FNF Coaches Talk — Kliff Kingsbury’s Cell Phone Time, What to Look for in a QB, How to Prevent Hamstring Pulls

FNF Coaches Talk

Welcome back, Coaches. Check out our three stories of the day.

1.  Kliff Kingsbury plans to give Cardinals ‘cellphone breaks’ because they need ‘that social media fix’ (Washington Post)

Coaches — It will be interesting to hear what you think of this approach to cellphone addiction among your players.

Kliff Kingsbury, the Arizona Cardinals’ first-year coach, says he’s going to give players “cellphone breaks” during team meetings in the week leading up to game day.

Kingsbury, 39, hopes to cut down on distractions with the breaks, which he gave players when he was coaching at Texas Tech. The breaks he’ll give his pro players, whose average age is 25, will come every 20 to 30 minutes.

Of course, Apple has a horse in the race, however the CEO claims that a coach might be better served banning certain apps rather than the phone altogether during team meetings.

Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who helped invent the iPod, wants to make it clear that the problem is people, not technology. “The devices themselves are not addictive,” he said. “That’s like saying a refrigerator is addictive. No, it’s the food inside them. The devices are not addictive, but the things they deliver can be addictive.”

Coaches — How do you account for a player’s short attention span due to a need to check his phone?

2. What Are We Looking for in a Quarterback? (Football X&Os)

At this time of year, we are all evaluating the quarterback position. Maybe you have a new one due to graduation. Maybe you’re considering a new one due to last season’s performance. This column makes it clear that the No. 1 thing to consider when selecting a quarterback is the mental preparedness.

The most important ratio to factor into the Quarterback Equation: Mental is to Physical as 4 is to 1. The mental stability of your quarterback is 4 times more important than his physical abilities. I hope I can show you how the mental side leads to more touchdowns, first downs, and positive plays, than any 4.4 speed, strong arm, size, or other physical ability. Sure you may be able to get by with sheer physical ability for a while, but sooner or later someone will have a plan for him to have to make decisions.

A second part of the job, as many of you know, is being the team leader, and perhaps more importantly a great teammate.

What kind of person or teammate is he? How does he react when his receivers drop a ball? How does is his body language when he throws an interception? How does he react when he gets sacked? If any of these have a continually negative response, you are playing the wrong player at quarterback. Is he a servant leader? Does he try to take the blame when things are bad, and give the credit to others when it is good? Does he try to make others around him better by helping them?

Coaches — What attributes do you look for when deciding on your quarterback for next season?

3. NFL looking into high number of lower extremity injuries (The Virginian-Pilot)

Next to torn ACLs, the most time lost for injured NFL players is due to hamstring and lower extremity problems. So the NFL will place even more emphasis on examining hamstring, groin, foot, ankle and other such injuries, along with its heavy concentration on the knee.

Some of those injuries occur because players push too hard when they aren’t in the shape to do so, particularly those who report late to training camp — or not at all, and then come aboard during the season. That’s particularly true of hamstrings; it’s not unusual for observers to wonder how soon, not if, such players will struggle with such problems.

What steps do you take to limit the hamstring and groin injuries to your players in the beginning of the season?

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