Happy Hump Day, Coaches. We’ve got three stories for you today.

1. Patriots coaching staff setup means Bill Belichick will go back to calling plays for first time since 2010 (CBS Sports)

We’ve all lost coordinators to head coaching jobs at other schools, but how many of you have decided not to replace those staff members? Bill Belichick has yet to replace last year’s defensive coordinator Brian Flores — excluding a short stint by Greg Schiano — so he will be calling defensive plays next year in New England.

To be honest, it’s probably an itch many of us would like to scratch if we’ve passed on those duties to someone else.

Belichick usually coaches the defensive linemen during the game, and often told Patricia and Flores when to call blitzes.
At this point, Belichick as defensive coordinator is the most sensible option. When Schiano left in late March, pretty much anyone else that Belichick would consider for defensive coordinator already had his job for 2019 lined up. [Bret] Bielema is the only other person on the Patriots’ staff even remotely qualified. Steve Belichick, the coach’s son, is not ready for play-calling yet. [Jerod] Mayo is a first-time coach, and needs at least some experience.
So Belichick probably figures that he’ll get through this year calling plays himself, then figure out a long-term solution next year. Who knows, maybe Patricia will be available to come back?

What is to be gained by a head coach taking on play-calling duties? What is sacrificed?

2. Math Teachers Should Be More Like Football Coaches (New York Times)

You will like this one, Coaches. There is evidence to suggest that the motivational style of high school football coaches could translate to any profession, including math teachers.

A growing body of research shows that students are affected by more than just the quality of a lesson plan. They also respond to the passion of their teachers and the engagement of their peers, and they seek a sense of purpose. They benefit from specific instructions, constant feedback and a culture of learning that encourages resilience in the face of failure — not unlike a football practice. There are many ways to be an effective teacher, just as there are many ways to be an effective coach. But all good teachers, like good coaches, communicate that they care about your goals.

How do you make sure you’re bringing energy and enthusiasm to every practice and training session?

3. 5 Things You Want to Remember Before You Complain to the Coach (USA Football Blogs)

Coaches — This is more a story for parents than coaches, but we have a feeling you’ll enjoy these two pieces of advice to parents.

The coach is not there to make you happy.
He or she is there to develop players and teach them a love for the game. Their goal is not to placate parents. A good coach cares for each player as an individual, but they also have to keep the entire team in mind. Sometimes, what’s best for the team may not be what you think is best for your child.
5. Coaches are human too.
They get grumpy, tired and frustrated – just like you do. They make mistakes, forget things and are still learning – just like you are. Try a little kindness, understanding and respect. It will go a long way.

What advice would you give parents who are offering advice to you and your staff regularly?

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