FNF Coaches Talk — Practice Rep Efficiency, the Right Number of Captains, College Coaches Biggest Strengths

Welcome back, Coaches. We’ve got three stories for you on a Thursday afternoon.

1. An efficient and effective way for defense to get practice reps (USA Football Blogs)

Finding the most efficient way to practice and effectively prepare players is something that coaches are always searching for. Head Coach of Missouri S&T Todd Drury has created a way to get his players the reps they need with a focus on the mental side of the game. To do this, he utilizes 10 trash cans and two sets of six scout team players.

The setup of the drill is simple. The diagram below shows two scout team players (skill only) and five trash cans spaced twenty yards apart facing each other.

Here’s what it looks like on video.

What tip would you offer a young coach to maximize practice time on defense?

2. Four heads are better than one: Navy football captains assume command (Capital Gazette)

This is an interesting article on captains and the debate as to how many captains is the right number for a team.

This is the first time in Navy football history there has been more than two captains.

From 1905 through 1968, Navy football had one captain. In 1969, under first-year head coach Rick Forzano, the Midshipmen had co-captains in Dan Pike and Jeff Krstich. There was just one captain again for the next four seasons until Navy settled on having two captains from 1974 until 2018.

So why does Navy football suddenly have four captains?

“Why not?” Niumatalolo asked. “Sometimes we do things around here just because that’s the way it has always been. I didn’t want a limit this year. If we have four players that are deserving, why not have them all be captains.”

How many captains do you designate for your team? Why?

3. Every college football coach’s biggest strength (247Sports)

While we are big proponents that is important to be yourself when you’re leading a team, we also think it’s worthwhile to look at the strengths of some other great coaches. These coaches all became coaches of college football teams in the Big 5 conferences, so these strengths have undoubtedly taken them to the apex of the sport. It’s worth considering how these traits might impact a team.

James Franklin | Penn State | Energy — If you’ve seen practice or locker room videos from James Franklin’s time at Vanderbilt or Penn State, it’s clear that he is excited to coach football on a daily basis. That type of attitude allows him to recruit well and get his players fired up on game days, which has earned him some massive wins at Penn State.

These strengths, when used properly, can help a coach get the most out of his team. So, what makes each college coach tick?

What is the biggest strength you bring to the table when it comes to coaching your team?

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