Paul “Bear” Bryant is a coaching legend. There’s not much question about that.
He won 6 National Championships as the Head Football Coach at the University of Alabama. The image of his houndstooth hat is unmistakeable.
But we’re football coaches, and we’re not just interested in the story of a coach who won a lot of football games (323 games, to be exact). We want to know how. And why.
In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’ll take a look at the early year of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s coaching career. How did he come to be the legend at Alabama?
Starting with his upbringing in Arkansas, to his playing days at Alabama, we’ll look at the rise of one of the most legendary figures in our profession. On to his time in the Navy during World War II, and his first head coaching job that followed, at the University of Maryland.
Then on to Kentucky, and of course, to Texas A&M. The site of the famous Junction Boys.
Don’t get too excited, I plan to leave the Junction Boys story for another time.
When this went on the Twitter Poll @footballinfo, I had every intention of covering Coach Bryant’s entire career. But after doing my research, well… there’s just no way.
Instead, it’s time to lay the foundation on one of the greatest coaching legends of all time! I’ll share my thoughts, my own personal (though pretty thin) connection to Bear Bryant, and a few interesting stories on Episode 210 of The Football Coaching Podcast!
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The Overhang Safeties in your 8-man front defense set the edge. Defend the flats. They are critical to shrinking the field for your defense.
Overhang Safeties are a major piece in your 4-2-5 Defense or 3-3-5 Defense. If you call it a 4-4 Defense or 3-5-3 Defense, they’re your Outside Linebackers. The principles are still the same.
Episode 209 of The Football Coaching Podcast will go in depth on coaching the Overhang Safety position. This won our Twitter Poll @footballinfo this week. Check in each week to vote for the next topic.
I’ll talk about the alignment of the Strong Safety and Weak Safety. We’ll look at why you use variations in alignment and how to align your defenders to maximize their effectiveness.
We’ll look at the most effective stance for your defenders to execute their assignment.
In this episode, I’m also going to address the most common question I get about the Overhang Safeties. What keys should they read? My answer is a little different than most, but something I have found to be very effective from week to week and season to season for these guys.
Finally, we’re going to dive into how to coach the technique for your Strong Safety and Weak Safety to perform their job within the defense to help you shut down your opponent.
There’s a lot of variation in this topic based on coverage. We could probably break it down by coverage, and again by Strong and Weak Safety. I’ll talk about these guys in as much detail as possible without getting too specific to your coverage. But there will be some differences.
I also focus a lot on the 4-2-5 Defense System and how we teach our defenders in there. You can get all the details on the System and get instant access today when you check out http://425defense.com.
Special Teams are one-third of the game. Every coach says it. Most of us don’t actually spend that much time on it, though.
In fact, a big part of special teams comes down to execution. Limiting mistakes. If you can do that, you can make big things happen.
I posted 4 Special Teams units on our Twitter Poll @footballinfo. The winner by a big margin was the Kick Return schemes.
And why not? Kick Return is a huge key to scoring for your football team. It’s probably the single special teams unit where you have the highest probability of scoring (PAT/FG not included).
Plus this is what’s going to set up your field position on the next drive. Or the opening drive!
In this episode we’ll break down kick return schemes for handling deep kicks, sky kicks, squib kicks and onside kicks. You’ll also learn how to use the right personnel on your Kick Return unit.
And last but not least… we’ll talk about practicing your Kick Return team. How can you get the most from these guys in the necessarily short amount of time that you have?
In this episode, I mentioned Coach Lew Johnston’s Put the "Special" in Special Teams by Being Unconventional video. Coach Johnston has been a huge help to me this year, so… buy his video!
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The Playbook. It’s like the Holy Grail of football coaches.
We dream of putting together that amazing playbook. With just the right selection of calls.
You’ve probably drawn up one or two in your time. If you’ve been dreaming of this job for long, you at least drawn up a few plays.
Almost every football coach has downloaded a few playbooks from the Internet, too. Good and bad.
The truth of the playbook isn’t nearly as sexy. Playbooks don’t win games. Players do.
What else do players do? Leave their playbook in their locker (or worse). Forget to study it.
And execute the plays completely wrong. No matter how many times you drilled it.
In this episode, we’re going to talk about putting together your playbook, so that it actually gets translated to on-the-field success!
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Press Man Coverage is our Twitter Poll winner at http://twitter.com/footballinfo for this week. I’ll look at some of the myths and reality of coaching Press Coverage. We’ll also talk about technique for coaching press coverage to your athletes.
I used to be one of those guys who shied away from press technique. Always thought you had to have some kind of freakish athlete to do it.
Now I’m going to share with you why that’s just not true. Why you can use press coverage for your football team, even with average athletes.
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