A 30-Point Check-Up for defensive and team success.
This was followed by a second question, "How do you win?" That one took a little more time to answer. In fact, a lot more time!
I started writing down all those things that were important to defense and team success. And that's how the "30-Point Check-Up" came into being.
1. Good defenses control the run; great defenses stop the run. That has to be the No. 1 objective on defense.
2. It takes zero athletic ability to run all out to the ball.
3. Good teams find a way to hold on to a lead. Great teams build leads with the help of their defense and special teams.
4. All-Conference players are made on 1st and 10; All-Americans are made on 3rd downs; and, legends are made on the goal line.
5. Defenses that can control the run will make offenses more predictable. Once you force the offense to throw the ball, you will be able to hurry the passing game with stunts and blitzes and make bad things happen.
6. Edge Players (D-ends, Outside Linebackers and defensive Backs) are the important players in the 4-3 scheme. Because they create the "funnel." However, the person IN the "Funnel" is the key and must be a great one-on-one tackler.
7. If you are going to recruit the very best players you can find, surround them with the very best coaches you can find.
8. Create a scheme/system that will utilize your best players in as many one-on-one situations as possible.
9. Don't limit your thinking. Have an extensive enough package to draw from in putting together a game plan. Take into account your strengths and weaknesses. Create a game plan from those certain items you do well.
10. Find something that your team or defense is good at and can take pride in. Show it statistically, demonstrating that they are successful.
11. Sometimes "simpler" is better.
12. Don't put your kids in a position to fail. Find what they/ you do best and keep doing it.
13. Be a good leader. Your kids will take on your demeanor. Never stop learning; don't dismiss anyone or any idea.
14. Create competition. Reward success and correct failure immediately.
15. Make sure everyone is treated the same--from the All-American to the fourth-string tackle.
16. Create a learning environment for all.
17. Don't meet on the field--learn from doing!
18. Try to be the expert on the whole group.
19. Create a learning environment for the assistant coaches--promote them. Let them be the heroes. It shouldn't matter who gets the credit.
20. Be a good, hardworking, loyal, knowledgeable, and honest role model.
21. Hand write notes.
22. Keep practice up-tempo at all times.
23. Use positive words when coaching or instructing.
24. Share the game plan with the group and have them visualize the call for situations.
25. Set goals--believe and achieve! Everyone wants to win, but how bad do you hate to lose?
26. Don't be afraid to tell them that you love them.
27. Build your defense with speed and good tacklers.
28. Command respect, now and always. Don't let things go--that only sets a bad example. Address negatives immediately.
29. It's not important that people like you ... it's not a popularity contest.
(They'll like you a whole lot if you win!)
30. Always be professional. Treat everyone as if it's a first-time meeting.
Football is a great game to be associated with. Great people. It always teaches us things: how a young boy can become a young adult. How a young adult can become a man. And how a man can be a young boy, again!
By Jack Giambronc,
Defensive Backs and Special Teams Coordinator
Wilmington (OH) College