Oddball football

Think differently. Many of us aspire to it. Fewer try it. Most are unwilling to take too great of risks to do it. But then there is this coach. He always kicks the on-sides kick. He never punts. His teams train for it. And they make it work.

I do have to wonder how much of their success comes from the fact that no one else dares rework their strategies to cope with this one team. They probably don’t want to waste a lot of practice time learning how to deal with the on-sides kick, as they’ll only face it from this team. But still…if this team always does it, it’s their own fault if they’re not prepared for it.

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2 Responses to Oddball football

  1. Original thinking is good. being a one trick gimmick, not so much.

    • Thom says:

      Well, they do seem to be capable of scoring once they get the ball. Using four downs instead of three doesn’t help much if you can’t move the ball.

      I find his use of statistics interesting. He’s admitting to himself–and his players–that they are giving themselves a disadvantage from a certain perspective in order to open the opportunity for the advantages to be gained. If done properly, this could be a motivational tool.

      On the other hand, I wonder if this would work as well at the college or pro level. I think his strategy may rely on a certain level of sloppiness inherent in the high school level.

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