FNF Coaches Talk: Louisville buying into new scheme, Texas Mat Drills, IU coach Tom Allen on analytics

FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. Let’s get right to the stories.

1. Louisville defense buying in to new scheme with early spring effort (Courier Journal)

This is a must-read if you’re installing a new scheme this offseason — or even if you’re simply making tweaks to your current scheme.

Louisville defensive coordinator Bryan Brown is installing a new scheme, and he has been pleased with the early returns this spring. The most encouraging part: his players have bought into the culture change.

“We can tell those guys there’s no ice in Alaska, it’s not cold in Alaska, and I think the guys will believe that because they want to believe and want to do right,” Brown said Wednesday.

While the Louisville players might be buying in due to their excitement over the new scheme, at least one player noted that his acceptance had nothing to do with X’s and O’s. He simply likes the way the new coaches are treating the players this offseason.

Asked why the players have embraced the change, redshirt sophomore cornerback Anthony Johnson attributed it to the “family atmosphere” created by new coach Scott Satterfield and his staff. He said it’s a welcome change after there was a lot of “moping around” in 2018.
“It just feels like we’re one big family,” Johnson said. “The coaches really care for us.”

Brown’s system also gives the players more freedom and responsibility. For instance, check downs and calls are made by players, and not relayed from the sidelines.

Maybe the lesson is to treat players like family, and trust them to make the right decisions.

Coaches — How do you sell a change in scheme to your players?

2. Watch: Texas holds ‘Mat Drills’ for Wednesday’s workout (Horns 247)

Texas is well into winter conditioning as the Longhorns make their way towards spring football. Third-year head coach Tom Herman has his strength and conditioning staff hard at work with the Longhorns, and have begun the competition portion of winter, where the winners are celebrated and recognized for their hard work.

Here’s a video that will inspire you to push your players this spring.

You’ll see the Texas staff promotes plenty of inter-team competition in its Mat Drills. Perhaps you could steal some ideas for your team.

What competition marks the culmination of your offseason strength program?

3. Indiana University coach Tom Allen: ‘We utilize the analytics component’ (FNF Coaches)

We had our monthly College Q&A with Indiana coach Tom Allen in February, and it was interesting to hear how much the Big 10 Conference coach relies on analytics when it comes to making decisions throughout a game.

“We utilized the analytics component, and it made me more aggressive,” Allen said. “It’s all based on field position and time on the clock. The guys in the press box give me that information.”

Allen shared his process for getting information from his analytics expert during a game.

“On second down, the guys in the press box will start to communicate with the offensive staff on the headsets,” Allen said. “They might say, ‘If it’s 3 or less, it’s a go.’ Then, I know what we have to pick up on third down. They compare your stats to the opponent’s stats, and the program spits out the probability.”

In what ways to do use analytics to your advantage?

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