FNF Coaches Talk — Anatomy of Play-Action, Recruiting Liaisons, Baseline Concussion Testing

Happy Friday, Coaches. Here’s what we’ve got for you today.

1. Summer School: Anatomy of a play — How Evan Engram goes for 27 yards against the Colts (Big Blue View)

Hey — any time we can get our hands on some game film in the middle of May, we’re all for it.

Big Blue View took the time to break down a non-scoring play from a regular-season game between the Giants and Colts last season.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Giants were holding a slim 24-21 lead over the Colts. They have the ball in a third-and-1 situation, which had typically been a running down for the Giants. Instead they throw the ball, resulting in a big gain for the offense.

In action above, the Giants use play-action to draw in the Colts’ defense, with the linebackers crashing down to fill their gaps and stop the run. Defending the run when the quarterback hands the ball to the running back is baked in to the DNA of every defense. The Giants did not need to “establish the run” for it to work — they only rushed for 89 yards that game, or a paltry 2.9 per attempt. But because they sold the run well through alignment and aggressive steps by the offensive line, the defense bit anyway.

Do you game-plan play-action plays or are you reacting to the flow of the game when you call it?

2. Do high school football coaches need liaisons to help with college recruiters? (Arizona Central)

The head coach still is the point man when it comes to the high school football player’s college recruitment.

But times have changes iwith so many college recruiters sweeping through to take a look at the ever-growing talent pool. Some coaches seek help.

At Goodyear Desert Edge, Steven Ortiz Sr., a former assistant coach, is working full-time, with a paid stipend, to help head coach Jose Lucero with the college coaches and recruiters. He get players in the 4A program connected in hopes of getting college educations paid for.

Twitter provides recruiters with instant communication. College coaches have become more tech savvy on how to send their messages to kids on Twitter without crossing the NCAA infraction line.

Athletes are constantly posting Hudl highlights and pinning them to their Twitter profiles, and send them to colleges in tweets. Those tweets have even more impact when their high school coaches retweets it.

Coaches on staffs will work social media to get kids noticed by colleges, trying to stay relevant as it becomes more competitive, almost cut-throat, with constant highlights and profiles sent out on Twitter.

Coaches — How do maintain control over your players’ recruiting processes?

3. Kids, as young as 5, will get concussion testing at youth football league (WSB-2 Atlanta)

One local football league is taking safety very seriously. It’s now testing kids as young as 5 for concussions.

The league is conducting baseline concussion screenings for everyone who signed up. So if there were a head injury this season on or off the field, doctors would be able to compare test results before the accident to after.

The system is able to track and develop a data bank of what’s normal for people of a certain age group. It can alter some of the parameters. It considers reflex timing and reaction timing, and once you establish a normal value for a particular sport, you can test and see variances when there’s some sort of issue.

What type of system do you have in place to detect concussions?

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!