FNF Coaches Talk for Friday, Jan. 25

FNF Coaches Talk

Happy Friday, Coaches. We’re off and running into the weekend!

1. Rams vs. Patriots preview: 4 strategic questions that will decide Super Bowl LIII (For the Win)

The two weeks between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl allot for plenty of time to break down the X’s and O’s. Here’s an interesting article about how the coaches might counter each other.

Did you know the Rams run three-receiver sets 96 percent of the time on offense? How might Bill Belichick and his staff counter that?

Don’t be surprised if Belichick goes with a base-nickel hybrid, where he keeps his front seven (whether it’s four lineman and three linebackers or vice versa) out on the field but replaces a safety with a third corner. That would allow the Pats to have more size and strength in the box while still being able to match-up with the Rams receivers.

One other key matchup to watch is the Patriots running backs — particularly James White — vs. the Rams linebackers and secondary. As you can see with this play, the Rams have struggled to defend running backs in the passing game throughout the playoffs.

In your view, what is the key matchup in the Super Bowl?

2. Godley’s new athletic facilities built with efficiency, technology in mind (Cleburne Times Review)

We know the $50 million price tag is well beyond the reach of many high schools, but this Godley High (Texas) renovation project does offer a few lessons for schools that are thinking of improving their facilities. Here’s something to consider. If you want your players to watch game film, provide an area for them to do it in your facility.

There are multiple televisions in the weight room, locker rooms and throughout the athletic facilities, allowing coaches to put on game or practice film, highlights, slideshows, and more.

Of all the improvements to the Godley facilities — adding square footage to the locker room, coaches offices, weight room and indoor practice facility — the coaches kept coming back to the new technology as the biggest area of improvement.

They coaches are excited,” Dalton said. “They’ve got their own desks, their own shelves and their own computers. We’ve got a big board table in the center of the room. We’ve got writable walls and a big projector screen that feeds onto the wall. We’ve got a presentation room. As far as facilities for coaches are concerned, I think they’re super excited about that.”

What is the first thing you’d improve if you received financing for a facilities renovation?

3. Coaching high school football in greater Richmond is a 12-month job on a 3-month salary (Richmond.com)

Here’s one we can all relate to. No, we don’t do it for the money, but this IS how we make a living, right?

Highland Springs (Va.) coach Loren Johnson delivers packages for Amazon in the summer to supplement his coaching income. “Supplement” might not even be the most accurate word. Johnson makes more money delivering packages for Amazon during the month of July than he does the entire football season.

He spends dozens of hours a week leading practices, meeting with assistants and communicating with college coaches. His coaching job – his second job – begins in January and ends in December. And for all that work, he earns a yearly stipend of about $4,000, which comes on top of his teaching salary.

As we all know, coaching football is a year-round job with offseason strength and conditioning programs, spring practices, summer workouts and an in-season schedule in the fall. However, most school districts pay their coaches strictly during the fall season.

But what has become standard in football is still considered extra by the school divisions. Many coaches work on a contract that begins in August and ends in November. Most head coaches are teachers, and their stipend comes added on to their September, October and November paychecks or in one lump sum at the end of the season.

What can be done to make sure high school coaches are compensated for the changing year-round demands of the profession?

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