FNF Coaches Talk

FNF Coaches Talk — Coach Fired for Following Players on Social Media, Andy Reid’s QB Sneak Call for Mahomes, Brady and Belichick’s Favorite Route Concept

Happy Friday, Coaches! Good luck in your games tonight. We’ve got three stories for you.

1. High school coach said he was fired for keeping tabs on players … Wait, what? (KSDK ABC 5)

This one’s a head-scratcher. We all thought it was implied that high school football coaches monitor — or at least have someone monitor — their players to make sure they’re staying out of trouble.

After keeping close tabs on his players, Roosevelt High (Mo.) coach Trey Porter is no longer the head football coach. He was fired for what the school calls a violation of school policies.

That violation included following his kids’ social media accounts, something that Porter is proud of.

After two of his players were injured during the chaos following a shooting at the District Jamboree, Porter spoke with 5 On Your Side about his policy to keep his players safe. Coach Porter said if he could do everything over, he’d things the same exact way because his kids’ safety is his main concern.

What’s wrong with following your players on social media?

2. Was Chiefs coach Andy Reid wrong to call a QB sneak with MVP Patrick Mahomes? (Yahoo! Sports)

The biggest news across football today is the injury to reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, who dislocated his knee cap while executing a quarterback dive on fourth-and-1 during the Chiefs’ Thursday night game against the Broncos.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid found himself answering questions about the play call yesterday, particularly since Mahomes entered the game with a noticeable limp due to a lingering ankle injury. This article dissects whether a fourth-and-1 QB sneak is — in fact — a dangerous play.

Dangerous or not, the stats show that it is an effective play.

There aren’t many documented injuries on QB sneaks. But even a slight risk of having your most important player get hurt in a pile is why some teams don’t run them despite a very high success rate. Between 2007-2017 quarterback sneaks inside the 20-yard lines converted at an 87.5 percent rate, according to Pro Football Focus. Running back carries converted just 68.7 percent of the time. Analytically inclined analysts have complained for years that teams don’t use the sneak enough.

Still, some coaches avoid calling the QB sneak due to the safety risks.

Pittsburgh Steelers fans have criticized offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner for not calling more sneaks. Earlier this season, he said it’s because he doesn’t want to expose his quarterback to an injury.

“I wouldn’t mind in certain situations, but when it’s obvious situations — fourth-and-1, third-and-1 — it really isn’t something I’m interested in doing,” Fichtner said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I value our quarterback. There’s a lot of stuff going on in those piles. Just the truth be known, if we can’t hand it to one of our backs and we can’t block them, then we don’t deserve to win that down.”

What factors do you weigh when considering whether to run a fourth-and-1 QB sneak?

3. CoachTube Video: Belichick and Brady’s Favorite Route Concept (FNF Coaches)

Our friends at CoachTube shared this intro video with us from a course from state-champion coach Thad Wells.

The Patriots have been relying on this play in big moments of big games for the last several years.

Why?

It has built-in answers to every single coverage you could ever see, making it great no matter what you face week to week. You can also call this on 1st, 2nd or 3rd down, which makes it an easy play to call no matter the situation.

The concept can also be incorporated into almost any offensive system. Once your players learn this concept, you can carryover the fundamentals to several other routes.

This concept is a combination of some of the most used route combos against each type of coverage you can face. By adjusting one or two receivers during the pre-snap process you will create a combo that is good versus the coverage you face each play. We have been doing this at the high school level for years.

In this course you will get:

  • A basic overview of the play (using NFL footage)
  • 3D playbook installation overview
  • Detailed information on each player’s route
  • How to communicate the play between the coach, QB and WR’s
  • How to practice the concept
  • How to disguise the concept
  • How to use it as a full field concept
  • How to use it as a back side or front side tag
  • How to use it as an RPO

Purchase the entire course for $5.

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