers

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For the last decade, the zone read has established itself at every level, even into the NFL. In fact, ESPN the Magazine reported the overall read option runs were called 974 more times in 2013 than in 2011. With the right athletes, the zone read presents multiple problems for a defense. Of course defenses have …

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Dec 18

Get More Out of Your Zone Scheme with the Fullback Zone Dive

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One of my favorite plays from the two-back offense that we ran at the high school level was a fullback zone dive. This was a play that we used to complement our stretch play. Our version of the stretch play was a full line reach scheme in which we were trying to get the ball …

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Nov 25

The “Pop” Pass in Modern Football – A Simple Yet Effective Play

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As a young quarterback playing pee wee football, one of the first pass plays I learned was the tight end “pop” pass. It was a quick hitting play- action pass off of a dive play. From what I can remember we ran it from the straight-T formation made famous in Ohio by Woody Hayes. After …

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