Why the Patriots Win: A Blue Print for Mario Cristobal

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The New England Patriots have clearly established themselves as a true football dynasty. They’ve dominated the NFL for the past two decades, but this hasn’t always been the case. Before Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the Pats were a laughing stock for years. How did this transformation take place? Let’s take a look at “The Patriot Way” and learn from …

Coach’s Opinion: How to Best Utilize your QUARTERBACK

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One of the most common questions I get on the clinic circuit is: “What do you do if you don’t have a running quarterback?” Of course I would like to have a quarterback that throws like Montana and runs like Jim Brown but somehow those guys are kind of rare. So a key ingredient to a successful offense is to …

Coach’s Opinion: “How BIG should the PLAYBOOK be?”

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My friends, legendary coach Tony DeMeo offers wisdom about planning your team’s plays for coaches, allowing fans to observe what coaches should be striving for. This is part of our ongoing football education, and it is fun to ponder these morsels of football truth.  Charles Fischer The single greatest lesson that I have learned in coaching is not how many …

OVERMATCHED: Winning as Goliath

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My friends, Coach Tony DeMeo continues to share his 40 years of coaching with our readers (both fans and coaches). This time he writes about when your team is highly favored going into, say, a Southern Utah-type of game. It will be a while before Oregon is back in the position of being a Goliath, but those games appear every …

Is a GREAT Player also a CHAMPION?

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(The two major players above: who was a great player, and who was a CHAMPION?  Charles Fischer) A player can be a great player but not a champion. How can that be? How can a player have record-breaking statistics, yet not be a champion? What is that magic ingredient or special trait that allows a player to wear a champion’s …

For Coaches and Everyone: PROPER GOAL SETTING

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The beginning of the new year is always a great opportunity for sitting down and setting goals for the year. As a head football coach, I met with every player on the team for 30 to 45 minutes to discuss their goals. This took basically the whole month of January to complete, but it was time well invested. Most young …

Coach’s Opinion: Making the MOST out of your PRACTICES

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Regardless of what scheme you run, the greatest way to improve your team is in practice. The more productive the practices, the more productive your offense will be. One of the most important jobs a head coach has is to make practices as productive as possible. This doesn’t happen without carefully planning your scheme. When putting together your offense, you …

Getting “Politricks” Out of College Football

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I didn’t think that the fantastic 2016 College Football Season could get screwed up but, I underestimated the damage a committee could do to a relatively simple process. I forgot that committees are made up of individual egos and a collective ego. These egos must tell the world that they are in control. They will decide, regardless of facts. “A camel …

Coach’s Opinion: Welcome to “Snowflake” Football

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The NCAA has just outlawed “two-a-days” in pre-season football practice and next, they will probably outlaw any physical contact to complete the sissyfication of the last bastion of masculinity and toughness in American education: football. The NCAA does this all in the name of safety to eliminate debate because any coach that argues against these sissy rules is a barbarian …

The Kentucky Derby Rule for Football and Business

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“Never Bring a Jackass to the Kentucky Derby” Coaches, the following is a short excerpt from my new book: Common Sense Rules for Everyday Leaders that is available. It will feature close to 100 of these types of rules that every leader can find helpful. Signed copies are available on my website, tonydemeo.com. As the first Saturday of May approaches, it’s …

How to Use Meaningful Stats to Improve Your Football Program

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I’ve spent a lot of time talking about which stats are “meaningful stats” — the ones that are important — and which stats are “ESPN stats,” or meaningless ones. How many times have you heard an announcer proclaim that Joe Blow just threw for a school record of 500 yards, and oh, by the way, his team is losing!? Or how …