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Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
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NMU Football Championship Manual: Part I
NMU Football Staff
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NMU Football Staff
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How the role of the equipment manager has changed, and how it impacts the team.
 
Coach/Athletic Trainer Relationship
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Blitzkreig to American Football

Teaching Players How to Blitz Via Blitz Circuit

Clayt Birmingham

Defensive Coordinator, Emporia State University

 

World War I (1914-18) was a long static trench war in which artillery and machine guns made mobile ground warfare almost impossible, suicidal, for both infantry and cavalry. Thus came the development of Blitzkrieg by the Germans. During the war, two new revolutionary weapon systems were invented and saw initial combat use, the armored tank, and the combat aircraft. Relative to the infantry and cavalry, both were almost invulnerable to machine gun and artillery fire.

 

In German, Blitzkrieg means lightning war (blitz-krieg). Blitzkrieg was named so because it included surprise attacks, "lighting fast" rapid advances into enemy territory, with coordinated massive air attacks, which struck and shocked the enemy as if it was struck by lightning.

 

After the war, various military establishments gave various levels of attention to further study and developing these new powerful tactics. Later it gave way to the American term Blitz and was adopted into the best team sport of American Football.

 

EMPHASIZING THE BLITZ

One area we at Emporia State University feel many teams lack in, is teaching a player how to blitz. Although you do not want to make robots of them, I believe there are great coaching points to make them more effective and efficient blitzers. When teaching our blitz game to our athletes we emphasize four main points: Two Second Blitz, Point A to B, Gap Integrity, and Reading the Quarterback. ... To read this article, and for full access to all CLN resources, get your MEMBERSHIP NOW.

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