Friday, December 30, 2016

Hook and Lateral

The Hook and Lateral play by the Miami Dolphins vs. the San Diego Chargers in their 1981 playoff game is one of the greatest plays from one of the greatest games in NFL playoff history. Check out the old-school three-point stance by the inside WR on the play.  Unfortunately, his is not the worst WR stance—look at the stance and false step of the WR at the top of the screen):

Twenty-six years later, in the Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2007, the Hook and Lateral play resurfaced again as Boise St. shocked the world in its epic upset of Oklahoma, and this play also became part of one of the greatest bowl games in college football history.  The game was tied and Boise St. had the ball with under two minutes remaining looking to pull off the upset until Oklahoma ran back an interception 33 yards for a TD with 1:07 left that seemed to crush all hope.  Boise St. faced a 4th-and-18, down by 7 with seven seconds left at the 50-yard line when destiny called upon this play once again...

Here is Chris Peterson and Boise State's version of the Hook and Lateral play:

Hook & Lateral (Boise St.) from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

Here are the other two trick plays used by Chris Peterson and Boise State:

Good coaching points here on the Cage Drill for Screen passes by Coach B Dud: http://coachbdud.blogspot.com/

Deuce talks about Buckwheat, Alfalfa, and the Sprint-Out Passing Game from the Flexbone: http://footballislifeblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/simple-sprintout-passing-for-flexbone.html

Coach Allam talks about Darrin Slack principles for his QBs throwing the Quick Game: http://iteachicoachiblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/speed-up-your-quick-game.html

Football Coach Academy talking about Mike Leach's Offensive Philosophy:

I am turning the FCA / Devotional page into its own blog.  Check it out if you like.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2008 Destin Glazier Clinic Notes

This was a very good clinic.  I got notes from Steve Addazio, who was still with Florida at the time and Joe Cullen, who was with the Detroit Lions.  I also got some notes from Ted Monachino who was with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Steve Addazio, who is doing very well for himself as the Head Coach at Boston College, talked about Implementing a Zone Blocking System.  He talked about Inside Zone footwork and some of the blocking tags and the Zombie variation as well as his count system.

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Steve Addazio coached the Pouncey brothers, who are pretty good.
Joe Cullen was with the Detroit Lions in 2008 and is now the DL Coach with the Baltimore Ravens.  He has some excellent blitz material that I got notes on.  He had a DL fundamental video from his time with the Lions that is a good one to get.

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Ted Monachino is now the Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts and was with the Baltimore Ravens for a while, and he talked about Practice and Game Planning.

Here is the link for you to download: 2008 Destin Clinic Notes

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2007 Destin Glazier Clinic Notes

This clinic had two good defensive speakers, namely Doc Holliday and Will Muschamp.  This was fresh off Florida's national championship win over Ohio State in January 2007.  Doc Holliday spoke about the Tracer blitz that they used to harrass Heisman trophy winner Troy Smith as well as their base defense, Under Orange, which is an Under front with Man-Free coverage.  He also talked about DB Drills and Charlie Strong's three favorite Fire Zones.  

Will Muschamp was still the DC at Auburn and he talked about Game Planning, Man Coverage, and Fire Zone Coverage with an interesting adjustment vs 1 Back teams to Man up to help versus the Sail or Flood concept.  The Game Planning session was very informative and there a couple of videos that he did out on the same subject through the Tony Franklin System.

Finally, Lyle Lansdell from Calvary Chapel HS (CA) talked about implementing the Spread Offense run game and West Coast passing game at the high school level.

You can download the file here:  2007 Destin Glazier Clinic

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Need a Little Help...

Hello, been a LONG time.  Sorry for not posting but been busy with Football and having three small ones.

I need the following TCU Defensive film if anybody can help out:

2005 - Oklahoma, SMU, Utah, BYU (Whole Game), Air Force
2006 - UC Davis, Utah, Army, Wyoming, UNLV, UNM, SDSU, CSU, Air Force, N. Illinois
2007 - Utah, UNM, BYU, UNLV, SDSU, Houston
2008 - SMU, SDSU, CSU, BYU, Wyoming, UNLV, Utah, Air Force
2010 - Tenn Tech, Baylor
2011 - Air Force, ULM, Portland St, SMU, Boise St

Shoot me an email at gunrun73@gmail.com if you can be of help.  I have a bunch of 2015 film I can trade.

Brophy talked me into doing an interview with Michael Hoglund at XO Wizard and I am really glad he did.  It really helped me to reflect about my coaching philosophy in building a football program.  Here is the link to the interview: How We Coach - Barry Hoover, Vernon HS.  There are also interviews with other great coaches like Matthew Brophy, Charlie Means, Brett Dudley, and others.

Be sure to follow Michael on Twitter at @XOWizard.  He also has a playbook app available on his site at xowizard.com.  

I have some clinic notes I have been meaning to post for a while and will get those up here after Spring football.

Monday, December 8, 2014


I've been studying the 4-2-5 and I pulled a lot of good resources from Runcodhit, Brophy, Deuce, Blitzology, Coach Mac, Chris at SmartFootball, Jim Light, and some articles from this site.  The newer links are at the top of the list under each coach.  Here are links to the 4-2-5:

Start here:
Multiplicity but Simplicity: Why the 4-2-5 Defense - Gary Patterson - DC - New Mexico (1997)
TCU 4-2-5 - Gary Patterson (Nike COY)

Defending Trips - Disguise and Scheme
3x1 Formations- Defending the Open Side
Defending Tight Bunch Formations
Stopping the Power Running Offense with the 4-2-5 Part I: Principals
Stopping the Power Running Offense with the 4-2-5 Part II: Double Tight I
Split Safety-Zone Blitzes
4-2-5 Alignments-Part I
4-2-5 Alignments-Part II
4-2-5 Resources
Quarter Coverage- Safety Push Technique
Quick Thoughts- Determining Coverages for a Defensive Scheme
Cover Black- Inverted Man-Under Halves
Robber Coverage Notes
Attacking the Away Side : Boise State vs TCU
Random Thoughts
4-2-5 Away Side Run Support
4-2-5 Split Field Coverage

Patterson Nickel Defense video
Patterson Film Review
1-High Nickel (4-4) Intro
No-Huddle Check-With-Me Defense
TCU Defense Explained   ***This has Gary Patterson video
TCU's 42 Nickel Coverage & Front Coordination
TCU's 42 Nickel Blitz & Coverage Concepts
TCU "2 Read": Adaptation to the Spread (2x2)
TCU "2 Read": Adaptation to the Spread (3x1)
Fiesta Bowl: TCU vs Boise State
AFC: Automatic Front Check
Powerpoint Playbooks / Animation
Virginia Tech Robber
TCU's 42 Nickel Coverage & Front Coordination
Brophy's Playbook and Resource Page

Mailbag Volume 3 (TCU Sticks Coverage)
Defending 3 x 1 Formations, Part V
Defending 3 x 1 Formations, Part IV
Some More Stunts for the Zone Read
Split Field Concept - The Underneath Players
Setting the Record Straight
Why Install Both Special and Solo Coverages?
Weak Safety Shuffle Technique in Solo Coverage
Two Gap/One Gap vs. One-Back Zone Option
The B.O.S.S. Blitz - An Answer to Dog Blitzing to a 3 x 1 Set
Putting It All Together - Run Fits in the Two Gap/One Gap Scheme
Morphing the 4-2-5 into the 3-3...Keeping the Offense on its Toes...
Automatic Coverage Check (ACC)
TCU Terms - Defined
Cover Blue for Corners - Deuce
Cover Blue for Safeties - Part 1 - Deuce
Cover Blue for Safeties - Part 2 - Deuce
2 Read/Blue Coverage
2 Read/Blue Coverage-The Reads
2 Read/Blue Coverage Revisited
2 Read/Blue Coverage-Run Fits
2 Read/Blue Coverage-Vs. Trips
2 Read/Blue Coverage-Vs. Empty Sets
Post Snap Communication in Pattern Reading Coverages
Simplifying and modifying TCU's blitz scheme for lower level play
Backside Safety in Quarters Coverage vs. The Run and Playaction
The 4-2-5 vs. Flexbone
The down and up stunt vs. the zone read play
The 4-2-5 and the Under, Meshing Two Great Defenses!
The 46 Nickel
Florida's Nickel Tracer/Auburn's Heat Package

4-2-5 Overload Blitz
Game Planning Coverages
Cover 1 (Man-Free) versus Action Passes
4-2-5 Cover 1 (Man-Free) Technique
4-2-5 Cover 1 (Man-Free) Coverage
4-2-5 Quarters Fire-Zone Coverage Pressure
4-2-5 Cover 3 Zone Blitz vs Empty
A Simple Adjustable 4-2-5 Zone Blitz vs. Spread Offenses
Super Bowl Preview Part II: New York Giants Blitz Package
Blitz of the Week #17 (Super Stick)
Making It All Look The Same (TCU Pressure Package)
TCU's Thunder Concept

Coach Mac:
Defending RPOs
Gaining Your Weak Safety
Half Line Drills to Teach Coverages
Defending the Zone Read
Coverage Adjustments to Quads/Empty Looks
Changing Defensive Looks
Man Free vs. Zone Pressure
Keeping Force Rules Simple
Spring Installation
Under Front Defense with Divorced Front Concepts
Concepts to Defend Trips
Defending the Spread with Quarter's Concepts
Building a Defense with the 4-2-5

James Light Football:
James Light 4-2-5 posts  Coach puts out articles faster than I can keep up with so this link will help.
TCU "Outlaw Bullets A" Blitz and Cover 1 Rat
TCU Toro Stunt and Blue Coverage Interception 
TCU Blue Special Rat Coverage
Quarters Coverage Adjustments vs Trips Split
Why TCU Will Be in the College Football Playoff

This site:
4-2-5 vs the Flexbone - Secondary Play
4-2-5 Defense - The Defense of the Future - David Raley (OJW)

More articles:
Breakdown of Gary Patterson's 4-2-5 Defense   by Chris Brown at Smart Football
Deconstructing the Virginia Tech Defense   by Chris Brown at Smart Football
Defending 11's Personnel with the 4-2-5    by Coach Holst at A Football Odyssey

Coach Huey thread links:
TCU 4-2-5 Defense
4-2-5 and Under

Playbooks and Other Resources:
1999 TCU Defense / Coverage Manual - Gary Patterson - DC
2006 Baylor Defense - Bill Bradley
2004 Villanova Defense - Joe Trainer
2001 Boise St. Defense - Bob Gregory
2000 Boise St. Defense - Brent Guy
2000 Oregon Defense - Bob Gregory
1992-1997 Williamette Defense - Bob Gregory
8 Man Front - David Bailiff - SW Texas St. (2000)
DL Pressure Games - David Bailiff - SW Texas St. (2001)
Virginia Tech - Cover 2 - Robber Package
1998 Virginia Tech Defense - Bud Foster
Pat Fox Notes       Courtesy of GridNotes

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DL Stunts - Part 3

Here is Part 3 of the DL Stunts series.  Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2.  Part 1 dealt primarily with stunts between the two DTs, Part 2 dealt primarily with stunts between the DT and the DE and Part 3 will deal with stunts that affect at least 3 of the 4 defensive linemen.  We will look at the Pirate, Loop, Slash, Pinch, and Hi-Lo stunts.

Pirate from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

Clip 1 (Gators) – If you set the front to the boundary, the Corner blitz with the Pirate call is nasty.  The 5 tech slants inside the OT and makes the tackle.
Clip 2 (Giants) – 3 tech and 5 tech slant inside and the 1 tech steps up and sees that it is a pass and loops around for Pass Rush Contain.  3 tech makes Sack.
Clip 3 (Steelers) – You can also run this stunt from an Odd Front look if you want.  The 4 tech and 9 tech slant inside and the 1 tech checks run first and then loops around for Pass Rush Contain.  9 tech makes the Sack and the 1 tech helps.
Clip 4 (Gators) – Another Corner blitz with a Pirate call.  The 3 tech and 5 tech do great job with Ricochet technique and re-direct vs Run Away.  The blitzing Corner and 5 tech make the tackle.
Clip 5 (Giants) – You could use a Pirate call to tell only the strong side of the DL to slant inside with a blitzing Safety off the edge.  Both the 3 and 6 tech get penetration into the backfield and blow the play up.
Clip 6 (Giants) – 5 tech makes the tackle from the backside of the play.
Clip 7 (Bears) – 3 tech crosses the Center blocking back and almost makes the Tackle for Loss.  The 5 tech’s wide alignment makes it difficult to slant to the B gap but he is able to squeeze the hole.  An important coaching point for the Pirate stunt is for the LB to that side to Scrape over the top to C gap.

Loop from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

Clip 1 (Colts) – The left DT in the wide 3 tech will take 2 quick steps into his gap and then loop to the far right outside the 1 tech and the 9 tech.  The 9 tech is Dwight Freeney who executes his patented Spin move inside.  The looper and the backside DE make the Sack.
Clip 2 (LSU) – The right DT in the 3 tech will take a step into his gap and loop around to the left side.  The left DE and DT don’t really slant inside but bull rushes their OL and are responsible for the gap inside of him.  The engaged Ol will not be able to come off to block the looper.
Clip 3 (Colts) – This play has a 5 man rush and has a DE as the looper instead of a DT.  The left DE in a wide 5 tech is the looper.  The NT and the blitzing LB (tight 5 tech) will slant inside.  The DE is in a wide 9 tech and will execute a speed rush upfield and get the Sack.
Clip 4 (Texas A & M) – This is a good look at how the Loop stunt is also effective vs. the Run.  From an Odd Front, the right DE in a 4 tech will loop past the NT and the left DE.  The looper has a clean look at the RB once he gets past the two slanting DL.  He must come tight off these two DL to not open up a crease for the RB, much a LB would on his Scrape technique.

Slash from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

Clip 1 (Packers) – Great call here vs Stretch with the OLB getting vertical and forcing the ball back inside to the DL who are already slanting in that direction.
Clip 2 (N.C. St.) – ROLB comes off edge unblocked and DL slanting are able to get penetration into the backfield.
Clip 3 (LSU) – RG slides a bit too far inside to be able to block the LDE slanting inside to the B gap.
Clip 4 (Oklahoma) – This is the infamous Lightning blitz from the Under front with the SS blitzing off the edge and the Sam and DL slanting away.  Watch the 1 tech and the LDT (wide 3 tech) slant and quickly re-direct with the run away from them.
Clip 5 (Miss. St.) – A popular call used in conjunction with slanting the DL is to bring the boundary CB off the edge.  The DL do not re-direct immediately like the last clip but they are still able to change direction and get in on the tackle.

Pinch from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

Clip 1 (Giants) – The two wide 5 techs will pinch inside to the B gap but they use two slightly different techniques.  The RDE attacks the hip of the OT and then quickly slants inside.  I prefer the technique of the LDE, who will aim the hip of the OT and run through him.  This helps to better engage the OT and prevent him from coming off to block the outside rusher.  The blitz look is effective as the LBs threaten the blitz inside and then pop out and the pressure comes from the outside.
Clip 2 (Patriots) – This has the same blitz look as the last clip and is one of my all-time favorite cut-ups.  The DEs attack the hip of the OT and the two outside rushers smash the QB.  That had to hurt!
Clip 3 (Steelers) – Here is Pinch from a 4 man front.  Nice acceleration and tomahawk technique by Troy Polamalu on the strip-sack.

Hi-Lo from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

Clip 1 (Steelers) – I already did a post on this stunt here to read on the Hi-Lo Stunt.  The LOLB will execute an inside move on his OT and the ROLB will execute a speed rush upfield past the Offensive Tackle and come all the way back around to hit the QB.  Strip-Sacks are often an added bonus to this stunt as the QB rarely sees the rusher coming from deep behind him.  Good technique on the fumble recovery too.
Clip 2 (Giants) – The LDE comes inside the OT while the RDE comes around to get him from behind.
Clip 3 (Dolphins) – The LDE comes inside his OT and the RDE comes around behind him and finally runs the QB down.  Many teams that run the Hi-Lo like to force the QB to run to his left because it is a harder throw for a right-handed QB.  Also, teams will do it and force a faster QB to scramble into the boundary.
Clip 4 (Panthers) – Julius Peppers is the LDE and he will get a lot of attention from the QB when he makes an inside move.  Very nice dip and rip move by the RDE on his speed rush.

ATD Football talking about off-season competition: