1st and 10 for the Offense


Well, after a good weekend of games, I can start the time has come to start adding the game plan for the offense.

It is not an easy thing to try to explain how to execute plays during the game. It all starts with what you do in practice.

You, as the coach of your team, must be the one who finds the talent, put them thru the training process to find a place for that player.

I will not break things down unless I get more questions that reference something. Otherwise, I will begin……..

….1st down and 10 is a good place to study somethings about the team you are playing. this is also the time where you can run a dive play (21-Dive in my playbook) to find out early what you will be able to do.

Also running the ball on the 1st play will allow you these early game situations to evaluate what you can do.

example #1 – you can look at the WR on either side to see if they can get away from the the CB.

example #2 – you can gage how fast the loopers are; where they are coming from; how best to block them…

example #3 – you find out if your O-line is strong or weak…or you find out that you might have to make some adjustments to moving players around .

When you find out some of these items, you can call better plays as the game progresses.


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  1. Lindyhopper49 says:

    oooo… that is some next level thinking!

    any advice on how to block to open a hole on an interior running play?

    -is it best to try and get behind a lineman and hope that 2 against 1 will just over power and get you through?
    -or is it more effective to try to push people out of the way to make an actual hole to run through?


  2. Coach k-lo says:

    good questions!

    if you use rookie bases on the O-line, it will be hard to creat a hole. If you use TTC bases it is easier to do because you can control where the player is going and when you turn LT to the left and LG to the right – you create a hole between the two players.

    both ways are good in your question, and you can use them both. The key there is to have a RB that can “move the pile”.

  3. Dimitri says:

    “””The key there is to have a RB that can “move the pile”.”””

    Personaly, as a newbie, it ‘s the major difficulty : build a player and base enough fast to jump off the snap and strong enough to push the pile.

    I ‘ve seen that some rules allow linemen bases to be angled : perhaps it should be a key to make holes when you’re a tweaking beginner ?

    Personaly, for now I turn the dials of my o linemen to try to create holes. But if you use rookie bases, or DDB bases, you can’t do that…


  4. Coach k-lo says:


    you are correct, you can turn the dails to create holes. you can use DDB but they are more straight running unless you tweak it that way.

    In my concepts, the RB must have these attributes to be a “SuperStar”:

    1 – he must be able to run the whole field (no matter how big)
    2 – must be consistant with his running pattern. If you are using a IRON MAN TEAM (11 PLAYERS TOTAL) you may not get the type of player you want, but he will be the FS on the defensive side of the ball so straight is good.

    3 – strong enough to push the pile.

    4 – has vision – not too many coaches look for this in a RB. What I mmean is the RB will bang into the line trying to find his way and when a crease becomes available (thru your blocking patterns) the RB “sees” the hole and ‘slides’ to the opening…instead of following the blocker.

    5 – Rookie base wise – be stable enough as to not turn sideways after banging into the O-line.

    6 – has some ‘cut back’ abillity – you are running to the left, but the right side is winning the battle, the RB has to be able to bounce/cut back to the side that side.

    I know I make it sound easy, but it is not. That is why you need more than 2 RB on your team. You specialist that do one thing great. but is ineffective otherwise.

  5. Treks1 says:

    A running back with “vision” is hard to come by.
    What is harder to come by, a great RB or a great WR?

  6. Coach k-lo says:

    IMO – I think it is harder to find a WR than RB. Because in today’s MF, with guys that “hold” it is more difficult to find a WR that can (a) be strong enough to push back against the strong CB; (b) be fast enough to outrun the other DB on the field.

    you can make the WR fast but can he get open is always the question.

    to find a RB that can do it all (run to either side effectively, power up in the hole; chip and slide against the LOOPER) is what I want to have at WR, but it ends up being a TE.

    I have learned that if you use the angles, you will be able to spring one free…. or you can use the “pick play” to get one open.

  7. Dimitri says:

    But the RB, do you put it on a TTC base or rookie ? Personaly I felt easier to make good WR (especially with diamond bases) than make a good RB…for now I didn’t achieve any good RB. So I try to use a strong FB to open ways, for now.

    Do you think using a rounded TTC proline base should be a good idea for a running play ?

  8. Coach k-lo says:

    rounded TTC or Proline bases are okay for most positions, not just WR.

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