On today's podcast we focus on running back development.
As a young coach, I asked a question in a clinic,?
“Coach how do you train your running back on this play?”?
The answer was tongue-in-cheek,?
“If he can’t do it, we go to the next one.”
I laughed like everyone else, but that didn’t help me get the answers I was looking for.
We all know that approach doesn’t work in most places. That’s why we put together the this podcast with advice from 7 different running back coaches to help you prepare your running backs for camp this fall and throughout the season.
Eventhough these are running back coaches, the advice and approach they take can be applied to developing ay position.
Asuza Pacific RB coach and current Head football coach at La Salle College Prep head coach Ben Buys. He likes to keep it simple by looking at what he calls the vital few. These are the skills a running back must excel at in order to be successful on game day. The 20% of the vital few Let’s listen to Coach Buys approach.
Retired NFL RB Coach David Walker describes what he calls the anatomy of a running back. These are the Football skills, mental intelligence and the essentials of the job description of the running back. He explains it here.
I had the opportunity to recruit and coach Issac Reed who just completed his first full time year as the running backs coach at the University of Buffalo. In this segment he discusses his development philosophy and the aspects he focused on to help develop NCAA record holder … in the 2020 season.
Coach Drew Svoboda was the running backs coach at Rice and is now the STC and TE coach at Alabama. He discusses what he calls the post play call progression which allows his running backs to have a thought process to how they will approach the upcoming play. All of the progression is trainable and he describes it here.
Gabe Infante took over as the RB coach at Temple University after a successful career as a head high school coach. In this segment he explains the three phases of a running play which he utilizes to create the training plan for his running backs.
John Garrett is the head coach at Lafayette and in this segment he describes the skill he calls dip and slip which is about Gaining those extra yards and it starts with understanding how to set-up blocks then execute the cuts.?
We finish with an under coached aspect of running back play - the fake. UC Davis RB Coach Mark Speckman explains why deception is important to the running back and the offense in this clip.
We put together on coachtube which includes clinics from each of these coaches giving their philosophy, strategy and methods supported by drill, practice and game film.
Link to the 8 course bundle available for $47: