Football Coaching Strategies
In Football Coaching Strategies you’ll find 349 detailed diagrams showing a variety of offensive attacks, defensive packages, and special team tactics—accompanied by useful advice from the experts.
Best of all, the coaches are the recognized experts in the topics they cover. For example, read how these coaches explain game strategies and underlying principles:
• Running game—Tom Osborne, John McKay, and Darrell Royal
• Passing game—Bill Walsh, Steve Spurrier, and LaVell Edwards
• Defense—Dick Tomey, Barry Alvarez, and Dave Wannstedt
• Kicking game—Spike Dykes and John Cooper
• Philosophy, motivation, and management—Eddie Robinson and Joe Paterno
Football Coaching Strategies blends the invaluable lessons of the past with the best thinking in today’s game. With it, you’ll find the key elements for a winning game plan—on and off the field. It’s the one book that every serious football coach, player, and fan will treasure.
Table of ContentsPart I features 28 articles on offensive football. The running and passing game sections present multiple formations and attacks. From the wishbone to the spread and from the conservative to the wide open, it’s an offensive coordinator’s smorgasbord of options. As a bonus, several articles focus on specific aspects of offense, such as pass blocking, reading the defense, and play selection in key game situations.
The 19 articles in Part II include a variety of defensive alignments and philosophies. From a stunting 4-3 to an all-purpose Eagle, coaches outline the assignments, strengths, and weaknesses of several defensive packages. Methods for stopping the run and pass are described and illustrated in detail. In addition, coaches break down defensive player position responsibilities against common running and passing attacks.
Special team play is taught through seven articles comprising Part III, each covering an important facet of the kicking game. Kick-off, punt, and extra point situations are analyzed from both sides of the ball. If you want to cover, return, or block a kick, punt, or field goal attempt, you’ll find complete explanations and illustrations to do so.
Part IV may be the most memorable and important section of the book. Here several of the all-time greatest coaches share the insights, values, and methods that have made them so successful. The 13 articles capture the intangibles of coaching greatness—philosophy, motivation, and management.
About the Editor
Since its establishment in 1922, the American Football Coaches Association has striven to provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching and to maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession. These objectives, first declared by founders Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman, and others, have been instrumental in the AFCA's becoming the effective and highly respected organization it is today.
The AFCA now has more than 10,000 members, including coaches from Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Russia. Through annual publications and several newsletters, the association keeps members informed of the most current rules changes and proposals, proper coaching methods, innovations in techniques, insights in coaching philosophy, and business conducted by the board of trustees and AFCA committees. A convention is held each January to give members a special opportunity to exchange ideas and recognize outstanding achievement.
The association promotes safety in the sport and establishes strong ethical and moral codes that govern all aspects of football coaching. In addition, the AFCA is involved in numerous programs that ensure the integrity of the coaching profession and enhance the development of the game. It works closely with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Football League, the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Pop Warner, and other organizations involved in the game of football. Indeed, one of the goals of the association is to build a strong coalition—TEAM AFCA—of football coaches who will speak out with a unified voice on issues that affect the sport and profession.
The AFCA is the team of the football coaching profession. All current and former football coaches or administrators involved with football are encouraged to join. For more information about becoming a member of the American Football Coaches Association, please log on to the AFCA Web site (www.afca.com) or contact them at the following address:
American Football Coaches Association
100 Legends Lane
Waco, TX 76706
"Equal to a master's degree in coaching, this book will benefit the rookie as well as the veteran coach. A must for those who want to improve their coaching skills.”
Former Head Football Coach
University of Alabama