This post by Coach Jeff Floyd was written nearly a year ago. He starts by saying “It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the sport we love.” Well since that time it hasn’t become any easier. The season started amid controversy with famous NFL players. Last year’s Heisman trophy winner found more trouble for himself and was suspended. High school seasons were ended abruptly by hazing incidents. Furthermore, an ever increasing focus on the concussion problem threatens the future of football. Our game isn’t necessarily painted in a positive light.
To this point, the game has been framed as of one of strength and brutality. It’s played by tough guys who are willing to endure the physical nature of the sport. Now many see the negative incidents highlighted almost weekly on the news as part of the culture of our game. As coaches, we need to help reset the image to showcase all of the positive aspects. Football really has become a thinking man’s game. Gone are the days of three yards and a cloud of dust. The top teams in the country at any level produce 500 yards a game of offense regularly. It’s no longer done with brute force. It’s execution of specific technique and strategy. Players need to read and react pre snap and post snap. Success on the field is reliant upon studying and understanding strategy and scheme. The game will always be aggressive and tough, but intelligence and quick thinking are at the forefront of a player’s ability.
I’ve been able to put together a team of coaches willing to share the details of what helps them be on the cutting edge of strategy, scheme, and technique. We will be releasing their work early in the off season and continue to find the best coaches with the best content and make it interactive. Check out a few early releases here: https://coachesedgetechnologies.com/store/.
In regard to what you can do to help our game, I’ve started a research project of my own asking coaches to send any plays (game or practice) where a concussion has occurred. The video will be used to help identify some solutions to help us with teaching blocking, tackling, and other techniques in a way which we can make the game safer. Details on how to send video can be found here.
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It has been a rough couple of weeks for the sport I… WE … love.
- A study just released showed participation in youth football leagues across the country was down 10% last year… a significant hit (pun intended) and is attributed to fear of injury … specifically head injuries… on the parents part.
- You can see the posturing for litigation beginning as former NFL stars test, and show signs, of CTE … chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
- The “Locker Room” culture in the NFL, from hazing and bullying to overall bad behavior on some NFL teams, has been exposed and laid bare.
It’s not the first time football has been under siege, but it might be the most critical battle since our sport was almost banished in 1905 after 18 people died playing football. A few things that happened in that year (1905) that saved the sport:
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