FNF Coaches Talk — FSU’s 3-4 Defense, Neck Strengthening Exercises, HUDL Focus

FNF Coaches Talk

Welcome back, Coaches. We hope you enjoyed your weekend. Here are three stories we’re talking about today.

1. Why a 3-4 defense makes sense for Florida State (Tallahassee Democrat)

It isn’t yet clear if Florida State will be changing to a 3-4 defense on a full-time basis, but the Seminoles have been practicing out of this formation a good deal this spring. FSU’s personnel in the front-seven fits a 3-4 better than a 4-3.

The Seminoles return very few pass-rushers, with more depth coming at the next level with the linebackers.

The move to a 3-4 could hide FSU’s lack of an elite pass rusher and allow the Seminoles to be more creative in the way they got after the quarterback.

How are the players taking the switch after playing in a different system? They’re taking it well.

Junior Leonard Warner said it’s just a matter of trying to become a more well-rounded football player.

“I have a decent feel for the position. I have good instincts and I have a good for where the play’s ‘gon go or where the tackle’s ‘gon set. I think I had a good couple pass rushes getting off the edge. Being able to bend. Just keeping it coming together as a d-end and just trying to keep coming together as a football player altogether.”

What tweaks have you made to your scheme this offseason to better reflect your players’ talents?

2. Why Neck Training is a Must For Every Athlete—Not Just Football Players (Stack)

A recent study from Rutgers University found that the neck’s size, strength and posture plays a significant role in risk of concussion, and the researchers recommend neck-strengthening exercises to reduce concussion risk and severity.

The article offers about 10 exercises to help strengthen the neck, but we like this one in particular.

What exercises do you have in place to help your players build stronger necks?

3. Hudl Gets Deeper Into Hardware as Company Continues Its Evolution (Front Office Sports)

Hudl has taken over video for high school football in the last decade or so, and now the company is working on its next innovation.

The company took its first stab at hardware when it launched Hudl Sideline. Now, the company is going deeper into hardware with Hudl Focus, a smart camera that turns on automatically, follows the play from multiple different angles, and uploads the video directly to the appropriate Hudl account.

In development for a year and a half, Focus was built from the ground up inside of Hudl’s HQs in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Even though the hardware sold out for 2018, Hudl isn’t in a rush to build more units, instead waiting to get feedback from the initial users about the product and making sure that they are able to adjust and improve the product from there.

For a company that has been mostly software focused throughout its lifespan, taking the time to build a hardware product brought about a whole slew of new challenges.
From finding a reliable supply chain and acquiring all of the correct pieces to going out to the locations of the early beta testers to review and make sure everything was working, the team that is spread across five time zones was able to figure out something that it had never done before.

How much money would you be willing to budget for the Hudl Focus?

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