FNF Coaches Talk for Tuesday, Jan. 15

Good afternoon, Coaches. Here are some stories that got our attention today.

1. Ten teams are set to compete throughout the winter as part of Georgia Tech football’s offseason program (Ramblin’ Wreck)

Coaches often talk about creating competition in the offseason strength and conditioning program to keep players engaged. Appeal to their competitiveness, and you might see better attendance.

Under the direction of head football strength and conditioning coach Lewis Caralla, Georgia Tech divided its roster into 10 teams that will compete to earn points based on their performances in three areas of the offseason program:

  1. Competition Tuesdays – a weekly showdown that pits teams against each other in matchups of strength, speed and agility;
  2. The Hunger Board – a determination by Georgia Tech’s strength and conditioning staff if student-athletes are satisfied (happy with where he is and maintaining that level), hungry (doing what is asked of him and improving at an expected level, but no more) or starving (striving to improve every day as an individual and a team);
  3. Discipline – points are earned or deducted based on performance in areas that specifically require individual and team discipline, including academics, weight goals, locker room appearance, community service and respect.

Caralla also had the players vote on a captain for all 10 teams.

“Selecting captains gives leaders a great platform to lead,” Caralla said.

Coaches — How do you create competition among players in your offseason program?

2. Miami’s new offense: ‘Spread Coast’ — versatile, creative, taking shots ‘with answers’ (Miami Herald)

Dan Enos is the new Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He explained on Monday how he plans to rebuild UM’s formerly failing offense.

Enos previously served as the Alabama quarterbacks coach, and he goes deep on his offensive philosophy.

“I’ve been a guy that has always wanted to be multiple,’’ he said. “I have the philosophy of look complex and remain simple. There are certain things we can control as an offense. We can control who goes in the game — which personnel is in the game; We can control what formations we line up and how we get to them, whether we shift in motion or get an unbalanced or whatever; and we control when the ball is snapped.
“So, the defense doesn’t dictate any of those things.’’

We’ve noticed a trend of more and more coaches switching to multiple offenses. That way, the offense can run tempo when it’s appropriate and slow it down if it’s playing with a lead.

Enos is also a big fan of keeping the defense honest with vertical routes.

“Absolutely,’’ Enos said. “You’ve gotta have shots, shots with answers. Not a one-man route, or a two-man route, where if it’s not there you’ve got to throw it away. But shots with check downs, with answers.
“Obviously in today’s day and age we can’t always predict what coverage we’re going to get or how the defense is going to react after the ball is snapped…’’
Pressuring the defense “vertically,’’ Enos explained, “is very important.”

What are the key elements of your offensive philosophy?

3. College basketball team runs football play to seal a win (247Sports)

Football coaches might get a kick out of this one. How about this play from Northern Kentucky coming out of a timeout? It’s certainly one way to run out the clock.


What is the funniest play you’ve ever called in a game?

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