FNF Coaches Talk — Friday Night Lights Podcast, Myron Rolle’s Heroism, Denver Broncos Remote Lifting

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1. FNF Coaches Friday Night Lights Podcast: Season 1, Episode 3 – Wind Sprints (FNF Coaches)

Coaches — We hope you’re keeping up with this! It’s a fun watch every week, and then we break it down with Coach Ryan Dieck, an offensive coordinator of a high school team in Louisiana. He and FNF Coaches Editor-in-Chief Dan Guttenplan continue their conversation about the hit NBC drama Friday Night Lights by breaking down Season 1, Episode 3 – “Wind Sprints.” This one is heavy on the football scenes, and it’s always great to hear feedback from a real-life high school football coach.

In this episode, the podcast hosts focus on the fallout after the Panthers suffer a humiliating loss. Coach Taylor appears to be righting the ship in the following week of practices. That is, until Buddy Garrity introduces the team to a new quarterback from Louisiana whose family fell victim to Hurricane Katrina.

Join us as we re-watch this uber-bingeable series on Hulu, and let us know your take on Twitter @fnfcoaches

2. Myron Rolle, now a doctor treating coronavirus patients, draws on football background in crisis (Washington Post)

Many of us know the story of Myron Rolle, a former Florida State defensive back who is now a neurosurgeon in Boston. He is currently dealing with the novel coronavirus as a volunteer doctor at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. Rolle has volunteered for shifts, a task that bears more than passing similarity to backpedaling on defense in the NFL. But the shortage of masks? No one is trained to deal with that.

All kinds of things and people are being repurposed at Massachusetts General, a leading hospital in a state that is dealing with more than 12,000 cases of the virus and may see 10 times that many in the coming weeks. Repurposing is really all Rolle has ever done, ever since he played safety at Florida State with the dual goals of making it to the NFL and becoming a neurosurgeon.

A nagging question for most football players is whether the war-without-death game really teaches anything useful about performing in situations that mean actual life and death. Rolle knows it does. His demeanor as a neurosurgical resident comes straight from the field.

“Absolutely hundred percent,” he says. “There are moments in a game where the team is depending on you and a lot of eyes are watching you. It’s a fourth down and we have to make a stop, and it’s rainy and noisy and distractions are everywhere, and the game is on ESPN, and your heart is racing.”


What lessons from football can you apply to handling the mental toll of dealing with the pandemic?

3. How the Denver Broncos strength coach is getting his team ready for the season from afar (Denver Broncos)

Loren Landow, the Broncos’ head strength and conditioning coach, is doing his part to keep his players engaged during the social-distancing period.

Landow and his three assistants have designed a program to keep the team’s players in top physical condition if they are unable to be present at the UCHealth Training Center.

Landow’s staff’s plan began months ago, when the group designed individual sets of take-home voluntary workouts for each player on the 90-man roster.

Those plans are designed around reducing the amount of weight lifted, increasing repetitions and slowing down the pace of each workout.

“The offseason is the time that we kind of rebuild the body,” Landow told DenverBroncos.com this week. “With the take-home program that the guys have already, that should at least lay a pretty good foundation. … You do those things to really work on the connected tissue, the tendon strength of the muscle. You’re trying to preserve the strength and the stability of the joints.”

If players request any help with their voluntary workouts at home, the prescribed offseason workouts also include sprint work to help players strengthen hamstrings, hip flexors, ankle joints, calf muscles and other key areas.

When the voluntary offseason program begins, there won’t be too much of a shift. Landow and his team will still prescribe a plan that players can complete from afar.

To assist with the transition and to ensure coaching points aren’t lost, Landow and Co. recorded more than 100 different workouts on video that can be downloaded by the players if requested.

“It shows them exact video of the technique of how we want it to be done,” Landow said. “And then I can put in different coaching cues that I want them to really focus on during each exercise. We did a good job of being on the front-end of this, I believe, to give our athletes the best ability [to succeed]. If Phase I, Phase II or Phase III are virtual, we feel that our players will have a nice setup for them to be successful.”


How are you monitoring your team’s strength and conditioning from afar?

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