FNF Coaches Talk — Patriots Scheme Antonio Brown Into Offense, Bucks For the Brave Contest, Penn State Changes Signals

FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. Here are three stories for today.

1. How the Patriots schemed Antonio Brown to success during his memorable debut at Miami (MassLive)

Here’s a good breakdown of plays if you’re looking for ways to get your biggest play-maker the ball.

Brown played 24 of the Patriots’ 72 offensive snaps Sunday in Miami, including those with penalties. He earned eight targets and four receptions for 56 yards, all team highs. In the second quarter, Brown caught his first touchdown pass from Tom Brady.

Here’s how his debut broke down.

11 personnel (3 WR, 1 RB, 1 TE): 66%
10 personnel (4 WR, 1 RB, 0 TE): 21%
21F personnel (2 WR, 1 RB, 1 FB, 1 TE): 13%
Breakdown: Just as any offense that adds Antonio Brown should, the Patriots took more of a spread approach on Sunday. They played several snaps without a tight end for the second straight week and first deployed Brown in a 4-receiver set on their opening series. Brown later took snaps in two other personnel groupings on that same drive.

There’s plenty of play descriptions and video in the post, so we advise you to check it out. For now, here’s the touchdown on a smash fade route.

How do you simplify the playbook for players who are struggling to grasp the entire offensive or defensive system?

2. Nominate a Hero in the Bucks For The Brave Contest (Sportsman’s Choice Beef)

The men and women that have served on the front lines in our armed forces, law enforcement and fire departments, have a job that requires them to sacrifice their own lives every day above all others. Bucks for the Brave allows the loved ones and communities that support these heroes to share their stories and unite us all in honoring and recognizing their service to our great nation.

This contest allows you to nominate veterans (no longer serving), retired firefighters and law enforcement retirees to win the hunt of a lifetime. This all-inclusive hunt (as defined in our official rules and regulations) will take place Veteran’s Day Weekend, November 8-12, 2019, at Trinity Oak’s Thumbtack Ranch in Batesville, TX. We will be awarding one winner from each of our seven categories: Air Force Veteran, Army Veteran, Coast Guard Veteran, Marine Corps Veteran, Navy Veteran, Retired Firefighter, Retired Law Enforcement. 7 HEROES WILL WIN!

Who would you nominate for the Bucks For The Brave Contest?

3. Penn State Football Changed Play-Calling Signals After Player’s Transfer To Pitt (Onward State)

Former Penn State football safety John Petrishen’s transfer to Pitt led to a few changes to the Nittany Lions’ in-game communication system.

Head coach James Franklin made some changes to his team’s non-verbal signals immediately after Petrishen announced his decision to play for Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers on August 21. He made sure to hammer home the fact that he didn’t put this task off and got to work on it as soon as Petrishen’s decision was official.

“When [Petrishen transferred], we knew that we were going to have to make some changes at that point. So, we have changed [signals],” Franklin said. “We didn’t wait until this week to do it. We did it right when that was announced, but obviously, we had to change all of our signals — especially on defense and on offense, as well — but especially on defense because he knows all of our signals and those types of things.”

Franklin said procrastinating and waiting to make changes until this week would’ve been “problematic” for his team, and he noted that changing the way your team communicates on the field is a process that takes time. His team already used its new signals during its games against Idaho and Buffalo.

How often do you change your play-calling signals? Why do you do it?

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