Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Much has been made of the advancements of offenses in this 'modern age' of football. There are endless articles on these new spread plays, but what of the defense? What can a defense do to not only adapt but limit the seemingly endless advantages of these offenses?
Monday, August 24, 2015
In the past few seasons, we’ve seen spread offenses evolving at a quicker pace using no-huddle quick tempo, run-pass options, and nontraditional personnel groupings (for a spread offense) to befuddle defenses and tip the scales in their favor. Defensive coordinators have been challenged to keep up with these attacks and adapt their own philosophies to the changing times.
Even with this advantage, some offenses are doing their best to push the envelope even further to remain on the bleeding edge of efficiency. Many teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles, Ohio State Buckeyes, Baylor Bears and the Cal Bears are leading this charge.
This season, we will explore these variations, the challenges they present, and what defenses can do to swing momentum back in their court.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Coach Ron Roberts and staff have been busy beefing up their website offerings of late. Be sure to check out their latest perspective of how to teach a dangerous pass rush
1. Pass Rush
2. Set Line Principle
3. Edge Rush
4. Power Rush
Also, their video selection has been improved...there is a Demarcus Ware hand fighting training video (for pass rush) that is worth checking out.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
With The Essential Smartfootball, it was satisfying to see Brown's selection compiled and presented to a larger audience. This time around, The Art of Smart Football, takes many of Brown's contributions from his blog, Yahoo Sports and Grantland and presents them as he typically does, with a welcoming dialogue of mature reflection and clear analysis. The content of this book is a complete package of contemporary football trends to afford the fair-weather fan to seasoned coach a competent perspective to fully appreciate what you'll see on the field this season.
As we explored when assessing his last book, Brown is the pacesetter of intellectual football discourse today. There is no reason sports analysts should continue in the morass of the old media storylines (dumbing down what is delivered to their audience), when Brown has been showing how it can be done without losing the reader's interest. The book is not heavy on football jargon or diagrams (though there are some great illustrations), so it is an easy read that one can digest quickly or casually pick up at their leisure. This would be a great read in the coming weeks as everything he covers here, will be the narrative every weekend from the college to pro level.
There's no reason you shouldn't have this offering in your library. Grab it at Amazon today....the electronic version (Kindle app for mobile) is as easy as it gets.