I recently surveyed all of our subscribers to Football-Defense.com with two simple questions.
- What was your team’s biggest problem?
- What will it take to fix it?
There was a huge variety of answers. Since we have everything from midget football coaches (I don’t know the correct term, but some of the kids are 5 year olds) to NFL coaches that visit the site, that is to be expected.Surprisingly few coaches are concerned with scheme. I like to think that is because more coaches have been involved in this site and others like it, and are more confident in their scheme today. We will continue to talk scheme, of course – but there were bigger concerns:
- Tackling and Pursuit
- Weight Room Participation and Growth
- Leadership and Team Unity
To me, these all go hand in hand. Leaders get players to get into the weight room. The weight room fosters team unity. Team unity makes kids willing to fight for each other. Fighting for each other means hustling on every pOver-simplification? Maybe, but this is not a hard game. Most great coaches are not geniuses, no matter how much we play them up to be.lay, never giving up on a play – pursuing to the football. Pursuit to the football means even if one guy misses a tackle, the next one is there to make it.
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