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Posted on: 08.11.2018 at 04:35 p.m.

Posted 8.11.18

Here are some thoughts about the 32nd annual BB&T Football Jamboree.

  1. The equivalent of two and one-half games make this a long event, but how can you tell any school you are no longer needed? Making the individual scrimmages shorter isn’t an option. The current format does not offer the normal number of offensive or defensive repetitions a “regular” scrimmage would. With the travel and effort involved, two full quarters are necessary. It is a great dress rehearsal for the season opener.
  2. The perception of JP Price as a coach with only a ground and pound philosophy is not accurate. Coach Price is going to utilize the talent he has on hand. As the OC at Wallace Rose Hill, he did put the ball in the air. However, sometimes the large leads the Bulldogs obtained early in games obscured his willingness to throw the football.
  3. South Columbus’ regular season success may not depend on the ability to complete forward passes. BUT, the Stallions must have the threat of a pass completion to keep opponents of similar talent from crowding the line of scrimmage. Coach Russell Dove faces a double-edged sword. Once his running game gives him a comfortable lead, the situation is ripe to work on the passing game. However, throwing the football after getting a large advantage is frowned upon and viewed as running up the score.  As a coach, do you throw early against an opponent you can physically overpower simply to polish your attack for the future?
  4. This isn’t really a Jamboree thought, but how many games over the next two to three weeks will be decided by special teams play?  Coaches are loath to go live in practice and it isn’t allowed in scrimmages due to the possibility of injury.
  5. Do we see more poor tackling efforts due to the concussion conversation? The last time I checked, even when you lead with your shoulder, the head is not far behind. With the strength and speed of today’s players arm tackling will not get the job done.
  6. Take almost everything you learned from Friday night and forget about it. I have witnessed too many teams Jamboree performance not match its regular season play. Remember, the coaches are not spending an entire week preparing for their Jamboree opponent.

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