FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. Let’s get right to the good stuff.

1. Bill Belichick’s old-school method to developing coaches starts with pencils, papers and patience (Yahoo! Sports)

Every coach has his preferred method of scouting, and it’s no surprise to learn that Bill Belichick prefers an extremely detail-oriented method that takes hours — or even days — to chart a single game. Are there any other coaches out there who call it “padding”?

Fun or not, padding games is a task that Belichick has historically given his young assistants as a means of not only helping them learn the game better, but also helping them learn how he views the game.

Belichick certainly uses the notes when designing a game plan, but perhaps more importantly, he uses the “padding” method to help develop assistant coaches so that they see the game the same way he does.

When padding games, assistants are required to watch tape of a given game and — on every single play — draw the offense and defense on a sheet of paper, and map out the movement and assignment of each player on the field. They’re also asked to note everything from receiver and offensive-line splits to tendencies and protections, along with deeper observations about what players on each side are trying to accomplish on the play.

It’s easy to see why so many of Belichick’s assistants are in high demand at the end of each season for promotions on other staffs. With this coach development system in place, Patriots assistants are groomed to see the game the same way as the all-time great.

Coaches — What methods do you use to develop your assistants to see the game the same way you do?

2. Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Named Guest Speaker At USA Football National Conference (CBS Pittsburgh)

Good news for any coaches who are planning to attend the USA Football National Conference in Orlando from Feb. 22 to 24. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is preparing to discuss football with over 1,000 coaches and administrators from around the country.

If you’d like to attend the conference, but you are on a tight budget, we encourage you to take advantage of this offer:

USA Football and FNF Coaches would like to offer coaches the opportunity to win a VIP experience for the 2019 USA Football National Conference in Orlando, Fla. The winning coach will receive for his staff:

  • 5 registrations for the 2019 USA Football National Conference
  • 2-night hotel stays in the host hotel (Marriott)
  • Flights up to $1,000 for the staff
*Airfare + Hotel Room + Tax only up $1,000. Must stay at event host hotel. Must not already be registered for the 2019 event.

Go to the contest page on our website and take advantage of this offer today. The contest ends tonight.

3. Lou Holtz Knows How He Would Coach Millennials (Forbes)

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but 81-year-old Lou Holtz begs to differ. The former Notre Dame head coach says he would change his coaching style in this day and age when players are slightly more sensitive to tone.

Because he believes in their talent, Holtz said he would set even higher standards for players today. He also said he’d never attack the performer. He’d address the performance, but not personally go after the player.
“I’d smile now,” he said.

Holtz admits that his old style of yelling and screaming — or rule by intimidation — would not work today.

He wouldn’t risk losing players and having them shut down because of an attachment to coaching the way he had always coached. He’d adjust. He’d reach them where they are at versus acting in that old-school football coach way that could alienate players.

How has your communication style evolved for the new generation of players?

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!

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