Transcription: Practice PLan and Game Prep for High School Football.
Discussion on Practice Plan & Game Prep with
Ryan Goddard (Head Coach Pueblo South High School)
and Jake Novotny (Head Coach Fountain Fort Carson High School)
Well, fellas all I’ll kick it off here with the first question and you guys can kind of tag team back and forth or whoever wants to answer first but just take take Justin and myself through kind of a typical week so what is what is the week of fountain for Carson practice look like what what is the week of Pablo South practice look like and how do you kind of prepare for starting on, you know, Sunday night or Monday morning? How do you how do you prepare for a Friday night game? Well, Jake, all right. Well,
so, you know, typical week for us looks like you’re done in a lot of different ways, but kind of what we went to recently it’s been successful and there’s a lot of reasons behind why we’ve done it this way is, you know, Saturday, after we play Friday night, what we’ll do is we’ll come in Saturday morning, and we’ll watch film as a staff together. And that’s the only requirement I bring my for my staff to come in on the weekends. I used to bring him in on Sundays. I mean, as of recently last year, I just think we’ve we’ve found a better way to do it after the pandemic with Zoom and some of the different virtual options out there. So we come in Saturday while the lower levels are going so everybody’s working Saturday morning. And so my guys that are varsity only will watch the previous game. I think we get more out of that than trying to watch the upcoming opponent together at this level anyways, so we’ll we’ll watch and kind of go through the entire game, make corrections. And then after that, my staff is off and they got some responsibilities on their own to do with Google Docs and some of those things. We were able to kind of collaborate on one document with some suggestion sheets, I’ll give them things to you know, certain films to watch and they all have different roles or duties to get done. And then actually on Sunday night after we’re done there and I’ve kind of put the game plan together offense or defensively and then my offensive coordinator will do that offensively. We’ll meet as a full staff briefly kind of go over the main things and then go over practice schedule for the week and then kind of the game plan. And then from there, when we’re in when we’re in a week of practice, usually what I do is Monday is a really light practice is a heavy film day for our kids and we will go over the game from the week before start installing any new adjustments for the upcoming opponent. It’s how much practice for us when we do get out there, it’s probably maybe an hour, hour 15 tops and it’s go through all of our special teams will walk through and preview the opponent maybe do a little light seven on seven, something that’s not too bad and then we kick them loose. And then Tuesday and Wednesday are more of those traditional, heavy full gear practices. And then Thursday, you know, Ryan does something a little bit different than I do but but Thursday we try to make it’s called a fast Thursday for a six hour and five minute practice. And it’s all situation based. We’re in our upper sore shells are shoulder pads and helmets. And it’s everything’s supposed to be fast in and out. It’s not so much like a mock game. I know some guys do that, but it’s just making sure we cover all the bases and review everything and then after that on the Thursday we kind of do a quick varsity dress list meeting kind of go over our main points for the next day for the game and and then I kick them loose and so you know and one thing that I’ve done to kind of make this a better practice because the first two is to bring our kids in on Saturday mornings, and I don’t do that anymore. Either. They get they play Friday and they get three days basically to recover because Monday is such a light day. And it’s really helped us in terms of rest and recovery. So, you know, I know Ryan does it he does something similar. There’s a little bit different, but it’s kind of how we’ve done it in the last year. It’s been really successful for us.
Yeah, and me, Jake and I have discussed practice planning year after year for for a long time here. And I think we’ve taken a lot of things from each other over the years but you know what? We really like what we think really works well for for each of our programs. I mean, we’re in to, you know, 30 different places as far as kids and levels and you know, enrollment. You know how many kids we have in the program. So I think you have to find something that works for you. And I kind of grew up you know, when I was a young coach where, you know, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, I used you out there you grinded for you know, two and a half hours. And that was you know, it was a long time ago. I’m not I’m not as young as look but same as you Brian, you’re not as young as you look either. But you know, it was just it was two and a half hours Monday and then we’d meet as a staff for an hour. And, you know, it was one of those things that you know, when I was 21 years old, like didn’t matter like it wasn’t very didn’t have kids you know, I was just there to to work and learn and do all those things. So, you know, recently and a lot of this, you know, came from the pandemic and forcing us into meeting virtually and things like that. So, for us, you know, Sunday mornings, you know, we get together as a staff for about an hour virtually and we just discuss gameplan and one of the things I took from Jake was, you know, responsibility for breakdowns. So we get there Sunday, everything’s already broken down and the game planning can get can get fired away. You know, we used to meet for four to six hours on a Sunday and you guys would be there. It just it wasn’t conducive to creating a family friendly environment. Yeah, sure. So now, you know, we’ve cut that out, and now it’s an hour. We get our stuff done. Everything’s broken down. Everyone’s pretty much aware of the game plan at that point. And any adjustments we make we just discuss, you know, throughout the week and just like Jake and I want my guys to spend time with their family on the weekends. And I think that’s that’s really important for for, you know, this is this is a tough industry to, to stay married in sometimes. So I think you have to, you know, be appreciative of those who sacrifice so much for you and all that good stuff. But Mondays for us we you know we we go out it pretty hard on Monday and Tuesday. We try and you know, go about two hours and 10 minutes max, but we kind of split our practices offense and defense we try and get our two big guys you know, multiple reps on both sides of the ball. And then well, we do different and you know I I had all this research about it. And you know it really dawned on me because I coach track for 1012 years something like that too and this is how I approached the track season. Was that two days before the meet? We absolutely don’t we don’t do anything like we walked through. We spent about 25 minutes on the field. And we spent about an hour about an hour in the in the weight room sorry in the in the meeting room and just watching film. So we call it No sweat Wednesday we don’t live you know we use we have some time to do some study hall. We give some time for kids to make up you know classwork, we we give you know a little bit of leeway for kids to go get extra help in their classroom. But yeah, we’ll spend about 25 minutes on feeling we static stretch. We don’t run anywhere we walk through or just talk through things. And then we walk through two point plays and that’s all the time we spend on the field. And then Thursday we try and ramp it up. So Monday Tuesday I mean it’s kind of like you know you’re trying to peak throughout the week when you’re on this heavy descent and you know heavy ascent, and then by Friday, your kids are tired. And for me personally it was Thursday practice that really made the difference. You know, I used to hate the traditional pregame because I just thought it lacked focus. I thought I lacked intensity. I thought a lack of the things that you needed to build up to the game. So we spent a lot of time on Thursday just trying to go game speed. We limit reps you know we if we get things right in our special teams, we rep those things one time, but they gotta be full speed they gotta be right. And we just try and try to limit the reps to each kid. You know, if they’re a two week player, we try to get between 18 and 22 reps total with special teams offense and defense and it’s really helped us build depth because those kids are expected to step in and get some game speed reps against a scout look. So kids are ready to play in that environment too. And then, you know, Friday morning, we’re we have four day work week. So for me as a coach you know, I don’t want kids to be out all night on Thursday night so we bring him in pretty early Friday morning. Again, walk through some stuff kind of like Jake said go through as is as hotlist their things and you know, we need to take care of and then we try and get them out and go play game Friday. So we’ve been doing that for last four or five years. It’s been really really fun as a coach and as a player like Additionally our guys were kind of apprehensive about our coaches rapid and so bad because you feel like you’re losing you know, you feel like you’re losing a damn practice. But when all things are considered I think we’re actually gaining a few reps during the week and spending less time on the field and spending less time you know, with in that grind. So
I’ve just add to what Ryan said I think we’ve it’s both a little bit a different structure that we both maybe do throughout the week. But I think at the heart of it. It’s a really a conscientious effort to put rest recovery and load management in the center of what you’re doing with your kids. And I think that’s been the biggest change. Since I’ve been a coach at the college level at the high school level from when I was a player right like, that stuff’s important and I noticed it differed a lot last year when we started you know, given our guys Saturday’s off and then Monday’s were such a light day towards the end of the year. You know the way we taper off with it. For for us like towards the end of the year Mondays were like we’d even gone on the field by the end of the year last year. Right. So you know, they’re getting so much rest and recovery that I think that that’s that’s the biggest difference. I think nowadays if you’re a coach not doing that, and load management and putting rest and recovery in injury prevention at the forefront of your practice structure. I think you’re missing the boat. I really do. And I think Brian and I maybe have a different way of getting there but I think it’s all kind of the same mentality in the end with that.
Sure. Sure. Awesome. Talk to me a little bit about so as a basketball coach, I know we you know, we focus a ton on on on player personnel. So when we, you know, when we play another game when we play an opponent, you know, we obviously look at the opponent as a whole. But we dive into you know, pretty deep and I know not every team does, especially at our level, but we dive pretty deep into the other teams personnel and, you know, their strengths, their weaknesses, guys that can do this that talk to me a little bit. I imagine football that’s a little bit harder. I mean, when you’re talking, you know, 50 plus kids and special teams and all that. You know, just talk to me a little bit about how deep you guys dive into to that or do you worry more about your own team or how does that look for you guys?
You know, I think thanks Jake. Appreciate you buddy. You know, I think with us, we put a very special emphasis on the way we do things. And you know we scout and there are guys out there that you know when they Scout they break down every single game. You know I just I think sometimes you can get lost in those things. I think you can get lost in you know when you break down and you break down every third down and you break down every red zone and you go through all those things. I think you can kind of get lost in the numbers. So I think for us, when we’re looking at opponent personnel. The first thing we do is we’re trying to find ways to get our guys to fall offensively. And so we’re trying to find ways to manipulate the situation to put our kids in the best position to succeed. And if that’s we got a good matchup on an you know, we feel like we have a good matchup we can, you know, create a good matchup, whether it’s through formation or alignment, you know, I think those are things we’re always looking at, and then defensively I think you know, it starts with personnel and you know which kid or play or concept that we have to stop to be successful. And I think that’s where you know it you kind of said like there’s there’s loving kids in the field at a time. There’s probably you know, a handful rotating in you know, those things, you know, you can get a little you can get depth into but, you know, we’ll try and pick up some of those things as we go throughout the game to wherever they made a change in personnel. Like there are guys that we want to attack. There’s guys that we want to stay away from, and I think you know, those are the things that are really important to us.
Yeah, I’m pretty. I’m pretty similar to Ryan in that. I mean, I think, you know, if you’re asking just about an opponent’s personnel, obviously we want to know, you know who their playmakers are and who are the guys that maybe are the weak links on both sides. of the ball. But you know, Brian, you’re pretty accurate and that I think it gets really difficult at this level to maybe do that stuff. You know, when I was a college coach, and we had all the time in the world, that’s a different story, you know, but even then I look back and we always every place that I’ve been, it’s always been more about what we do versus what the other team does, right. And so, you know, when we’re breaking down an opponent for us, like, yeah, their scheme and all that it’s important, but the end of the day, how we play fundamentally, and how we do certain things to me is what’s going to win games because schematics like it matters to an extent but there are so many plays you can run, there’s only so many things you can do. Right? And that’s, you know, it’s really kind of a basketball approach and say you’re talking about basketball in that it’s like you watch basketball coaches gameplan and do different things like they run what they run, and it’s like, we’re gonna have our different adjustments off of it. And that’s kind of the approach that I’ve taken with it the last few years. But I will tell you when we are scouting, what is last few years, but I will tell you when we are scouting, what I started doing is, you know, Ryan talked about how I have our coaches do, you know, during certain breakdown duties, you know, when I first became a head coach I came from because I was so I was like, everybody’s gonna, like, want to scheme and do all that stuff like me and that’s just not the case at this level. And so what I started doing is most of my assistants rather than them worry about the scheme that we’re going to run or the game plan that we’re going to run because at the end of the day, it’s going to be what I want to run and most of the time it’s going to be what we do just adjusted for that team. So rather than them worry about that I actually a lot of their duties that I’ve separated out to them is to kind of evaluate that personnel of that of that team are playing so like my D line coach evaluates the offensive line who’s their weakest guy who’s their strongest guy? What do you think we can attack with him? Right? And that was some of those different things that I do remotely now and that we do on those shared documents through Google Drive. Those guys will put that stuff in there and now I can see that when I’m game planning and say okay, you know, Coach crew said the right guards alright, what kind of blitzes are line games can we do and Jeremy, my office coordinator does the same thing with with the offensive guys. And so, you know, when we’re game planning, as a coordinator or as a head coach, we’ve taken a lot of what those guys say because they’re focusing only on that and that’s kind of a way for us to pare that down. But at the end of the day to like I’m with Ryan, like I made this switch mentality switch about a year ago and it’s like, if we’re fundamentally sound on what we do, like it doesn’t really matter. We always talk to our kids about like faceless opponent, right. And the minute we start worrying about what those other guys are and who they are and what they do, we’ve completely just negated everything we’ve told our kids right, so that’s also kind of the thing that I take with that as well. Sure. Jake, real
quick on that. Sorry. I’m gonna ask questions. Now. I guess. You’re talking about Facebook support. I shouldn’t you know, I wanted to kind of get your opinion because like when when people are like, Oh, hey, did you watch so and so? And they gave me the name and I’m gonna be honest, like, I don’t know another kid’s name on another team. If you tell me what number they are, I’m gonna know but if you tell me a kid’s name, like I don’t get that far into it because it doesn’t matter because like you said, it’s about preparing yourself and making sure that you know, but I don’t know what do you think?
Yeah, I’m, I’m the same way. Like, when we when we played Valerie, I knew who Chris Luke McCaffrey was right, like, because everybody knew I was but I couldn’t tell you their starters. Like starting to wind was again the day it’s me. It’s more about like you said, what, what we’re going to do I don’t I don’t get into that much either. I mean, like I said, I’m not gonna say that I didn’t know a kid’s name if they’re a really good player, but, you know, outside of that, and I’ve never looked at and sounds terrible. I’ve never looked at like maxpreps for kids. That’s like, I could care less. You know what I mean? Like, that’s just my opinion. Like, we’ll know through watching film, what they’re trying to do and where they’re trying to get the ball to. You know, I mean, I say all that it’s like, okay, yeah, we don’t look I mean, yeah, we look at that we know who they’re trying to get the ball to, but at the end of the day, like, you know, if my if my right defensive ends a five technique and he’s supposed to squeeze when the guy blocks down like I care more about making sure they know how to do that, from the what they’re going to see this week than worrying about how we’re going to stop number three from 40 different alignments that they put them in because there’s no way to do that.
Sure, sure. Awesome, all I got one more question and then I’ll, I’ll pass it to Justin I’ll let the basketball guy step out of the way here. So I know as a as a coach, right. And you guys probably have this pain point as well, but I know there’s certain things that every day I look forward to and practice I enjoy going for this point of practice or this drill or this part of practice. And I know there’s parts of practice that I dread, you know, I know we’re, we’re not where we need to be. We’re not going to be sharp at this, you know, whatever, whatever it might be, but talk to us a little bit real quick about you know, what do you guys enjoy the most and working with high school kids in practice and what do you kind of, you know, what do you what do you not dread but what do you what do you have a hard time with?
I have a hard time with I have a hard time with drills that don’t carry over to what we do. And I see that and that’s really difficult with our assistant coaches, because um, as a head coach with football specifically, you have so many more assistance than you do in basketball, right? And so you got to make sure that they all are drilling stuff that’s going to show up on a Friday night. And so I have a hard time when I you know, like if our D lines doing a drill that has no carryover to what we do in our in our in our scheme, or what they’re going to do Friday night, and that’s really a hard thing for me as a head coach and as a defensive coordinator. I think any coach could say that but like if we’re going to do if we’re going to spend time in something to practice, especially as I talked about earlier, we’re going to taper as the year goes on and cut out time and practice. Okay, then it better be meaningful. It better be stuff that’s going to show up on Friday night like week five of the of the season is not the time for you to go do 50 million backpedal drills as a DB that have zero F like they emphasize zero of what they’re gonna see Friday night. That’s not even the technique that we’re going to play. Like why are we even doing that? Like, let’s let’s put receivers out there and have those guys read the routes that they’re going to see on a Friday night or go through the checks are going to see on a Friday night so I guess that’s one thing I have a hard time with and practice and that’s that’s more than assistant coach management thing. What I love in practice, man I love like the Teach periods and I love the competitive periods because first of all, I love to teach periods because if you organize it right, and if you get the kids systematically doing it the right way, it can be the most effective periods that you have. Personally like that’s those, like when people do walkthroughs and stuff like I think people just take that as like I say coaches they take that as like okay, that’s we’re just gonna kind of go out there and talk and that’s just not how I’m guilty of it. I used to think the same thing but like, we script or or coordinate our walkthroughs as much as any other period in our in our practice, right so like, we just you know, we have kind of a system to it. And some years it’s better than others. But there’s there’s a systematic way to approach it that I think if you do it right can benefit and that from a competition standpoint, like I like doing the stuff where our kids are going to get the opportunity to take what we’ve done in walkthroughs what we’ve done on the board and now they get to go apply it and so, you know, I think one thing that basketball coaches do a good job of that US football coaches don’t do a great job of is enough game light situations in practice, at least at the high school level. Like the only way to get better at playing football is to play it like it’s going to happen Friday night and so many times we want to break it down to seven on seven and inside run all important stuff like I love those they got their merit. The like and I’ve talked to my coaches about this too. We got to do more of like let’s put the ball down on the 20 and let’s like scrimmage for five minutes. Offense versus defense good on good. And not scrimmage to scrimmage. Like let’s give them a scenario and let’s let them work through it but like, lets us not script it lets us like call it how we would Friday night because that’s what’s going to happen in Friday, Friday night. And I’ve seen breakdowns with our kids where we’ve like, done so much of like controlled stuff that in the game you’re like, you can see that where the breakdown happens, right? Whereas if we just did more, anything will have to be long, five minutes. Like, let’s go let’s let the situation play out. If defense stops and we’re done, and if offense scores were done, let’s just let that happen. And so yeah, that’s kind of stuff that I look forward to and things that I think are important but definitely like I said, if you can do your walkthroughs the right way then that’s to me, that’s the goal. That’s the fun stuff in my opinion. And then I just I can’t stand like, like drills that just are a waste of time. So yeah, coach.
Yeah, and I’m just honest, and I love that like the competitive part of practice love when you can, you know, put you guys out there and let them compete with them and situations or scenarios. You know, I’m gonna be honest, like my favorite part practice on a daily basis is probably in these and I think there’s so much to be said about skill development. You know, I just, I love to see the growth and a kid from being on the first day of fall camp to week five and see how he’s improved in each individual drill. You know, with that, like how those individual drills apply to that game, and they game plan that week, because I’ll be honest, like one of the things that drives me nuts is everyday drills. And Jake alluded to a little bit where, you know, you got a guy and he’s doing the same drill every single day. Now, those drills Yeah, they lose a little bit of luster. You know they lose a little bit of a meeting. You know, at some point most of the time, they don’t really apply to the game plan. And then I think one of the things that you know, like I said, like Wednesday is we shut it down, we walk through everything. But on those other days, I think anything that moves slow, that is not a game speed is something that just that you know, really kind of just kind of just irritates us because you know, the game’s not played that way. So when you’re, you know situations. You know, we want our kids to go and play as fast as they can and play a game speed. And then other than that, you know, I really do love coaching football and all the challenges it brings. But yeah, I mean it’s just there’s so many good things about it, but there are always those things and for me that was the one of those was sorry. One of those was pregame practice because it moves slow and lost focus and all that good stuff. So last week coach you talked about you said you you know one of your favorite things is that competitive play right and how you organize it is the key. Just, I mean real briefly just touch on real fast. How do you how do you go about that? Because I agree, I think you know, when you put kids in competitive situations, and they gotta get after it. I know, probably from the football perspective, I’m assuming a little bit but the risk is always injury right when they’re, you know, banging on each other. Which I just got a firsthand witness, have that with our school, but talk to me a little bit about that. How do you organize that to make that effective?
Yes, so for me, it’s all about like, quick shots of it. So we never like if it’s like a competitive deal like one on one. Like when I say one on one like our first team offense first, our first team defense. I never scheduled it longer than five minutes. For us. That’s a period of time and a practice. We have 24 Five Minute, a two hour practices 24 Five minute periods for Skype. And so for me, as the season goes on, it’s never longer than five minutes. And quite honestly, if the situation plays out, like then it’s done. So it could be like three snaps, or it could be a 12 play drive. It just really depends on what we’re working on. And then the other thing is, is we put limitations through the situation. So for example, when we do a red zone competitive period, I put the ball on the plus 18 and say okay, you have three downs. To get a first down if you get the first down, you can finish it out. So they don’t get a first down like we’re done. You know, I mean defense is one because we would have kicked the field goal there in theory, and sometimes we wouldn’t do that in real life but that’s kind of the the thought behind it. Or, you know, maybe at the start of a practice when they’re fresh. I’ll put the ball down on the 20 and say okay, hey, it’s drive it to the defense stops you or the offense scores, and now, that might be a 12 play drive depending on what happens and so we limited through that and then you know the other part two is is like he got like nursing, it gets harder as you get you get really like, you gotta get your twos reps too. So sometimes when those ones are done, like then the twos will go, and maybe they’ll get back to back because they need more reps. Whereas when we do a scripted period, that’s gonna be mainly the ones and because they need to see the stuff right. So that’s kind of how I’ve done that. And I think the other part too, is like, what Ryan and I talked about earlier is just making sure if you’re talking about injury prevention, like we’re not we’re not going to do that all the time. Like we’re going to do that, you know, a couple times in a practice utmost and you know, you got to judge your kids to like, if Tuesdays come in and it’s just not a great day if you could tell they’re sluggish like we might cut that period out like, does it suck to lose that shirt but I suck to lose your division one starter because of a drill you had to get in you know what I mean? So that’s that’s kind of how I’ve done it in the past and I don’t know if Ryan’s do anything different but I think you’re limited by the scenario and you’re limited by by the time as well.
Yeah, I mean, I think you know, we we do our competitive periods we try to do situation based so we’ll do certain short we’ll do certain long and all those things that really matter but but little throwing you know, like first round, like we’re trying to get half on first down. I mean, that’s kind of our goal there. But the other thing that we do in injury prevention is you know, like, it may be third and seventh, but we don’t really go live. So it’s actually like 39 and, and I know, you know, we don’t go live most of the time during the weekend anyway, like, we don’t have a lot of ground we signed a lot of things up and try and take care of our guys but and then it’s better for the doubt to you know, as coaches, we’re competitive, but at the end of the day, we want all of our guys you know, to play Friday night that’s what matters. So, you know, we have that agreement like hey, if if he’s, uh, you know, five yard gain and he gets touched up like he’s touched up, that’s a loss, like, was that big pullback car getting that extra two yards and fall forward? Yep, probably. But it’s a loss. You know, I mean, like, we’re gonna keep it at that and you know, again, it’s just going back to keep you guys safe, but find ways to compete. And one on ones are a great way for us to do that too. You know, we do one on ones with our linemen, we do one on ones with our, you know, wide receivers and DVS and try and do those things as fast as possible to so we’re getting some a little bit of conditioning. You know, we don’t we try not to condition very much. We try to practice at a really, really fast pace.
So yeah. Awesome. Justin, go ahead. If you have anything for these guys.
It’s pretty awesome. I, you know, I got when I was in college, you had to play for Bill Walsh, which was a real honor, and I’ll never forget one of the things he said and it’s kind of the philosophy you’re talking about, with keeping your guys fresh and making their experience on the team something that they want to, they really want to ride for you. They want to write for each other. But he said, it’s really, you know, you can ask a kid to be tough, you know, one day, and maybe a couple days was hard to be tough every single day. And that always made a lot of sense to me, you know, and he was the first one that came in and took our pads off on Mondays and took them off on Thursdays and just like you guys said, we call them perfect plays where you had to you know, it was full speed practice but everyone stayed up and you made sure all your connections all your decision making was sharp. And you know, he brought that area and, and you guys are incorporating that just a little while the other things you said about not knowing who you’re playing but worried about the way your feet move, worried about the way you attack one on one in football, even known as Lebanon 11 I mean, you’re winning an individual battle. Every guy is winning in any battle. And the fact you’re focusing on that I mean, this is just this is good stuff man and stuff coaches could hear the tweet you guys have success and you know why your kids like playing for it, Jake is Mike Sally one of your guys on the coach Big Mike. Yeah, he is he is it’s funny because he you know, he played at Palmer for Coach Baker and so there’s some of the things we’ve taken from him too but he you know, it’s funny because we he’s one of the big ones that always takes most of take care of his guys linemen because we don’t have a lot of you know, he loves the way we’ve approached practice from that standpoint with with keeping those guys fresh. Sometimes there’s unavoidable those guys need to go and do stuff but you know it kind of to the to the point you’re talking about to like, we’ve gotten to the point like this is something to Ryan and I talked about last year, we I don’t do Scout teams anymore, man. Like, that’s the biggest waste of time in America. Like that is completely like number one. I like at the college level. It was hard to get guys to do something that was on a card. Right? Right. And now, like what we do, there’s not one offense. We play well, I shouldn’t say that majority of the offense is that we play my offensive coordinator from give me the same look. And vice versa from a defensive standpoint, right. So like, we just play our stuff against our like we like we’ll script it and like hey, this is what what we’re going to see this week. I know Ryan does this too. And we’ll just say hey, this is the offensive emphasis period you guys need to see for for cover three perfect we can get into that. So like our kids are practicing our stuff all the time. You know, and it’s just like I did I drew cards for six years biggest waste of time in America. Like it hits looks at that and goes I got them locked down on the end. Well if I do that great if I don’t like it’s not our office, you know? So it’s like, I guess I say all that like it gets to your point of you got to get innovative and think outside the box. And it’s hard because there’s ways that we’ve always done it. But all of us right we’ve always done it that way but now it’s like is that’s not because it’s always been done that way doesn’t mean it’s the best way you know and so being willing to get on the train right now like I was going to like I was so like not for like as like Monday is a prep we got to practice we got to bring the kids in on Saturday we got to do and I just found like we we lost games late in the year because we were so tired. You know. So with the best two years we’ve had in the last two years we’ve been doing this type of practice structure.
Yeah, I mean, I stole that from Jake this year as far as like no scout team because we used to line up on scout team and I mean, if we got snap that was you know, Miracle one. If we got to pass the line of scrimmage that was miracle two, we’re trying to get you know, given scout team look so yeah, it’s a lot better for our guys to to get those extra reps in our terminology in our offense. And, you know, we we can simulate things, you know, but for us, like if we’re playing a, you know, a triple option team.
There’s not a look that we can give them that’s going to prepare them for Friday night, right? You know, there’s not a full speed look that we can get that’s going to prepare for Friday night. We walk through those things.
And then I like I told our guys, you know, we’re playing one this week that I’m I don’t don’t panic like it’s gonna take you a couple of series to settle in. See things make the adjustments we need to make but but don’t panic, like just keep playing just keep playing.
You know, you see those different offensive like you have to teach it but at the same time you can’t simulate it. You know, there were times when you know, we’re trying to give a scout team look well, our guys we hardly get under center. And then I expect them to put the ball on the fullback belly, read the three technique and make a decision in a split second now. So you know I would I would end up back there and that was bad news. Like if that was bad news. I’d be out there without pads and try to read a three who was a good player with a you know, a sophomore lineman who had no chance of blocking him and it was you know, so I think we took a lot from that in the bank reps theory and that Jake’s put out there. And Jake and I and we talked about like, we talked about practice plan, you know, basically all year round.
You know, whether it’s year round scheduling, summer scheduling and season scheduling. I mean, these are discussions that he and I have all time and we’re we’re different.
But philosophically we’re we’re similar. There’s just there’s more than one way to get there.
And it just you got to believe in it. At the end of the day. It’s what you believe in that what you know that puts your kids in the best position to succeed, that get some fresh and ready to go for Friday night. That keeps them healthy for as many games they could possibly play. Like, that’s what’s and just to follow up on that too. Like I think the other part too is like, you got to focus on what’s important, right? And if that’s fundamental pieces we’ve identified, it’s the fundamental pieces of playing the game. Then the other part too is like, what’s important to you outside of the game too, right? Like so I was one of those guys, a former college coach I wanted to spend every minute I could draw up every play so we can run it in practice. And then I’m taking time away somewhere else taking time away from from home from from family from my job as a teacher now, right like so. It’s just you know, and since I’ve gone to this practice pro site, it is been way less stressful for me on that end, too. And then we’re getting better too, right? So it’s like you got to we got to look at it and be critical and Ryan’s absolutely right. Like we We talk all the time, and we kind of are each other sounding boards, but we’re also each other’s kind of critique and accountability as well in terms of why you’re doing it that way, man. Like there’s a better way to do it or, you know, and you gotta be willing to hear that as a football. Coach. And I think sometimes that’s hard. It’s really hard.
Just so Jake doesn’t have less work because I know that’s what he’s really trying to do there.
You know, and going back to like practice planning stuff like why do teams go you know, on PHP, why do they run 10 Two or nine dudes over the left side because they want you to practice it, right? They didn’t take time for your practice. And right there’s like, you, you focus on you. You cover those things. You do all that but that’s all they’re trying to do is make you light up so that they can you know you have to take time away from your development and your experience and your reps to go practice against something that they have. Yeah, I’m gonna try that Michelle, I’m gonna put all five guys in half court. We’re just gonna see how that goes. I’m just gonna put all five there. Make sure nobody behind you. There’s no shot clock. So it’s like it’s like in basketball when you you know, I decided it wasn’t a tournament and they had like, all five dudes on the baseline. out of balance. You know what I mean? And they get pass it down the line. You gotta throw it in, like someone’s gonna pop open but someone’s gonna practice against that now. The football and bounce play became very popular the last two years late in the game and it was like, that’s like a real fact. Is it’s funny. We still we throw the load. Do the handoff. We Yes. Yeah, that’s a great yeah. You steal from each other quite a bit for sure.
That’s Justin, do you have anything else? No, just thank you guys very much. This is much better recruiting expected. I expect we have a lot of feedback and a lot of good wisdom here today. Thanks for sharing it.
Thanks for having us. So you guys to to have the best man. We’re definitely going to try and catch a couple of your games this fall. So keep keep up the good work. And we appreciate you guys joining us very much, man.
Thanks for having us guys. Appreciate it.
All right. Bye, guys. We’ll see you guys