I've searched this site and Googled, but really haven't found anything entailing what I'm looking for, which is a comprehensive set of drills coaches run during pre-game for O/D Indy. I've seen a lot on reducing the time, but what are QB/RB/WR/OL coaches running for their 5 minute or so Indy period right before the game? DB/LB/DL coaches? Around here, some teams are now doing the Seahawk tackling curcuit pre-game, and a Tony Franklin system team does a lot of the pre-practice drills.
Post by coachbrandon on Jan 10, 2019 7:14:13 GMT -6
What exactly are you interested?
I like to go through a comprehensive yet fast paced blocking circuit with my slot backs. Since theyre both wr and rb its a universal set of drills.
1. We line up in our corner if the field and half line up on the 5 and the other half line up on the 15. They stack in lines and we work open field blocking.
2. The second phase is with a ball carrier. The blocker looks to engage the defender and then read his eyes go see where the ball carrier is going. He will then get his butt to that path and drive.
3. The 3rd drill is just routes on air focusing on the ball. I out one slot 5 yards frim where the ball is to be caught and make him jump and put his hands in the air without touching it. The offensive slit must get his elbows away from his body and focus on the ball.
4. We then fill in any questions about Alignment, Assignment and Execution.
OL: 3-5 minutes of full-speed but moderately-paced get-offs and blocking, to warm up body and shoulders, and to drive home focus on techniques. 3-5 minutes of running plays against DL. We run the same 4 plays in the same order. We make contact, DL shoots hands, quick whistle. Against, just a mental and physical warmup.
DL - old school shoulder bumping on all fours, rapid fire get offs, rip line, pass rush line DB - pass drops with hips turning, angle of pursuit OLB - block shedding, read run key with fitted tackle, read pass key and drop ILB - block shedding, tackle fits, pass drops
We transition to offense with no D-centric team time. I coach OL so I'm not 100% sure what all of the position groups do while I do that.
QB's throw with each other, I know that for sure RB's do their normal ball security drill and I'd think maybe work pass pro? WR's I honestly have no idea, I'd guess one-on-one drills with the coach throwing to them OL we work on footwork on air for zone steps in each direction, trap and skip pulls in each direction, and pass set in each direction. Then we pair up and work footwork with hand placement and block fitting for zone R/L, pass set R/L, Gap scheme double teams R/L, and at that point the OC is usually cutting to offense-centric team period before we go back in the locker room.
Everything is fast paced, they're usually through both O and D in like 8 minutes or so, then 10ish minutes of team.
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Post by blockandtackle on Jan 11, 2019 11:21:32 GMT -6
Pregame routine had a few different aspects to it.
Feed the kids, get their gear loaded up, get on the bus if it was a road game, etc.
Then we'd get off the bus, take our stuff into the locker room, and break out for position meetings with whiteboards to review what we were doing and discuss any assignments or uncertainties players might not get. Each position coach would review the gameplan relative to his position group. Depending on the coach, this could take 5 minutes or up to 30.
When that's over, if it's a road game we'd let them walk the field and just get comfortable. We'd also examine it and make sure there weren't any holes or problems that needed attention or might pose as safety risk. Then we'd clear the field about 90 minutes before kickoff.
We'd always start out with sending "specialists" out to do more work, since we didn't get much practice time on STs during the week. Kickers, punters, returners, and long-snappers would practice those skills for about 10 minutes before everyone else to get loose. Then we'd stagger it so QBs would come out next, then 5 minutes later the WRs and RBs would join them for catching some routes for about 5-10 minutes, then OL. Then we'd do a 5-10 minute defensive portion.
Basically, each assistant coach position coach just does an extremely brief, non/light contact low-intensity indy period.
For OL: Stance and get off. Zone steps and tracks. Pulls on air. Kick slide pass set on air. Maybe a litte bit of light shoulder bumping to get the blood flowing.
For DL it's similar: Stance and get-off. Light contact "wrap drill" for tackling (shoot hands to pick up the guy across from you like you're making a tackle and gently carry him with good leg drive before setting him back on his feet). Quick "leverage drill." Maybe seat rolls if you're a 2 gapping team who teaches that.
When I coached LBs we'd do a little bit of "track and close" (others probably call this something different, but I don't know what), light meet and shed vs. shields, wrap up drill, and a couple of wave drills to warm up feet and eyes.
The last DB coach I worked with usually worked press man technique with backpedal, zone drops, and maybe a tipped ball drill.
At the end of the period, if there's a minute or two left, just pull them up again to talk a little bit about the game as a position coach. Review the high points of the talk from earlier, go over the key things we need to win, and say something motivational.
Then we'd get together as a team and do a walkthrough on air to review STs personnel on each one, then walk through core plays with an emphasis on formation adjustment for D and passes to warm up the QB's arms and receivers' hands for O.
Took about an hour altogether, then we'd clear the field about 30 minutes before KO for pregame talk. Line up to make the entrance about 10 min. before KO.
We don't have a lot of time for position drills - this year our RB's did a warmup on the hash lines on the sideline with as many backs as possible carrying a football with proper technique. High knees, quickstep, bunnies, zig zag, side step. Then we would end with a tunnel strip drill.