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    What types of things do you look for when developing an offensive game plan? What is more important: personnel or x's and o's? Do you take things that other teams were successful doing and adapt to your system? Anything else? Any info is greatly appreciated. Any resources would be great as well.

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    The first thing I look for is alignment. My old coach at lasalle was excellent at this. (So with any luck I learned something.) once I get that, I look at personnel. We played a team that aligned a130 lb linebacker on the weakside and their stud to the TE... needless to say, I ran belly until my fb was exhausted. Then I ran it with the back up. Other things I did included running Trey 100 and right 100. It's amazing how the defense spends just a little too much time determining if the TE is eligible or not. I look for ways to get the defense thinking... Once they're thinking they are no longer reacting.
    Follow some basic priciples too ... Establish the run to set up playaction ... Have a plan for after halftime (it always sucks when you game planned really well, but they adjust after the half). One coach on this board had mention he aligns in a crazy formation just before halftime so that the defensive coaches spend most of their time defending crazy bs planning for wha is really kicking their butt. Scout yourself and try to unpredictable.
    Good luck,
    Metz
    Marcelo Metzelar
    www.coachmetz.com
    coachmetz.proboards85.com

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    One thing we look for at the start is the number of two way players, and that will help us decide on the offensive tempo we want to use.

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    Coach Metz,
    What kind of things do you use for the second half? Do you hold a play or two, different formations? I like the idea about the crazy formation right before the half.

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    Coach:
    What is your trey formation?
    Chris Cuomo
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    I did a coaches clinic this past summer on this very topic. However, it is too much to put in a post. However, here is an example of what we do just from the OLINE perspective:
    Offensive Line Video Study Worksheet
    CENTER VIDEO STUDY QUESTIONNAIRE
    1. List #'s of Nose Tackle's (Shade)
    - Reaction to the following blocks:
    a. Down Block
    b. Double Team
    c. Reach Block
    d. Base Block
    e. Cut Block

    2. List #'s of 3 Tech's
    - Reaction to the following blocks:
    a. Down (back block)
    b. Pull & Overtake
    c. Base Block

    3. List #'s of ILBer's
    - Reaction to the following blocks:
    a. Base Block
    b. Rocket
    c. Backside Cutoff
    d. A double team to LBer

    4. List Slants and Angles

    5. Individual Pass Rush Techniques
    a. Rip
    b. Swim
    c. Bull Rush

    6. Group Pass Rush Techniques (Twists & Loops)

    7. Group Blitzes

    8. Reaction to Screen Plays

    9. Any specific keys or indicators for any movement or blitz.

    GUARD VIDEO STUDY QUESTIONNAIRE

    1. List #'s of 3 Tech's
    - Reaction to the following blocks:
    a. Base Drive
    b. Cut Block
    c. Double Team
    d. Down Block

    2. List #'s of Nose Tackle's
    - Reaction to the following blocks:
    a. Down Block
    b. Double Team
    c. Rip/Reach
    d. Cut Block

    3. List #'s of Weakside DE
    - Reaction to the following blocks:
    a. Pull & Overtake

    4. List #'s of ILBer's
    - Reaction to the following blocks:
    a. Base
    b. Double Team
    c. Cut Block

    5. List Slants & Angles

    6. List Blitzes

    7. Individual Pass Rush Techniques
    a. Show and Go
    b. Delay and Go

    8. Group Pass Rush Techniques (Twists & Loops)
    a. In/out
    b. Ramble
    c. Double Dallas

    9. Reaction to Screen Plays

    TACKLE VIDEO STUDY QUESTIONAIRE

    1. List #'s of Nose Tackle's (Shade)/3 Tech's
    - Reaction to the following blocks:

    a. Down Block
    b. Double Team Backside
    c. Reach Block
    d. Cut Block
    e. Fill Block
    2. List #'s of Defensive Ends.
    - Reaction to the following blocks:

    a. Pull & Overtake/Rip Reach
    b. Base Drive
    c. Double Team (with TE)
    d. Double Team with G (Base)

    3. List #'s of ILBer's
    - Reaction to the following blocks:

    a. Base Block
    b. Cut Block
    c. Rocket

    4. List Slants & Angles

    5. List Blitzes

    6. Individual Pass Rush Techniques
    SEE LBERS ABOVE

    7. Group Pass Rush Techniques (Twists & Loops)

    8. Reaction to Screen Plays

    We use the information gathered from this film study to develop our practice plans for the OL that week and also to give them idea of what to expect during the game. Like I said too much to list on post, but this should get you thinking in the right direction.
    Good Luck
    Coach Wright

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    Coaches:

    Thanks for the great info!

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    Coach Williams: Not that my ideas are the "cutting edge" of planning but if you would like some ideas, I can recommend that you consider purchasing my book 101 Little Things That Can Make a BIG Difference I did a whole section on Game Planning. Go to my website, www.coachlewj.com, if you want to see more about the book.

    The coach who just presented his material on preparing his O line did an excellent job! But, boy, did he make me tired just thinking about all of that film breakdown! "Good for you Coach!" My approach was not as in-depth for each position. I look more for the over-all "feel" of what a defense is doing. Many times, unless a team has played you or another Wing T team, you are not going to see the defense that you see on the film. I want to know what their basic front is; what coverage(s) they use and when they like to blitz.
    I find that success comes in games by evaluating what they are doing and responding to that more than an in-depth analysis of prior games.

    But... just one way to do it! You have to find what works for you, Coach!

    In Christ,
    Lew

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    I should have noted that this something we do in the offseason not on a weekend. We chart every play using fill in the blank form we created. Once we have gone through every play we will take each of these forms and summarize from them. It takes about an hour for each film we watch to do this. The list you see above is done by our offensive line coach. Then the QB coach has his list and the WB coaches his and the Receivers his. In about three hours we will have this information tallied and summarized so we know how we are going to practice that week.

    The offensive coordinator then has his list and it consists of:
    RUN GAME
    how the defense aligns to:
    TE
    Double TE
    SE
    Double SE
    We then derive our run game based on if they align red or white to these types of formations. This allows us to use formations to call what plays we want to call. It is about dictating with us, not compliment play calling. We do not stockpile plays because this might happen or that might happen. Instead we use the same run plays and firgue out how to keep them intact. He is then to use this information to pick those formations that gives us the alignment we want to run specific run plays. In other words, we choose a 1 formation that is best for us to run counter. Another to run power. Another to run Base. Another to run Rocket etc. Formations that the defense can not help, but allow us to run these plays.
    PASS GAME
    -He then needs to know rusher to cover ratios.
    -Depth of CB and do they bail or press
    -Coverages they use and when they use them.
    a. Field position
    1. Red zone
    2. Backed up
    b. Down and Distance
    -Safety play
    a. two safety
    b. one safety

    We do this all in the offseason. Because we do not see the same defense other offenses see we take the last seasons film and do this game planning off of it. We then take three films from the inseason and watch to make sure there is not something new we have not planned for. The only time we wait until the week of is if we have never played that opponent before. However, if you are waiting until the week of for a league opponent I think you are making a mistake. Once these forms have been generated it is placed in a folder and filed until week of that opponent. I agree this could not be done on a weekend nor should it be unless you have the time. If you are coach looking to respond to a defense then this approach is not the way to go. However, if you want to dictate then this is the way to go.
    Good Luck
    Coach Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachU
    Coach Metz,
    What kind of things do you use for the second half? Do you hold a play or two, different formations? I like the idea about the crazy formation right before the half.
    Coach,
    There are different things I like to do. Sometimes, I'll save a play or a formation. If we're dominating, I'll stay with more power stuff. I won't veer from what was working. But if it's a close game, I like countering.
    Countering on early downs and countering often. I'm pretty vanilla in the 1st half. I'll be more creative in the 2nd ... and counters help me do that.
    Another thing I like doing is trying to open the 2nd half with a big play. Being vanilla sets that up. Defenses rarely expect a hook and lateral or even counter criss cross in the opening of the 2nd half. In our league, most of players play both ways, so, when we do something in the 1st half, teams plan to stop at halftime. But if you do something in the 2nd half, they usually don't have much time to restructure themselves.
    Metz
    Marcelo Metzelar
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