Category Archive: Coach Jeff McDonald

Apr 18

Defensive Fundamental Drills vs. Today’s Offenses Part II

By Jeff McDonald, Defensive Coordinator Wesleyan University       Feel free to email (jmcdonald@wesleyan.edu) or call (860-685-2909) anytime with any questions or feedback. Jeff McDonald Defensive Coordinator & Recruiting Coordinator Wesleyan University Football Freeman Athletic Center 161 Cross Street Middletown, CT 06457

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Apr 17

Defensive Fundamental Drills vs. Today’s Offenses Part I

  By Jeff McDonald, Defensive Coordinator Wesleyan University While all defensive fundamentals are important to teach and drill, we have found a few in particular that are the most important when facing today’s offenses. With the spread and run/pass option RPOs taking over the landscape, tackling in space is a must. When offenses design a …

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Jan 08

Using Pre-Practice To Improve Your Underneath Zone Coverage

At the end of every year we always look at drills that came about for whatever reason during the season.  This year we felt like we were not getting our hands on the ball enough in zone coverage.  So we started to use pre-practice drills to improve our skills in this area and increase our emphasis. …

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May 17

Playing Coverage in 3rd & Short to Medium Situation and No Cover Zone

  I was really excited to get a couple of questions from my last blog.  Going to use this latest blog entry to answer the questions.  One of the questions deals with the “No Cover Zone” of five yards or less in coverage.  Why not cover those routes?  The second question deals with coverage calls …

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Mar 11

Simple Ways To Disguise Your Defensive Front’s Alignment & Assignment

During this offseason I have spent more time then in the past listening to offensive coaches as opposed to the usual of just going into hear defensive coaches speak.  This has paid real dividends for me hearing offensive coaches talk about their thought process on game day and game planning.  In doing this the biggest thing …

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Jan 11

Disguising Run Support and Pressures with Your Linebackers

Last off-season I spent more time than normal listening to offensive coaches, and not just at clinics, because this past off-season we had an offensive coordinator to hire.  This gave me a great opportunity to listen to the different candidates talk about their offensive schemes.  The biggest thing that struck me at the end of …

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May 26

Effectively Disguising Coverages (Part I)

 This past off-season I spent more time than normal listening to offensive coaches discuss their strategies. Not just at clinics, but also in our office because this year we had an offensive coordinator to hire. This gave me a great opportunity to listen to the different candidates talk about their offensive schemes.   The biggest …

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Dec 22

“Whiteboard Wallpaper” Your War Room / Office this Offseason

I was tired of a small and overused white board that had been in my office for years.  It was too small for me to put anything of significance on and had been used so much that the middle of the board had dry erase marker residue.  It could barely be used without constantly washing it. …

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Jul 26

Powering Through the “Lulls” of Preseason

Recently I sat down with a fellow coach, and with August upon us, the discussion turned to the upcoming preseason.  The main topic was the lull that most of us experience scheduling-wise during preseason. That is,  a week into preseason with a game still two weeks away or classes have begun with a game still …

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Jun 06

Using “The Rule of Threes” in Coaching

Paralysis by analysis.  It happens to our players when they are thinking too much on the field and not reacting.  They are slow to react and you can see the wheels turning in their heads.  I once heard former Boston College Head Coach Frank Spaziani make the comment, “If you think, you stink.” Our job …

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