The Best Coaches Make Changes on the Fly

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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