Two Words That Will Get You Where You Want To Go In Football And Life

With all the talk of what the economy will or won’t do in the next year, it doesn’t seem like the best of times to be working or looking for a job. This is especially true for football coaches and those who aspire to enter the profession.

This is aimed more at the younger and aspiring coaches out there, but anyone can benefit from what we’re going to talk about. It may sound like I’m being pessimistic or negative in this post, but stay with me, I promise there’s a point to all this.

Coaching is an extremely competitive field, and like every other industry out there, it’s filled with good bosses and bad bosses, good coworkers and bad coworkers, good-paying jobs and (more often) poorly-paid jobs. There’s long hours, rampant nepotism, and everyone in the stands thinks they can do your job better than you.

If that’s not bad enough, for every coaching job out there, there are a hundred guys waiting to fill it. So how does a young coach with little to no experience or connections stand a chance, and not only stand a chance, but thrive and advance in a field that’s as competitive as any other?

What if I told you there are just two words you need to know to put yourself ahead of 95% of the job candidates out there? Would you believe me?

Are you ready? Have a pen and paper handy, because the two words I’m going to give you here will absolutely blow your mind. Continue reading

Here’s my Conversation with Andy Carlson of Football Convos

Yesterday I recorded an interview with Andy Carlson of the Football Convos podcast, which you can listen to in its entirety below. I really enjoyed the conversation.

I talk about how I first got involved with the game, my experiences and influences from where I grew up, and talk about a few projects that are in the works.

You can check out the page on the website for this interview, as well as other interviews, by clicking here.

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!

For those who are already Insiders, CLICK HERE to go straight there and download them, or just click on the ‘Written Materials’ button underneath the Insider Materials tab.

If you’re not a member, all you’ve gotta do is CLICK HERE to sign up for free, or scroll up to the top of the page and click on that picture of Chip Kelly in the top right corner of the screen!

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.

Remember, if you want my complete AFCA notes, click here to become an Insider for free, or click on that picture of  Chip Kelly in the top right corner of the screen.

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.

Remember, if you’d like my complete set of notes from the 2015 AFCA Convention, click here to become an Insider, or click on that picture of Chip Kelly at the top right corner of the page.

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.

By the way, you can get a copy of all the notes I took at the convention by clicking here to be an Insider, or by going up to the top right corner of the page and clicking on the picture of Chip Kelly.

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.

Also, if you want my complete notes from the 2015 AFCA Convention, click here to sign up as an Insider, or just click on the picture of Chip Kelly in the top right of the page.

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.

Just a reminder that I’ll be sending out my complete notes to my subscribers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or on that picture of Chip Kelly in the top right of the page.

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