Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Triple Option-Volume 1

The Give
This entire Penn State scandal is absolutely the ugliest thing I think I've ever seen in all of college football.  The Freeh report that came out has been the most disturbing thing of the whole mess.  How could a man, with so much integrity, and such an icon for the game of collegiate football, as Joe Paterno, have been so embroiled in such a scandal is totally beyond me.  Winning is great, but at the cost of a human life, it's not worth it.  Joe Pa, was a legend until last season when this all came about, and now, it is hard to watch as his legacy crumbles before your eyes.  I would say it would be very similar to watching the Roman Empire collapse in fast forward.  I think when this is all said and done, the positive impact Joe had on the university will be all but lost.  One can only wonder, if the administrator's were telling Joe to let this one go, or that they would handle it.  Still, morality has to set in at some point, and you as a person have to make the right call.  That's where Joe Pa fell short...way short. 

Now what about his statue?  In an interview, on ESPN, Bobby Bowden made the comment that the statue should be taken down.  I'd have to say that I agree with ol' Bobby on this one.  I think, for the Paterno family's sake that the statue should go also.  If not, the statue will become a focus of negativity before every game, because you know the media will pan to the statue sometime during the course of the game, and we will get to relive each horrifying moment of the scandal over again.  It's time for Penn State to move on, and begin to heal these wounds that were left by such an evil man (Sandusky, NOT Paterno).

What the NCAA has done is an atrocity, however.  They have no bearing, no jurisdiction in this case, yet they feel they must butt their noses into this and levy fines and sanctions.  Boo to the NCAA in my opinion.  If Penn State had any guts, they'd sue the ever loving shit out of the NCAA.  I'm not trying to take away from what was done, that is an act of horror all in of itself.  However, like the old saying states, "Two wrongs don't make a right".  For the NCAA to punish a university, it's football program, fans and businesses that rely on Penn State football, is absurd.  The university's board of trustees did its job when they fired the four men responsible for the terrible acts.  Then the criminal justice stepped in and has done its job by punishing these people who covered and acted out such a horrible crime.  So why does the NCAA feel the need to punish Penn State when all of this was done?  Power.  Plain and simple, the NCAA is exercising its muscle here, and has no ground to stand on.  Even a prominent former NCAA president stated "The NCAA is on shaky ground here".  What he meant was, they are overstepping their bounds. 

Not to get too political here, but that's been the theme with several governing boards here lately.  Hence the new health care bill and its infringement on individual liberty.  Add in a corrupt judicial system and our individual liberty slowly dies a little more from some governing agency exercising more power than it was intended to have.  Wake up folks, exercises your right to make change, and do so before all our liberties are infringed upon and taken away. 

The Keep
The SEC media days were actually quite boring to me this year.  I guess the reason is that most of the coaches there are just lining up to be served to LSU or Alabama, whichever one doesn't knock the other one off on its way back to the National Championship Game.  I have a hard time thinking that anyone else in the SEC West could beat either of these teams.  Hell, I'm not sure the Dolphins, Buc's or Jaguars could beat LSU or Bama'.  The SEC East will be the race of the least fittest, pitting Georgia, Florida and South Carolina to try and make it to the top of that mountain (which in more recent years has just been a speed bump compared to our SEC West brethren).  I honestly think whoever limps into Atlanta from the East, will be completely shredded by the West, in an almost embarrassing fashion.  I think it will be Alabama and South Carolina standing there in the end, with Bama' beating USC by 30 points or so. 

Which brings me to my real point, isn't it nice to see the Head Ball Coach back in style again?  I loved his interview with ESPN's  Tennessee biased blogger Chris Low (yes that was a shot Chris) on the other day where Spurrier acknowledged he was the Head Ball Coach, not the Ol' Ball Coach.  Too funny.  You do have to admire though what Spurrier has done at South Carolina.  When he first went there, I was skeptical, I mean c'mon, Holtz didn't really light the world on fire there, however Holtz did make it a better program than when he arrived at USC.  It has taken Spurrier a while, but the buzz around Columbia couldn't be any louder right now, and the HBC is crowing a bit about it.  I like it, and it makes me miss him even more being a Gator fan.  I always loved the wise cracks and the smart ass remarks Spurrier would make, they actually made some of the games more interesting.  What people don't realize, is that this is not an act.  Spurrier is a very confident man, maybe not as much as he was in the 90's but he is still very confident.  Spurrier has surrounded himself with great coaches, and he will be the first to admit that.  These coaches have recruited well and they are putting Columbia, SC on the map. 

I wonder how long the HBC will stay with it?  I don't see a National Championship in USC's future, they just don't quite pull that caliber of athlete there yet.  I also don't know if Spurrier can do it, and if the success will begin to erode his high quality coaching staff, like it has done so many other good coaches.  You must remember that you are only as good as the people around you.  I would have to say, an SEC Championship would be quite deserving of Spurrier, but I also see that as a long shot, due to the monster that has grown out of the West.  Until the East can nab some of that kind of talent, the East will struggle.  Oh well, one can only hope, but I will be wearing Gamecock Maroon and black if the HBC gets back there, as I'm truly a Spurrier follower.  I like the man, and I like his style, always have and always will!

The Pitch
NFL training camps opened this week, and I must say, why is it that College and High School Football are king here in Florida, but Pro Football is so abysmal?  I have no answer, but as a Buc's, Jag's and Fin's fan, I'm fully prepared to bury my head in the sand this football season.  I just don't get how a state can be so good for football at the lower levels and fail so miserably at the ultimate level of football. 

The Dolphins are going to be a train wreck at best this year.  Really, David Gerrard?  Tannehill looks good on paper, but they can't even get him to training camp on the first day due to money issues.  I liked Sporano, as did the players, however upper management decided to pull the plug a bit early on the Sporano experiment.  That's ok, he gets to go make Tim Tebow one of the baddest backup QB's in the league next year...suck on that Miami!

The Buc's are interesting, and I really like Greg Schiano, but's the Buc's.  The Buc's haven't been able to get out of their own way since their Super Bowl win (when the hell was that again, 99?).  I do like the addition of Dallas Clark, but is he past his prime.  Also, there's no way they win more than seven games with Freeman at quarterback, I mean what were they thinking?!

I think the Jag's are on the right track, at least the new management seems to be.  I miss Del Rio though, I always liked him as a player and I thought he didn't do bad as a coach.  One has to wonder if only given a bit more time what Del Rio could have done under the new management.  Oh well, that is usually the way of things.  I think the Jag's will have the best record in the state of Florida, however I'm afraid it will be below .500 though. 

I still can't wrap my head around why the other levels of football in Florida can be so awesome, but Pro Football escapes us.  Oh well, just one of those mysteries I guess!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Change...of Sorts...

I'm quickly seeing that running two blogs as well as being a defensive coordinator and running a business is getting quite busy.  Anyhow, instead of doing a Friday Triple Option every week, I may cut that back some and simply do a "Triple Option" post where I still talk about three topics that I want to at that time. 

Sorry to disappoint, but I think that would be best for the site rather than being hit-or-miss every Friday.  I hope ya'll understand, and don't throw too many tomatoes at me!




Thursday, July 12, 2012

Friday Triple Option

Sorry about the week off, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do!  A man needs a vacation every now and then...right?!

The Give
Well, last week was awesome, got to spend some much needed time with the wife AND got to go to a FREE FOOTBALL CLINIC!  What's better than that.  The first part is something that does need some elaboration on, especially since I've even seen a few posts on the Huey board about spouses and what football can do to relationships.  Number one rule to remember is "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy".  If you can live by that, then you should be ok, but here are some things for some of the married coaches out there to figure out.

First, you need to find a woman that understands YOUR love for the game.  This might seem selfish, but in the end it will save you a bunch of headaches.  I have a good friend, who I have coached a while, whose wife was P.I.A. when it came to my buddy's coaching duties.  She never understood why that time of year he was gone more and had to do all this "stuff" when he should be home tending to her (I guess).  Anyhow, the problem was that the foundation was not laid early on that this was how it was going to be.  Football season can be a demanding time on a relationship, and your spouse/partner should be notified from the get-go. 

This is not to say you can't spend time with your significant other though during football season.  I always made it a point on Wednesday night my wife and I went out on our "date night".  This didn't have to be some luxurious, romantic, dinner and a movie, but could simply be drinks at a local bar, a nice meal at a decent local restaurant, or some take out and a movie at home.  The biggest thing is that you take time out of that crazy "in-season" schedule to show the one you love you still love them and are thinking about them.  This is not hard if you and your partner simply plan on this, and try to have date night the same night of every week.  Again, keep it simple, you can save the lavish ideas for AFTER football season.

Lastly, never put the game above a loved one.  The game has survived decades, but we are only on this rock for so long, remember, the game of football doesn't keep the other side of the bed heated on those cold nights!  For those that can't let go of the game, my advice, date, don't get married.  Once you have the ability to let go a bit, then search for your significant other.  Many coaches go through divorce for this very reason.  I remember in my first years as an assistant coach, there's no way I could have been married.  I was football 24/7, and that would not have suited even my wife (who is VERY pro football).

The Keep
Speaking of free clinic, WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU?!  We had a great time, had some great hospitality from our buddy over on the Huey board OJW and his family.  There was also some great knowledge tossed around that  many of you  missed.  Hopefully we'll be able to get some of Coach Hoover's video of my ugly mug explaining 4-2-5 coverages and Two Gap/One Gap (TGOG) run fits vs. the spread online here soon. 
Which leads me to my next point, football is about people.  Us as coaches often forget this, and it's truly a shame.  Football has always, and always will be about people.  Whether it's the kids you coach, or the coaches you oversee or work with or for.  A coaches true ability lies in how he works with people.  This free clinic was a great way to network with some new coaches and catch up on things with some old coaches (NO OJW I wasn't referring to you). 

I think networking is very important in the coaching world.  Forums like the Huey board have opened up some connections for me I might not otherwise have had.  Who knows what these connections can lead to in the future.  A job interview, a new head coaching gig, fundraising ideas, the sky is the limit, when it comes to networking with your colleagues. 

Anyhow, we had a damn good time, ate some excellent food and enjoyed some great fellowship.  That's exactly what a good football clinic should entail...oh yeah, we talked some football too!  We also learned a new term for the single wing offense...the Power Shotgun!  Special thanks to OJW for letting that one leak out! 

The Pitch
Season is around the corner and will be here before you know it.  Have you dotted all your i's and crossed all your t's?  I know I still have some stuff to do before the start of the season.  Some things I'm working on for the upcoming season at my job are listed below.  If you see an area where you think you can help, give me a shout at

  1. Finding ways in the 46 Nickel to use my Noseguard's athleticism in coverage, blitzing, and linebacking.  He's good, really good, probably the second or third best athlete on the team for me.  Problem is, everybody in our league knows this from last season, and they will be waiting for him.  I want to give him more ways to attack an offense so that the offense doesn't always know where he'll be.  What I'm looking at you ask?  I'm looking at the Double Eagle Flex stuff (though not having much luck finding anything) and looking at the old Eagle Five Linebacker Defense of Fritz Shurmur.  Any thoughts?
  2. Punt block!  Haven't blocked one in a while and really looking for a good scheme.  Most teams in our league struggle to get the snap back to the punter, so there is no reason we shouldn't be blocking some punts this season.
  3. Improving our kickoff coverage.  We struggle finding a kicker, so I'm buying in to this onside every time stuff.  However, it's not as simple as it seems, and I was wondering if any youth coaches could weigh in on what they do.
  4. Installing and understanding the Single Wing Offense.  I only THOUGHT I knew the offense until I got Dave Cisar's stuff.  Man, this offense is quite the pill, and the kids are loving it, but I'm always nervous when installing some new stuff.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
That's about all I got left to go over before the season.  What does your list look like?  If you need some information on schemes etc., look at my other blog, Football is Life and check out any area that might help you.  Don't see what you need, shoot me an email and we'll talk.  Hey, sharing information and ideas is how we get better!

Have a great weekend folks!