Today’s video is all about using the “Pyramid” planning strategy to develop and communicate your offensive philosophy.

It’s amazing how many coaches ignore this (and sabotage their offenses as a result). Developing a philosophy will help you have more efficient practices, a tighter, simpler, and more effective playbook, and better communication with your coaching staff.

Think about the following questions:

  • What are you trying to accomplish on offense?
  • What are your bread and butter plays?
  • What’s the one play your opponent will HAVE to stop to beat you.
  • How will you decide what plays to call in certain situations?

Were you able to answer them quickly? Would your coaching staff’s answers be the same? How about your players?

If not, you should definitely give this “Pyramid” strategy a try. I’d love to hear what you think… so make sure to leave a comment in the box below after you watch the video.

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  • Ralph

    Reply Reply June 29, 2012

    Thanks for posting Steve. We have a similar approach to run/pass ratio and I will share this video with my assistant coaches.

  • Reggie

    Reply Reply July 5, 2012

    Interesting approach. Will def share this with my asst coaches this week

  • Sgt

    Reply Reply July 5, 2012

    Unique approach. Being a defensive guy, is it foolhardy to view my base “D” in the same light? I know we have to be flexible during a game – especially with all of the new modifications in an offense’s playbook (e.g. spread, single wing/wildcat, pistol wing, etc), but I remember the “good ol’ days’ when you would hear coaches, players, parents, and fans talk about an opponent or the big match-up, citing the defense’s base formation, personnel, and their reputation (bend but don’t break, headhunters, etc.).

    It seems as if football has become like the U.F.C. It formerly was totally different fighting styles, body sizes, and weights made for an oft intriguing and exciting match! But nowadays, everyone is “cut from the same cloth” using the same skill-set (with slight variances- if any), same fight wear, and sometimes the same haircut! I know some of the copy-catting is forced, due to rule changes in both sports, but it would be nice to see Coaches and fighters get back to DOING WHAT MAKES THEM STAND OUT – without fear of being viewed as archaic, etc. To evolve is one thing, but the If the end result is the “W”, then why are AD’s and fans unhappy? I want to exude that same pride in my defensive gameplan/philosophy as this coach has in his offensive philosphy, what say you?

    • Steve

      July 5, 2012

      Interesting take. To continue your analogy… I’d say if your a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter, you need to create your game plan based on what your strengths are… getting your opponent down to the ground and going for a submission. But you’d also need the standup skills, wrestling, etc to compete in other ways should the fight go in that direction. Same thing with your defense. Emphasize your strengths and your own game plan, but have the flexibility to change things up when necessary… and spend adequate time in practice on the “other” skills and strategies so your kids are competent no matter what shape the game takes.

  • chris george

    Reply Reply July 5, 2012

    another great organization method, i will def incorporate this with my philosophy, thanks!!!

  • Chris Wise

    Reply Reply July 6, 2012

    Sgreat stuff. Will most def use this method.

  • Chris Wise

    Reply Reply July 6, 2012

    Great stuff. Will use this method.

  • Sure G

    Reply Reply July 7, 2012

    One small caution I would give to this approach is that the base of the pyramid has to match your personnel. To me this is *the* fundamental mistake coaches make with a team, particularly JV teams. They decide in May that they are going to be Power offense before they really know what kind of players they have. Or, worse, they decide to be a Power offense *regardless* of what players they have because, dammit, that’s the way you win football games. So, I would advise that you first try to have a very flexible offensive system– a range of choices– and figure out what kind of players you have. Once you have a handle on that, then you can fill in the base of the pyramid with your bread and butter plays.

    • Steve

      July 11, 2012

      Good point Sure G. Varsity coaches will often have returning players and a better idea of what they have to work with. Much more difficult for a JV coach or youth coach to develop a philosophy because of uncertainty around his personnel.

  • TJ

    Reply Reply July 10, 2012

    Great idea. I’m working with 5 & 6 year olds this year and trying to figure out our offensive scheme. We will be a power team too. Thanks

  • Coach D

    Reply Reply July 16, 2012

    Interesting approach, and thank you for the video. Is the graphic aide of a pyramid connected to the amount of time/or play calling towards those plays with more space in your pyramid? I guess what I am trying to understand is exactly what is your philosophy, if you say your work on everything, everyday, for a significant amount of time, to be prepared for situational football. Isn’t this how coaches get into trouble, but trying to do everything and not defining what you do well and then building off of that?

    Just curious as to your thoughts?

  • Deon Walker

    Reply Reply April 21, 2014

    Definitely useful for youth football, but in a watered down version due to the change in personnel every year. Good thing is that it’s interchangeable.

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