Bill Walsh is a man who needs no introduction. From his time at Stanford to his legendary run with the 49ers, Walsh was, and still is, the standard by which other coaches are judged, which is evidenced by the fact that his book is still demanding at least triple the list price almost two decades after its release.
Fresh from the vault, I’ve managed to dig up some coaching materials from Walsh’s final season as a head coach at any level. You can watch it after the jump. Continue reading →
If you haven’t seen what’s been going on over at All22Video.com, you definitely should. We’ve put together the largest collection of coaching film anywhere on the net, and I’ll be adding more each week.
I’ll be writing occasional blog posts over on that site as well, mainly focusing on film analysis and nothing but X’s and O’s (and no, you don’t have to be a member to read it).
The thing that stuck out to me through the whole presentation was that Morris always wanted to know what his answer would be for what the defense is doing. This sounds obvious, but a lot of coaches make the mistake of never thinking past the first move on the chessboard.
Sure, that play looks great on the whiteboard, drawn up against the right defense and executed to perfection. The band plays the school song and everyone cheers. Continue reading →
My new site, All22Video.com, is launching today, and to celebrate, I’m releasing some awesome Malzahn clinic material, consisting of video cutups of some of the most common run and pass concepts on the free section of the site here.
As coaches, we’re always looking for more film to watch. If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly looking for the newest innovations on the football field and trying to get your hands on a copy of the video.
The trouble is that Sony and the rest of the electronic companies out there didn’t design their products with guys like us in mind. Watching All-22 film on DVD can be a pain, especially if there’s a delay or lag when you’re trying to rewind a play to watch it over again for the sixth time in a row.
Of course, most coaches have access to a video system like HUDL, which obviously works great when you want to watch film, make cutups, etc; I don’t think I have to sell you on that. The problem is that for those of us who are passionate (or obsessive, depending on how you look at it) collectors of film, our physical film library is huge, and HUDL’s storage per team is limited. After game film and practice film, there isn’t much room left for side projects. And what happens if you leave to take a job at another program? In order to keep your film, you’ll have to download every single video onto a portable storage drive to take with you, and if you know anything about downloading from your own HUDL library, it doesn’t allow you to download more than one video at a time. Continue reading →
I’m really excited to be working with Charles Fischer and the talented group of writers over at FishDuck.com, one of the premier football sites on the internet. I’ve been following the site and have been a fan of what they do for a long time, so if you’re not familiar with it, do yourself a favor and check it out. Aside from articles, the analysis videos breaking down the Oregon offense are second to none.
In this post, I push back against the analysts who, without any real understanding of the scheme, say that Chip Kelly’s offense is just a fad:
Being able to draw up plays on a blackboard is one thing, but what happens in a game when their defensive end is a lot better than you realized, and you’re not able to run the ball to his side like you wanted? What happens when the opposition begins anticipating your favorite pass play and starts doubling your stud receiver? What’s your plan B? What are your answers? In football, almost nothing ever goes completely according to plan, so a coach without answers is a coach without an offense, and a coach without an offense will eventually become a coach without a job.
In contrast to this, Kelly’s offense is a well-oiled machine with plays that complement one another, with contingency plans built in. “
As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, the last few days I’ve been dropping hints about putting together a streaming video site full of All-22 film for coaches and fans alike to watch and learn from.
Today, I’m releasing the URL of the new site, which is set to debut on March 4 at Noon EST, less than two weeks from today.
For those who don’t know, the idea is simple: Provide a single place where coaches can find and watch video that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get their hands on without a lot of digging. Continue reading →
I was fortunate enough, through a mutual acquaintance, to be able to spend some time with Jerry Glanville last summer, picking his brain about defense, player evaluation, and football in general.
Before we go any further, I can assure you that he is exactly the guy you’ve seen on those NFL Films highlights. He was every bit the wacky, hilarious, and fiery coach that football fans know him as, but make no mistake, the man knows football.
However, there are plenty of other great resources from Jon Harbaugh’s team that I can share with you, and one of my favorites is the information on the unbalanced line run game that Baltimore has made a living off of for several seasons.
A lot of wisdom was dispensed at this year’s AFCA Convention in Indy, and as always, one of the best segments of the week was the Grad Assistant and Career Forum. Whether this is your first or your thirty-first year in coaching, there are always more than a few grains of wisdom you can glean from guys who have been where you are and succeeded.
Grad Assistant/ Career Forum
Dino Babers – Bowling Green
Jake Spavital – Texas A&M
Chad Morris – Clemson
Gus Malzahn – Auburn
Dino Babers – Bowling Green
Q: How do we develop relationships with coaching mentors?
Dino Babers: There’s certain people who have accelerated your career. Keep in contact, watch their season, follow their success.
Jake Spavital: Always tried to be around those guys as much as possible because they always brought good people with them. It’s all about expanding your network.
Q: How do we align ourselves with the right coaches?
Chad Morris: Try to choose your mentor based on what you believe in. Hitch your trailer to a guy you believe in. Don’t be afraid to be persistent. No doesn’t always mean no.
Gus Malzahn: Some of these jobs you really don’t want. Look for someone you want to model yourself after. Another great idea is to find an up and comer with the same values as you and develop a relationship. Continue reading →
One of the best tools for younger coaches at the convention is the first-timer’s meeting. The presentation is full of useful information, not just about the convention, but on the coaching profession in general. This past convention in Indianapolis was not my first, but I wanted to attend the first-timer’s meeting again because I had been so impressed with Coach Fred Farrier and what he had to say the year before in Nashville. Read on to get some great advice on networking and creating a positive impression with potential employers. Continue reading →