FNF Coaches Talk — Addressing racism, team rules for players, former NFL players coaching HS

FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. We’ve got some good stories for you.

1. Columnist: Coaches must take a stand against racism and police brutality (Monroe News-Star)

Sometimes, we, as coaches, tend to think racism doesn’t need to be discussed with our players because a team sport like football tends to eliminate some of the obstacles in bringing different races together to unite as one. But we are all a product of our experiences, and each of our players is bringing a different experience to the table.

So just as we discuss team unity, togetherness and chemistry in our locker rooms and on the practice fields, we should discuss racism and police brutality as well.

But if coaches are going to continue placing these Utopian ideals into their huddles, then they have a moral obligation to take a stand against racism and police brutality in this country. The responsibility does not fall to their mostly African-American players, who want to know where their coaches stand in the wake of a national tragedy.

The death of George Floyd has caused many to encourage athletes to “stick to sports”, particularly when an athlete like Drew Brees appears to say the opposite of what so many are looking for our athletes to say.

Now more than ever, as coaches ask players to come back to campus for workouts amid a pandemic, their participation is not only necessary. It is required. To ignore the plight of black people only invalidates all the talk of toughness and leadership prevalent in the industry.


What discussions have you had with your players about racism and police brutality in the last week?

2. What do Coaches Want from Their Players? (USA Football Blogs)

If you’re working on updating your team manual with expectations for the players, this is a good story to check out.

A softball coach put together this list of seven team rules, and it could really apply to any sport.

Here are two that are great for high school football.

5. Be accountable and responsible.
If you fall short in a task or requirement, have the courage, and admit your error. Live with the consequences of that choice and move on. It is that simple.

We all watch enough game tape to know the athletes who take accountability and the ones who just want you to keep it moving. Here’s a great one for high school football.

7. Respect for the program and the team.
Our ups and downs are only OURS to share. Think twice before you share your “funny” humiliating story to an outsider who may “act” like they don’t really care. Possess the sincere ability to respect your teammates whether you can relate to them or not, whether you socialize with them or not. Every person has positives within them, something that makes THEM special. It is YOUR job to find the positives and focus on them. You have a choice.


What is one team rule your players MUST follow?

3. 33 NFL players who became high school football coaches (Touchdown Wire)

We’ve done some stories on former NFL players who are now coaching high school football, including one on Trent Dilfer. We didn’t realize there are so many other former NFL players coaching in the high school ranks.

Check out the entire story to see the list.

What makes coaching high school football better than any other level?

What’s driving the conversation in your locker room? Email Managing Editor Dan Guttenplan or Tweet us @fnfcoaches. Don’t forget to use that hashtag #FNFCoachesTalk