Drill, Drill, Drill

The Internet…

You can have your own personal clinic every day.

Earlier this week an online call came from Lee Weber (CSIC and head football coach at Wamego High School, KS) asking coaches to send in their favorite drills so he can compile a “best of” Twitter #fbchat drill guide.

I have become a virtual colleague of coach Weber via Twitter and the various football coaching chats (see post #TXHSFBCHAT… the Fastest 60 Minutes on the Internet) that take place weekly online.

I immediately responded to his collaboration call, and in the process realized that, although I have written many posts regarding football drills, and detailed many of my favorites, they were spread over a time period of three years and nearly 400 posts… not the easiest navigation to find some good ball drills.

Here is a compilation of articles I have written about drills including philosophy, terminology and diagrams… hopefully a little easier for you to navigate.

step-over-dummy-0811Please consider sending one of your favorite drills to Coach Weber (gcwarrior@gmail.com) for inclusion in his drill guide. As you can see from my drills, they were all learned from colleagues in our profession that were willing to share.

The coaching profession benefits when we collaborate.

Remember – You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

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Your “Magic Bullet”

Clinic season.

Offensive schemes, defensive techniques, vendors touting all the latest gear guaranteed to help elevate your program.

What if…

What if the single thing that would make the greatest difference in your program wasn’t for sale?

What if the most important thing that would move your program forward had nothing to do with X’s, O’s, workouts, or technique?

In the last week I have seen four different references to this “magic bullet”… all from people who are experts in our field…

Relationships

In Tom Coughlin’s farewell press conference he had this to say about relationships

“While it is the job of the head coach to get the technical football right, …it is our duty to equip these men with the virtues that will last a lifetime, the values like honesty, trust, responsibility, respect, service and integrity, those are the things that we teach in addition to the football”

“What has become extremely important to me as I’ve grown in this position is relationships. Relationships have become the primary objective in my career.”

“While the two Super Bowl trophies right out here are incredible accomplishments, and I’m very proud of them, don’t get me wrong, I believe it is the unbreakable bond between coach and player that defines me as a coach…”

In an article for the Michigan State magazine, The Players Tribune, Kirk Cousins (Redskins QB) described a certain “Freshman” on the Michigan State squad during his initial year as a Spartan… (spoiler alert… the “freshman” he is describing is first year head coach Mark Dantonio)

“The other thing about this freshman was that he would ask all of these questions. I swear, with every guy on the team, he’d sit down next to them, and he’d just … ask stuff. He’d ask about everything. He’d ask about their family (“How are things at home?”) … about their love life (“You seeing anyone?” — and if they were: “How’s that relationship?”) … about their spiritual life. He’d ask about what sort of classes they were taking, and about how they were doing in those classes. And whether they were doing poorly or well, he’d dive into that subject with them and want to know all about it.”

“And again: We’re talking every guy. And we’re talking a whole football team. Like 100-plus players, easily. It was crazy. But this guy just cared. I don’t know how else to explain it. And he was so committed to caring. To see that from anyone would have been impressive. But to see it from a freshman? It was inspiring.”

“That freshman’s name was Mark….you might know him better as Coach Dantonio.”

The Freshmen

He went on to describe how the culture “trickled down” into all aspects of the program…

“…the thoughtful outlook, the supportive attitude, those personal conversations — they’re not a stunt. Rather, they’re examples — just a few of many I could give you — of the culture that Coach D has built at Michigan State over these last nine seasons. It’s a culture that values people as people — not athletes, not blue chips, not superheroes, not scapegoats — and uses relationships, more than anything else, as its positive energy source.”

“And while that culture started with Coach Dantonio, it wasn’t long before it permeated through the entire program. Trust me on this one: When the head coach acts like that … you notice. Everyone notices. The coordinators pick up on it. The position coaches pick up on it. The strength coaches, the team leaders, the other players — they all pick up on it. And then pretty soon, you have an entire culture where everyone has bought into this one, big idea.”

“Coach convinced us that being better people would, literally, make us better football players.”

Mark Bachtel, the head football coach at Scurry-Rosser High School in Texas had this to say during last Wednesday’s session of #TXHSFBCHAT… The Question (Q2) was…

(Q2) What are the priorities for your position to accomplish between now and the beginning of the 2016 football season? #txhsfbchat

Amid the myriad of answers from coaches about kids getting bigger, stronger, faster, and coaches plans to get “clinic-ed up”, popped this answer…

(A2) From a HC perspective I want each position coach to get buy in/commitment from their guys. Build relationships. #txhsfbchat

And finally, a recent Houston Gazette article on the University of Houston’s first year head football coach Tom Herman describes the culture he has developed during this seasons 13-1 campaign.

One by one, the University of Houston football players will get off the team bus Saturday morning at Rentschler Field.

First-year coach Tom Herman will be there to greet them at the door, giving each a hug and peck on the cheek.

It’s all a part of a “love culture” Herman has brought to the UH football program since being hired last December.

“We use the word ‘love’ a lot around here,” explained Herman.

“It’s not ‘love you bro, or dawg’ with a one-handed, (butt) out hug. We’re not into that around here. We are into real, genuine love. It is the only way I know how to do it, and it is the only way that we know how to do it. It has paid off so far.”

Since arriving from Ohio State, where he spent three years and was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for last year’s national champion, Herman has preached a culture based on family and each player “playing for their brothers.”

“I have been a part of and played against you name it and see on TV talented teams that don’t care about each other, and they’re average. To say that you are going to be elite in this sport, or championship-level without genuine love or care for the guy next to you, it can’t happen. I know it can’t happen.”

Four times this week… guys that are at the top of their craft talking about relationships.

We all have a lot on our plate.

Sometimes, amid our quest to become a better “technical” coach, we give short shrift to the most important thing we can do in our programs… develop relationships.

What would/ could that look like in your program?

Ours is an awesome job, with awesome responsibilities.

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Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

Attributes of a Champion

What does a champion… a winner… look like?

They come in all sizes and shapes.

There are many attributes that make up a champion… some tangible, but many not easily quantified.

A couple of years ago, through a connection made possible by LinkedIn, I found a chart that provided an awesome visual that athletes can use for self evaluation.

Evaluation_of_Performance_Chart

You can read about how Coach Tony Courville (who I got the chart from) uses this tool in the Teurling Catholic Football Program in this post – Evaluation of Performance Chart.

I really like this chart… I think it brings into focus many of the abstract qualities related to being a winner.

In fact, I liked the chart and the concepts behind it so much that I converted it to a Word document so I could use it in my program, with my athletes.

word evaluation chart

You can download the chart through this link… editable Evaluation of Performance Chart… or clicking on the image above.

The document should be easy to customize, so you can add, delete, edit… do whatever you choose to make it useful to you and your program.  It is a series of grouped Text Boxes in a Word document.  You can drop in your own logo, edit the school name, and change the font or any verbiage that you want to make it your own.

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The Coughlin Way

Tom Coughlin’s legacy is pretty secure.

Two Super Bowl Championships as a head coach, and one as an assistant.

His farewell presser yesterday did nothing but cement that legacy.

It should be required listening to anyone wanting to coach… or teach… or lead.

If you have not done so, I highly recommend taking 20 minutes to listen to the passionate, articulate discussion about what it meant for him to coach the New York Giants.

It is not the “grumpy old man” personae that we are so used to seeing from him in the post game sound/ video bites.

It is deep.

He thanks everyone… players, coaches, family, owners, and fans…. Then talks some philosophy.

Here is a link to the video.

Some quotes and phrases to sock away and ponder… or use… at a later time…

“In professional football, the goal is to win. We all know that. We understand that completely. But my contention is, when I first brought this up was with our ’07 team, my contention is there’s a higher ground. There’s a greater purpose. That purpose is team. It is the team concept.”

“Winning, losing, playing hard, playing well, doing it for each other, winning the right way, winning the right way is a very, very important thing to me and all of our coaches. That’s what motivates and inspires us.”

“Championships are won by teams who love one another, who love and respect one another, who play for and support one another.”

“While it is the job of the head coach to get the technical football right, …it is our duty to equip these men with the virtues that will last a lifetime, the values like honesty, trust, responsibility, respect, service and integrity, those are the things that we teach in addition to the football”

“John Wooden said, ‘Reputation is what people think of you, character is who you really are.’ Character. We try to develop the character of each man who walked through these doors. Character is what endures.”

“What has become extremely important to me as I’ve grown in this position is relationships. Relationships have become the primary objective in my career.”

“I can tell you right now it has become the source of drive for me, is that when our players… when they come back to me and they say, Coach, I love you. They follow that up by saying they’ve become better men, better husbands, better fathers, better friends because of their experience having been a New York Giant.”

“While the two Super Bowl trophies right out here are incredible accomplishments, and I’m very proud of them, don’t get me wrong, I believe it is the unbreakable bond between coach and player that defines me as a coach and any humble success we might have had here as New York Giant coaches”

OK, He did have one kind of curmudgeonry moment in the press conference… talking about toughness…

“But we’re [players and coaches] bound for life at the hip. Yeah, it takes some accomplishment to get it done, but it’s more about the sacrifice, day-in, day-out grind, knowing people, how consistent they perform, how tough are they, how tough are they. We’ve lost a little bit of that in our game.”

“I have a toothache, I’m out of the game. What? You got a what? A stiff neck? I got a stiff neck 24 hours a day every day of my life. What the hell does that have to do with playing?”

Here is Coughlin on Eli Manning… You can see Eli’s reaction at the end of this abbreviated clip.

 

“He can handle it all. He’s done it before. He’ll handle it again. He’s extremely bright. He’s extremely competitive. He’s what you want a son to be made out of.”

“He thinks he’s the reason. He’s not the reason. Eli, it’s not you, it’s not you.”

“It’s us. We win, we lose together.”

“When we lose, I lose. When we win, you guys win.”

“That’s the way it is. That’s the game. I know what it is. I got the game. I got it.”

I wrote about this leadership style in my post “Chain of Accountability, Chain of Praise”… which includes this chart

Chains

Excuse me while I go watch Coach Coughlin talk about his coaching philosophy one more time.

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#TXHSFBCHAT… The Fastest 60 Minutes on the Internet

If you are looking for a great way to supplement your off-season learning (see post Planning Your Off-Season) hang on to your hat, get your twitter (or TweetDeck) up and running, and follow the hashtag #TXHSFBCHAT on Wednesday evenings from 8:00-9:00 pm.

#TXHSFBCHAT is an online chat, moderated each week by Coach Chris Fisher,(@coachfisher_rp) the offensive line coach at Ridge Point High School in Missouri City, TX. While the name (and hashtag) of the chat is “TeXas High School FootBall CHAT, coaches from all across the country participate each week, and it is but one of a number of these online chats sessions that sprung up last year during the football off-season.

The weekly schedule of these chats (some have yet to start back up yet this off-season) is:

Here is how the sessions typically work. Each week there is a main topic … this past week it was off-season preparation. The moderator will begin each session by asking participating coaches to introduce (via twitter) themselves and where they are from, adding the hashtag #txhsfbchat to their intro. Of course, with the medium being twitter… limited to 140 characters… the intro’s are brief and to the point.

This, in itself, is a great networking opportunity!

After the intros the session really gets going. The moderator will pose a question, using the format Q1 (Question 1) and participants (if they choose) will answer using the format A1 (Answer to question 1)… with each question, answer and comment tagged with #txhsfbchat.

To follow or participate in the conversation you just need to follow (search) #txhsfbchat in Twitter (or TweetDeck)

Here are some responses I clipped from this weeks chat… you can see the question posed by Coach Fisher (Q5) on the left, and some of the responses (A5) on the right.
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The pace, for me at least, becomes pretty frenetic during the chats…. I am trying to “follow” new coaches that are on the chat, “retweet” and “like” responses that resonate with me, and also respond to the questions posed by the moderator. It is the fastest 60 minutes on the Internet!

Needless to say, with a 140 character limit, you are not going to be able to get down to the minutiae of running the pistol offense (or any topic really), but you can connect with colleagues who are experts in many subject… colleagues that you can reach out to later for more information.

I learn something every time I hop on the chat. Often it is simply a phrase or term a coach will use… or maybe just a slightly different way of thinking about something.   Here is an example of something that struck me this past week… you can see the question, the response, and my comment to the response:

Q3

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Finally, possibly the best part… you can participate as much or as little as you are comfortable with. If there is a topic that you feel strongly about and wish to contribute… then have at it! If you just feel like “listening” to the discussion, that is acceptable as well.

A final shout out to Coach Fisher… in addition to facilitating the chats, developing topics and questions each week, and scheduling guest coaches for the Q/A sessions, he also posts an archive (and upcoming topics) of each weeks chats on his web site txhsfbchat.com

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Any interest in a #MOHSFBCHAT or #KCHSFBCHAT??? Let me know.

Remember – You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com