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Xs and Os Wonkery: Leverage, Numbers, and Green Grass

I saw this link when I was browsing through Smart Football, Chris Brown's excellent blog. It is pretty basic stuff, but the beauty of football is that for all of its complexity, it can (sometimes) be distilled down into some pretty simple, but powerful, ideas.

Leverage, Numbers, and Green Grass

Someone asked me at a clinic this year, "what makes a great football play?" My answer was stolen from something Mike Leach once said. "A play where you don't have to block many dudes." I am not very smart, but I am smart enough to know that we will have a better chance for success if we don't have to block as many players.

Explosive Offense comes down to three things:

1. Leverage
2. Numbers
3. Green Grass

If we can get the ball into the hands of a good athlete with leverage, numbers, and green grass, we have a better chance to gain yards and move the chains. We have a better chance for an explosive play.

Follow the link and read the whole post if you want to get a little smarter about football in general and also see some of the specific concepts that seem to be part of the new Husky offense.

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