Start – Stop – Continue

I recently viewed a video on “Glazier Drive” titled “Start, Stop and Continue,” by Coach Bolden from Cincinnati, Ohio.  After seeing his win-loss record and number of league championships over the past 20 years you might think his off-season evaluation process would be Continue, Continue and Continue!  I imagine his long-term success is due in large part to his willingness to evaluate and change.  

Just because something made you successful in decades ago does not mean it will lead to equal success today.  What you did with your 6’3″ quarterback one year may not work as well with your 5’9″ QB.  When your offensive line averages 250+, your Man and Zone schemes will have greater success than when you average less than 225 up front.  Those 225lbs guys would benefit from the double teams, angles, and pulls in Gap schemes.  

The ever changing trends in football, strength training and society drive winning coaches to change and stay current.  Over the next two weeks, during the time between our off-season training program and the start of our summer organized team activities, we will place everything we do (and are thinking of doing) on an Excel spreadsheet in one of three columns:  Start, Stop and Continue. We will assess each and give consideration to our forecast depth chart, and upcoming rule changes, and/or conditions affecting our players or the game next fall. While we strive to reinforce success, we must also assess our processes, methods, and goals against evolving circumstances and conditions. Many recall companies like Blockbuster, K-Mart, and Sears who failed to adapt to changing conditions and appear to have fallen victim to “always doing it that way.” (Even in the face of an evolving playing field.) Fresh looks, perspectives, and approaches require a staff to “Start, Stop, and Continue.”

Special Note:

I recently had two videos added to the Glazier Drive.  One is on our Screen Pass Options.  The other on our Curl-Fault Middle Read drop-back pass.  To view a snippet of the SPO presentation, click here: Coach Alercio talks SPOs I hope it inspires someone to run our SPO package the way Coach Bolden inspired me to categorize every aspect of our program.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time! 

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