Huge numbers of you presumably watched that unimaginable Texas Tech-Texas game Saturday night as I did. The sheer diversion estimation of the game alone merited the time speculation, with Michael Crabtree scoring the triumphant score on an exciting play with only 1 second left on the clock. Mike Leach is a story unto itself, unquestionably a man that follows the beat of an alternate drummer. On the Texas side of the ball, competitors flourish and Mack Brown is a genuine man of his word, a cutting edge legislator of the game.
The Youth Football Lesson in This
As youth football trainers what would we be able to gain from Coach Leach? First we should search for a second at Coach Leach’s experience. Except for one year of sitting on the seat of his High School football crew as a Junior, he never played coordinated football. He got his Bachelors at BYU and afterward his Law Degree from Pepperdine. At age 25, hitched, with his second youngster in transit he chooses he needs to be a College Football trainer. Definitely right, After stops at College of the Desert, Cal Poly, Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta State, Finland and Kentucky he is presently the lead trainer of Texas Tech, Not terrible for a self portrayed “Christian with genuine dutifulness issues”. He appears to take a gander at things from a somewhat alternate point of view, perhaps such an “pariahs” perspective.
He has amassed a 74-37 record at a school that seldom, no we should reword that, never gets the top level or even second level ability in the province of Texas. Those players are held for Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Those children go to the huge cash, large arena, enormous convention schools, not to Texas Tech and it’s small 57.000 seat arena with a veiled privateer Zorro mascot. Simply getting to Lubbock is a significant endeavor, such as something out of one of those “No man’s land” advertisements, the spot none of the Big 12 Media teams relish going.
Drain does it with quarterbacks nobody else needs, 6 foot kids with offers to simply Tech and perhaps a mid significant school. He has begun various quarterbacks for only one season, many being fifth year seniors like BJ Symons, who passed for 52 scores in his solitary year as a starter. The accompanying season Symons was supplanted by another fifth year senior, Sonny Cumbie, who passed for 4.742 yards, the 6th best in NCAA history. This season Cody Hodges a fifth year senior with four years of seat sitting experience is driving Tech’s mission for it’s first since forever Big 12 Title and even a shot at the National Championship.
Presently what does this all mean to us youth football trainers?
The Leach Formula
Mike Leach saw when he came to Texas Tech, that there was no chance he could actually have the option to coordinate with Texas, Oklahoma, A&M and the large young men by accomplishing a greater amount of what they were doing. He was continually must make due with the second and third level players. He zeroed in on getting quick, savvy kids that were possibly somewhat small or odd molded, kids that perhaps didn’t look like football players. Absolutely previous bean pole quarterback Kliff Kingsbury fit that shape. He seemed as though he would require loads from his perspective to hold him down when the hardened breezes of West Texas blew around Lubbock. Recorded at 175 pounds, this weight number was probably as precise as the weight recorded on a 45 year elderly person’s drivers permit. Tech running back Taurean Henderson looked more like a thin Munchkin from the Wizard of Oz with truly downright awful than a Big 12 Running Back.
How would you win with ability like this? I’m certain that is the thing that Leach asked himself 10 years prior when he began at Tech,
This is What He Did:
He extended the hostile line parts, so his modest quarterbacks would have paths they could see and toss through just as to make the edges so far external that his quarterbacks would have additional time against the mind blowing physicality numerous Big 12 Defensive Ends have. Throughout the span of a game those long pass surges tire out these massive cautious finishes so by the final quarter his quarterbacks have most of the day to toss. The hostile line parts change drastically from 3 to 9 feet. This likewise gave his more modest hostile linemen decent plots for those large protective linemen adjusted in the holes.
He focused on passing the ball first, with most seasons averaging more than 55 tosses for each game.
He focused on tossing the ball with only a couple ideas, All Curl, 4 Verticals, Y-Stick, Shallow, Bubble Screens and Mesh, The overlaid play card for his quarterback had only 26 hostile plays on it for the Texas Game. Mentor Leach doesn’t have an immense play card loaded up with many plays and down and separation material, he has a straightforward bit of non covered paper normally collapsed up into fourths, similar to some sort of folded up den sheet, with around 30 plays on it. On the off chance that a play works he composes an O close to it and runs it once more, in the event that it bombs he composes a X close to it and doesn’t . In the Texas game, All Curl more likely than not had an O close to it since he tossed it least multiple times.
He focused on forcing those couple of ideas to leave numerous developments and looks. So while Leach might be known as the “Insane lab rat”, his playbook is moderately straightforward. Those TV savants do not understand.
For what reason accomplishes it work?
How and for what reason accomplishes it work? The accuracy of his recipient’s courses are best in class. Watch them once in a while, you won’t see anything like it anyplace. The circumstance, the execution in uncanny. There isn’t anything progressive about these football plays, the execution is immaculate and progressive. The pass security is similarly as immaculate, the Tech quarterback has been sacked just twice so far this season.
The Youth Football Equivalent
As a youth football trainer we need to take a gander at what we need to work with and how that thinks about to our opposition. Would we be able to bear to run what every other person is in the group is running and anticipate that the children should have achievement? Would it be a good idea for us to run precisely the same football plays and arrangements as our greater and quicker rivalry and hope to contend? Or on the other hand do we need to be inventive and run something other than what’s expected? Tech chose to run something else.
Do we need 40-50-60 plays in our playbook? Tech did it on Saturday with 26 football plays and Tech will rehearse 6 days per week almost all year. They are bosses of a couple of ideas run out of numerous arrangements.
Do We Throw in Our Chips With Leach?
When instructing youth football does this mean you ought to focus on tossing the ball multiple times a game and augmenting your parts to 6-9 feet with your football crew? Actually no, not in any way. In youth football, we don’t will rehearse 6 days per week almost all year or cut anybody (most groups), Texas Tech doesn’t need to stress over getting each player into the game paying little heed to game conditions or have crew sizes of 25 rather than 150. Your children won’t be ready to augment parts out to 9 feet, when you are beginning a nonathletic future PC geek at one hostile line spot and the future tuba player of the walking band at another. Those sort of children can’t fill a 2 foot hole not to mention a 6-9 foot hole.
Tech actually has a difficult undertaking with Oklahoma State up straightaway, yet they are consistently enjoyable to watch. Hell if Tech hadn’t changed over on a fourth and 6 from their own 35 against Nebraska fourteen days prior in a tight success, we may not be having this discussion. Yet, Mike Leach thinks fourth and 6 is a makeable down even from his own 35. At the point when his “no play” fizzled, Crabtree conveyed with a “broken play” 65 yard TD get, which was the distinction creator in the game. Mike Leach is a puzzle.
Dave is a Nike “Mentor of the Year” Designate and talks cross country at Coaches Clinics. His book “Winning Youth Football a Step by Step Plan” was embraced by Tom Osborne and Dave Rimington. His own groups utilizing this framework to date have won 94% of their games in 5 Different Leagues.