FNF Coaches Talk: Tulane’s Comeback Highlights, a Florida Coach’s Heroic Wife, LSU’s Spread Attack

FNF Coaches Talk

Happy Friday, Coaches. Best of luck in your games tonight. Here’s some game-day content for you.

1. Tulane’s game-winning drive over Houston had two plays. Both were ridiculous. (For the Win)

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes we get the greatest highlights as a result.

If you’ve been watching any TV today, you may have seen highlights of Tulane’s 38-31 comeback win over Houston on Thursday night in New Orleans.

That comeback win was capped by our favorite drive of the year, a drive that featured two plays, and two plays only:

  • A fake-kneel trick play
  • A 53-yard bomb touchdown

Here’s the two-play sequence.

And here’s the 53-yard bomb.

Tough ending for the Houston defense.

What is your go-to trick play if you need your offense to get a huge chunk of yardage?

2. Tampa Bay area coach teaches players meaning of sacrifice (Bay News 9)

This is a local story to us here in St. Petersburg, Fla., but also a story that can serve as inspiration for coaches anywhere.

Chamberlain High (Fla.) coach Jason Lane has been balancing a battle off the field this season. In January, Jason’s wife, Kieonna was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer.

“In the tough year that I’ve been through this year, I think we’re talking quite a bit about about sacrifice,” Lane explained. “The game of football is very selfless and you know, what I’ve experienced this year, there’s been a lot of selflessness in my own home so that I can maintain my position here at Chamberlain high school.”

After undergoing four round of chemotherapy and two surgeries, Lane’s wife is now cancer-free.

“She’s the strongest woman I’ve ever met,” Lane said. “She’s the assistant principal for IB at St Petersburg High School, she runs a school within a school and she’s under a microscope, it must perform at a high level.

Throughout her treatment, Kieonna hardly missed any work. The only time she missed was for surgeries and for chemotherapy.

The dedication that the Lanes have shown their schools and their communities has provided inspiration for countless members of the community.

How do you draw strength from your marriage to help you as a football coach?

3. How LSU’s Lethal New Spread Attack Was Built (Sports Illustrated)

If you’ve seen any LSU games this season, you’ve likely noticed the Tigers have a high-powered offense for the first time in a while. You may want to attribute that to the program finally having an NFL-caliber QB at the helm. But this story makes the case that it’s just as much scheme as offensive talent.

To understand the significance of LSU’s recent offensive transformation, you must understand its checkered past. There were serious problems in the passing game, from scheme to personnel. LSU had six different starting quarterbacks in six seasons (2011–16), and up until last season it had not cracked the top 80 in passing since 2013, a season in which the Tigers had future NFL stars Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Even then, they finished 45th nationally in passing.

Through three games this year, the Tigers are second in the nation in passing yards per game, at 436.3. According to STATS Perform, 128 of their 134 snaps in their first two games were out of the shotgun, a 95.5% clip. In 2017, 39.7% percent of LSU’s snaps were out of the shotgun, the 12th-lowest rate in the FBS and the second lowest in the SEC. During Les Miles’s last five years as coach, from 2012 to 2016, 33.2% of snaps came out of the shotgun.

The personnel use has dramatically changed, too. LSU is using more wide receivers and fewer tight ends. The Tigers operated from formations with three or more receivers on all but two plays through the first two weeks. In Miles’s last five years, just one-fifth of the Tigers’ snaps were from a formation with three or more receivers.

How has the rise of the spread offense impacted the way your offense is designed?

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