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Horse & Wagon Amish Offense

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“GA Tech is terrible this year, at least in part, because Paul Johnson was running a horse & wagon Amish offense from the 1800s where they do the option and he rcruited players to run the option and now they’ve got players to run the option but they’re not running the option.” So said Dan LeBetard that highly successful football coach at Notre Dame. And his guests, Mina Kimes and Pablo Torre were yukking it up too. Oh, wait a minute, Lebatards not the HC at Notre Dame? Oh yeah, that’s  Brian Kelly isnt it? So, where does Mr. Lebetard coach? Hang on, Im looking this up. Oh, he doesnt coach, in fact I cant find that he ever coached football or any other sport. In fact, I cant find that he ever even played sports, but Im sure he participated in something growing up, right? I mean we all have. OK, Im picking on Mr Lebetard a bit. He’s a radio and TV host for ESPN. Im sure you know of him. But he made that statement on his TV show last week and it kinda ticked me off. Now I hafta admit, that WAS a clever, somewhat humorous dig at one of my favorite offenses, the flexbone. Option football at its best. But two things bugged me about that comment.

1) Lebetard is a journalist. He writes about sports, he talks about sports. And actually he’s pretty good at it most of the time. Other than that does he really know the intricacies of football offenses? Is the flexbone really such an archaic offense as he says? He treated it as a joke as did his two guests – football coaching giants in their own rights. In the last 5 or 6 years the service academies, the most notorious teams that run this offense, have a combined record of 125-72 losses with usually inferior football talent than their opponents. Navy 41-25, Army, 42-20, and Air Force 42-27. Thats a very respectable 64% winning %. In the last 5-6 years there have been season records of 8-2, 11-2, 10-3, 11-2, 9-5, 11-2, 11-2, 10-3. In the last 7 years those schools have also won 13 bowl games. All running that horse & buggy amish offense. Maybe Lebetard is NOT the expert on football offenses that he thinks he is.

2) He said Johnson recruited players to run the option and now they’ve got players to run the option but they’re not running the option. Gee, you cant teach players a new offense that they werent recruited for? Heck, I know of HS coaches that installed a completely new offense and had immediate success. And this was with average HS athletes. You tellin me a coach cant teach a new offense to college D1 athletes? These guys were all at least 3-4 star recruits, great athletes. All conference in HS, All state, all Americans! You cant teach em to take a shotgun snap? You cant find 1 QB that can throw? You cant recruit 1 in yr one or get a transfer? Your G and T cant block the man over them in the spread cause “Gee Coach, I was recruited to block for the Option.” And we taught marginal athletes to pass block. I’m sure top D1 recruits can learn. Paul Johnson came in at GA Tech and ran the option right off the bat with players that hadn’t been recruited to run the option. In his 1st two years GT went 9-4 and 11-3. He coached them. Just like the present coach has to do now. Remember, the 2 main components of good football are still blocking and tackling – no matter what offense. So that argument from Lebetard doesnt hold water with me. Whether you run the spread, flexbone, wishbone, veer, wing-t, shotgun wing-t, I love all offenses and respect them all. Im not makin fun of anyones offense – AND…THAT’S MY TAKE!

There are so many little things I would love to give my opinion on but…I need to pick and choose.

I was pleased to see HOF wrestler and coach Dan Gable be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Gable is like Babe Ruth in baseball or Michael Jordan in basketball. He’s a legend. My most popular podcast was about Dan Gable. Episode 49 – They Couldnt Beat Gable. If you get a chance give it a listen. Lot of fun.

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Did you hear that Breakdancing will be a new Olympic sport? I’m not sayin anything.

Im so happy and proud of our last 2 video presentations released on our Online Clinic. Robbi Howard HC at Beardstown HS in central Illinois presents WingT Wildcat and WingT Wildcat inside runs. He has a great story how he became a football coach and he has turned around the FB program at Beardstown. Robbi is a former athlete of our HS coaching staff. Good kid, great teammate and now a fine FB coach. Get on the Online Clinic and see what hes doin at Beardstown.

I just mentioned legendary football coach Bob Reade last week and then just a couple days later I learned he passed away at age 86, I believe. This guy was a great HS and college coach in Illinois. He wrote a book many years ago called COACHING FOOTBALL SUCCESSFULLY. I bought that book many years ago and bought it for my son. He ran something called the Augustana Wing-T, a little different version of the Delaware Wing-T. Good book for your football library.

Yesterday Lovie S. and Gus Malzahn were fired…

One more thing…Im an ardent STL Cards baseball fan and when Adam Wainwright, heckuva Card pitcher, won the Roberto Clemente Award I was glad. Ive been a fan of his since they brought him up in 04. The Clemente award is the most prestigious humantarian award in pro sports and MLB did a really good interview with him. I watched on

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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.