Good afternoon, Coaches. We hope you enjoyed the weekend. Here are some of the stories we’re talking about today.
1. FAU’s Kiffin knows why Alabama coach Nick Saban is so successful in big games. Here’s why. (Palm Beach Post)
On the eve of the College Football National Championship game between Alabama and Clemson, the Palm Beach Post caught up with Alabama coach Nick Saban’s former offensive coordinator, Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin, to discuss why Saban is so difficult to beat in big games.
“He’s at his best in the big games,” Kiffin said on ESPN’s “Get Up” Monday morning. “Very calm, meetings throughout the day, nothing changes. … It’s a big reason why he’s so great in the big games.”
Kiffin believes that Saban’s insistence on keeping the same routine before the biggest games allows his players to perform the same way they have all season rather than letting the pressure negatively influence them.
“He’s gonna talk about controlling your emotions today and dominating your box and your one-on-one matchups,” Kiffin explained. “And don’t worry about all of the hype before the game and go out and play like you’ve played all year, which is you’ve played like the best team in America.”
Coaches — What are some of the things you do to keep your players calm before big games?
2. What to expect from a Kendal Briles offense (Noles 247)
Former Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles was recently hired as Florida State’s offensive coordinator, and he will take over play-calling duties for head coach Willie Taggart. Briles’ results in his last two stops at FAU and Houston speak for themselves.
Kendal Briles before and after:
FAU 2017: 6.80 ypp (11th), 40.6 ppg (8th)
FAU 2018: 6.18 ypp (36th), 31.1 ppg (50th)
Houston 2017: 6.00 ypp (43rd), 28.3 ppg (65th)
Houston 2018: 6.77 ypp (12th), 46.4 ppg (4th)
— Charles Power (@CharlesPower) November 28, 2018
This article has a great breakdown of the scheme — “The Veer and Shoot” — and why it works so well. There’s a lengthy breakdown of alignments, formations, running game play calls, and deep passing game routes. Many of the deep routes have single choice and slot choice options, as you’ll see here:
I was going through some games of Baylor from 2015. They actually ran this concept a ton. Here are some cutups of Baylor's single choice and slot choice. pic.twitter.com/qZd8OzTRZn
— Drew Piscopo (@DrewCPiscopo) March 8, 2018
If you love learning about new schemes, dig into that article when you get a chance. There are example of double-option pitches that go for touchdowns and plenty of other innovative play designs.
What pieces of Kendal Briles’ offense would you consider stealing for your scheme?
3. New Technology Increases Athletes’ Eye-Brain Connectivity (Orthopedics This Week)
New visual training technology offered by Senaptec LLC is being used to enhance athletic performance by improving the movement, balance and reaction times of athletes. We actually did a product spotlight on Senaptec in our most recent FNF Coaches edition.
The Senaptec technology focuses on strengthening visual and brain connections. It’s being used for athletic performance training by over 100 professional and collegiate sports teams including the Seattle Seahawks, New York Mets and the University of Alabama.
Here’s a picture of the product.
The Senaptec Sensory Station is a robust automated platform to quantify 10 sensory skills against a normative database of other athletes. The system shows strengths and where improvements are most important. The Senaptec Sensory Station then automatically generates a training program and gives athletes the ability to train on the station and on their personal tablets. After sensory training, athletes regularly report they feel “faster and more in control.”
At its core the technology is a sports medicine therapy.
Strengthening neural connections has an intuitive promise for treating traumatic brain injuries/concussions strokes, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. According to Bingold, the technology is also being used as a part of attention deficit disorder and autism therapy.
Longer term, the technology can also play a role in improving general eyesight health and mitigating vision deterioration as people age.
In what ways to you challenge your players to improve their hand-eye coordination?
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