Coaching Outside Linebackers

The hardest position on the field for most defenses is the Outside Linebacker. In a typical 8-man Front, such as the 3-5-3 or 4-2-5 defenses, these players have dual responsibilities. Responsibility The Outside Linebacker is primarily responsible for containing the run, forcing the ball carrier to turn back inside on edge runs. He can also force the ball carrier to bubble and work laterally to the sideline, allowing pursuit to get there to help. The second responsibility for the OLB is to cover the flats on the pass. Typically, 8-man fronts are going to be running Cover 3 as the base coverage. Most defensive coordinators use a mixture of Zone and Man coverages. The OLB will normally be locked on the #2 Receiver to his side in Cover 1 or Cover 0, a slot or Tight End. When a player is locked up in man coverage, he cannot be considered Read More …

5 Ways Commissioners Can Increase Fun and Focus in Fantasy Football Leagues

As the Commissioner of your fantasy football league, its your job to make sure people are playing the game fair and competitively, while having fun doing so. There are a couple scenarios that really get to me when doing fantasy and can leave me feeling sour at the end of the season. Firstly, I cannot stand when people forget, or just flat out refuse, to login each week and set their starters. Easy wins are easy and to me there is no gratification in that. Another thing that bothers me as a commissioner, mostly because of heart, is seeing people who really focus, do their research, make excellent moves on the waiver wire and just come up short at the end-of-season payout. Over the years, I’ve tried to make my leagues as fun as possible for a couple reasons; to attract new and interest players, and to sustain the focus Read More …

Four Different Baltimore Pro Football Teams Have Won Championships

Winning the championship is the primary goal of any football team, or any sports team at all really. There is only one reason to go out and play and that is to win the championship. A championship season is not only rewarding to the players that duke it out on the field, but also to the fans that root them on. Cities and regions should be very proud of their championship winning teams. Baltimore is a great football town and professional football has been present there in one form or another for more than 60 years. Many people don’t know this, but four different professional football teams have won championships while representing the city of Baltimore. The Baltimore Ravens – 2000 The last Baltimore team to win a league title in pro football was the team that currently represents the city in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens began Read More …

20 Effective and Cheap Ways to Recruit Youth Football Players

Many youth football leagues do not allow recruiting of players, in other leagues it is needed for survival. Recruiting players can not be ignored, it is the lifeblood of your team. Most of us do not have large recruiting budgets to do big newspaper adds. Here are some inexpensive “guerrilla marketing” recruiting methods you can use: Flyers to the Schools-( Chapter 4 of the book shows you how to get around school rules that block this tactic) Punt Pass and Kick Contest- We had the winners compete at the halftime of our local indoor pro football team. School Assemblies- Much easier than you think School Lunch Room Highlight Shows- With a Portable DVD Player Other Sports Sporting Events- Hand out flyers School Open House Booths Church Bulletin Announcements Press Releases Newspaper Articles Radio Interviews TV “Works Event” Coverage Player “Bounties”- Offer $5 to your players for each completed application or Read More …