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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4
« Reply #60 on: September 23, 2018, 08:23:15 PM »
Congratulations Coach
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4
« Reply #61 on: September 23, 2018, 09:01:29 PM »
Congratulations Coach

Thanks but its not me...its my Staff going above an beyond trying to figure this team out. Its 5 steps forward and 2 steps back so we are making progress. 

I really rode them today though....wasn't necessary.  :-[
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4
« Reply #62 on: September 23, 2018, 09:55:51 PM »
Dropping down age groups is certainly an adjustment for coaches. You guys are building a team and may not have the immediate success, but could be creating a monster for the future. A win is a win, enjoy it.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4
« Reply #63 on: September 25, 2018, 08:14:12 PM »
GAME FOUR

I was about to bust a nut most of the game.


I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this doesn't mean the same thing in your neck of the woods as it does in mine.  :P

Congrats on getting that win! The ones you have to work and grunt and sweat for are the most gratifying.

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4
« Reply #64 on: September 25, 2018, 09:55:56 PM »
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this doesn't mean the same thing in your neck of the woods as it does in mine.  :P



I thought the same thing, but I hope I understood correctly.😀
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4
« Reply #65 on: September 26, 2018, 10:42:26 AM »
I thought the same thing, but I hope I understood correctly.😀


LOL....bust a nut....too much heavy lifting will give you a hernia !

These kids a nothing but a bunch of heavy lifting. 

Now..,gets your minds out of the gutter.  :P
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4
« Reply #66 on: September 26, 2018, 10:45:26 AM »


Now..,gets your minds out of the gutter.  :P

Says the guy busting nuts in a youth football game.  :D  :D  :D
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4
« Reply #67 on: September 27, 2018, 10:44:16 AM »
I'm starting to suspect the bobbleheads might be trying to kill me.  After last game, Mahonz suggested I fix our "lining up properly" problem. Our long guard (unbalanced) was about 12 degrees off from being parallel to the LOS. Feet, knees, shoulders, head . . . the whole kit and kaboodle. This caused my tackle, power tackle and end to be off as well with my power tackle and end well in the backfield. We were very fortunate the "Old George", the side judge didn't flag us on every play. He did this in week 2.

I pretty much yelled myself dry that game. Fixed it at half time (or so I thought).  Mahonz advice was to fix it so I don't have a heart attack. So I prepared a physical presentation with ropes and stakes to show them all what the neutral zone looked like and what it meant to be "on the line", head clearing the C's hips and all that. I then lined up improperly and invited them to "fix me". They all got it and enjoyed yelling at me for awhile while I did the opposite of what they asked, or grossly over-compensated, or just did something completely random.  I then asked "Am I frustrating you?". They answered in unison with a loud and boisterous, "YEEESSSS!!!!" So I asked them if they now understood how I feel on the sideline. Again, "YEESSSSS!!!!". Then, I singled out my long guard and explained when I tell him to move his left foot forward:
Do not move it backward
Do not move his right foot at all
Do not move his left foot 1/64 of an inch
Do not to move in
Do not move out
Do not turn around and face the backfield

 . . . or anything else, but move your left foot forward half the length of your foot.

I then lined up improperly and told HIM to fix me. I went through every gyration mentioned above until he walked up and kicked the back of my heel to get me to move. I looked him right into his eyes, right down deep in to his soul and asked if he understood  the importance of lining up correctly and listening to corrections. Without blinking, "Yes, Coach."

We finished up with tracking inside to the ball (TKO) and protecting your inside buddy, not chasing linebackers or guys who stunt away from you. Then we broke and went to Group, running half line.

They lined up and my Long Guard was 12 degrees off axis.

"[Long Guard], Fix your feet."
Fish eyes.

"[Long Guard], You are not facing forward."
He does, what I now call the "Texas Two Step."  This is when he lifts his feet 1 inch off the ground, one at a time and places them precisely where they were to begin with.

"[Long Guard], Move your left foot forward!" (volume increasing)
Fish eyes.

"[LONG GUARD], MOVE YOUR LEFT FOOT FORWARD!!!"
Moves right foot forward 1/64 of an inch

This went on, volume increasing until my End walked over and physically moved the kids foot using both hands. I recognized a solid yellow line that I was about to cross, so I walked away.

The only thing that makes sense right now is that he very smart, very driven and is trying to give me a heart attack or a stroke.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5
« Reply #68 on: September 29, 2018, 08:25:43 PM »
GAME FIVE

It is VERY rare I walk away from a football game utterly disappointed with my players.

Today I was nearly speechless afterwards. We go down 32-0 to a chit team that ran it up on us but the reality is....we are a chit team.

There is nothing more our Staff can do except keep plugging along. Trust me...this Staff works their butts off. There is no getting better as a unit as is. Not in a week.  That ship has sailed. Its obvious too me now. Our only goal at this point is to get some of these players playing better at their positions. Lar had one of his DT's bust out today and it was impressive. The others....its now up to them. They either step up....or they dont. We are soft and not a very intelligent group football wise. I would never call kids dumb....its not that....but you all know the type. We are a team full of these types. I call them careful players. No mojo whatsoever.

Probably my fault more than anything. I let some stuff slide since they are so young. Lesson learned. But when my SG false starts 3 times in one Q and I then ask her the snap count and she gives me the wrong answer....I guess I need to boink her on the head with a hammer just to make sure she is all there in practice because our snap count never changes.

We are mentally broken.

We have never failed running Beast....in nearly 20 years of running Beast....Smurfs to full blown adults. We now fail often with this team and its a mystery. Today it was constant and we have quite possibly the best OL in our Division. We do however have quite possibly the worst trio of RB's in our Division with no other possible candidates.

There is only one Offense that does not require a RB....pure passing 5 wide Empty. We do have two QB's and a couple of kids who catch very well....I am one more Root Beer Float away from pulling that trigger. May as well start building for the future.

The Defense? We have given up about 140 points in 5 games and this Group plays D quite well for the most part....amazingly.  Its not on them....our Offense it truly that pathetic. I feel terrible for our OC.

I have no answers at this point but will try and stay positive....but today...I had to get the f outta Dodge right away or I might have gone postal. I really needed to apply my own 24 Hour Rule.

Oh....the Officials were awesome. An old friend was the White Hat. Always nice to see him.

And then there is this misnomer that I keep reading this on the Forum....a W is always on the kids...an L is always on the Staff.

Utter and complete bullchit.

1-4 and looking forward to the Banquet.  :(

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5
« Reply #69 on: September 29, 2018, 09:00:44 PM »
Coach I know the feeling very well. Keep plugging away. Be brutally honest with them and that you guys will get it right. Don't let them quit.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5
« Reply #70 on: September 29, 2018, 09:04:46 PM »
How is you team make up? Equal size and athletesism as the teams you play. How is your speed? What are the backs doing? Just waiting for green grass to show? I know you have been doing this for a long time, just want help, if even can. Do you have video?
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5
« Reply #71 on: September 29, 2018, 09:43:14 PM »
GAME FIVE

It is VERY rare I walk away from a football game utterly disappointed with my players.

Today I was nearly speechless afterwards. We go down 32-0 to a chit team that ran it up on us but the reality is....we are a chit team.

There is nothing more our Staff can do except keep plugging along. Trust me...this Staff works their butts off. There is no getting better as a unit as is. Not in a week.  That ship has sailed. Its obvious too me now. Our only goal at this point is to get some of these players playing better at their positions. Lar had one of his DT's bust out today and it was impressive. The others....its now up to them. They either step up....or they dont. We are soft and not a very intelligent group football wise. I would never call kids dumb....its not that....but you all know the type. We are a team full of these types. I call them careful players. No mojo whatsoever.

Probably my fault more than anything. I let some stuff slide since they are so young. Lesson learned. But when my SG false starts 3 times in one Q and I then ask her the snap count and she gives me the wrong answer....I guess I need to boink her on the head with a hammer just to make sure she is all there in practice because our snap count never changes.

We are mentally broken.

We have never failed running Beast....in nearly 20 years of running Beast....Smurfs to full blown adults. We now fail often with this team and its a mystery. Today it was constant and we have quite possibly the best OL in our Division. We do however have quite possibly the worst trio of RB's in our Division with no other possible candidates.

There is only one Offense that does not require a RB....pure passing 5 wide Empty. We do have two QB's and a couple of kids who catch very well....I am one more Root Beer Float away from pulling that trigger. May as well start building for the future.

The Defense? We have given up about 140 points in 5 games and this Group plays D quite well for the most part....amazingly.  Its not on them....our Offense it truly that pathetic. I feel terrible for our OC.

I have no answers at this point but will try and stay positive....but today...I had to get the f outta Dodge right away or I might have gone postal. I really needed to apply my own 24 Hour Rule.

Oh....the Officials were awesome. An old friend was the White Hat. Always nice to see him.

And then there is this misnomer that I keep reading this on the Forum....a W is always on the kids...an L is always on the Staff.

Utter and complete bullchit.

1-4 and looking forward to the Banquet.  :(
How are the player agents taking it? Are they being supportive?

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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5
« Reply #72 on: September 29, 2018, 10:18:52 PM »
How is you team make up? Equal size and athletesism as the teams you play. How is your speed? What are the backs doing? Just waiting for green grass to show? I know you have been doing this for a long time, just want help, if even can. Do you have video?

Smallish, but that doesn't matter. I have a PT/Long End combo who can block ANY kid in the league. The rest of the line doesn't let anyone in. C had 1 bad snap in each half. That's what broke my heart today. We all thought "fix the snap and we are unstoppable". WRONG!

We have decent athletes, but as Mahonz said, they are "football dumb" and soft as puppy shit. Not all of them, but most of them. Watched my C playing DE. He was running backward to avoid making a tackle. The RB cut into him and the DE found himself with the RB in his arms. He simply fell down and let go, letting the kid score.

Mahonz and I seem to be the only ones who jump their shit. When I do, they give me those sad puppy dog eyes and I'm sick of it.

Our backs are fast enough. They just like to play recess football. 5 yard bubble off tackle. Nearest defender is 3 yards from the LOS. Back starts toward the tunnel, sees a defender 3 yards away and rather than take the 3 yards plus YAC, they stop on a dime and try to bounce to the outside. I lost it on a grandpa today as the back tried to turn blast into a sweep, running into their 3 contain defenders and he yells "C'mon line! You have to block for your teammates!"

Backs simply don't trust the blast play and that's all we have. I made a joke today that we should just line up wide and block it for sweep since that's all our backs want to do, but you know what? I'm done trying to plug holes in the dam.

Another back cannot remember which way to go. We are unbalanced and have 3 blocking backs stacked on the long side. We run Papa (long side), Mama (middle) and Baby (short side). This back has run to the short side with absolutely no blocking at least 3 times in the last 2 games. On top of that, he forgets that he is supposed to block back side when he's the inside sniffer.

I'm torn on the line's performance. Cadence is "Ready Position!" (they hit their thigh boards twice, then load their hands), "Set! Hit!". I've known for weeks that we tend to leave early (on the T of SET!), but crews have let us get away with it. Not this crew. I'm done telling them about it because they've been told hundreds of times. So now, I will make it important to them. So the question is how much suffering will be involved. I'm sure I will be calmed down by Wednesday, but the other issue is that they flat gave up in our last drive. Stood straight up and didn't move. Maybe they were frustrated with the backs. If they were, I don't blame them.

We have a cupcake this week, but now I'm worried we will hand them their first W.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5
« Reply #73 on: September 29, 2018, 10:25:31 PM »
How is you team make up? Equal size and athletesism as the teams you play. How is your speed? What are the backs doing? Just waiting for green grass to show? I know you have been doing this for a long time, just want help, if even can. Do you have video?

The makeup of our Team?

Great question.

What Lar said.
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Re: My 2018 Fall Season GM1, GM2, GM3,GM4, GM5
« Reply #74 on: September 29, 2018, 10:31:29 PM »
How are the player agents taking it? Are they being supportive?

I dont really pay attention.

Im not out there for them and they know it.

I let them do their stooopid parents sokker tunnel thing last week after a win only because Grandpa Benny asked me. Made me wanna puke so at least I didn't have to endure that all over again today.  8)

They went to do this after game one and I killed it on the spot. They were mortified. I told them.... not happening on this team and they will understand why eventually.
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