Youth football coaches have to be careful about taking too much of what they learn from college coaches and applying it to their teams. Many youth football coaches try to make their teams look like college teams but they fail because they don’t have the practice time or players the college teams have. Remember the college teams are made up of the best of the best, most DI teams won’t even take your BEST player when he is 18 years old, not to mention the 24 others and Lupus, your minimum play kid that you have to get in 8 plays. But there certainly are certain aspects of the college game we youth football coaches can apply to our teams.
Here is what I learned from Coach Osborne and Coach Pelini:
Nebraska Cornhusker Football Coaches
If you have followed the University of Nebraska football coaching saga, you know that Tom Osborne is now the AD and Bo Pelini is the head coach. Bo was the defensive coordinator here in 2003. Bo took over for a fired Craig Bohl, the NU defense under Bohl ranked in the 50’s and had surrendered a then record of 62 points against a very average Colorado team. In Pelini’s only year here (the entire staff was let go after the season) his defense ranked #11 in the country and led the nation in turnovers. After Pelini left, Kevin Cosgrove took over, under Coz the defense languished and this year ranked #114 of 119 DI teams, near the bottom in every category. This defensive production in spite of having top ranked recruiting classes and a defense full of “five and four star” athletes. It’s obvious Bo knows defense, who knows how he will do as a Head Coach, but obviously the guy can coach. The defense was terrible before Pelini got here, it flourishes when he’s here and after he leaves it becomes one of the worst in the history of big time college football. Don’t buy into the game is all about “Jimmies and Joes”, Bo didn’t get lucky, the guy can coach.
I’ve had the chance to hear both Pelini and Coach Osborne speak on a number of occasions and of course met and spoke with Coach Osborne a number of times. I was able to attend a High School coaches clinic in Omaha in 2003 where a young Bo Pelini spoke to us about linebacker play. Coach Pelini and Coach Osborne are about as different as two people can be. Coach Osborne is very soft spoken and humble. Coach Pelini is a bit intimidating and brash but there is something both have and that is presence and a clear and focused vision เว็บแทงบอล of what their goal is and how they are going to get there.
I’m not sure how to describe it, but Coach Pelini has a presence that demands respect. When he entered that crowded and loud meeting room and got up to the podium, every eye was focused on this guy. No one really knew who he was, he was kind of an unknown. He was a young tough Youngstown, Ohio kid that had coached linebackers in the NFL. He spoke about what his defense was going to accomplish at Nebraska the upcoming season and how they were going to do it. He didn’t predict where they would end up but he said they would attack, play to the whistle and create turnovers and that’s just what they did in 2003. He subsequently talked for 60 minutes about the importance of the linebackers first few steps and the importance of him not crossing his feet. An NFL linebackers coach going on about something we teach in Pee Wee football. Obviously Pelini feels this is a critical success factor in defensive play and felt we all needs to do a better job of teaching it to our linebackers, This wasn’t fancy X and O stuff, it was getting perfect with a fundamental football skill.