Consider helping MosleyTheCat keep the web hosting hamsters fed and happy. Please Donate.

Author Topic: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7. G8, C  (Read 12047 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline CoachDP

  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 17888
  • Total likes: 3984
  • "Want to Get Better Players? Be A Better Coach."
    • Coach Dave Potter
  • Coaching: 12 & Under
  • Defense: GAM
  • Offense: Double Wing
  • Title: Assistant
And Potter for continually pushing Mojo to the very edge and reminding us to nut up and just do it every minute of every day from day one to day 101 every season. Its fucking exhausting but worth it.

It's always worth it.  You pay the price for it, but it's worth that price.  To me, anyway.  And to you.  Congratulations!

--Dave
"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement:
"I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go." #BattleReady newhope

Offline gumby_in_co

  • Administrator
  • Gold
  • Posts: 3787
  • Total likes: 1279
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: 46
  • Offense: Other
  • Title: Positions
So here goes. Season's over and what has been on my mind is divisive. It wasn't appropriate during the season.

While I still slightly disagree with Dave Cisar over the reasons why, I do think our handling of lopsided games was wrong. For example, if we're up big and having our way with a team, I don't think we should try to keep the ball out of the end zone for the sole purpose of not hurting anyone's feelings. I do, however think it's completely unnecessary and counter productive to put the ball in the end zone with your best back (or your "1A" back), running a play that you're already very good at. There are a bunch of reasons not to do that, the least of which to me is to avoid embarrassing an opponent.

The bottom line is that if you are not improving, you might as well be going backward. Football is a game rife with opportunity and we, as a staff wasted many opportunities. Well, maybe not the defense so much, but definitely the offense. A blowout, whether it's in your favor or not, is an opportunity to improve from the bottom up. One of the cornerstones of my coaching philosophy is that it's easier to turn a 1 into a 6 than a 9 into a 10. Yet, we had games where we were running 70 yard counters for at TD to our top back, up 40 in the 4th quarter.

HC/OC was a mess this year. That's the understatement of the year, actually. He should have been fired. In fact, he was, but we blinked. There  were issues that I identified and I felt pretty alone in pushing those issues. When push came to shove, HC/OC denied them and frankly, there wasn't much that could be done if the other guy says "you are 100% wrong". This seems to be a recurring theme for me as something similar happened in our Fall season with another HC and I was really the only one pushing it. Mahonz and I will have a heart to heart to figure out if it's my issues and mine alone. I truly don't want drama. I just want to coach my position. However, if I see a situation, I'm going to speak up about it. Anyway, HC/OC had the job titles, but the commitment of the chain crew. My son and I were talking about it and he pointed out that everyone loves the HC/OC and how he's a good guy who cares for the kids (both true, and yes, I do love the guy), but as I said to my son, that's not f*cking good enough by a long shot. I was flat out embarrassed of our offense for the first few games. Mahonz came over from the defense, plugged some holes and helped us bail out the boat. At the halfway point, our offense was pretty good, but the play calling sucked and we wasted a pre season and a quarter of the regular season.

Lowlights:
* Firing the HC.
* Completing a halfback pass on 4th and 20 while we were up by 40.
* Putting teams in mercy (running clock) with zero situational awareness that resulted in robbing our players of dozens of reps, especially our less talented players.
* Getting "drunk" on star power and preparing for a championship game before we even started practicing.
* Skipping over our backup QB to put in the "shiny" QB who was fired because he can't handle big moments . . . in a 40-0 game.
* A VERY talented player quitting at the end of the season. On vacation on our 2nd to last game, quit right before our bowl game. Dad sent a text that he's going to the HS camp to get ready for HS ball, he isn't being utilized and we "clearly have our favorites", so "Jimmy" isn't needed. Shitty reaction to the situation, but he wasn't entirely wrong. In the first game, a 58-0 win, this kid only got one carry the entire game, despite a history of destroying us as an opponent. He had some fumble issues, but rather than work through them, we sent him to the defense. Then, when we shifted focus to preventing opponent scores, moved him back to offense. He got some carries and really "popped" from time to time. His blocking was outstanding, but I'm pretty sure the damage was done. His agent was looking for a better deal for his client. So now, he's on the HS "shit list" for showing up to camp. His HS coach gave his blessing for all of our players to skip camp to play for us. When this kid showed up for camp, they asked why and . . . well, it just sucks and we had a role in it.

So we'll reset and get ready for a crop of 2nd graders. We'll focus more on what our coaching culture is. Mission statement, vision statement, core values, etc, and focus less on X's O's, Jimmie and Joes. We already figured out the former and can't do much about the latter.

I'd like us to have a "template" for certain game situations because making on the spot decisions while emotions are high clearly isn't working for us. For example, when we are one score away from the mercy, we go into "build" mode where the focus is on developing the lower end of the talent pool, or working on aspects of the game that we struggle in.  No need to quibble over terms or details with DC. He's right. We blew it. If we do mercy a team, it will be because we finally got "that play" to work, or because the opponent failed to stop "slow Billy". Everything we said about our player rotation and not having real backups was true to the letter, but in spirit yes, Mr. Cisar, there were things we could have done.

Having said all that, this was still one of the most satisfying seasons I've ever had. Despite our flaws and our dysfunction, we are a Family. Half of our staff came from a team that splintered in the Fall, but our focus on Family helped build some bridges. One loud mouthed dad really ruined a couple of days for me, but an email from our DC and one of my favorite guys in the world pulled me right out of that funk. I still coach with the ghost of Keenan Curtis Mahoney pushing me to be better because the kids deserve it. Most of the players had a blast and grew as young men.

How soon after Friday's banquet do we start prepping for Fall?
Mission Statement: To create a Football Family that our players and parents can't imagine not being a part of.

Offline MHcoach

  • Platinum
  • Posts: 7676
  • Total likes: 1755
  • Coaching: High School
  • Defense: Other
  • Offense: Other
L

Mahonz always calls me a football geek and reminds me that I am not like most coaches. I believe you are in the same position. It isn't a bad thing, simply you see things from a different prospective than other coaches. Often this limits the men you can coach with. My old OLine Coach from MH often told me I spoiled him. He tried coaching with someone else & lasted 1 week. He has never coached again. I have told PSL the same thing, his old HC is a great coach, now he has problems coaching with average coaches.

So the answer is now that you understand what it really takes you have to make sure you work with coaches who can learn.

Joe
"Champions behave like champions before they're champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners"
Bill Walsh

Offline gumby_in_co

  • Administrator
  • Gold
  • Posts: 3787
  • Total likes: 1279
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: 46
  • Offense: Other
  • Title: Positions
L

Mahonz always calls me a football geek and reminds me that I am not like most coaches. I believe you are in the same position. It isn't a bad thing, simply you see things from a different prospective than other coaches. Often this limits the men you can coach with. My old OLine Coach from MH often told me I spoiled him. He tried coaching with someone else & lasted 1 week. He has never coached again. I have told PSL the same thing, his old HC is a great coach, now he has problems coaching with average coaches.

So the answer is now that you understand what it really takes you have to make sure you work with coaches who can learn.

Joe

Joe,

Something changed with our HC/OC starting last Fall. Mahonz says it's because he's in love. I'm dubious, but then again, I don't really care. We have a plan going forward. All good. The new focus will be winning the heart and mind of Mahonz daughter, who is no stranger to football, but is absolutely terrified for her baby.
Mission Statement: To create a Football Family that our players and parents can't imagine not being a part of.

Offline MHcoach

  • Platinum
  • Posts: 7676
  • Total likes: 1755
  • Coaching: High School
  • Defense: Other
  • Offense: Other
L

In love or not, the problems you describe are classic mistakes. I have been fortunate to coach a lot of dominate teams over my career, so I know exactly the issue you describe. There has to be a balance to everything you do. When we started being dominate it was always on defense, when the offense caught up & we began scoring in high numbers we learned how to coach such teams.

The other thing I learned a long time ago was it was never about our opponents but about us. Winning by 50 never meant we played well, only that opponent was bad. We always coached accordingly. Correcting bad play is coaching, allowing bad play to go on because your opponent is bad is not coaching.

Starting with 2nd graders is starting all over, I wish you guys luck. Mahonz daughter is another issue, I am sure it will be fine.

Joe
"Champions behave like champions before they're champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners"
Bill Walsh

Offline C-Rob

  • Silver
  • Posts: 1725
  • Total likes: 243
  • A.K.A. tso1696
    • Online Youth Football Coaching Clinics
  • Coaching: 12 & Under
  • Defense: 6-3
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Other
Mike and Gumby,

I wish you both the best of luck.  I had a special run with a group of Mighty Mites (1st and 2nd graders) the past two years and had a blast with that age group though I never coached at the level before.  It was a nice change for me and I think helped me as a coach.  I know you both have been there and done that and I expect you guys will put another great run together. 
On-line Youth Football Coaching Clinics
http://www.coaches-clinic.com/

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24011
  • Total likes: 2365
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Mike and Gumby,

I wish you both the best of luck.  I had a special run with a group of Mighty Mites (1st and 2nd graders) the past two years and had a blast with that age group though I never coached at the level before.  It was a nice change for me and I think helped me as a coach.  I know you both have been there and done that and I expect you guys will put another great run together.

Thanks Rob. Im looking forward too it.

Recruiting has been a real bear. Cant even get a decent conversation going with some of these parents anymore although we do have 2 girls on the team already.  :)

I need to get organized here....less that a month to go and I have done absolutly nothing as far as prep. Been a while since we have coached total blank sheets so time to get busy.

We do have a VERY experienced Staff and all of us have coached together for multiple seasons but we have had ZERO coaches meetings. First month is going to be a culture shock for sure.

My youngest grandson is all geared up and ready to roll. Big brother is out practicing on the tackling dummies with him. His mom is not at all ready for this adventure.  :P  She is so not football. I dont know where I failed with her.  :-\
Collect moments, not wins.

Offline C-Rob

  • Silver
  • Posts: 1725
  • Total likes: 243
  • A.K.A. tso1696
    • Online Youth Football Coaching Clinics
  • Coaching: 12 & Under
  • Defense: 6-3
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Other
Thanks Rob. Im looking forward too it.

Recruiting has been a real bear. Cant even get a decent conversation going with some of these parents anymore although we do have 2 girls on the team already.  :)

I need to get organized here....less that a month to go and I have done absolutly nothing as far as prep. Been a while since we have coached total blank sheets so time to get busy.

We do have a VERY experienced Staff and all of us have coached together for multiple seasons but we have had ZERO coaches meetings. First month is going to be a culture shock for sure.

My youngest grandson is all geared up and ready to roll. Big brother is out practicing on the tackling dummies with him. His mom is not at all ready for this adventure.  :P  She is so not football. I dont know where I failed with her.  :-\

Mike,

Just a little something that I hope gets you excited for the little dudes:

http://youtu.be/2Wp0LxFqPjU
On-line Youth Football Coaching Clinics
http://www.coaches-clinic.com/

Offline mahonz

  • Administrator
  • Kryptonite
  • Posts: 24011
  • Total likes: 2365
  • No Wimps
  • Coaching: 7 & Under
  • Defense: DC 46
  • Offense: Single Wing
  • Title: Head Coach
Mike,

Just a little something that I hope gets you excited for the little dudes:

http://youtu.be/2Wp0LxFqPjU


Family.

Thanks Rob.
Collect moments, not wins.