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FNF Coaches Talk — Prioritizing Offensive Simplicity, Multi-Year Contracts for Coaches, Explaining Stress Coverage

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

1. Prioritizing Offensive Simplicity (USA Football)

Coach Matt Drinkard shares some tips for simplifying your offensive scheme. Simplicity within an offense can streamline the entire process and increase its effectiveness.

One staple I use to help consolidate my train of thought is SFS (shorter, faster and simpler). If the players’ heads are moving, their feet are not. I want things to be made shorter, faster and simpler for players and coaches.

When consolidating and simplifying offensive terms, you are inevitably left with the simplicity paradox. How do you appear complex to defenses while remaining simple to your players? That is a constant battle that you must be aware of. One way is to show many looks and run few play concepts.

When consolidating and simplifying offensive terms, you are inevitably left with the simplicity paradox. How do you appear complex to defenses while remaining simple to your players? That is a constant battle that you must be aware of. One way is to show many looks and run few play concepts. If you can carry variance within play concept, that will get you more mileage from a series or concept than you originally thought.

What is your process for going through your playbook to eliminate plays, audibles, adjustments and words within play calls that are unnecessary?

2. This bill provides NJ high school coaches with multi-year contracts, and it’s gaining traction (Bridgewater Courier News)

Here’s some good news for coaches who are looking for greater job stability. A New Jersey state legislator is fighting for multi-year contracts for coaches, and he may win the battle.

A state legislator whose bill would provide multi-year contracts for public high school coaches and afford those facing nonrenewal with an unprecedented avenue for appeal is “very optimistic” his proposal will become law.

Attorney Steve Farsiou, who has represented more than a dozen terminated scholastic coaches in civil lawsuits against New Jersey school districts over the last decade, believes the vast majority, if not all, of his clients would never have lost their jobs had the legislation of Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, D-Bergen/Passaic, been on the books years ago.

Critics of the legislation believe it may impede a school district’s ability, when necessary, to remove coaches, all of which are currently employed in New Jersey under one-year renewable contracts, and burden local taxpayers with additional costs.

The Assembly Education Committee unanimously advanced Wimberly’s legislation last month in a 10-0 vote with one abstention.

How would a multi-year contract change the way you approached conflicts with players, parents and administrators?

3. CoachTube Video: Explaining Stress Coverage (FNF Coaches)

Coaches — We’re sharing another video from our friends at CoachTube. This one breaks down “stress” coverage, which is a favorite for some coaches because it reverts back to Quarters if the offense does not run four vertical routes. If you like running Quarters, this is a nice variation of that call.

What other coverages would you like to see explained in video form?

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