Monday, March 29, 2010


Thanks for the comments to my previous post. I just want to clarify a couple of points that I did a poor job of explaining. The thrust of my initial post was that at the major college level AirRaid teams have cut to the chase; that is, they have reduced the number of fronts they practice against. My point was that this may be a luxary that HS programs cannot afford. The reason being that they are more likely to encounter the traditional set of base fronts that Franklin covers in his seminars. So, the upshot of this is that coaches cannot simply jettison these more "prosaic" fronts in order to get to the Nickel stuff that college programs attack right at the beginning of the teaching and installation program.

For what its worth, what LaTech is doing in this regard is really nothing new. Texas Tech started to treat everything as a some type of Nickel front about two years ago. They also stopped distinguishing between 90 and 60 vertical sets, which are different sets because they rely on different post and anchor legs.

My next post, which I hope to have up later this week, will build on some points that Chris Brown has talked about on his Blog regarding the place of spread offenses in the culture of college and high school football.


Dubber said...

I appreciate the follow up, and agree whole-heartedly.

Anonymous said...

This appears to be an entirely different thought (and less debatable) than what went through your last post, though your last post was hardly pellucid.

mick said...

Where can I get detailed information on how to coach the vertical set (without paying Tony Franklin)?

The Flipped Coach said...

I can agree with this point as well...especially with the level of college coaching and scouting being what it is. I was just thinking today that for me to break down all opponents defenses last year to prepare for this upcoming year at my High School would essentially be a waste of time. The best single indicator in my opinion of what a team will show you is what they have shown versus similar formations in the previous few games. Beyond that it is mostly about exploiting match-ups and getting the ball into the hands of your best athletes against their worst! Mick, find an AirRaid team or coach in your area that doesn't use Franklin and go pick their brains. The vertical set is just basically a Big on Big and Back on Backer set. See Brophies previous posts for more examples. Instead of firing out towards or waiting for the defender to reach you, your line kick-slides 4-5 steps back on the snap setting a deeper pocket and making the defense show where they are stemming or blitzing before they get to you. Also uses wide splits.

The Flipped Coach said...

I stand corrected on some key points! See Brophy's newer posts on the Vertical Set.