A HIGH SCHOOL COACH POSTED SOME NOTES FROM A RICH RODRIGUEZ MICHIGAN FOOTBALL CLINIC THAT MADE ITS WAY ONTO BOSCHEMBLOGGER.COM.
I THINK A LOT OF WHAT THEY COVER CAN APPLY TO BASKETBALL. MY COMMENTS ARE IN CAPS.
HERE ARE THE RE-PRODUCED NOTES:
Conditioning is the most underrated thing in football.
This is how Coach R Rod recommends teaching his offense:
-- #1 teach from back end up: teach RBs and QBs 1st and then to slots, Olinemen and SEs.
-- #2, Shrink what the defense can do, this gives you less to prepare for and makes reads and blocking the defense easier.
-- #3, Attack the defense where they are not, make them run to cover you, either high to low, or east to west.
-- #4, Make them defend what they are defending. If defense is trying to take away RB in QB read option, make them defend the RB before using QB.
-- #5 QB gives the defense a false snap look to fake defense into tipping what they are doing. After this coaches will take 2nd read of defense and signal new play/scheme to QB.
I AGREE THAT CONDITIONING IS UNDERRATED ESPECIALLY SINCE IT IS A CONTROLLABLE ASPECT OF PREPARATION. I LIKE #2, WHERE I THINK IN BASKETBALL, PLAYING UP TEMPO AND NOT LETTING DEFENSES GET SET CAN OPEN 0PPURTUNITIES. #3/#4 REMIND ME OF THE PHILOSOPHIES OF PUTTING YOUR LIMITED PLAYERS IN POSITION TO BE DEFENDED, STRETCHING DEFENSES WITH SHOOTERS WIDE OR SPACING UP, RUNNING WINGS TO THE CORNERS, AND MAKING YOUR BIGS "RUN THE HIGHWAY" OR AS LARRY BROWNS SAYS "STAY AHEAD OF THE BALL ON OFFENSE & DEFENSE".
Coach Calvin Magee, Michigan Football Associate Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator:
Coach Magee used a slightly different tact in his lecture. He gave us two lists of things the offense needs to accomplish, or make the defense do.
1st list is things offense needs to do.
-- 1. Create mismatches- biggest is slots on OLBers or safeties
-- 2. Get the ball to your play makers
-- 3. Use Shotgun/so QB can see the defense
-- 4. Make the defense defend all skill players, including the QB
-- 5. Keep it simple for the O line, confused O-linemen can kill an offense faster than anything.
-- 6. Make the defense play in space
THESE ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY FOR GREAT BASKETBALL OFFENSE:
1. CREATING AND CAPITALIZING ON MISMATCHES IS GREAT OFFENSE BUT OFTEN GOES EITHER UNIDENTIFIED OR UTILIZED. THE NBA SEEMS TO BE ALL ABOUT MATCH UPS.
2. PLAYMAKERS: RIGHT PLAYER, RIGHT SHOT.
4. MAKE DEFENSES DEFEND ALL SKILL PLAYERS: SPACING, CUTTING, SCREENING
5. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID: AVOID PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS
6. MAKE THE DEFENSE PLAY IN SPACE: SOUNDS LIKE THE DRIBBLE DRIVE MOTION THATS ALL OVER
Magee's 2nd list is what offense does in a game.
-- 1. make defenses defend the entire field ... QB has presnap and post snap reads (BREAK, SECONDARY BREAK, CHANGING SIDES OF THE FLOOR, MAINTAIN SPACING & CREATE/EXPLOIT THE MISMATCH)
-- 2. Always play at multiple tempos to keep defense off balance and control their substitution patterns (DRIBBLE HAND OFFS, BACK CUTS, HANDBACKS, BACK PICKS, DIVES, POPS, SLIP SCREENS ACHIEVE SIMILAR PURPOSE IF MIXED IN AN OFFENSE)
-- 3.make defense prepare for dual threat QB, both run and pass (GOTTA HAVE PLAYERS THAT CAN DO MULTIPLE SKILLS INCLUDING THE BASICS OF SHOOTING, DRIBBLING, PASSING)
-- 4. EXECUTION- You want a simple, not predictable offense. (BE GOOD AT SOMETHING RATHER THAN BAD AT A LOT OF THINGS)
-- 5. Execute your base plays to perfection: Reps and Reps, and more reps, get good at something! (WHATS YOUR IDENTITY, GET GOOD ENOUGH THAT THEY KNOW ITS COMING AND YOU STILL EXECUTE)
-- 6. numbers game
----- a. 1st key number is 1 or 2 safeties. it tells you what OLBers and CBs are going to do.
------ b. How many defenders in box is next read
(ON THE DRIBBLE DRIVE, WHATS YOUR READS: WHERE IS THE HELP COMING FROM? HOW DEEP CAN YOU GET? WHERES MY SHOOTERS DEFENDER?)
-- 7. Create best angles to block for both linemen and SEs (SET UP SCREENS, HOWS MY SCREENER SET, DRIVE THE BLOCKS & ELBOWS, KEEP 15' SPACING)
-- 8. And the final one - Find Empty Grass! (FIND THE RIM, FIND OPEN SHOTS. BASKETBALL IS PLAYING THE NUMBERS GAME: GETTING TO THE RIM PRODUCES POINTS IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. GETTING SHOOTERS SHOTS WITH THEIR FEET SET AND A CLEAR LOOK IS LIKE RUNNING TO DAYLIGHT)