Ranch reflection – Helmets protect some savvy football brains

Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features sophomore Cameron Madison’s appreciattion for the complicated nature of football.

Cameron Madison – Mustangs Ahead

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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Due to football’s physical nature, many people believe it’s a sport for Jocks and poorly educated men. This couldn’t be more wrong in today’s world. In fact, football is a very complex, strategy infused sport.

On the offensive side of the ball, there are several offensive schemes a team can base their offense off of including spread, option, pro, and many others. These schemes serve as an umbrella for the plays and formations a team will run and use.

For success on offense, all 11 players must work as a cohesive unit. This means everyone needs to know what they are doing on any given play. This takes many hours of studying, and practice.

For example, a quarterback needs to know what 5 people plus the offensive line are doing on every play. An offense can have many plays, each play has base concepts and routes, but may change based on a tag that differs a route, or whether the ball is on the left, middle, or right hash.

A play can consist of many calls. For example, “K2 Same, Lock Shooter” or “H Mo, rodeo solid flood, backside safe.” Many modern offenses signal plays for the sideline to speed up the tempo. All the verbiage and plays have an individual movement they correspond with, these need to be memorized by players.

Defense is also complicated. Their schemes could be changed week by week depending on the type of offense they are playing. Some base concepts are things like Cover 1-4 and 6.

Defenses can also disguise things like blitzes, safeties rolling, and corners bailing. This can create difficulty for offenses when their pre-snap reads aren’t correct anymore.

Football is a complicated sport. Today’s version of the game at all levels, truly is something people should marvel at.

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