Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Speed Bull Rush with James Harrison

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The “Bull Rush” is a simple move that every high school player in the country knows… the interesting angle that Mr. Harrison provides in this short clip (and that I don’t believe I have ever seen coached) is the plant and “turn” on the third or fifth step.  Hand placement could be a little better, but otherwise, this tip has interesting possibilities…

Vince Lombardi Teaches the Power Sweep

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Successful football begins with sound fundamentals. The great Vince Lombardi won multiple championships on a handful of basic plays, run to perfection. Of these, the most famous is the power sweep explained here. The ideal situation for a coach is when the defense knows exactly what play is coming…when it’s coming…and how it’s coming…but STILL can’t stop it.

Take notes:

Strength Coaching Responsibility

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No football coach worth his salt ever asks his players to take unreasonable risks on the field, so why do some strength coaches knowingly do so in the weight room? A “strength coach” is still a football coach, which means certain responsibilities are and should be implicit with the job.

When done properly, strength training has little risk, (and a tremendous reward, for that matter), which makes the following news reports all the more tragic:

The first article was from 2007, the second from 2012, both involving the very same exercise and both entirely preventable. The goal that was trying to be obtained in both situations could have been done utilizing any number of exercises with zero risk.