Inside Look at the National Football League

Course #213

Dates, times and locations:

  • Friday, Oct 7, Tues. Oct 11, Friday, Oct. 14, 3:00-5:00 PM, Mercer Community Center
  • Monday, October 17, 5:00-7:00 PM, Great Northern Motel lobby

Cost-$30 or $25 if registered before September 23

Course objectives: Students will gain a deeper understanding of the game of football, what occurs behind the television screen, coaching, terminology, and the organization of the National Football League.

Course structure: The course will be given in 4 sessions, each 2 hours long covering the following topics:

Class One

I. The business side of the NFL

A. League Money

B. Team Revenues

II.  The games inside the game

III.   A language all it’s own from team to team 

A. Offensive terms

B. Defensive terms

IV. Average possessions per Game.

Class Two

I. Offensive terms, schemes and reasons

A. Runs

B. Passes

II.  Defensive terms, schemes and reasons

A. Zones

B. Pressures

III.  Breaking it down by personnel and down and distance

IV. Football is a game of Mathematics.

A. Count the box

B. Flood the zone

C. Get a hat on a hat

Class Three

I . Personnel

A. Pro personnel

B. College personnel

II. College Draft

A.  All Star games i.e. Senior Bowl

B. Combine

C. Pro Days

III. Free agency

IV. Salary Cap

Class Four

I. Coaching in the NFL

A. Teaching

B. Managing

C. Motivating

D. Vision Reality

E. Leadership

F. Loyalty

G. Team Building = Chemistry

II. Clock Management

III. Take a knee

Requirements: No course requirements

Instructor: Greg Blache, NFL defensive coordinator, retired

Greg Blache, a 22-year veteran with the National Football League, earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in secondary education, both from Notre Dame.  A New Orleans native, he and his wife, Lynn, live in Oma, Wisconsin.

Blache began his coaching career while still a student at Notre Dame after an injury forced his retirement from the playing field. For Notre Dame and Tulane University he coached both offense and defense for a total of 20 years. In 1988 he was recruited by the Green Bay Packers to be their defensive line coach, a position he held until 1993. From 1994-98 he held that same position for the Indianapolis Colts. Then in 1998 Chicago Bears hired Blache to be their defensive coordinator. After a successful five years with the Bears, he joined the Washington Redskins in 2003 as director of the defensive line and then defensive coordinator until he retired in 2009.