FNF Coaches Talk for March 4 — Oregon’s Quick Strike RPO, hip mobility work, Dabo Swinney addresses St. Louis Cardinals

FNF Coaches Talk

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Here are some stories we’re discussing today.

1. Oregon’s Quick-Strike Run-Pass Option: Three Plays in 2.2 Seconds (FishDuck.com)

Any coach who has ever called plays knows the feeling – when a defense aligns itself as if it knows exactly what play is coming. Sometimes, opposing players and coaches even call out the play as if they were in the offensive huddle.

That’s why Oregon installed the Quick-Strike RPO Scheme, which is based on pre-snap reads and how the defense reacts once the ball is snapped. In several variations of the RPO, execution ultimately comes down to fundamental option-based football.

Here’s an example of a QB going through all three reads and electing to pass the ball.

And here’s an example of when the offense goes with the “run” portion of the RPO.

How do you give your quarterback options to get out of bad plays at the line of scrimmage?

2. Hip Mobility Work With The Offensive & Defensive Lineman (Joey Bergles)

Hip mobility work can help your players with speed, agility, recovery and injury prevention. Joey Bergles, Associate Football Strength & Conditioning Coach at Texas Tech, posted a video of a drill he includes in his program.

What drills help your players increase flexibility and mobility in their hips?

3. National champion Clemson football coach shares message about winning with Cardinals (KSDK 5 St. Louis)

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney stopped by the St. Louis Cardinals spring training facility yesterday to deliver a message to the major league baseball team.

The Cardinals players knew they were going to hear from a “well credentialed celebrity” according to Matt Carpenter, but didn’t know Swinney was the guest until the two-time national champion coach walked into the clubhouse.

He had a video presentation and a 50-minute speech.

“The biggest thing is creating a daily focus and daily habits in order to really enjoy the journey along the way. You don’t get to take five steps at a time, it’s one step at a time, one at-bat at a time, one pitch at a time and then you go on to the next thing. Whether you’ve had success or had failure, you have to refocus on what’s next,” Swinney said.

Swinney’s message applied to any sport — or really any profession. The Cardinals players raved about the motivational message afterwards.

“His message truthfully was about culture and the culture of winning regardless of sport. Mike Shildt’s big message this spring has been ‘normalized excellence,’ and we’ve had some great examples of that: Dabo, Zach Johnson, Rafael Furcal. Hopefully there will be more guys. Today was special,” Matt Carpenter said.

Coaches — How do you recruit motivational speakers to address your team?

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