FNF Coaches Talk for Thursday, Dec. 20

FNF Coaches Talk

Welcome back, Coaches! The final high school games are being played in Texas this week, and we’ll start with a story from one of those championship games.

1. Watch: First-ever Texas high school football instant replay (The Star-Telegram)

The first-ever Texas high school football instant replay took place in the Class 1A Division II state championship game between Strawn and Follett at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday.

As coaches, we always wonder about what instant replay would look like in a high school game. How often would we use it? How long would it take?

Well, in AT&T Stadium, it took all of two minutes.

Strawn’s Marco Lopez was initially called for illegal touching on an onside kick. But, after review, the call was overturned as it was ruled that Lopez caught the ball past the 15 yards needed. This is the first season that instant replay is being used in the state championships. The replay lasted approximately two minutes.

It seems like a best-case scenario for the first use of instant replay. The refs changed the call and got it right, and it didn’t disrupt the game a great deal.

Here’s a look at the replay.

What are your biggest concerns with using instant replay in games?

2. Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle: Don’t sleep on sleep (The Gazette)

Iowa’s Chris Doyle is one of the highest paid strength and conditioning coaches in the country ($725,000 this season). You might think his strength training philosophy includes a lot of innovative, tech-savvy ideas that are far outside the budget of any high school football coach.

That might be true, but when given an opportunity to share his philosophy for this story, he focused on something all high school coaches can stress — getting enough sleep.

“They say the No. 1 performance improver is sleep, and I believe that,” Doyle said. “Sleep, recovery, nutrition, these are things that add to the athletes’ ability to progress from week to week and year to year.”

In the last year, Iowa players have started wearing a wrist device from Fatigue Science. It monitors sleep and produces real-time and predictive fatigue analytics for athletes, which shape training and recovery decisions.

“What we’ve found was the guys who were sleeping well their heart rate variability numbers were consistently good,” Doyle said. “What we’ve come to realize is the biggest contributing factor for recovery is sleep.”

Sleep affects recovery, but it also affects an athlete’s ability to learn. It helps take short-term lessons and converts it to long-term memory.

How could you monitor your players’ sleep to make sure they’re maximizing their potential?

3. How NDSU built their System around the A-gap Power (USA Football Blogs)

You might have heard North Dakota State mentioned over the last few years due to NDSU alumnus Carson Wentz. What you may not know is North Dakota State has won six of the last seven FCS titles since 2011.

How have they done it? Running the A-gap Power to perfection.

Here’s an example of how it works. Watch the interior lineman get off the ball.

Just like any power running scheme, the A-gap Power sets up great opportunities for play-action.

How would A-gap Power work with the talent on your offensive line?

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