Welcome back, Coaches. Here are today’s stories.
1. Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy: Leading every aspect of offense, not just QBs, is the key to becoming a coordinator (NFL Network)
The Kansas City Chiefs have one of the best offenses in the NFL, and former running backs coach Eric Bienemy orchestrates the offense as the coordinator. He spoke before his speech at the QB Coaching Summit about becoming well-rounded as a position coach and learning the entire offensive system.
“At the end of the day, I’ve always prided myself on being a football coach,” Bienemy said. “Did I coach running backs? Yes. Every year, I made sure I took a lot of time to learn different positions.”
What advice would you give a position coach who wants to become a coordinator?
2. Robotic QB: How Iowa alumni are evolving football training technology (QuadCities)
Some University of Iowa alumni are updating football practice equipment in a unique way, applying new technologies to help players train.
It’s a robot that’s part quarterback, part punter. It’s name is The Seeker — a product that’s the brainchild of the company Monarc Sport.
The Seeker uses positioning technology from sideline sensors and a remote tracker to deliver balls to an athlete.
It can also operate like your standard jugs machine, but with upgrades for accuracy.
“You’ll actually be shown a virtual grid of the football field,” Theisen said. “You tap where you put the machine and then you tap where you want the ball to go. The machine makes the necessary adjustments.”
What technology is your team using to help maximize reps on the practice field?
3. Behold the analytics revolution: If you’re gonna miss, miss fast (247Sports)
There’s a reasonably common question in recruiting that largely defines a program’s overall philosophy: Is it better to take a great high school player with a lower ceiling or a high-ceiling athlete who lacks polish?
Most programs fall somewhere in the middle of this scale. Some, like an Alabama, can easily get obtain ready-to-play freaks. Others, like Baylor, are at the extreme end and target athleticism above all. It’s what helped transform Temple, and it’s a big reason the Bears are projected to take another big jump in Year 3 of the Rhule era.
It’s a numbers-based philosophy that’s slowly seeping into the pores of college football at large.
“I feel like we might value numbers just as much as tape, and maybe even more in some cases,” Baylor recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach Evan Cooper told 247Sports. “We’re a big, big believer in development. Sometimes you get kids who are maxed out whose ceiling might not be as high. We take the approach of what they’ll look like in five years. If he has the requisite size, speed and strength we feel like we can turn them into good football players.
“In recruiting you miss. You’re going to miss. So, we figure: If you’re going to miss, miss fast.”
If you have two players competing on a starting job, how much do you weigh each player’s physical measurements (size, speed, etc.)?