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FNF Coaches Talk — Alabama’s DB Drills, Andy Reid’s Post-Game Routine, A Day in the Life of a Head Coach

FNF Coaches Talk

Good evening, Coaches. Here are a few of the stories we’re discussing.

1. Alabama DB Drills (YouTube)

If you’re looking for spring drills for your defensive backs, this is a great video.

Alabama is known for producing NFL prospects, and these drills show why. You can see the Alabama defensive backs working on their back-pedal, opening their hips and their footwork. Then you can see videos of the players putting those drills to the test in games.

What defensive back drills lead to the most improvement in technique?

2. Not surprisingly, Andy Reid knows the best medicine for dealing with a painful loss (it’s food, obviously) (Golf Digest)

Andy Reid likes to eat. This is no secret.

This explains why, after arguably the most gut-wrenching loss of his coaching career, all that was on Reid’s mind was a cheeseburger. On Tuesday at the NFL’s annual meeting, Reid’s former offensive coordinator and now Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy revealed the conversation the two had after the Chiefs’ loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, which came just weeks after Nagy and the Bears’ defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.

What is your post-game routine after a loss?

3. Are you sure you want to be a head coach? (MaxPreps)

We all want to rise to the top of the profession and become a head coach, but sometimes we need to be careful what we wish for.

Masaki Matsumoto took over the Lincoln High (Wash.) football team three years ago, taking over for former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna. He’s won 28 games in a stretch of three years, but he’s still getting used to the schedule. He recently posted a Day in the Life of a High School Coach on Twitter.

The day started at 7 a.m. with a visit from a coach from the University of Hawaii, then a meeting with a recruiter from Wyoming at 7:15 a.m. He had to visit a middle school at 8 a.m., order pizza for his team’s leadership meeting at 1 p.m. Hold that leadership meeting after visiting a second middle school at noon. At 2 p.m. he had another recruiting meeting with a coach from Eastern Washington before volunteering at a rescue mission at 3 p.m., right after a meeting for a student’s Individualized Education Plan. In the middle of all of that, he had phone calls and emails and meetings with other staff members, as well as other responsibilities as a teacher. At the bottom of the tweet, it said “Y’all sure you wanna be a head coach?”

Matsumoto also talked about what it’s like to take over after a popular coach like Kitna leaves.

I wasn’t as ready as I thought when I took over for Lincoln, replacing a coach like Jon Kitna. It was a rough transition and I was not ready for the push back, undermining, passive aggressive disagreement of my way. I got it from everyone, players, parents, coaches I retained from his staff. I almost left after the first season, and we went 10-1. I grew a lot from that experience and became a way better coach, in my opinion. Learned that my way wasn’t (always) the best way and there were things I could do better.

What is the biggest difference in schedule for a head coach compared to that of an assistant?

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