Category Archive: Coach Keith Grabowski

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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Sep 16

Key to a Successful Power Read: QB/Sweeper Mesh

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Having a week one bye has allowed me some extra time to watch both high school and college football for the last few weeks. A play that I’ve seen numerous times is the inverted veer or “power read.” It’s a play that puts major stress on the defense as it is an option play that …

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Aug 15

Online Supplemental: Making an Impact with Flipped Coaching

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In the August/September of American Football Monthly, I describe a method known as “flipped coaching.” This coaching method is something borrowed from classroom teachers. “Flipped learning” is a teaching method developed by Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams. These two chemistry teachers realized they had an innovative way to present the lecture portion of their lessons …

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Jul 11

More “Bang” for Your Buck With the Power Scheme

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The “Power O” is a play that has been around for a long time. Running it with a fullback and a tight end used to be the standard. It was a play that was a staple in many run-based offenses because it allowed for a double team at the point of attack and brought two …

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Jun 27

Use the Proper Tool – Pulling Technique

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I would like to thank our offensive line coach Tony Neymeiyer for his assistance with this article. Most offenses use schemes that require a lineman to pull and block a defender on the first level or second level. I’ve heard arguments from time to time about which technique is best for a pulling lineman – …

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