FNF Coaches Talk — Dabo Swinney’s Advice to Tony Bennett, Mike Tomlin on Commitment, GameBreaker Helmets

FNF Coaches Talk

Welcome back, Coaches. Here’s today’s post.

1. Clemson Football: UVA coach used Dabo Swinney’s advice in National Championship

Want to hear some advice from Dabo Swinney that led another college coach to a national championship?

How about this advice Swinney gave Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett before his team’s national championship game against Texas Tech on Monday night?

After the game, Bennett shared that he had received a text from Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney with a little advice on how to handle the big moment.

“It said, ‘Let the light that shines in you be brighter than the light that shines on you,”‘ Bennett told reporters in a press conference following the win. I love that quote. I don’t know where it was, but I thought it was so good, and I shared it with the guys, and (Guy) has something in big games and makes plays that it’s just he has it in him.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received before a big game?

2. Mike Tomlin: We can’t do this with hostages; we need volunteers (Pro Football Talk)

Certainly many of us have dealt with players who treat us as if we are holding them against their will. Apparently, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin felt the same way about recently departed stars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

“I think it has been highly chronicled, and I think it has been too chronicled,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Monday, via Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com. “Some things have been said that may or may not have been true. All I know is neither one of those guys are members of our team anymore.
“Relationships run their course, and the fact that neither one of them are here speaks to that.”

Tomlin made clear in this interview that talent comes second to commitment.

“We can’t do this with hostages, man. We need volunteers,” Tomlin said. “We need good players, good guys who want to be here and if guys can’t check those boxes, it’s probably best for all parties involved to go our separate ways.”

How do you approach a talented player who feels he deserves special treatment?

3. A new ‘soft shell’ helmet is geared to keep athletes safe (KrisTV.com)

Gamebreaker produces soft-shell helmets are made with a D3O impact technology that absorbs shock when a player hits their head.

The soft shell, cap-style helmets have now become a requirement for Texas State 7-on-7 tournaments and will be implemented in the 2019 7-on-7 State Tournament at the end of June.
These helmets are also being worn in D1 schools across the country and in other sports like, water polo, wrestling and cheerleading.

What type of head protection do your players wear in non-contact practices?