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Three Tight End RPO’s
By Keith Grabowski
The RPO game has already illustrated a multitude of possibilities for creating triple option offense out of any formation, personnel group, and run call.
Utilizing players that are typically involved in the blocking scheme create additional stress on the defense because defenders assigned to them are usually run first defenders.
When the TE releases while a full run scheme is happening inside, the defenders are immediately in a bind and often the tight end is left wide open.
Here are three tight end driven RPOs that illustrate the opportunities created by incorporating the tight end into RPO.
#1 Inside zone with TE Corner
Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead is one of the best in the game at utilizing the RPO to create triple option offense. In this video he illustrates an RPO in which the TE runs a corner route and is left wide open in the red zone. He forces the defense into two 2-on-1 situations. (Click image to view video)
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#2 Unbalanced Outside Zone/TE Pop Pass
Eric Marty, head coach at Reedley College, is very creative when it comes to utilizing his same schemes over and over while stressing the defense in multiple ways. In this RPO he utilizes an unbalanced look that force the defense to cover the perimeter while creating a simple vertical throw to the TE.
#3 Inside Zone and TE Flat
Cincinnati offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock has been doing an outstanding job leading the Bearcat offense. In this example he shows the TE in-line running a flat route away from the run. This creates a big opportunity on the perimeter.
If you have tight ends in your offense, there’s an opportunity to stress the defense with TE RPO’s and pick up chunks of yardage.
These are just three examples. As with the RPO game, your creativity allows you to do a lot with what you already have in your run game.
Beyond IQ: How Grit and Reflection Can Change the Way You Coach
Dr. Cory Dobbs (7/29/21) (3 to 4 minutes reading)
Angela Duckworth has been one of the leading researchers and voices on the topic of “grit” –something she defines as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” Duckworth has found that grit can be a powerful predictor of academic achievement and, of course, physical accomplishments. She considers grit to be the behavioral and psychological ability of one to weather adversity and stay the course—willing to persevere in the short term for the longer term outcomes. In her findings, she argues that achievement is not just a matter of raw intelligence or physical giftedness. She suggests grit matters a great deal in all that we do. So the question arises can grit, through the practice of reflection, enhance coaching ability to reflect on events, relationships, and performance?
Several years ago a group of researchers were interested in understanding the importance of reflection to the processes of adult learning and leadership. In their paper, “Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance,“ the researchers reveal the importance of deliberate reflection to learning and leading through a series of experiments.
The researchers worked with small groups through a multi-week training program. They broke the subjects into three groups. First, they had a “reflection” group; they asked this group to spend the final 15 minutes of each day reflecting on what they had learned. The Second group was given the task of “sharing.” This group spent 15 minutes reflecting, and then shared their thoughts with a peer for 5 minutes. The third group, the control group, did not engage in any reflective activity.
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Reflection is a powerful learning mechanism, so make time for deliberate conversation and reflection. Reflection is an important coaching activity. Reflection is a skill that can be learned, developed, and practiced. If you want a sustainable advantage, take advantage of coupling learning by doing with intentional reflection.
We are pleased to announce a new chapter to the second edition of the best-selling Coaching for Leadership. The chapter, The Big Shift: Unlock Your Team’s Potential by Creating Player-Led Teambuilding, connects the previous edition of this book to its origin, as well as to the future of team sports.
The new chapter sets forth a practical and applicable agenda for change and improvement. The reader is introduced to seven vital elements of change; seven shifts of traditional mental models that lead to the new core principles necessary for creating a player-led team culture. Click here for more information about Coaching for Leadership
About Cory Dobbs, Ed.D.
Cory Dobbs is the founder of The Academy for Sport Leadership and a nationally recognized thought leader in the areas of leadership and team building. Cory is an accomplished researcher of human experience. Cory engages in naturalistic inquiry seeking in-depth understanding of social phenomena within their natural setting.
A college basketball coach, Cory’s coaching background includes experience at the NCAA DII, NJCAA, and high school levels of competition. After a decade of research and development Cory unleashed the groundbreaking Teamwork Intelligence program for student-athletics. Teamwork Intelligence illuminates the process of designing an elite team by using the 20 principles and concepts along with the 8 roles of a team player he’s uncovered while performing research.
Cory has worked with professional athletes, collegiate athletic programs, and high schools teaching leadership and team building as a part of the sports experience and education process. As a consultant and trainer Dr. Dobbs has worked with Fortune 500 organizations such as American Express, Honeywell, and Avnet, as well as medium and small businesses. Dr. Dobbs taught leadership and organizational change at Northern Arizona University, Ohio University, and Grand Canyon University.
Texas A&M 3rd Down Package with Former North Texas head coach and longtime offensive play-caller Darrell Dickey who is currently in his second season as Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator.
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What are the best gift ideas for your football coach or coaching staff? We have compiled a list of gift ideas below for some of the following occasions:
The perfect t-shirt for the new head football coach or for the coach that needs that boost for his ego. He works hard, sleeps little and his coaching brain never shuts down whether he wins or loses. Constant improvement is his game and this shirt captures that.
Any Questions? It can be tempting to wear this one around the house too, but know from personal experience it does not carry quite as much clout. Can be great to wear for that team that has a lot of questions but struggles to follow the answers. Just smile and point at the shirt when asked “Why?”
We mentioned coffee as the lifeblood of many coaches. This can go perfect in the office, near the court (but away from those bricklayers who seem to hit everything but the net.) It can also be great in the bedroom to help a coach wake in a luxury touch. Enough for single serve or a whole pot.
The perfect gift for the basketball coach who loves people and wants to help them grow. This word means so much to them. It is who made their lives better and who they aspire to be each day.
This football coach Tshirt reads passionate, dedicated individual who unlocks an individual’s potential and maximizes a team’s performances by believing, encouraging and developing. The shirt can be a great reminder when Coach is looking in the mirror.
The perfect memento frame for players to sign and give a position coach or any football coach. I do worry about how many signatures can fit on this frame so look it over carefully before thinking you can get the whole team to sign.
August to December this shirt sums up the life of most Coaches and many will take pride in wearing this mantra on their chest. The shirt also can be a model on work ethic to lead the way for the entire gang.
Soft, funky, fun socks for gameday and off the field as well. Perfect with a blazer or with sweats, and guaranteed to make people smile when your coach’s pants come up a bit while sitting down.
For the whiskey and bourbon drinker who likes to not dillute their cocktail. It will give your coach a sense of pride as they relax… perhaps with a cigar that their team cared enough to think of this gift.
This Tumbler and keychain gift set comes with a plastic straw and straw cleaner for the environmentally friendly coach.
The Coach needs his play diagram board in case creativity strikes at any moment.
Great ball for a gift to remember a special game or a special coach. Don’t forget to order a couple of sharpies to expedite the signing. Perfect for the coach’s home or office.
This gift Wilson Autograph Football has an extra white pebble than the football above, but that panel is pebbled so it may not actually be more signing space. Definitely has different look so it all comes down to aesthetic choice.
Many football coaches love to spend time in front of their barbecue and smoker creating their next masterpiece. These championship rubs will make any masterpiece even tastier. They make a perfect gift for any coach who loves to grill.
For the Coach who has a great sense of humor in gifts… this one can help keep them humble and make them laugh at the same time. The Coach’s family will also get a kick out of the shirt so everyone wins… assuming the coach has a great sense of humor.
Have a coach who has a sense of style for the arts? These make a perfect gift set and will help you smile as you see their socks while they jump around the sidelines during games.
Your coach love to keep track of ideas in a handwritten notebook, but never can find them later? This notebook is perfect as it allows notes to transfer digitally. Lightweight and good videos to help you learn the system.
Are you or your coach constantly struggling to find a phone charger? There is a simple reason for that… they are constantly on their phone dealing with player and family needs, other coaches, logistics and their own family. Help make their life easier by putting together this bag with some chargers and also cords.
Imagine how great a mood your coach will arrive to morning practice after he has had a great simple breakfast sandwich made painless with this awesome contraption.
I knew a coach who would never lend us his pen. He told us a team got him this Montblanc and it was very special to him because he knew each player chipped in and he felt like it kept that team with him forever. Again, a coach does not typically treat themselves to such a luxury item but if the team parents pass the hat, this can be an affordable luxury that tells the coach they are special.
These are great if a coach needs to block out all the noise and get some quiet time with their own headspace. I have a pair of these and love them on plane rides and more!! If you think your coach would prefer the Air Pods… get them here.
I love these. I see so many kids trying to work out with AirPods and my kids do love those. I personally feel the bass on these is far superior and they don’t fall out of my ear when I exercise. Perfect for listening to Old School Hip Hop without having your players make fun of you. Also good for Zoom calls and your favorite football podcast from Jason Hahnstadt. (That one time last year.)
Some coaches prefer a more dressy watch and this watch hits the compromise between form and function. I love Citizen watches because of the titanium bracelet that is both light and durable. My last Citizen watch lasted over 20 years and I have not found a better watch at this price range or higher (I have not exactly been wearing Rolexes.) Their Eco-Drive system requires no battery replacement due to solar power and it is a highly reliable timepiece with a second hand coaches require. It is waterproof and looks good with either a suit or a t-shirt. That versatility is valued by coaches and his/her loved ones who like them looking sharp. It is currently on sale and if 12 players chip in it can be as little as $15 per player. Citizen makes great watches for women and we also see many women wearing mens watches now so glance around the options.
I have found these JBL portable speakers to be top quality and have a good bass end. I recently ran over their JBL Extreme speaker with my Honda while we prepared for an outdoor bodyweight strength for basketballfootba bootcamp. The Extreme series seems to be discontinued, but this looks like most comparable as gift . These are awesome to bring to practice or on the team bus. Great for lunch outside during the tournament or in the football weight room.
Coaches watch a lot of video and a big screen TV can help them pick up things on the football scouting duties a laptop will not. This would go great on the wall in their office or if they have life outside of football in their own home. She will appreciate this gift that helps her help her team. This Smart TV has Alexa built in and many next gen apps available to it all for a low price and a reliable brand.
Managing time is often the most challenging aspect of a football coach’s job. This watch helps me to receive texts from late or sick players without checking my phone during practice. It allows me to not carry a stopwatch so I can time players. The vibrate feature allows me to set a timer to keep me focused on the task and the agenda. It allows me to dictate a note for future consideration during a practice without running to a notebook. The truth is many football coaches consider this an expensive luxury item for their kids… but not themselves. Coaches can really make their practices more productive and less stressful with this watch and I love mine.
This is a great luxury item that a coach is unlikely to splurge on themselves. They can use it for their family or for their team, or perhaps for the girls night out (yes female coaches like a Yeti too.)
Help your coach relax and unwind after your team has 30 plus turnovers and you see their blood pressure rise on the sidelines. This smokeless fireplace is portable and looks sharp and will allow your coach to sit down with their favorite beverage and just chill as they watch the flames dance. Also can be a nice way to help Coach connect with their family in a circle. Innovative twist on a time honored classic.
A very expensive book, but a true collector’s item for the passionate football coach. Includes both collegiate and NFL football moments captured for ever in this beautiful book.
You have a tough job looking for the perfect gift for you football coach, coaching staff or football coaching friend. Let’s hope this list has provided some information in making your job easier and saving you time.
This article has been contributed by Chris Corbett. It was first written with basketball coaches in mind… but we have amended here for football coaches. Chris serves as the founder of Austin Youth Basketball. His new project BasketballTrainer.com launches January where he hopes to connect ambitious basketball families to great trainers, camps, select teams and products. He is also a partner in BasketballHQ.com, and Coachtube.com. Chris looks forward to being a speaker for USA Basketball in 2021 and helping his own two daughters Ellie and Charlee achieve their basketball goals without driving his wife nuts. Chris also looks forward to playing with his Vintage Team led by Tim Rice in the 2021 Galway Masters.