Editor's note: This week's guest post comes from reader and friend of CA Grant Sinning. Grant visited training camp during the same days that I was there, and charted different personnel packages that the Colts used in practice. This is a great introduction to the most common packages the Colts have shown. - KJR
In football, planning is everything. Offensive and defensive coordinators spend time each week studying their upcoming opponents. One of the key steps of defensive game planning is studying personnel packages and what plays typically stem from each package. A personnel package defines which offensive players will be on the field for the play; they are commonly referred by a number system, such as 11 personnel or 21 personnel, although different teams have different terms.
As a fan, you sometimes wonder how the coaches on both sides of the field are able to have the right players on the field at the right time. It all stems from knowledge of the opponent’s personnel packages. Coaches have a small army of scouts that watch the next week’s opponents and for each game they will write down how many times a certain personnel package was used and what type of play was run out of it. So when game planning the defensive coordinator will see that when the opposing team comes out with a 12 personnel (1 RB/2 WR/2 TE) on 2nd down they run the ball 60% of the time. Having this knowledge allows the coordinator to put the right defenders on the field.
What does this mean for fans? Well just like the defensive coordinator you are able to keep track of what happens when certain players are on the field. This knowledge lets you feel more in tune with the team and maybe even impress your friends and family.
Earlier this week I had the privilege to visit Anderson, IN for Indianapolis Colts training camp for three consecutive days. While I was there I took notes on what personnel packages Pep Hamilton favored during scrimmages.no comments