FNF Coaches Talk for Thursday, Dec. 6

Good afternoon, Coaches. Here’s a selection of stories we’re talking about in our newsroom.

1. Film Study: Huskies, Utah put on defensive clinic in Pac-12 Championship Game (UW Dawg Pound)

When we’re sharing X’s and O’s and highlights from games, we tend to go heavy on the offensive side of the ball. So, here’s a story for defensive coaches. It’s a film breakdown of the Pac-12 Championship between Utah and Washington.

This was a clinic in defensive line execution and form tackling, plus mixing coverages and knocking receivers off their routes. For some, it was ugly and boring. For defensive junkies, it was scripted beauty.

Here is a perfect example of how to defend an RPO (counter read), as demonstrated by the Washington defense.

Washington’s defensive line dominated the game with plays like that, so Utah attempted to counter that speed and aggressiveness by calling screens. As you’ll see here, those didn’t work either.

Coaches — What do you do in a game to change the momentum when your team is getting dominated at the line of scrimmage?

2. Jackson State is using Indeed — yes, Indeed — to find candidates for coaching positions (Clarion Ledger)

This is an interesting story about how a school is going about its hiring process. It’s too early to call it a trend, but certainly something to consider for coaches who are looking to network and get their names out there.

JSU posted job openings for offensive coordinator, wide receiver coach, offensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach on Indeed, an online job listing search engine.
The listings are also posted on the school’s human resources page.

We’ve never heard of anything like that in football, as so many jobs seem to get filled based on reputation, common acquaintances, references, and networking opportunities at camps and clinics.

Also of note, the hiring committee will look to hire a strength coach first, under the premise that he will be the program’s most important hire.

Hendrick said he has already begun the process of vetting candidates for all of the positions and added the strength and conditioning coach is “the first guy I’m looking for”.
“He’s the most important guy in the program,” he said.

What is your process for filling coaching vacancies on your staff?

3. UAB’s coach explains how to take a program from dead to conference champs in 4 years (SB Nation)

UAB did something this season it had never won before — won 10 games and a Conference USA championship.

Head coach Bill Clark stuck around through the low point in Dec. of 2014, when the program got shut down after apparent backroom shenanigans by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees, a body that had long given UAB fans reasons to think it didn’t like the program. The team stopped playing, and 66 players took an NCAA option to transfer elsewhere without having to sit out.

What does Clark credit for the program’s rise? Something every high school coach can relate to: fundraising.

A new practice facility opened in 2017, the byproduct of the fundraising drive that brought back the program. In 2021, a new stadium’s supposed to be done, meaning the Blazers can move out of old Legion Field. They’re recruiting better and in a more normal fashion now, up from No. 8 in C-USA last year to No. 4 this year.

What is the best piece of advice you would give a coach looking to start a rebuilding effort?

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