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Cover: michigan football series: linebacker technique & drills
Michigan Football Series: Linebacker Technique & Drills

with Don Brown,
University of Michigan Defensive Coordinator;
helped Michigan's defense rank among the top four in the NCAA in total defense his first three seasons in Ann Arbor;
3x AFCA Region I Coach of the Year (1994, 2002, 2006);
5x Conference Coach of the Year (1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006);
35+ years of coaching experience

If you have a great group of linebackers, they can help make your defense look so much better - even if your defensive line or secondary isn't the strongest. In this video, University of Michigan Defensive Coordinator Don Brown dishes on what he looks for in his linebacking corps, as well as some of the drills that Michigan uses to create championship linebackers.

Defensive Philosophy

Coach Brown begins by giving an explanation of the major philosophical beliefs that guide the Michigan defensive unit. He touches on the importance of stopping the run and how to accomplish it. Additionally, Brown gives his general philosophy on defending the pass and provides some specifics on how he accomplishes putting his players in the best positions to defend the pass.

Finally, Coach Brown shares his overall philosophy of coaching athletes and speaks about his beliefs in terms of the coach's role in developing character and being a positive influence in the lives of his players.

Drills for Linebacker Play

Next, you'll be taken through several drills that Brown uses on a daily and weekly basis to teach the finer points of linebacker play. Using practice and game film, Coach Brown demonstrates several drills, including basic footwork, reads and keys, tackling, and block defeat techniques. You'll also see drills that teach pass drop techniques and man to man coverage tactics that will help your linebackers execute in both man to man and zone defensive calls.

Brown also gives an exhaustive overview of the drills that he uses to teach his linebackers to blitz against both the pass and the run. The Michigan defense under Coach Brown is widely regarded as one of the most aggressive units in the country, and he gives you a detailed look at how he teaches his players to operate in his scheme.

This video from one of the most respected defensive coaches in America is sure to be a gold mine for your program. It's a must-have for all defensive coaches and especially linebacker coaches that want to teach their players the best techniques and fundamentals.

75 minutes. 2019.

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Michigan Football Series: Tight End Technique & Drills

with Sherrone Moore,
University of Michigan Tight Ends Coach;
AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute participant;
former Central Michigan University Tight Ends Coach

The tight end position takes a special individual. In today's offenses, tight ends must master the necessary skills to be effective run blockers, pass protectors, and route runners. In this video featuring University of Michigan Tight Ends Coach Sherrone Moore, you'll get a comprehensive overview of Moore's individual period practice philosophy, favorite drills, and key coaching points for all phases of tight end play.

Coach Moore offers detailed discussion and practice film of tight end fundamentals in both the run game and pass game. You will learn how to organize and run drills to maximize practice time with technique-focused drill progressions for tight ends at all levels. Every coach faces the same challenge of limited practice time with players - learn how to make the most of group periods to improve your offensive production on Friday nights and Saturdays!

Stance and Run Blocking

Learn Coach Moore's favorite spring ball and fall camp drills to teach tight ends how to run block. You'll see how to coach stance and initial footwork so that tight ends can play fast out of 2-point and 3-point stances. Moore provides insights into how to set up drills to minimize false steps so players gain ground and are always in a position to win a block.

Next, you'll get the proper footwork, aiming points, and hand placement for tight ends when executing combo blocks with offensive tackles. Coach Moore also includes a comprehensive board progression drill series that ensures tight ends learn down and drive block techniques against 1st and 2nd level defenders. A 2nd step timing drill will teach your players why their hands should make contact with a defender at the same time that their 2nd step (with their back foot) hits the ground. This contributes to better drive-block form, which produces sound technique and aggressiveness when firing off the ball.

Pass Protection Fundamentals

Moore covers plenty of body positioning and movement techniques that will ensure your tight ends become great pass blockers. He includes a mirror shuffle drill that teaches players to use great footwork in order to stay in front of a defender without unnecessary contact.

Releases, Route Footwork, and Yards After Catch

You'll learn how to coach misdirection footwork for both inside and outside releases to ensure your tight ends can quickly get into their route tree. Coach Moore also shows a swipe technique that is effective at defeating a defender's hands in press coverage. You will walk away with a better understanding of how to attack a defender's leverage to increase separation and improve the chances of a successful catch.

Additionally, a 4-cone top of the route drill is included that teaches tight ends to quickly practice break point footwork, acceleration, and body positioning for common routes. A yards after catch sideline drill will teach players to read and cut upfield based on the leverage of a chasing linebacker.

This video will provide you with the tools you need to teach the fundamentals of tight end run blocking, pass protection, and route running skills. Coach Moore also calls out the importance of consistent group time with offensive tackles to practice combo blocks. By the end of this video, you will be able to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your individual practice sessions.

68 minutes. 2019.

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Michigan Football Series: How to Build & Package RPOs

with Josh Gattis,
University of Michigan Offensive Coordinator; 2015 Big Ten Recruiter of the Year;
has coached 14 All-Conference and 5 All-American wide receivers;
former Co-Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receiver Coach at the University of Alabama;
also coached wide receivers at Penn State, Vanderbilt and Western Michigan;
2x All-ACC as a player (safety) at Wake Forest University; drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007 and played for the Chicago Bears

Run-Pass-Options are becoming increasingly popular at various levels of football due to the pressure they put on the defense to make a decision. If you're wanting to start running RPOs on your own team, or simply want to add more ideas to your current RPO package, then this video featuring Michigan's Josh Gattis is a great resource.

How and Why Michigan Runs RPOs

Coach Gattis begins his presentation by giving an overview of the Michigan philosophy regarding RPOs. He explains that the RPO is a way for the offense to keep the defense from overloading the box to defend the run. At Michigan, the RPO is a way to help the offense be able to run the football against favorable numbers in the box. Gattis also explains the importance of being able to protect the quarterback against pressure looks that the defense will run. You'll see several examples of how Michigan protects the QB against the 7th and 8th man on the defense if they try to pressure the QB. In all, you'll get:

  • Michigan's favorite run scheme to tag an RPO to.
  • Ideas for how to keep the QB protected against pressure looks.
  • Michigan's method for keeping the numbers in their favor on run plays with the use of the RPO.
  • How Michigan teaches their QBs to identify the "conflict" player that is controlled by the RPO.

Michigan's Main RPO Scheme

Coach Gattis continues by diagramming the main RPO used at Michigan with both 6-man and 7-man run schemes. He then shows several examples, using practice video, of the main RPO concept that Michigan uses. Route running mechanics as well as QB read progression are explained in great detail against several defensive looks.

During the course of the presentation, Gattis shows several examples of the most common ways teams try to defend their RPO scheme. He also covers adjustments that can be made to the RPO concept that allows the offense to have a favorable match-up.

This is a valuable video presentation of Michigan's base RPO concept. Coach Gattis does a thorough job explaining what you need to know to implement this scheme and always have an advantage over the defense!

80 minutes. 2019.

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Michigan Football Strength & Conditioning Series

with Ben Herbert,
University of Michigan Football Director of Strength & Conditioning;
has worked with 71 NFL draft picks, including eight first round selections;
certified member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA);
in 2015, was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the CSCCa (youngest coach ever to earn the honor at age 35)

This jam-packed video from University of Michigan's Director of Strength & Conditioning Ben Herbert includes tons of drills that center around building more strength in your football players. Stronger athletes mean stronger results on the field and you'll get plenty of ideas for how to increase your players' capabilities from Coach Herbert.

Body Stability

Coach Herbert begins this presentation with some of the exercises that he uses at the University of Michigan that help develop stability in the joints and core of his athletes. Several exercises are demonstrated, including: resisted four-way neck, band face pulls, four-way crawling, tap planks, and many more. These exercises are unique ways to develop the strength and stability that transfers to the dynamic movements needed in the game of football. Herbert also explains how these exercises form a base to build an athlete's ability to perform to their best in games and in practice.

Deficiency Drills and Safety

Herbert continues by explaining that many athletes have deficiencies present in one side of the body, which prevents them from improving as much as they should be capable of. Coach Herbert demonstrates several exercises that will help identify and address these deficiencies most frequently present in athletes.

Finally, you'll get a demonstration of some unique variations, using several implements, that help make traditional lifts such as the bench press, deadlift, and squat safer and more effective for your athletes.

Coach Herbert provides several exercises and methods to improve the strength performance and safety of your athletes.

59 minutes. 2019.


with Ben Herbert,
University of Michigan Football Director of Strength & Conditioning;
has worked with 71 NFL draft picks, including eight first round selections;
certified member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA);
in 2015, was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the CSCCa (youngest coach to earn the honor at age 35)

Your athletes could be the strongest in your league, but it doesn't mean anything if they're all slow and unable to react quickly on the field! To ensure your team is full of players who are strong AND mobile/quick, Michigan's Director of Strength & Conditioning, Coach Ben Herbert, is here to give you plenty of exercises that train fast and fluid movement.

Mobility Exercises

Coach Herbert begins by demonstrating some of the mobility and preparation work that he does with his athletes in training. Mobility of the foot, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, and elbows are discussed and several exercises and techniques are shown that will help your athletes develop enhanced mobility and stability in their joints, as well as address tightness in any particular area that would limit their potential for improvement through a training program. Herbert then demonstrates several of the warm-up drills that he uses with his athletes that get them ready for training, but teach and reinforce proper running and movement mechanics.

Speed and Quickness Drills

Next, you'll get an explanation of the plyometric exercises that are used at Michigan and what they are designed to improve. Coach Herbert demonstrates several of these exercises, including box jumps, hurdle jumps, low cone jumps, and multiple box jumps. He also discusses how to make these exercises more difficult once your athletes become proficient in each one.

Several speed and quickness improvement exercises are shown as well, which include implements s

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Michigan Football Series: Running Back Technique & Drills

with Jay Harbaugh,
University of Michigan Running Backs/Co-Special Teams Coordinator;
coached Jake Butt to the 2016 John Mackey Award during his time as Tight Ends Coach at Michigan;
coached at Oregon State and with the Baltimore Ravens

Teams that possess quality running backs have quite the luxury - they can grind out yards on the ground, provide added pass protection for the quarterback, and catch balls out of the backfield as a pressure release. This video featuring Running Backs Coach Jay Harbaugh, provides coaching tips and drills designed to help you mold your running backs into versatile, all-around threats on every play.

Ball Security Drills

Harbaugh begins his presentation by giving an explanation of his coaching and recruiting philosophy for running backs. Then, he gives an explanation of how he categorizes drills so that they closely mimic game situations while focusing on specific skills that running backs will need.

The first, and possibly most important category, is ball security. Harbaugh goes over several drills that teach ball security, including how he teaches correct ball positioning, mesh mechanics, and techniques to counter the defender's attempts to strip the ball such as the "lawnmower spin" drill, and many more.

In all, you'll learn:

  • How to construct drills that ensure carryover to game situations.
  • How to teach running backs to secure the ball to avoid fumbles.
  • Unique drills that teach the running back to maintain correct pressure, as well as how to secure the ball when being tackled and when in traffic.

Making Complete Running Backs

Coach Harbaugh continues with a demonstration of drills that teach running game skills, including how his University of Michigan backs are taught to cut and avoid both first-level and second-level defenders. Additionally, multiple drills are demonstrated that teach route running, catching, and the transition from receiver to runner that are so important for running backs in modern offenses.

Finally, you'll see drills that teach the finer points of pass protection against second- and third-level rushers, as well as down lineman. Harbaugh includes several coaching points and techniques for defeating the most common types of rushes running backs will encounter.

This video will give you several great drills that teach and reinforce the fundamentals of running back play in a manner that closely mimics the actual game. Coach Harbaugh does a fantastic job providing specific coaching points that help fully explain each drill and the individual techniques that are being practiced.

91 minutes. 2019.

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