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  1. Coach Nowlin, please go into more detail if you have time. I've found that if we go live in drill work, when we go to team and just FIT UP, that our kids stop moving their feet on contact.
  2. I'm an analytics guy too (teach math and stats). Let's say that over a ten play drive Team A ( focuses on big hits or turnovers) gets 2 plays for -5 yards on "big hits", has 5 average plays of +5 yards, has 2 plays where it gives up 2 missed tackles for a total of 20 yards, another play with a missed tackle on a 10 yard pass resulting in +25 yards. Team B focuses on sound tackling is on a 10 play drive and gets 1 play for -1 yards, 5 average plays of +5 yards, 2 plays of 8 yards, misses a tackle for a 10 yard gain, and allows one completion for 10 yards. Both teams have given up 60 yards in 10 plays. I get that both are giving up 6 yds/play, but which team is going to give you the best long term shot at winning the game?
  3. Has tackling been replaced by ankle-diving or the big push out of bounds? It seems that over the last 20 years with the massive increase of speed and size of NFL players, tackling quality there has gone down, with the focus now being on creating turnovers instead of stopping the runner. I could be wrong (I hear that a lot in my own house), but it seems that this has trickled down to the college and HS level as well, where the push for the "big hit" highlight reel play, has been emphasized. To those of you who also coach defense, am I missing something? How many of you chart missed tackles? I know when I chart our end of season film I want to swallow a pitchfork when I count our missed tackles at a somewhat successful 2A/3A team. In your opinion what causes the missed tackle? A. Improper technique B. Alternative goal (turnover, making a big hit) C. Mental toughness D. Other Talk amongst yourselves. BTW Not a Patriots fan, but interesting article .
  4. As a statistics teacher, let me add a couple of things. First, the bell curve only applies in a symmetric distribution of data (first graph). In this case, that would be by enrollment. Enrollment numbers aren't symmetric, they're skewed to the right (second graph). As NLC commented, this means that as enrollment numbers increase they are much more spread out in 6A (3200 difference) vs 1A (160 difference). This doesn't change anybody's position, just pointing out that we have to watch how we use the statistics. Not trying to be a smart alec or anything. IMO from a financial standpoint, the IHSAA would probably make more money having a 6 week Class 6A and a 5 week Class A schedule, than having a 6 week 1A tournament and 5 week. Plus 6A athletic budgets are a lot bigger than those in 1A.
  5. Thank you everybody. You're a boon to those in the trenches trying to get it right.
  6. And yes their QB is in pistol
  7. Thanks. Ok, so what if we's lined up next to the DE in the FBZ at the snap and he's within the "lateral" 4 yards of the ball.
  8. We face a team with a BIG guard pulling to the perimeter on jet and my 160 lb linebacker will get pancaked if he gets rolling. What are the rules on initiating defensive contact? Can my player cut him anywhere or just in the tackle box extended?
  9. IMO moving high school games to Saturdays won't help. With weather delays causing games to be postponed to Saturday mornings, it's already very difficult to find crews to work Saturdays as it is, because many of them are already working small college games in Indiana, youth league, freshman games, etc. Or they just want an actual 2-day weekend to get the house power-washed.
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