An Update on my Next Book

Last week I put this out there briefly on Twitter, but I wanted to put it in a much more permanent place. As you know, I love talking about Gus Malzahn’s offense, and I’ve been fortunate enough to get my hands on a lot of video of it.

So it makes sense that my next book would focus on the up-tempo attack of Auburn. It’s something I hope to finish by the end of the year, though there is no set deadline yet.

I’d like this one to be much more detailed than my last book. I learned a lot writing “Speed Kills,” especially about the process of writing a book, and I’m eager to apply that to what I’m working on now.

I’ll be releasing more information as things become clearer and we get closer to some kind of release date, but for now I just wanted to get the word out.


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AFCA 2014: Grad Assistant/Career Forum Highlights

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

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. » Read more

Inside Gus Malzahn’s Playbook

Up until this point, there was not much you could do to get any inside information on how he thinks and what his terminology is, short of either buying his book (which is excellent) or going down to visit him at Auburn (in which case you’d better get in line).

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However, I’ve got the next best thing. Thanks to some film trading friends of mine, I’ve got some great stuff from when Malzahn was at Tulsa. The head coach at Auburn has evolved a bit since those days, mostly to fit the personnel he has, but the core principles remain the same. So, here are some great installation materials from Gus Malzahn’s time as a part of the Golden Hurricane football program.

 

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2014 AFCA Convention: The best of Days 2-3

Earlier I posted my least favorite moments of this year’s convention HERE, but overall the quality of the speakers and the presentations have been great. (You can read about the highlights from the first day of AFCA by clicking HERE)

Below I’ve included highlights from the past two days here in Indianapolis. If you’d like the FULL version of my notes from all the speakers I attended, you can sign up for the Life After Football Insider Email for FREE by signing up HERE.

MONDAY

Grad Assistant/ Career Forum

Q: How do you develop relationships with coaching mentors?

Jake Spavital of Texas A&M

Jake Spavital of Texas A&M

A: Jake Spavital – Texas A&M: I always tried to be around those guys as much as possible, because they always brought good people with them who I may not know. This lets me expand my network while still staying close to guys who I trust. » Read more

Gus Malzahn’s Zone Read Load Scheme

Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game had all kinds of highlights, both offensively and defensively, but ask anyone who knows football, and they’ll tell you some of the most interesting things happen on plays that aren’t necessarily defined as explosive or memorable.Football people find just as much satisfaction in watching a well-executed kick out block or an interesting option play that goes for five yards as they do by watching an 80-yard bomb. What makes Gus Malzahn’s offense so successful is his obsessive attention to detail, investigating every contingency, every formation against every available defense, and trying to discover an alignment that gives his guys the best angle on the defense, whether it’s to run inside, outside, or gain leverage on a secondary to spring an athletic receiver wide open over the middle (as he managed to do successfully again, and again, and again on Monday).

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During the hours leading up to kickoff between Auburn and Florida State, I posted some cutups of Auburn’s run game under Malzahn in 2010 with Heisman winner Cam Newton. The head coach of the Tigers is constantly in the lab tinkering with formations and blocking assignments, and Monday night did not disappoint. » Read more