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A Kick Return System
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
An overview of special teams philosophy, NMUís kick return system, and off-season drills.
Man-to-Man Teaching Progression
Chadd Braine, Def. Coordinator
An overview of defensive back fundamentals with an emphasis on bump and cushion coverage.
Playing on the Offensive Line
Jeff Duvendeck, Off. Coordinator
Covers the characteristics and fundamentals demanded of NMU offensive lineman.
Coaching Running Backs
Eric Duchaj, RB Coach
An Overview of the basic techniques and drills used to develop running backs.
The NMU Outside Linebacker
Matt Bush, OLB Coach
An overview of outside linebacker play, including how to take on blocks, tackle and rush the passer.
NMU Defensive Line Play: A 5-Point Progression
Ethan Jeros, D Line Coach
Covers the five-point progression designed to stop the run and rush the passer.
The Words of a Champion Part I
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses building a successful program and how to change a losing attitude.
The Words of a Champion Part II
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses responsibility of the head coach and gives advice to young coaches.
Turning Adversity Into Opportunity
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
Coach Anderson discusses how to turn adversity into opportunity, and the three questions that are the foundation of the NMU program.
Coaching Quarterbacks
Dan Mettlach, Quarterbacks Coach
An Overview of the basic techniques and drills used to develop quarterbacks.
Linebacker Drops in the Traditional 3-Deep Zone
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An overview of linebacker play in the 3-deep zone including adjustments to one-back sets and trips.
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part I
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Academics, Body Maintenance and Character/Attitude.
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part II
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Speed/Strength/Football Skills and Knowledge of the Game.
The Equipment Manager
John Tessaro, Equip. Manager
How the role of the equipment manager has changed, and how it impacts the team.
Coach/Athletic Trainer Relationship
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Discusses the dynamics of the coach/athletic trainer relationship.
Kris Rowe, ATC
Discusses the importance of hydration and important strategies regarding proper hydration.
Updated: Apr 23, 2009, 1:37 PM ET

Eight Running Back Principles - Part 1
Mike Walker
Backs Coach, Ishpeming (Mich.) High School

I have had the honor to coach some outstanding high school running backs. In the past six seasons we have had five first team all-conference backs, three all-region backs and a first-team all-state back.

In 2007 our tailback rushed for over 2,770 yards, scored over 30 touchdowns and was invited to the stateís all-star game. This is being done at a school with fewer than 300 students in grades 9-12.

We are a run first offense. We run an assault offense based on the tailback carrying the ball, but we also utilize the fullback and have had a lot of success with the option and with the sprint out passing game. Our offense is flexible enough to take advantage of our personnel.

However, our identity is the run game, and if we can give our tailback the ball fifty times a game, we will. That usually means good things are happening for us, and bad things are happening for our opponents.

Over the years, I have learned and emphasized eight basic principles that improve running backs play. These are things that increase the effectiveness of running backs regardless of talent level.

The eight running back principles go beyond the concepts that apply to all players and all positions, beyond position specific techniques and drills, and beyond developing athletic ability.

Instead, these principles help the back to take advantage of all the tools we have provided him, and to apply them at a higher level of performance.

I firmly believe that coaching isnít always about what you teach. It is often about what you emphasize. When you emphasize something, it becomes important to those around you. When you emphasize something important, you must refer to it - and drill it - every day so it becomes a part of your teamís belief system.

For example, if the only time you talk about ball security is when a back fumbles, then you haven't made that concept important to your team. You might imply or infer the importance of ball security, but that doesn't make it a priority with your players. You must make it important to your team by emphasizing and teaching it daily.

That is what we do with the eight running backs principles. Every season we get to a point where the players will coach each other on these principles without prompting from coaches.

Furthermore, as the season progresses, we will hear the linemen complimenting and/or correcting their teammates regarding these principles. Thatís when you know it is a part of your teamís belief system, that it is important to them. Thatís when a good back begins to play at a higher level, and thatís when a great athlete begins to play consistently great.

Here are the eight running back principles we emphasize every day with our players: ... To read this article, and for full access to all CLN resources, get your MEMBERSHIP NOW.

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