Smart Notes – High School footbal, 4-2-5 defense, QB drills – 4/13/2011

Excellent PBS Frontline feature on high school football:

- Stopping the run from the 4-2-5. From runcodhit:

Isolation plays create an EXTRA GAP. To remain sound versus this play, the Defense will need to either have a player 2-gap or involve a secondary player in the run fit. This is where the corner playing cutback comes into the picture. When defending the ISO an important thing to consider is how the backers leverage the fullback. Brophy wrote an article about Bo Pelini’s defense, and specifically the lever/spill/lever concept. This is one way to treat run fits. I have become a believer in the linebacker making good contact head up to across, and letting the other backer and cutback player, fill where needed. Carl Pelini mentioned the concept at clinic. He explained that offenses were getting better at scheming run-fits. To combat this his linebackers needed to change up the way they hit and leveraged fullbacks and other pullers.

- NCAA to investigate point-shaving by players. Often fixed games to pay off debts to campus bookies totaling a few hundred dollars.

- In praise of Karl Marx, by Terry Eagleton tells us Marx was a pretty chill bro:

Marx’s goal is leisure, not labor. The best reason for being a socialist, apart from annoying people you happen to dislike, is that you detest having to work. Marx thought that capitalism had developed the forces of production to the point at which, under different social relations, they could be used to emancipate the majority of men and women from the most degrading forms of labor. What did he think we would do then? Whatever we wanted. If, like the great Irish socialist Oscar Wilde, we chose simply to lie around all day in loose crimson garments, sipping absinthe and reading the odd page of Homer to each other, then so be it. The point, however, was that this kind of free activity had to be available to all. We would no longer tolerate a situation in which the minority had leisure because the majority had labor.

Here is Tyler Cowen on Eagleton’s new book on Marx.

- This is important to some of ya’ll: D.C. to legalize online poker. Relatedly, check out the NY Times’s profile of an online poker maven (up to you if it is worth one of your twenty).

- Rakes of Mallow does an impromptu study of DUI arrests and punishments. Draw your own conclusions.

- Quarterback drills with Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris at Orange and White.

  • Aaron B.

    I was a fan of Pulaski Academy (iirc, the team that rarely punts and onside kicks a lot), but after that Frontline piece, I can’t root for them anymore.

  • Anonymous

    I skimmed through the Frontline piece last week with the intention of giving it more attention later. It addressed a lot of fundamental issues of today’s game of HS football. There aren’t many codified truthes that would necessitate a decision (stop playing the game, reevaluate our priorities, etc) but its nice to see these issues documented (for history). There are no easy answers here. Yes we should devote more attention to concussions but the institution we have creates within HS-College football is worth examining and discussing honestly.

  • Rafael

    I agree that Socialism does produce leisure because with no chance to better your life through hard work people become lazy and no one does any ‘labor.’ Lets disperse the myth that Marx was for equality for the masses when you read his complete writings he was an anti-semite and a racist. Not to mention that his writings influenced governments that killed over 100 million people in the previous century. Chris I love the football posts but the Marx as a ‘chill bro’ is a joke.

  • Anonymous

    A distinction should be made between socialism and communism. Marx’s views on communism wasn’t meant to be an economic model (his framing perspective was often established from a capitalist system).

  • Anonymous

    The “chill bro” was more a commentary on Eagleton’s paragraph, which I thought was kind of jarring, the idea that Marx’s entire motivation was some kind of Jimmy Buffett, “Hey man, why’s everybody workin so damn hard? Ain’t we got enough…” If you want more commentary on the political/philosophical/historical stuff, I provided a link to Cowen’s interesting but negative review of Eagleton’s book.

  • 3128340

    When Dr. McKee said in the Frontline piece that the game needed to changed what do you think she means??? To me its pretty simple the mommy’s are going to DEMAND that the game become more of a 7 on 7 flag tournament. This isn’t the beginning of the end, no we are on the getting the highway to major changes to the game we know, love and grew up with, the days of “SMASHMOUTH” football are numbered, don’t bother reading the wing t stuff Chris in 10 years no one will be blocking in this game.. to dangerous

  • coachtico

    Great video. There are no easy answers as what can be done to prevent these types of head injuries. Just gotta keep an eye and look for the warning signs more. As for the heat issues, you HAVE to be more careful and have the measures in place to prevent something like this from happening.

    Hopefully most coaches will learn from this video.

  • http://www.ythfootballforum.com Dan

    There is no way to make it completely safe.

    We could avoid most of the concussion causing hits if we eliminated the face mask, but then you would be trading concussions for broken noses. If you broke your nose every season few people would participate in youth football. I have coached youth football on and off for 15 years and have never had a kid get a concussion (that I was aware of) certainly never had a kid go unconscious. I have seen some incredibly vicious hits, but the kids are usually fine afterwards and always completely lucid. I have seen a few bone breaks.

    Never had a heat stroke kid, this requires a lot of common sense, a lot of water and ice or cancelling practice on hot days. I don’t know how they do practice in August in the deep south.

    I think the best way to eliminate concussions would be a new helmet design with a soft outer shell with a bend but don’t break face mask. We keep going the wrong direction and making the helmets harder and stronger.

    Honestly, the injury I fear the most is not the concussion, its the spinal injury and paralysis. It keeps me awake sometimes and I constantly drill the kids to never drop their heads. Despite the hype, for most people a concussion or two is not the end of the world and our playing days are over at 13 or 18 or whatever previous level jump is too high for our ability. For collegiate and NFL players, where everyone is so big and fast and the playing mileage much higher I would worry more about concussions.

    I worry that this issue will be used as an excuse to ban football or radically change it. There are concussion risks in basketball when a player hits the gym floor after he leaves the ground and soccer on headers or baseball when kids get hit by baseballs. There is no truly safe sport.