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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #60 on: April 10, 2018, 12:30:54 PM »
Joe is less of a skeptic than I am.  (Successful) coaching is mostly about "want to."  I've seen countless coaches say that they "wanted" to coach.  And when given the opportunity, don't know how to put one foot in front of the other.  Some talk about how seriously they take teaching and once they have a team, can't teach or aren't driven to teach, but only play the fool.  Others talk about how much they "love" the sport, but they only love it from a fan's perspective, not a coach's.  If I'm hearing someone on my staff say "oh yeah" more than once, I know he's not the guy for me.

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Agreed. He has been on our Staff for years and took over as our Spring Header when my Son moved to Hayseed Wisconsin. For whatever reason....he has punched out in 2018. Cant even get him to really communicate with us off the field.

I suppose life can get in the way but you have to be realistic and step aside when that happens. I have taken a year off before to re-energize. It helped.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #61 on: April 10, 2018, 12:57:32 PM »
You put together the roster, paid for schollys, set up meetings, got the drills and playbooks together, built a schedule, improved the practice facility, gathered gear, ordered jerseys.....and he's the head coach?  Hmmm...

--Dave

Mahonz is a different kind of bird. I spend so much time with him or on the phone with him that I really do think of him as family.

All the things you listed are things he loves to do. Talking to refs, league admins, club admins and parents (in the context of their player) are things he doesn't like to do. I'm the same way. Anything that gets in the way of focusing on my group, teaching, improving, etc. I really have no interest in. I also have no drive to be in charge. Some guys crave that.

If you ask anyone involved with our team, Mahonz is our HC. It is what it is. There are some parts of being a HC that he has no interest in. 1) Being called the "HC"; 2) Talking to refs 3) Talking to the league guys 4) Talking to parents outside of "Hey Suzie, how are you? Is your youngest son still playing baseball?" So every year, he asks someone to take on those roles. It usually works out very well.  The mantra for the adults involved in our team is "It isn't, never has been and never will be about us." Some of us needed to be reminded of that from time to time.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #62 on: April 10, 2018, 01:01:28 PM »
Mahonz is a different kind of bird.

--We all are.

If you ask anyone involved with our team, Mahonz is our HC.

--Exactly.  So why have someone else wear the chef's hat when it's him that's preparing the food?

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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #63 on: April 10, 2018, 01:05:30 PM »
I suppose life can get in the way but you have to be realistic and step aside when that happens.

Huge pet peeve: Adults SIGNING UP for responsibilities (coaching, admin, running the lemonade stand), totally dropping the ball THEN hitting you with the laundry list of "reasons" they couldn't get the job done only AFTER they have been called out. Very common in various forums (work, coaching, personal relationships, etc.).

My experience is also:

a) that it tends to be a pattern of behavior / common practice for those who employ it
b) those who do it view most situations as beyond their control / themselves as the victim, failing to realize that at least their actions / response are within their control
c) people who do this are typically not successful professionally, as coaches, etc

As you said, life happens. Sometimes we have to shift our priorities / commitments. Most will respect someone who steps up and communicates that.

Great quote from the Youth Topic presenter at a Glazier I attended a few years back: "being a volunteer is not an excuse to suck."

In other words if you're not willing to put the time & effort in to do it right, don't sign up. Or if you sign up and then realize that you can't fulfill the commitment, communicate / own it and proceed accordingly. 
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #64 on: April 10, 2018, 01:27:39 PM »
So why have someone else wear the chef's hat when it's him that's preparing the food?

He doesn't want to wear the hat. Simple as that. He also has made it clear that the next group of 2nd graders will be his last hurrah once we see them through 8th grade. So us "younger" guys (I just turned 48  :P ) have to start stepping up and taking on more if this he's created is going to live on.

I'm not in Mahonz' head, but I doubt that he anticipated keeping one HC in his lane or getting another HC to pick a lane, ANY LANE!!! would be so exhausting. I'm not innocent in this. My "aw shucks, I just want to coach the big uglies" shtick is probably very annoying. I think I do a lot, but I could do more. One of my biggest fears is actually committing to the amount of work that you put in.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #65 on: April 10, 2018, 02:17:50 PM »

So why have someone else wear the chef's hat when it's him that's preparing the food?


I simply provide a menu....others have to execute it.

Its just where Im at now a day pretty much with everything football. Just being a mentor is very satisfying. I dont need any more accolades and Im certainly not building any kind of resume. Just watching others succeed motivates me.

I have 5 large trophy cases stuffed full of hardware and memories. Time to pass the torch.

Training up a DC this Spring that has never Coordinated anything. While he has little dribbles of pee running down his leg every game... he is crushing it. This makes me happy and he happens to be a VERY good friend. I simply dumped all of my tools into his lap...gave him a menu and threw him into the deep end of the pool. He swims just fine.

Did the same for our Spring HC/ OC years ago but for some reason he is drowning right now. 

Did the same thing with our DC last Spring and Fall and he is now the Header for a 5th grade Spring Team. He has never been a Header before. I helped him do all the heavy off season lifting as well last Winter. The Spring Teams are 100% Independents so nothing but a game schedule, a game field and some Refs are provided.  He is getting things together and making stuff happen. Im very happy for him.

I would have fired our Fall HC last season for peeing on the wrong fire hydrants one too many times but he and his wife worked so hard on all the off the field issues it made up for his on the field antics. Still...he got something positive out of the expedience so it worked out.

Football is just a game.....cant get so worked up unless things get serious. This situation we are in right now is serious.

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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #66 on: April 10, 2018, 02:21:53 PM »
I simply provide a menu....others have to execute it.


In my experience most ppl need more than a menu to know how to run a restaurant. And those who don't prob don't need your menu to begin with.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #67 on: April 10, 2018, 02:52:04 PM »
In my experience most ppl need more than a menu to know how to run a restaurant. And those who don't prob don't need your menu to begin with.

True.

Who and how you pick your Staff matters. All of the people I have got involved with over the last 10 or 12 years have had some kind of a track record with me. Before you hand over any kind of responsibility there has to be an ounce of trust first.

Basically start them out as busboys and let them earn their way up to a managers position.

I remember the last first grade season I was a part of. Gumby and my Son were also involved. My Son hired an old friend from the Semi Pro Circuit that he ran into at an equipment swap right before the season. He recruited Dad and his son on the spot.

After two seasons he basically had hired Benedict Arnold without knowing it. YET....8 years later he is now a guy I would coach with again. Funny how things work out sometimes.

I was fired from a HC position once nearly 20 years ago. The Gal that fired me is still involved in the League....we are still great friends today. Laugh about how stooopid the both of us were way back then. She does the scheduling and my team tends to get a favorable schedule every year....meaning VERY little travel.   ;) ;)
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #68 on: April 12, 2018, 03:35:58 PM »
Some good news. My son has joined us.  :)
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2
« Reply #69 on: April 13, 2018, 12:34:21 AM »
I gave up my position on the D to help out with the O.

Lar and I are getting things smoothed out nicely and bringing a sense of focus back. Coaches getting coached...OC pulling his head out of his ass after nearly getting fired by me....kids dialing it in. 

We went Team for about 30 minutes tonight and our D f'd us up pretty good.  ???

Man...this D is one nasty bunch. Its like they have extra guys or something. Now I know how our opponents have felt the last two weeks.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2, GM 3
« Reply #70 on: April 14, 2018, 06:15:18 PM »
GAME THREE

Played a team loaded with athletic tall basketball type players today. This opponent is new to the league. They play well on O...scary good passing team with one of the best receivers I've seen in a while.... but fell way short playing D.

Really odd. How can you be so good  on one side of the football and inept on the other? Per our Regulators ( OLM ) this D was in constant turmoil bitching at one another.

We abused them 60-12. I think our QB either completed or at least hit the hands of 10 different Receivers. He also threw a pick 6 but the D got that one back with one of their own.

We are now to the point where we pretty much have two of everything due to our rotations and loose nothing in the process....two RB's two TE's two MIKE's two NG's and so on. All players within a Group backs one another up. OL / DL / O Backs / D backs.

Really deep team and everyone is playing a lot of football.  We won the turnover battle again 4-2. The Mojo score sits at 0-0 for the season.

We play a hated rival from the Fall next week. Lately its been a very testy game. Gotta make sure our kids heads are on right for this one. Dont want any ejections.

3-0  :D
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2, GM 3
« Reply #71 on: April 14, 2018, 07:23:36 PM »
GAME THREE


How can you be so good  on one side of the football and inept on the other? Per our Regulators ( OLM ) this D was in constant turmoil bitching at one another.


With this team, 80% is on the coaches. Start with alignment: 3-4 with 2 high safeties and no force defender? Next, look at their talent placement. 230lb monster with cinder block feet playing OLB? One of our defensive coaches asked what our plan was with #55 in coverage. I said that the plan was to throw the ball in his direction. Next, go with the actual coaching/instruction. Those same 2 safeties were very good offensive players. The RB and the receiver. Heels at 15 yards, yet we still throw a post over their heads. At least 4 of those kids could actually tackle, so I suspect they showed up with that ability. The ones who couldn't? "YOU GUYS BETTER START TACKLING!!!!"  That was probably the extend of their coaching.

Outstanding QB. Outstanding WR. VERY good RB, especially out of the backfield. O-line? Yuck.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2, GM 3
« Reply #72 on: April 14, 2018, 07:49:59 PM »
With this team, 80% is on the coaches. Start with alignment: 3-4 with 2 high safeties and no force defender? Next, look at their talent placement. 230lb monster with cinder block feet playing OLB? One of our defensive coaches asked what our plan was with #55 in coverage. I said that the plan was to throw the ball in his direction. Next, go with the actual coaching/instruction. Those same 2 safeties were very good offensive players. The RB and the receiver. Heels at 15 yards, yet we still throw a post over their heads. At least 4 of those kids could actually tackle, so I suspect they showed up with that ability. The ones who couldn't? "YOU GUYS BETTER START TACKLING!!!!"  That was probably the extend of their coaching.

Outstanding QB. Outstanding WR. VERY good RB, especially out of the backfield. O-line? Yuck.

Agreed....and they certainly have plenty of coaches.

I think it all goes back the the common theme that most youth coaches spend the majority of their time with the sexy stuff...Offense.

Watching our D this Spring...its a work of art. A masterpiece.

Their Staff sure failed their kids today....and have the tools to do it right.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2. GM 3
« Reply #73 on: April 14, 2018, 10:16:13 PM »
Started watching film to put together our Cowboy (Beast Platinum) plays to share. Clip 9542, we are in 5 wide empty and shift our left WR to the right so that we are in false quads. Defense doesn't move an inch, although our short guard is now eligible. We motion our Z to the right. Defense still doesn't move. No one even follows the motion.

So although I'm happy with the effort, we definitely need to resist patting ourselves on the back. This defense showed us NOTHING.
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition GM 1, GM 2. GM 3
« Reply #74 on: April 14, 2018, 10:58:16 PM »
Started watching film to put together our Cowboy (Beast Platinum) plays to share. Clip 9542, we are in 5 wide empty and shift our left WR to the right so that we are in false quads. Defense doesn't move an inch, although our short guard is now eligible. We motion our Z to the right. Defense still doesn't move. No one even follows the motion.

So although I'm happy with the effort, we definitely need to resist patting ourselves on the back. This defense showed us NOTHING.

You can call it a tribute to Goodman.  :)

NOBODY can align to fake Quads properly. That's the beauty of it.  8) Remember I just threw it in G's lap vs LW last season.

Had a nice talk with G afterwards. Take advantage of out formationing the opponent was the lesson for today. I think it took until today for him to realize what a great tool formations can be. So...stop running plays but instead run formations that marry with your core.

When I first stumbled upon the Joe Gibbs numbering system on Hueys I used it at the Semi Pro level to test it out.  We played the Flames in the Championship who always had the best Defense. After we obliterated them with 8 plays their Header came to me and asked how I was able to run so many plays so well by only practicing one day a week.

That Coach Gibbs was one smart dude.  ;)  We only ran 8 plays.

G has NEVER taken advantage of the all the tools in his toolbox....that changes now.  I am already designing the next level
for next weeks Offense.

Find the Wicked play from 2x2 stack....listen to their coach. He was very animated over those stacks and overloaded them...to our complete advantage.  Then we moved on and never showed 2x2 stack again that I can remember. Didn't need too.

Now think about our Offense today....we ran what looked like 10 Offenses to the Defense yet we ran off tackle, a couple of counters, sneak, truck, rocket and a maybe 8 pass plays. It was all the same...just different.

Very confusing to a D. Im wondering if that lead to their ineptitude's.
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