Around mid October I drastically changed my call sheet to what you see now. Early in the season it looked very similar to the 2016 version, but as the offensive coordinator and play caller I started to struggle with the utility of the older view. My problems were:
- The plays were organized like the wrist coach, which provided groupings by series with miscellaneous plays thrown in to open slots. There’s no reason why my play caller needed to look like the wrist coach.
- I was having a hard time selecting appropriate formations and motions for a given play.
- I needed the plays to be organized by where I wanted to attack.
As a side note, I also moved away from Excel to Google Sheets. I’ve almost completely divorced myself from Excel as the print and layout features in Google Sheets get better. I get tired of app updates and slow launch times, plus with Google Sheets I can much more easily look and edit on my iPhone.
Anticipating some questions you might have about the caller, here are some answers:
- Our jet motions are “HIP” and “ZIP”: Hip is jet motion for the halfback position lined up in a wingback alignment on the split end side. Zip is jet motion for the traditional wingback position over the TE.
- Pistol Army is a spread pistol formation with two split ends, two wings, and a FB about 1.5 yards behind the QB who is 3 yards off the ball.
- King puts the HB in a diveback position to the right of the QB. Queen puts the HB in a diveback position to the left of the QB. In the absence of a King or Queen call, the HB lines up in a wing position over the quick tackle.
- “Ov” or “Over” is our tackle-over unbalanced look where we flip the quick tackle (weak-side tackle) and the TE and bring the SE over the TE.
- Deuce puts the WB out into a slot position with the SE.
- I use the same series numbering scheme as the high school:
- 20s – Buck
- 30s – Lead / ISO / weak-side belly
- 40s – Down
- 60s – Jet
- We de-emphasized hurry up this season so did away with code names for our plays, sticking to more traditional calls (e.g., “Queen Right 28 Buck”). We retained the Mustang script as a weekly rotating hurry up script.