RTP Travel: University of Nebraska

Every offseason I look forward to the opportunity to travel to different places to learn from some of the best football programs in the country. I have been to Nebraska many times, having went to school there from 1997-2001. But this trip was special. This was an opportunity that not many coaches will have: to sit on the ground level of a rebuild in all aspects. Strength and Conditioning. Offense. Defense. Special Teams. To sit and learn the #1 offense in the country at UCF…to learn their install…to learn play calling and tempo…to learn the techniques and intricacies. To learn how they train and condition to get ready to play at that speed and pace.

Lucky for me, our head coach Rick Nelson here at Ankeny HS coached with Scott Frost, Mario Verduzco, Erik Chinander, and Jovan Dewitt while he was at Northern Iowa for many years. These guys are some of his best friends, and for good reason: WHAT A GREAT GROUP OF COACHES. Humble. Honest. Smart. Relationship Builders. Teachers. Organized Planners. You can see how they helped orchestrate the turnaround at UCF. They take minimal credit, and they give it all to the players who did the work and bought in. What an amazing opportunity to learn from some of the best, and what an amazing opportunity to be able to share some of that experience in our first video podcast.

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G-Y Counter – Sam Powers RTP Install

Sam Powers is this week’s guest on RTP Install, where coaches from across the country come to show other coaches how to install certain aspects of their offense, defense, or special teams. Coach Powers is the Head Coach at Newkirk HS in Newkirk, OK. Coach Powers shares how his team successfully installs and executes G-Y Counter in their 11 and 20 personnel packages. He also shares a couple of nice tweaks you can make when running this play with your Quarterback. The counter play has been around for many years, and Coach Powers does an excellent job breaking it down into simpler terms, in addition to adding some modern twists to the play with some RPO’s and QB runs using the same scheme.

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RTP: A CAMPAIGN of Improvement

At RTP, we firmly believe in giving the players and coaches we coach and instruct a very clear message…the motive…the “WHY?” of what we are trying to accomplish every day, every week, every month, every season. This is one of the principles we have learned from Jocko Willink in his book Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win. We have read this book several times, and it is always in our audiobook rotation on Audible using RTP Books.

This video using audio from Jocko sums up The Why for RTP: we strive for DAILY improvement in our own coaching lives, other coaching lives, and all football players’ lives. There is no quick fix or shortcut; it is a long, extended CAMPAIGN of DISCIPLINE & IMPROVEMENT. RTP is committed to providing you all with tools and platforms that assist you with this CAMPAIGN.

I don’t really like those words self-help, self-management, or self-improvement. I don’t really like what those words have come to mean these days…cuz there’s a lot of people out there trying to improve themselves by looking for that one change…the one change that is going to make their dreams come true.




Those days when I’m tired, or worn out, or just basically sick of the Grind. What do I do on those days? I GO ANYWAYS. I GET IT DONE. Even if I’m just going through the motions…I GO THRU THE MOTIONS. I don’t really wanna workout…I WORK OUT. I don’t really wanna hammer on the project…I HAMMER ON THE PROJECT. I don’t really wanna get up and get out of bed…YEAH, I GET UP AND GET OUT OF BED.



As an overall rule, I do not like procrastination. You need to get things done. But if you are going to rest, that is one thing you should procrastinate on. That is the one thing I want you to put off until tomorrow. And when tomorrow comes, you still feel like you need to rest or take a break? Ok…take it. But the chances are: YOU WON’T. YOU WON’T NEED THAT REST. THE DESIRE TO REST WAS JUST WEAKNESS. IT WAS JUST THE DESIRE TO TAKE THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE. THE DOWNHILL PATH, THE EASY PATH. AND BY SIMPLY GOING THRU THE MOTIONS, YOU OVERCAME THAT PATH, AND YOU STAYED ON THE RIGHTEOUS PATH, THE DISCIPLINED PATH.

THE WAR PATH. Which is right where you KNOW THAT YOU BELONG.

The RTP Commitment

RTP is committed to fighting this campaign with you. We are fighting this campaign ourselves: WE WANT FOOTBALL TO GET BETTER. We want our players to get better. We want our coaches to get better. We want parents and administrators to get better.

Why? We believe it will make the future of our game and country brighter.

How? Blog articles and interviews about topics important to you and your players. Podcasts with great coaches and players providing inspiring and productive insight. Video clinics that do not just show you some trick/hack, but give an in-depth installation of that play/front/coverage so you can teach it thoroughly to your team. Team Attack Academy so you can design a school, courses, groups, and assessments OUTSIDE of your educational realms and constraints to educate, enhance, and assess the foundational, fundamental, and schematic football knowledge of your players on a DAILY BASIS. A CAMPAIGN of education for your coaches and players.

We have more planned to serve the needs of coaches and players. We appreciate your support, and we look forward to fighting this campaign alongside you all.


Boundary Flood – Coach Walz RTP Install


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This week Coach Walz helps you install a Boundary Flood dropback pass we call “Charger”. This is a great every down call that can be run from many formations/motions/shifts with built in checks, tags, and protections that you can build upon. It was built using terminology from the R4 operating system learned with Coach Dub Maddox while we worked together at Jenks HS in 2010, 2012-2013.

David Alexander – Importance of Coach Development and Lower-Level Experience

David Alexander is the head football coach at Broken Arrow and a former professional offensive linemen. He played ten seasons in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets. He played college ball at the University of Tulsa and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1987 NFL Draft.

He worked as an assistant coach for seven years at Jenks High School. In 2005-06, he was also head coach of the Tulsa Talons of the af2 arena football league. In 2013, he left Jenks to move to Broken Arrow, where had played and graduated in 1982, as the running backs coach. In January 2014 he was announced as Broken Arrow’s new head football coach.

Coach A is also one of my best friends in the coaching business. We have had the opportunity to share many moments together, some great, some very difficult. But I have always enjoyed our conversations about life and football because he has a great heart and great insight into many situations because of this unique education and experiences. He played for Buddy Ryan and Bill Muir (if you don’t know Bill Muir as an OL coach, sit in the corner for 5 minutes and think about the choices you have made in this life and then Google him). He had to block Reggie White and Jerome Brown on a daily basis in practice and then turn around to block Lawrence Taylor or Eric Swann on a Sunday or Monday night in front of millions of people. He has had more injuries than I can name, yet he managed to keep playing for 10 straight seasons in the toughest football league in the world at one of the most difficult positions.

I say these things because it would have been very easy for a guy like Coach A to be arrogant or unapproachable. To be above certain jobs. To be above coaching “lower level” football. He most certainly wasn’t. His first coaching job straight out of the NFL was in junior high ball, in addition to coaching his sons in JTA youth football.

One of the reasons we started working on Team Attack Academy and Run The Power is because of several conversations I had with Coach A and Coach Trimble. They were always mentioning how difficult it was to find GOOD middle school and high school coaches, especially young ones. I also couldn’t understand how some coaches were resistant to work or development in a job they supposedly loved very much. It baffled all of us.

I asked Coach A these three questions to sum up some of these thoughts about hiring coaches and developing coaches.

Why is it so difficult to find quality coaches at ALL LEVELS of your program (8th-Varsity)?

The biggest hurdle we face in Oklahoma is that we are ranked 49th in teacher pay. Good young coaches leave here for Arkansas or Texas, where they immediately receive a 30-40% raise.  And many young men coming out of college with a degree can get any job, in any field, and their starting pay will be $25,000+ what a teacher/coach will make in Oklahoma.

That being said, I have found it near impossible to find motivated, YOUNG coaches to take 8th/9th grade coaching jobs. The young coaches (almost everyone I have interviewed) will ONLY accept a varsity spot, and many want to be considered for coordinator spots.  My best Jr. High coaches are “Lifers” –  experienced, older varsity coaches that want to continue coaching but are ready to slow down from the grind of varsity football.

We ask our players to develop physically and mentally throughout their careers. Why are some coaches resistant to developing themselves to become better coaches, in your opinion?

This is a question that I have thought about a lot!

Developing and growing takes a long term plan, which means it takes time, and a certain amount of humility.

As a society right now, we think of TIME this way: if it doesn’t happen immediately, then I will just move on and find someplace else where I can get my satisfaction.

Being humble and working for the vision of the Head Coach or program is imperative. All motivated people think they can do as good or better than the Head Coach, and they have a vision of what they would do with a team. BUT NOTHING works (a team, a school, a society) if we do not learn from our superiors and teach our subordinates.

Do your job to the best of your ability, and you will be rewarded with opportunities for more responsibility. Humbling yourself to tasks that do not put the spot light on you may not build your ego, but I hope it builds your character and your self-esteem.

When I started coaching, I had just finished a ten year NFL career. The first four years I coached Jr. High football, one at the 9th grade and 3 more at the 8th grade. Looking back, I learned as much during those years as I did during the 6 years I worked for Allan Trimble at Jenks.

Why is it so important to develop professionally and personally as a coach?

I will NEVER hire a coach if he tells me, “I already have all the answers” or “I know everything.” We must all continue growing and learning, or we will fall hopelessly behind. As a head coach, I can tell pretty quickly which assistants LOVE their job and are sponges for knowledge. When I am looking for a varsity assistant now, my number one criteria that I want to hear in an interview is, “I love this job!”

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“Nick Bunting – Managing a Multiple 3-4 Defense EP 005” Run The Power: A Football Coach’s Podcast

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Run The Power (RTP) episode 005 is a talk with Nick Bunting, Defensive Coordinator at Holland Hall HS in Tulsa, OK. Coach Bunting played at Holland Hall before becoming a 4 year starter at the University of Tulsa at Linebacker. Nick started as a true freshman, earning Freshman All-American honors, setting the tone for a standout career under Todd Graham and Keith Patterson. Coach Bunting began his coaching career at Bartlesville under Ron Smith. He moved to Jenks in 2012 as LB coach where he won a state championship working for Allan Trimble and Keith Riggs before moving to his current job as DC for Holland Hall since the 2013 season. Listen along as Rowdy and Walz ask Coach Bunt about his multiple 3-4 defense, his use of hybrid players to tailor his defense to fit his best 11 players, and his experiences working and learning for an unbelievable network of coaches to hone his philosophy and ability to build relationships with athletes and push them to their maximum ability. Coach Bunt also runs 5 Star Football Academy to train defensive players, especially linebackers, on the nuances and fundamentals of the position. You can follow Coach Bunt on Twitter @coachbunt and @5starfbacademy. Hope you enjoy!

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Practice Solutions

Several of us are probably working on those resolutions and improvements for next season. I have had a few coaches reach out to me about this topic, so I decided to give my take on some possible solutions because we have had the same problems getting our 2-way players and our backup players enough reps in practice at various stops I’ve made along the way.

The best solution I have seen: Split Defensive and Offensive Emphasis Practices.

Why Split Practices? At the end of the day, it is all about player development, program development, and winning (getting our best players on the field). This practice system allowed us to get all 3 goals accomplished.

Weekly Practice Schedule

Weekly In-Season Practice Schedule

Obviously most of our heavy work and fundamental development is getting done on Monday and Tuesday. This is the emphasis of this article.

Monday/Tuesday Practice Schedule

Defensive Practice Schedule – Offensive Practice Schedule

So here is the schedule for a sample Offensive Day. This means Offense has 70 minutes of practice to script, and Offense has the choice of ALL PLAYERS it wishes to have for VARSITY OFFENSE. Now, we would have some Offense Only players and some Defense Only players. They would stay on that side of the ball for the entire practice. Any CROSSOVER PLAYERS (2-WAY PLAYERS) would go to OFFENSE first since it is an Offensive Day. All JV/Sophomore/Developmental Players would go to Defense.

Segments like Inside Run/1 on 1, 7 on 7/Pass Rush, and Team Offense, we would come together and service/scrimmage each other as best we could. Many times I would take the Scout Team because our defensive coaches didn’t know what defense the opposing team was running, so I would let them stay with their older defensive specialists to work  on their game plan and technique. It made things move smoothly, and I didn’t have to explain a card/read to the coach and the players.

Offensively, we ALWAYS had 2 huddles going in Inside Run, 7×7, and Team. We maximized reps for all of our developmental guys in every segment. This is why we were able to reload with players each year (program development).

We would switch emphasis after our Team periods, and Crossovers would head to Defense for 35 minutes of whatever they needed. As an offensive coach, I would coach our Scout units HARD for our Defense to get a look. It was also 2 huddles of Scout Offense, so we had more young guys getting great reps vs our 1 Defense.

We would finish with Special Teams for 20 minutes, giving several units (OL, QB especially) more time for corrections and Indy work as well at the end of practice.

Tuesday, we would rinse and repeat but flip Defense and Offense. We were able to develop our Crossover players and our JV/Second Unit players in a multitude of ways.

I hope you got a nugget or two from this article. If you have questions or comments, please leave them below or contact me. Thanks for reading, and PAY IT FORWARD as a BALL COACH!

“Episode 003 Coach Ryan Mullaney” Run The Power : A Football Coach’s Podcast


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In this episode of Run the Power (RTP) we talk football with Coach Ryan Mullaney! Coach Mulls is currently the Run Game Coordinator at Denver Lutheran HS. He played DE for the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, and LA Rams, in addition to stints in the CFL and USFL. Before his NFL career, Coach Mulls was a LB at UNLV and the University of Colorado. He has been HC at Denver South HS, DC at Evergreen HS, DC at Cole College, and DL coach at Colorado School of Mines. He has also been a successful business leader in the telecom industry, and currently he is CEO of Team Attack Academy, LLC, an online athlete and coach development company. In this episode of RTP, we talk about Coach Mulls’ varied background in the game, Team Attack Academy and the advantages it creates for programs and players, and developing of your coaching art, leadership, and assistant coach or player management. You can Follow Coach Mullaney on Twitter

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Game-Changing Stats Coaches May Be Overlooking

What if the stats coaches normally use to analyze football games are really not that telling? What if the game has changed? What if coaches are biased to certain information and it clouds their vision of important indicators in football games? Is there a better way for coaches to self-scout and create goals each week for your team to give them the best chance to win?

SportSource Analytics is a sports-focused analytics company dedicated to enabling better decisions with better data through the use of customized platforms and services.

I met these guys at the AFCA Convention in Nashville a few years back, and I’ve been a big fan of their work ever since. They are the official data analytics platform for the College Football Playoff, and they provide platforms, consulting, and data services for many major college programs and conferences. They offer insight that few can, and I highly recommend their services and Twitter feed.

I was able to ask them a few questions this past week, and they gave some great ideas for BALL COACHES to change their thinking, scouting, coaching, and goal setting week in and week out.

What are some of the most under-utilized statistics for measuring OFFENSIVE success that coaches should be focusing more toward in their preparation?

It’s all about being efficient and being explosive. Given that, we advise that coaches put a lot of focus on the following statistics:
P & 10 efficiency: One of the most important plays in football
1st & 10 efficiency: Over 40% of football is played on 1st and 10. If you aren’t successful on 1st and 10, it’s hard to be a great offense
Walsh Ranking: Bill Walsh said that great offenses are the best at avoiding 3rd down. What percent of your first downs are coming on 1st down, 2nd down, 3rd down. What percent of your plays are on 1st down, 2nd down, 3rd down? Best offenses don’t wait until 3rd down to gain first downs
Points Per Possession: How efficient are you being with the ball?
Plays Per Point: Helps measure both efficiency and explosiveness
Quality Play Index: We have what we call a quality play index. This looks at what percent of your plays were Good and Great plays. A Good Play is any play that gains a 1st down, results in a TD, or results in first down. Great Plays are any plays of 25+ yards and/or a TD.

What are some of the most under-utilized statistics for measuring DEFENSIVE success that coaches should be focusing more toward in their preparation?

Defensive Mayhem Index: This measures what percent of the time a defense gets a sack, TFL, or a turnover.
Points Per Possession
Plays Per Point
3 and Out Percentage: What percent of opponent’s drives are three and out
Trips to the RZ: Red Zone efficiency can be a bit overrated. The goal is not to allow the opponent to get to the Red Zone.
P & 10 Defense: How often are you keeping opponent’s from being efficient on P&10
3rd Down YTG: Best way to be good on 3rd down is to put offenses in situations where it is difficult to gain a first down. What is the average Yards To Gain on 3rd down for your opponents.

What statistics are the greatest indicators of winning and losing?

Winning the Efficiency Battle
Winning the First Half
Winning the Big Play Battle
Winning the Trips to Red Zone Battle
Winning the Tackle for Loss Battle 
Scoring First
 Be Good On The Firsts

When hiring coaches, what are the most important analytics/attributes to consider from the research you have performed?

It’s all about looking at the job a coach has done relative to the situation he took over. Where did they get better or worse? How much impact did the coach in question have to do with that improvement? Also, looking for consistency so we don’t fall prey to a What You See Is What Is bias. Good coaches can have down years and bad coaches can have up years.  We also like to test how coordinator dependent a coach is. When it comes to using data in the hiring process, it has to be a very holistic approach that takes a very deep dive into the data.

I think this is some fascinating insight from SportSource Analytics. It has helped mold and change the way I evaluate my coaching style and emphasis and how I evaluate the formula needed to give athletes the best chance to be successful. Focusing on the most important situations in football can give any team the edge needed to win more games, especially when the talent differential is minimal. Ball Coaches search and find ways to win ball games.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Leave some comments/questions to discuss further!

Jordan Johnson Interview

Jordan Johnson, Director of Strength and Conditioning at Jenks High School, NHSSCA State of Oklahoma Director (CPR, USAW, CSCCA)

Jordan is an Oklahoma native from Texhoma in the Oklahoma panhandle.  He graduated from Texas Tech in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and a Minor in Health.  Jordan’s professional certifications include Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), USA Weight Lifting Sports Performance Certified (USAW) and CPR.

Jordan has been a strength and conditioning professional for the past 10 years. * 2004: Texas Tech University: Strength & Conditioning Assistant, Olympic sports, under the guidance of strength coach Tory Stephens.  * 2005 & 2006: Texas Tech University: Intern Strength & Conditioning, football, under Head Strength Coach Bennie Wylie. * 2007: University of Arkansas: Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning, football, basketball & baseball, under Head Strength Coach Don Decker.  * 2008: University of Mississippi: Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, football wide receivers, baseball, basketball and track, under Head Strength Coach Don Decker. * 2009: University of Texas El Paso: Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, football, women’s soccer and softball, under Head Strength Coach Kirk Davis. * 2009: University of Texas El Paso: Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, men’s and women’s basketball. * 2011: University of Tulsa: Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, football, men’s soccer and women’s volleyball under Head Strength Coach Rohrk Cutchlow. * 2012: Jenks High School: Director of Strength and Conditioning, football and all varsity sports.

I have known Jordan since 2011 during our time at Tulsa University. We were able to really work together starting in 2012 when we were back at Jenks HS, and his influence on that program led to state titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. In my humble opinion, Jordan is the best strength coach in the nation. His foundational knowledge of training is impressive and evolving each time I talk to him. What separates Jordan from many strength coaches is his character and his ability to establish relationships and develop leadership and maturity within the players he works with. Athletes and coaches alike respect and value his opinion because he truly cares about every individual within a program. Jordan gets the most out of his athletes, and I am forever grateful for his friendship and expertise because he is a true BALL COACH.

I had the opportunity to ask Jordan a few questions to help your off season program this winter and beyond.

What are your goals for football athletes during this phase?

We have two blocks that run from January through Spring Break (early March) and testing in April. This is a great opportunity for our kids to gain size and strength, as we are not trying to be in football shape this time of year. Our ultimate goal at Jenks for the winter/spring offseason is discipline and accountability and creating a constant environment of competition. We only get 6-7 weeks in the summer, and much of that is focused on conditioning, as well as all the other aspects of speed, power, and strength. Our spring phase is crucial for establishing our Jenks culture with current and incoming freshman football players.

What are some strategies you use to train your multi-sport athletes who are playing basketball or wrestling?

Obviously the multi-sport kids require some adjustments as far as their training goes, especially with basketball and wrestling being in-season. As far as the exercises go, we still do full power clean and squat, back and front, with both groups. The volume will be low, but the intensity will be high for both sports staying around 80% and up for most of their in-season, allowing those athletes to still get stronger. I am not a huge fan of “sport-specific” training in the weight room. All sports need to triple extend, push, and pull, so we will look very similar across all our sports in the weight room. As far as conditioning, speed, and COD drills, those will closely mirror their sport.

How often does your program run and condition during the week in this phase?

Our football offseason has two blocks: one 6 week block with a deload during week 7, and the second block is 8 weeks with testing during the 8th week. The first block we will not be conditioning very much, usually once a week, but most of that conditioning will be of a competitive nature. The 2nd block we will condition twice a week. One of those will involve competition and one will be normal conditioning. I like our kids to be in great shape by the end of the 2nd block because after testing we will be very close to spring ball and summer team camps.

We always have Speed Technique 1x per week and Agility/COD 1x per week, so we are running 3x or 4x per week depending on the block.

What is one improvement you feel any program can make during the off-season that may often be overlooked?

One of the most underrated football improvements that I feel can be made in the offseason is creating a T.E.A.M. Environment. For us at Jenks that acronym means Together Everyone Achieves More.
Everyone is going to get bigger stronger and faster in the offseason. To me, the difference can be finding your leaders through competition and responsibility. Find out who is bought in and who just is along for the ride. Find out how your players respond to adversity, and, most importantly, find out who will fight and work for their teammates. To me if all you learn about your team in the offseason is who is the biggest and strongest, then you really aren’t learning anything about your team.