FNF Coaches Talk — Patrick Mahomes an Example to Multi-Sport Athletes, Tyreek Hill’s Jet Sweep, PJ Fleck on Building a Culture

Welcome back, Coaches. We’ve got three stories for you.

1. Patrick Mahomes is validation for coaches who prefer multi-sport athletes (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

We know a lot of coaches that are going to love this one!

If you preach to your players the importance of being multi-sport athletes, this is the story to show them.

Every Super Bowl there are multiple examples of guys who were overlooked, of recruiting rankings that flopped. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the case study of the kid who excelled because he didn’t play just one sport, even if it hurt him in the “rankings.”

“He was not the prototypical quarterback at the time; he was not some five-step drop player,” said one of Mahomes’ former coaches, Adam Cook, in a phone interview on Monday. “But he would not get invited to these certain showcase events for high school players, and I would get so frustrated. I knew how good he was, and I couldn’t get him into these events.
“The problem was Patrick, when so many other guys were in these showcase events or whatever else, he was competing. He was on the basketball court, competing. He was on the baseball diamond, competing.”

Cook said he has been told by a prominent Texas college coach he hopes to use Mahomes as an example to be used for all high school football players in the state, and not solely because he’s in the NFL. They want to show young quarterbacks how important it is to play other sports.

Quarterbacks of this era are technically superior because they spend so much time practicing and running drills. They are vastly inferior when the play breaks down and the game goes off script, because so many of them now play football year round as opposed to baseball, basketball, or something else in the offseason.

It’s one thing to drop back and throw a pretty pass in 7-on-7. Now do it when your first two receivers run the wrong routes, the left tackle didn’t do his job, and two defenders are in your face.

There is no quarterback who thrives in those spots better than Mahomes.

“He played all three sports, and you can see the influence of the sports that molded him into the player he is,” Cook said. “The no-look passes you see? That’s basketball. The elements of throwing it from awkward positions, that’s from him throwing the ball across the diamond.
“Now, we have to look at God blessed him with abilities and he does things that are hard to mimic, but his experiences in the other sports helped him.”

What can does an athlete gain by playing multiple sports instead of training for football year-round?

2. Chiefs Scheme Jet Sweep Touchdown for Tyreek Hill (First Down Playbook)

Part of our job as a football coach is finding the best way to put your best players in position to make plays.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid does that as well as anyone, and he certainly did a good job of it in the red zone against the Titans on Sunday. After falling behind 10-0, Reid called his fastest player’s number, and Tyreek Hill took a jet sweep to the house.

Our friends at First Down Playbook break down the play with an explanation in their weekly Tuesday blog that summarizes the action from the previous weekend.

Sometimes when you have a special dude on offense you can block a play up and when there is an unblocked defender you aren’t that worried. Why?
If you will notice the football play diagram below, #87 Travis Kelce gets a shot on the Titans’ linebacker #58. However, he does not block him at the point of attack. You will also notice that the Titans’ #35 has the unenviable task of staying with Tyreek Hill on the jet sweep across the formation. Both players, #58 and #35 are unblocked.

Well, despite having two defenders taking responsibility for Hill, he gets in the end zone standing up. Freak athletes make freakish plays.

How do you prefer to get the ball in the hands of your fastest player in the red zone?

3. CoachTube: PJ Fleck on Building an Elite Culture

Few coaches have made a bigger impression in the college football world than PJ Fleck, who won nine straight games this year in his third season at Minnesota, including a program-altering 31-26 victory over theretofore unbeaten Penn State. It was the Gophers’ first win over a top-five ranked team in 20 years.

The following video is from a clinic presentation by Coach Fleck at Texas Coaching School. He is known for developing a winning culture. Coach Fleck shares how to be authentic, reflective and insightful by giving his 3-4 year plan on how to turn a culture around.

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