How I Watch Football Film

I often get asked what my “process” is for breaking down film. My initial response is usually¬†to say that I don’t have one, and I’m not sure that I do anything complex that couldn’t be done after a long time of watching and analyzing film.

Since I’m out of coaching these days and am now writing books instead, I use different techniques than you might, but that’s what I’ll be talking about today.

I don’t have an original and fool-proof way of breaking down film that I developed¬†on my own. Almost everything I do I learned and borrowed from someone else, and found a way to add to what I do.

Hopefully you’re able to do the same, to take one or two things from what I’m writing about today and make yourself better.

I should add that if you’re a young coach who is looking to learn more about the game, you won’t be able to do that by doing your weekly breakdowns of each opponent during the season and then never watching video again until it’s time to prepare for week one the next fall. Good coaches are always looking to get better, and that means spending extra time in the offseason to learn about the newest trends in football, and especially what your opponent is doing.

You may say, “I just don’t want to put that much time in.”

That’s fine, just don’t complain when you’re not rewarded with more responsibility in your coaching career.

If you’re someone who doesn’t want to put all that time in, just stop reading right now, because this isn’t for you. » Read more