|Week 1 call sheet|
The second epiphany happened a couple of weeks later. During the first drive of our first district ball game, or QB pulls a zone read, goes for 12 yards, and separates the AC joint in his throwing shoulder requiring surgery the next week. We were prepared for the injury and had a plan. Our #2 QB was one of our starting WR and was a 4 year letterman as a kicker. He had a great understanding of our offense from being in 4 years of varsity meetings and practice. The transition to him was smooth. We did win that game and we were set up for a huge game with playoff seeding on the line the next week. #2 QB was not the runner as our #1 QB and we had some heavy tendencies as far as running to our strength formationally and to the wide side of the field. We are multi-personnel spread, no-huddle. We were not necessarily a hurry-up-no-huddle team to this point but we made that switch this week with a bye and a QB change. As fate would have it, #2 QB missed a Tuesday workout and did not play that week in the crucial district game. Again, we had a plan that had been worked since the Spring and we did not, as a staff, make any irrational decisions based on emotions. We worked the plan that had been practiced and gave our team the best chance to win. At this point tempo was no longer a "lets see what happens" part of our offense, it was the offense. #3 QB stepped in and the wildcat took off. Practice changed, and so did our staff game planning meetings. As well as a change in call sheets.
|Week 10 front|
|Week 10 back|
The formation pictures and plays that accompany them became a very useful tool for our players. In any game, we had as many as 4 guys taking the snap from center, 2 QB/WR and 2 RB/wildcat guys. We could show them exactly where they needed to align, and through our weekly preparation, they understood the scheme and what needed to happen when the ball was snapped.
As an individual, the back page of the call sheet had more meaning to me than the front. We went from a standard size 8.5 x 11 sheet to a 8.5 x 14 legal size. It gave us room on the back for our strategic charts plus the additional room for my personal messages that helped keep me focused throughout the game. The messages changed from week to week, often saving the bottom row for some of my favorite old school rap lyrics. This week I had a quote from Denison native Dwight Eisenhower. The colored messages again where things just like the HAVE WE? section from the front page that kept me in line with our gameplan and overall philosophy that was made in the calm and coolness of our office when things are well thought out and calculated. After we have met as a staff and with our athletes at halftime, I find a place to be by myself for a minute or two and re-focus all of my energy on what it will take to give our kids the best chance to succeed. It may seem like a small thing or a minor detail but we were behind in this week 10 game at halftime. I was able to to find that minute alone and thought about the message of my picture. I touched my heart with it....in my terms.....calmed down and got myself ready to go. That's all it took. I was mentally locked in, and we kept feeding the beast, Tre Lyday!
He was calm, calculated, and very intently looked in my eyes and saw I was struggling. He got closer, stared me down, locked in on my eyes and he said, "Daddy, if we get another 4th down, call that touchdown play. Lets go play catch!" Things didn't work out that night, but I was ready for the second half. Whatever it takes!
In the next few days I will get very specific about how we game planned and how we practiced. If you have any questions you can comment here or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org