STRUCTURE + PREPARATION + COMPETITION + TRADITION
DONE WITH ENTHUSIASM + A GODLY FOCUS
The STRUCTURE of a football program is the foundation where it builds success. With it, the
team has a guideline as to what kind of program it wants to be. It gives the program rules and
consequences,expectations and a focus. I believe in practices that are fast paced and competitive where
the players are always moving so they cannot lose focus. To do this the practices must be structured to the
minute, so we can be as efficient with our time as possible.
In order for a program with this kind of structure to succeed,the coaching staff must have a love
for PREPARATION. We must be as prepared as possible at all times to ensure our structure does not fall
apart. Coaches must come to practice knowing what we need to accomplish and how they are going to
help accomplish it. We must thoroughly prepare for our opponents and be ready to respond for any
situations that may cause us to fail. Our preparation will give the players confidence in our program and
enable them to play fast.
With the structure in place and the confidence in our players that the coaches are prepared,we
have now created an environment that can be fast paced,exciting, fun and full of COMPETITION. A
competitive atmosphere requires everyone to be doing their very best all the time, in everything that we
do. From academics, to strength and conditioning, to position groups and community service; WE WILL
ALWAYS BE COMPETING!
By doing the things previously mentioned we begin to build a TRADITION of excellence in the
program. We create high expectations that give the program class and respect. Then by adding smaller,
more specific traditions we make the people involved with our program feel special. That feeling makes
people want to be a part of what we do and creates players and alumni who are loyal to the program and
the school. Our tradition will help grow our program and keep it successfulin the long term.
We can not be successfulin any of these areas unless we do all of them with ENTHUSIASM. An
enthusiastic attitude will give us the best chance to be successfulbecause everyone will be doing their
best and in a positive way. Enthusiasm starts with the head coach,if the head coach is positive, excited
and believes in how he is leading the program; his passion will transfer to his assistants and the
administration and spread to the players and to the rest of the school.
Ultimately, all of our individual desires and team goals must be done for the GLORY OF GOD.
Without a proper foundation no house, organization, or team can stand, and the only foundation that will
never fail is a Biblical one. When a team can have a desire to perform at the highest level for a reason
other than themselves and most importantly for God’s glory, there is no way to know what kind and how
much success we will have.
I emphatically believe that if a football program is run in this manner, success will be achieved.
Players will be successfulon and off the field. They will have a coaching staff that is goal oriented, that
teaches them discipline and shows compassion for them on and away from the football field. They will
learn how to do things the right way and how to be respectful and dignified. But most of all they will
learn how to be men with a Biblical foundation and be accountable for themselves.
The mission of our program is to develop Godly men who work as hard as they can, in
everything that they do, all the time. We aim to create goal setting men that are successful in
every area of their lives. We believe then, that with this positive attitude the end result will be
success, whether they achieve their goals or not. These are men that put their faith in God and do
their best no matter what the odds, consequences or rewards are.
1. Godly Men(That carry what they have learned in our program into the world)
2. A Winning Attitude On and Off the Field (Strive to achieve our best in all that we do)
3. A Passion for Preparation and Hard Work (An understanding of what it takes to win)
With these types of men in our program, win or lose…WE WILL BE CHAMPIONS.
1. The Best Coaches Possible – Godly, Caring, Knowledgeable, Professional, Continued
2. A Positive Experience - Players, Coaches, Family, Alumni, Supporters
3. A Safe Environment – Players, Coaches, Fans
4. A Non-Negotiable Attitude – Our Faith, Values, Rules, Expectations
A good offense is proficient in the run or the pass, a great offense is proficient in both.
Balance is the key to a great offense; a running game that can wear down a defense, control the
clock, and finish a series of downs or a drive, and a passing game that can soften the box, create
explosive plays, and move the ball quickly in crucial situations.
A strong running game is at the core of a great offense, it epitomizes the style of football
we want our opponents to experience; a physical, punishing, relentless attack that causes them to
be disheartened. We want to be able to play this style of football out of any formation, Pro or
Spread, and have the same type of mentality to running the ball. We want to use a combination
of man/gap schemes and zone schemes, adapting to the personnel we have.
Our passing game should be able to complement our running game using play action
passes or be as punishing as our running game by being an unstoppable force, spreading a
defense vertically and horizontally completing passes to a multitude of receivers anywhere on
the field. Our goal is to utilize short, quick passes to all parts of the field and then pick the right
opportunities to attack the defense deep.
In order to accomplish this balance attack our practices must spread time to develop both
areas. Every offensive practice must include; run mesh, inside run, team run, goal line, blitz pick
up, 7 on 7, team pass, individual drills, and 1 on 1s. Time must be managed efficiently with plays
scripted vs. specific defensive looks.
A defenses’ first job is to prevent an opponent from scoring, second a defense must get
the ball back to the offense as soon as possible. Therefore a defense must play as a unit, with a
chip on their shoulder, and with a nose for the ball. All defensive players must be masters in the
art of tackling and play with a desire to tackle hard with great technique and to tackle as a team.
Tackling must be the focus of a defensive unit. A fundamental principle that must be
drilled every day. The unit needs to be instilled with a sense of pride in their great fundamental
tackling. After a mastery of tackling has been reached a defense must next focus on playing as a
unit that has one singular goal; GET TO THE FOOTBALL. A defense that has a relentless
pursuit to get to the ball and team tackle will overwhelm opponents with numbers and stifle more
When these two core principles have been instilled, the third principle may be developed,
which is the mentality to take away the football from the opponent. The defenders must feel
confident to take a risk and make a play for the ball at any time. To do that he must know that his
teammates will be there to back him in case of a missed opportunity. This skill must be
developed and drilled in practice every day.
To be successful, the defensive practice must be well-organized, fast paced, and
competitive. Every defensive practice will consist of a tackling circuit, turnover circuit, 7 on 7, 1
on 1, fronts and stunts, individuals, and team. Coaches need to hold players accountable for
themselves and for each other, and instill an “us against the world” attitude.
Special Teams Philosophy
Special Teams embodies all core elements of football; blocking, tackling, catching, ball
carrying, play execution, and kicking and snapping. However, Special Teams is often the most
under coached third of football. In reality it needs to be coached with as much enthusiasm or
more than the other two areas of the game. The reason is that it can be the fastest way to change
the momentum of the game in either direction. Offense can put fans in the seats, defense may
win games, but Special Teams wins championships.
Every Special Teams has a main purpose; score, obtain possession, or give the opponent
poor field position. However, in order to achieve these goals, each unit must be coached with
passion and with an emphasis on the details. Each unit must have an individual period, a group
or walk through period and a live team session.
Every coach needs to be passionately involved in each Special Team and coach their
group as hard and with the same preparation as they would offense or defense. Special Teams is
often the difference between a win and a loss or a championship and a runner up. Every practice
must have an emphasis on at least two special teams units and every unit must have a walk
through the day before a game and on game day.
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