FNF Coaches Talk — Defending a No. 1 Receiver, Missing Old School Coaches, Kyle Korver’s Copy Machine Trade

FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. Let’s take a look at a few interesting stories.

1. Playbook: Defending a Key Receiver (FNF Coaches)

This month, we had former NFL Don Shula National High School Coach of the Year Award recipient Steve Specht of St. Xavier High (Ohio) contribute to our X’s and O’s section. He shared his team’s strategy for defending a key receiver.

We are an odd-stack defense. We run a 3-3-5, but I think this coverage philosophy works no matter what type of defense you are currently running. The coverage principles all remain intact. We are going to identify this key receiver in one of two ways as either the “snake” or the “mouse.”
Anytime the key receiver lines up as the No. 1 receiver, we identify him as the “snake.” We want to double team him with bump, inside leverage and man coverage with the corner.

Specht notes that you have to determine whether you are a true zone team or a pattern match team. His key coaching points are as follows;

Whoever is playing man coverage on the star receiver, whether it is “snake” or “mouse” has to maintain inside leverage and stay underneath the receiver.
The safety that is playing over the top of the receiver has to stay outside and over the top.

What strategy do you use to marginalize the production of another team’s best receiving option?

2. COLUMN: Missing all the old school coaches (The Daily News, N.Y.)

Here’s a column about how many old-school coaches have been driven out of the profession for various reasons. We’ve heard a lot of complaints from coaches this offseason about overbearing parents, school administrators and booster club members.

I definitely miss the old school coach… You know the coach I am talking about. The type of coach that holds each and every one of his athletes to a higher standard. The coach that instills accountability and discipline into each student-athlete. The coach who preaches high character, on and off the court. The coach that doesn’t mind getting a little loud if he needs to. The same coach that after raising his voice puts his arm around his athlete and tells him how proud he is of their effort.

The most common cause of friction between coaches and parents appears to be centered around playing time. Parents want to see their kids on the field, regardless of whether they earn it.

Nine out of 10 times when a parent complains to the administration about a coach it is about playing time. There are parents out there that would rather lose 15 games and see their kid play a lot of minutes rather than win a sectional title and have their kid see the field or court a limited amount of time.

How do you forge a positive relationship with the parents of players on your team?

3. Kyle Korver provides inspiration to all athletes who are down on their luck (USA Today)

Coaches — This is a great story to use as motivation for your players if they are struggling to make the team or have recently suffered a setback.

NBA Kyle Korver gave a commencement speech Saturday at his alma mater, Creighton University, and he used the story as some motivation for the graduating class.

“I was more or less sold for an undisclosed amount of money. I later found out (the Nets) used that money to pay for the entry fee for their summer league team, and with the leftover money, they bought a copy machine.”
No, Korver wasn’t joking.
“But it’s OK,” he continued. “Because a couple of years ago, that copy machine broke. And I’m still playing.”

Korver was met with applause from the crowd, and with good reason. He has played for five NBA teams in his career and has earned roughly $80 million from contracts. He was selected an All-Star in 2015, has played in the NBA Finals twice and will go down as one of the best shooters in league history (he’s fourth on the all-time three-pointers made list with 2,351).

What story do you share with players who are down on their luck and need some motivation?

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