Category Archive: Coach Keith Grabowski

Dec 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Jun 11

Evolution of the Use of the Quick Passing Game

In their book “Football’s Quick Passing Game: Fundamentals and Techniques” (1998), Andrew Coverdale and Dan Robinson write, “An accomplished coordinator in the NFL was recently heard to say in a clinic presentation, “I don’t know of any place I’ve been where at the end of the season, we didn’t say, we should have thrown more …

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May 24

Maximize Practice Time – Coaching the Big Skill Positions: QB, RB, TE, FB, H-Back

In my column in August 2012, I discussed the evolution of the modern tight end, gave examples of how a tight end or h-back could be utilized in a spread offense, and gave suggestions of how to begin integrating this position into your offense. Read that article here. We are constantly looking for ways to …

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May 07

More for Less – Creating Drills to Maximize Practice Time

We constantly look to find efficiency in how we drill and practice. After initial teaching and installation, our drills move from working single skills to working multiple skills in order to get the most from the time we have available. Even in situations where we are trying to fix a recurring problem we saw on …

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Apr 16

The Play-Action Pass: Tying Runs to Pass Concepts

As I’ve mentioned before in my first article in this column, I believe that offenses should be set up to evolve rather than have to make major changes from year to year because of changes in personnel. As part of our evolution, a key component was to find efficiencies in the structure of our system. …

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