The Best Coaches Make Changes on the Fly

A coach must constantly adjust his strategy in-season.

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

With the amount of game planning and scouting that goes into high school football these days, a coach must constantly adjust his strategy in-season.


Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

It’s an expression that could very easily apply to a high school football season. Even the best laid plans of a football coach can go awry due to an injury, mismatch, or even a bad night.

The best coaches don’t wait for the offseason to make tweaks to a scheme, depth chart or play-calling philosophy. When there’s a problem, the best time to address it is NOW.

In this preseason edition of FNF Coaches, we talk to experienced coaches that have learned to make changes on the fly within a season, a game week, or even a single practice or game. You don’t need to wait to review game film to assess your team’s performance, and you don’t have to wait until halftime to make in-game adjustments.

We’ll share stories of coaches that have made adjustments in real time, and watched their respective season take a turn for the better. We’ll offer tips and strategies to make those adjustments so that when your team gets punched in the mouth this season – and just about every team does at some point – you’ll be ready to respond rather than react.

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