We’re excited to tease our most recent FNF Coaches Podcast with St. David’s School (N.C.) coach Dan Casey, a must-follow on Twitter for most high school football coaches.
If you follow Casey on Twitter @CoachDanCasey, you know he’s an offensive guru when it comes to X’s and O’s. He can often be seen breaking down concepts seen in pro and college football with a few tweets and a quick video clip. He also has a website designed to help coaches become more creative with their systems.
We’ll plan to post the podcast before the end of the week. Here are some highlights from the conversation.
How did the idea to share X’s and O’s content come about?
“I got my first head coaching job when I was 24, and I knew next to nothing. Having played in high school and college, I knew different schemes from a player’s perspective. As far as knowing X’s and O’s, I didn’t have a deep understanding. I wanted to learn from more experienced coaches. I was the only coach on campus at my school, so I didn’t have anyone down the hall to ask things like, ‘What’s a good concept to beat Cover 3?’ I had to find that. So, I had so many coaches reach out and help me during that time. I definitely try to return the favor.”
How do you find the content? Is it difficult to go through clips from so many games each week?
“The way I keep up in-season is I don’t watch games live hardly at all. I spent the weekends with my family as much as I can. I get up early Monday morning and watch highlights from a few games I’m particularly interested in. I skip the commercials and digest a lot of football in a short amount of time. I’m a huge proponent of learning something new every day.”
So, you’re actually sorting through all of the game footage yourself?
“I have a great network of coaches. They send me cut-ups and clips, things like that. I’ve built up a library over time. During the season, I’m more skimming what’s interesting to me and keeping an eye on trends. In the offseason, I’ll dive deep and really try to understand what teams are doing to solve certain problems. I always say coaching is 100 percent about problem-solving. We’re just trying to provide athletes with the best solution for any given opponent or situation. I’m always interested in how coaches are solving problems because chances are I’m going to come across the same problems some day.”
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