Get the Notes from the 2015 AFCA Convention Now!

The 2015 AFCA Convention is in the books, but even if you didn’t get a chance to go, you can still learn from a lot of the great speakers there. That’s because I’ve provided everyone who is an Insider at Life After Football with a free copy of all my notes from the Convention.

Check out some of the speakers that are part of the notes:

  • Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech
  • Gary Patterson – TCU
  • Bret Bielema – Arkansas
  • Doc Holliday – Marshall
  • Bill Curry – Former player for Vince Lombardi and long time coach
  • And More!

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2015 AFCA Convention Notes: Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson has taken TCU to the upper-echelon of college football programs over the past few years, and if not for a late-season charge by the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Horned Frogs may have found themselves in the final four teams playing for a national championship.

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General Session – Gary Patterson – TCU

– Success is not easy, it comes at a price in this profession.

– I’m worried about the future of this game. Continue reading

Here’s Bill Belichick Talking about the Play-Action Pass

What makes a play-action pass successful and deadly? Is it the success of the offense up to that point in the game to run the football, or is a successful play-action pass more of a singular event? Does its effectiveness or lack thereof depend entirely on what happens during the play itself?

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No doubt both factors influence a defensive player, but Bill Belichick had some interesting thoughts on this topic at the beginning of January. Talking about the design of the play itself, Belichick believes that the success of a play-action pass is largely dependent on the play design and the execution by not just the men in the backfield, but also by the big guys up front:

“I would say that most defensive players get their keys from the offensive line and the tight end. Now, unless there’s no fake at all, which sometimes you see a quarterback fake this way and the (running) back go the other way and you’re like, ‘What’s the point?’ But if there’s any kind of legitimate mesh at all, I would say that the bigger key to the play is the action of the offensive line and the tight end more so than the quarterback and the back.

“Although the quarterback and the back can certainly help the play — I’m not saying that — but no matter what they do, if it’s not tied in with the line of scrimmage: the pad level of the offensive linemen, the aggressive nature like it would be in a running play then I think that the two just don’t mesh and a good defensive player will be able to recognize that. It’s a combination of all those things.”

You can read the whole thing here.

(Credit @NFLosophy on Twitter for tweeting this out earlier.)

2015 AFCA Notes: Robert Wimberly on Defensive Playcalling

Robert Wimberly is the defensive coordinator at Liberty University, and he did a fantastic job of giving a snapshot look at how he structures his scheme, how he delegates responsibilities during the week and on game day, and also how he organizes his thoughts during the game.

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Breakout Session – Robert Wimberly – Liberty University

– It’s important to build a foundation and put a lot of thought into how you structure your playbook. Know the ins and outs of your scheme. It’s never good to be a jack of all trades, but a master of none.

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– Ask yourself if your scheme is ready for something unexpected. Have answers that fit what you do. At the same time, make sure your kids understand your answers.

– Accurate analysis is crucial to a sound game plan. To be most effective, break the responsibilities up among your staff according to their expertise:

  • Receiver analysis
  • Situational pass game
  • Blitz package
  • RB/TE analysis
  • 3rd down runs/OL play
  • Field zone breakdown
  • QB analysis
  • Formations (Defensive Coordinator focuses on this himself)

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2015 AFCA Notes: Paul Johnson on Building a Consistent Program

Paul Johnson’s record speaks for itself. He’s the first coach in ACC history to be named ACC Coach of the Year during his first two seasons in the conference, and his offenses have been proving critics wrong for years now. Fresh off a huge and dominating upset over Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl, Johnson spoke during the General Session at the 2015 AFCA Convention in Louisville.

One of the most interesting comments he made was about sincerity and not being able to fool people by pretending to be something you’re not, which echoed what David Cutcliffe said the year before.

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General Session – Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech

– It’s all about the people who surround you and who do most of the work.

– This past season was one of the most fun I’ve ever had because we had a great group of kids and we got back to basics. Continue reading

2015 AFCA Convention: Day 3 Highlights

Another convention is in the books, and a lot of great speakers had a lot to say. The two big names who spoke on Tuesday were Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech and Gary Patterson of TCU.

Also, before I forget, you can read my complete convention notes by signing up to become a subscriber by clicking here, or clicking on the picture of Chip Kelly up there in the right hand corner of the page.

General Session – Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech

– As a head coach, it’s all about the people who surround you and who do most of the work.

– This past season was one of the most fun seasons I’ve had because we went back to basics.

– I’ve heard every possible excuse why this offense won’t work.

"Be yourself. People are smart and they see right through someone who isn't sincere. Stay true to your philosophies."

“Be yourself. People are smart and they see right through someone who isn’t sincere. Stay true to your philosophies.”

– I think people want to be held accountable for their actions.

– I’d be a better assistant coach today than I was 18 years ago, because now I know that there is a lot that I never knew as an assistant. Some times the head coach has to keep things to himself. Continue reading

2015 AFCA Convention: Day 2 Highlights

A lot of great stuff from some amazing coaches and people on Monday. My favorite part of the afternoon was being able to listen to a man I respect tremendously, Bill Curry, speak as part of the Master Coach segment. There was plenty of knowledge to go around, so let’s get into it.

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General Session – Bret Bielema – Arkansas

The Arkansas Edge (This is posted everywhere around the football facilities)

  1. Mental/Physical Toughness
  2. Play Fast and Through the Whistle
  3. Play Clean
  4. Win Critical Areas
  5. We Earn Everything

– “Numbers 1-3 have nothing to do with your ability.” Continue reading

2015 AFCA Convention: Day 1 Highlights

Clinic season is my favorite time of year. You get to talk football with tons of different coaches, meet new people, and get back together with old friends you haven’t seen in a while. The first day of the AFCA Convention is in the books, so I thought I’d share a few things that I really enjoyed.

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My Favorite AFCA Clinic Talks from the Past Few Years

It’s almost that time of year again, when the entire college football world comes together in one place to learn from one another, meet new people, and get back together with guys you haven’t seen all year.

If you’re a coach heading to Louisville on Sunday for the 2015 AFCA Convention, you can find the highlights of the schedule here.

Below are some of my favorite clinic talks from the past two conventions. As a reminder, I’ll be blogging daily summaries at the end of Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and I’ll also be sending out my complete convention notes to all my subscribers shortly afterward.

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Mark Dantonio on the Secret to Michigan State’s Success

Dantonio quickly became on of my favorite guys in the business after listening to him talk about all the contributions that each individual staff member had made to the team who won the Rose Bowl that year.

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Now on FishDuck.com: More than Window Dressing: Why Oregon uses Motion

In my latest post for FishDuck.com, I’ve broken down a couple of plays in the Rose Bowl, and tried to tie them together with the philosophy behind using motion and shifting in football.

This post was actually put up on FishDuck Tuesday, but I almost forgot to link to it from my own site as well.

The impetus behind this article was repeatedly hearing Kirk Herbstreit use the phrase window dressing when speaking about the different motions that Oregon uses in their offense. As I say in the post, I’m not picking on him, since there’s really not a lot of time in between plays to go into detail. All that said, generalizations bother me more than they should, so I wanted to use a couple of examples from the game to explain why Oregon uses motion they way they do, as well as talk about why all offenses do it.

I’ve drawn up the first play of the game using DrawFootballPlays.com for the diagrams like the one below, and try to go into a little more detail about the thought process at the beginning of the game compared to the end of the game

 

It’s the first play in the game, so right now, the only thing the Ducks know about Florida State’s defense is what they’ve seen on film. Both teams have had nearly a month to prepare and add new things to the game plan, so while it’s unlikely that they’ll see something completely different from the Seminole defense, it’s very possible that Charles Kelly, the FSU defensive coordinator, has thrown in a few new wrinkles in the practices leading up to this game.

 

Here is the first play of the game. In the post, I go into why Scott Frost and Mark Helfrich use the motion they do, and what they learn from it.

So we’ve established that one reason the offense will put a man in motion is to gain information, another more immediate reason is to force the defense to move with the man in motion, and hopefully show some weak spots. In the next few shots from the game we’ll go through exactly what happens from a defensive perspective that allows the TE to get so wide open.

You can read the whole thing here.