FNF Coaches Talk — Kobe Bryant’s Speech to Alabama, Podcast on Analytics, When Coordinators and Head Coaches Disagree

We hope you enjoyed the weekend. Here are some stories for today.

1. Kobe Bryant gives leadership advice to the Alabama football team (Unnecessary Roughness)

Obviously, the biggest story in sports over the weekend was the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gigi, and seven other people in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. Our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone impacted by this tragedy. Regardless of what sport you love, it’s impossible to deny that Kobe was one of the all-time greatest competitors.

Here, he gives a speech to the Alabama football team, and it’s on an unexpected topic — leadership. We think of Kobe as a gunner who wanted to score 30 every night, and it’s easy to forget the role he played on the Lakers championship teams with Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Ron Artest.

What lessons will you take from Kobe’s career and impart to your players?

2. [Podcast] Analytics in Coaching- Drew Liddle, Kansas State University Offensive Quality Control Coach (USA Football)

As you may know, we’re getting into the podcasting game, and this is exactly the type of content we want to provide.

Behind the scenes of every football program are an army of individuals that work to help football programs across the country succeed on game days. Serving as the Assistant Director of Recruiting and as an Offensive Quality Control coach at Kansas State University, Drew Liddle uses research and analytics behind the scenes. After playing for five seasons as an offensive lineman at Kansas State, Liddle transitioned his career path into coaching at his alma mater. Tune in to discover Coach Liddle’s approach to preparing for game day.

How do you use analytics to help your decision-making on game day?

3. Viral video: In his role as OC of the Cleveland Browns, Kyle Shanahan ignored the HC’s request and called at TD (Sharp Football)

It’s easy to look back at this viral video now and say, “Of course current Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine shouldn’t give offensive play-calling advice to current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, but at the time of this video, Pettine was the Browns head coach, Shanahan was offensive coordinator, and Johnny Manziel was still in the league.

We’ll give Shanahan this: He had plenty of restraint. He gave Pettine a look like, “This is my job,” and Pettine deferred.

How do you break ties in-game when the head coach and coordinator disagree on a play call?

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