FNF Coaches Talk for Oct. 26

It’s Friday Night Football Coaches Talk on a Friday! Let’s get right to it, coaches.

1. Football Friday: Coach Saban explaining the advantage of the inside fade to the slot. Ring the register.. #spreadoffense (SpreadOffense.com)

SpreadOffense.com tweeted this X’s and O’s session with Nick Saban, and it’s pure gold for any coach who wants to hear from the best about scheme.

Saban starts by saying he doesn’t like to throw a fade to an outside receiver — the fact that a corner is always going to be between the quarterback and the receiver makes it a low-percentage throw. But by lining up a receiver in the slot, the fade route gives the receiver more space with which to work. It still takes a perfect throw, but this video is a great example of that.

In what way can you scheme a fade route to give your receiver the best chance at making a catch?

2. Augusta (Ga.)-area football teams embrace technology (August Chronicle)

We’ve done quite a bit on sideline replay systems over the years. In fact, we’ve offered 10 tips for using a sideline replay system, as well as a contest in which an Idaho coach was awarded a sideline replay system. (Stay tuned for more contests!)

This story in the Augusta Chronicle gives a good luck into how these systems are being used and what advantages a coaching staff can gain.

Several coaches agreed that those with the technology have an advantage when facing a team that doesn’t have it at their fingertips. One coach said it was almost like cheating.

It’s actually not cheating since the National Federation of State High School Associations approved instant replay on sidelines in 2013. The only limitation is that a sideline device must be kept within nine yards of the sideline when in use during a game.

Harlem coach Todd Booker said the experience of using sideline replay is a game-changer for making in-game adjustments.

“It gives us instant feedback for stuff on the field,” Booker said. “It’s been incredible. With the use of Hudl, our sideline system and all, it’s unbelievable. I can watch film on my phone, walk around and pull it up, and it’s right at my fingertips.”

What piece of technology have you started using in the last five years that has changed the way you coach?

3. High School Football Coach Is the Most Important Job in America (Coaches Insider)

Hey — It’s Friday. It’s a good day to make ourselves feel good heading into tonight’s game. And this video certainly serves that purpose.

The “Keepers of the Game” panel from the 2018 Minnesota Football Coaches Association annual clinic discusses the importance of the high school football coach to the team as well as the community. The leader of the discussion cites a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. while making the point a high school football coach is the most important educator: “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”

The video is 4 minutes and 24 seconds, and it’s certainly worth your time if you’re looking for a pick-me-up before tonight’s game.

In what ways does the structure of your program help build character?

What’s driving the conversation in your locker room? Email Managing Editor Dan Guttenplan or Tweet us @fnfcoaches. Don’t forget to use that hashtag #FNFCoachesTalk!