The Scoop – Thursday February 23, 2017

Thursday February 23, 2017

Western Michigan: Billy Vandemerkt, who coached the running backs at West Florida (D-II) the past few seasons, is joining the WMU staff in a quality control capacity, per source.

Washington Redskins: Per source, former Jaguars offensive coaching assistant Chris O’Hara is joining the Redskins in an offensive quality control role.

Bad Contracts: Scott explains why Houston took advantage of Major Applewhite in his contract negotiations. More on this here.

New Research: Developing an All-Inclusive Defensive ID System – With the multiple looks that Dakota State University (SD) offensive line coach Sam Gooding received from defenses each week, it was clear that the classic “covered/uncovered” principles in his zone schemes could not always account for every player in the box. So he and his staff had to scrap his former and devise an entirely new system, which is divided into three categories: the base “Front” (Under, Okie, etc.), the “Box” (number of players at LB depth in the box), and “Tags” (different descriptors for small adjustments). In X&O Labs clinic report, Coach Gooding details how this naming system allowed his players to quickly analyze a defense pre-snap and adjust their blocking rules accordingly. Click here to read the report.

Scottsdale CC (JC  – AZ): Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ is looking to hire offensive assistant coaches.  There is flexibility within the staff to accommodate the best candidate.  It is a stipend position with no additional benefits.  Local candidates preferred all will be considered. Please send resumes to head coach Doug Madoski at No phone calls please.

Charlotte: Brad Lambert has announced the hiring of Keith Henry as running backs coach to complete his coaching staff. Henry spent the last three seasons as assistant head coach at Catawba College (D-II – NC).

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