In Game Adjustments

In regards to play adjustments, the answer is a little different … if you are lucky enough to have a position coach for different positions on your offense or defense, then it is their job to recognize problems and resolve them during the game … unfortunately it will usually cost you a score on defense and probably a possession on offense … because it is very difficult to see what is wrong until is it GLARING AT US …

So one thing we want to do (with or without position coaches) is to talk to the kids on the sideline during the game and during timeouts on the field … this is a coaching trait that takes some practice and you should definitely work on it at practice … talking during timeouts is extremely hurried but can be CRUCIAL to a drive’s success or failure …

I like to teach my players during practice how to respond quickly and efficiently about problems they are having on the field …

1. Can they overcome this issue on their own ???

If YES, then don’t say anything until you have more time on the sideline or during halftime …

EX. a defender is frogging or diving and the player knows he needs to forklift him or roll him out of the way so now he just needs to get in there and do it …

2. Is there something going on that we have covered and we already have an adjustment for ???

If YES, then just mention the adjustment call instead of trying to tell me about the problem …

EX. when a TE needs the WB to help him double down on the DE or DT because he is having trouble moving him out of the hole … don’t hem and haw about what is happening and why you need help, just say ‘Coach, we could use a WINDOW call’ …

3. Is there a problem that you believe we have never encountered before ???

Usually it is something we have gone over and the player has forgotten but we don’t point that out during the game … just give them the fix …

EX. When a DE is aligned on the outside shoulder of the TE and pinching him hard into the C-gap … the player tells us quickly what is happening and we say OK, great job Timmy, now lets get out there and use our TUNNEL Scheme …

With good Asst Coaches, they can do this on the sideline with their position group … but it can easily be done by one coach with the whole group of 11 kids … especially if you are a DW team and you really only need to know about TOSS (lol) … you probably don’t need to ask all 11 kids if they have a problem because you know basically WHERE the issue is (playside not getting a push, pullers moving really slow, etc.) and you can start with those players first …

And don’t forget this can be done on Defense as well … with a little training, your players can tell you everything you need to know on Game Day so you can make the right adjustments and hopefully get the victory …

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