Experience Counts in College Football Part I

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PART 1: THE COACH AND HIS STAFF
The head coach and his coaching staff are clear indicators of a team’s potential success in any season. In this regard, it is important to not only look at the length of time a head coach has been with the program, but also the number of years his offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator have been with the program. At the most positive end of the spectrum you will find a coaching staff that has been with their team, as a unit, for 4+ years. This means they have been involved in not only recruiting the players but also nurturing them in the same system from their freshmen through senior seasons. This is of immense importance as it builds team unity, chemistry and cohesion among team members. In systems such as these, by the time a player gets to be a senior he is virtually a “coach on the field” as he mentors and grooms the younger players. When these teams are dominated by upper classmen, the value of experience is most meaningful. At the other end of the spectrum is a team that has been through a series of unsuccessful seasons resulting in the dismissal of a head coach, and usually his staff. The administration at the school is usually looking to make a fresh start, often going in an entirely opposite direction with their philosophy. The blocking schemes are wholly unique for the linemen, and skill position players recruited for a running game are often not suited to a passing attack. Likewise, it is hard for a defense that has been taught to react and be more passive, to turn into an attacking, blitzing unit. Do not underestimate how hard it is for college athletes to adjust in just several short weeks of spring training and pre season practices. Lack of continuity in the schemes is a major negative when evaluating a team’s overall experience. Never underestimate the value of a coaching staff on a team’s experience.
 

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hey joe, welcome to therxforum ... we have several local contacts in common. GL in 2010
 

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hey Joe ..........good to see you posting here .
Will look forward to your insight this season.
 

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Changing Asst coaches is crucial also. Malzahn as OC at Auburn increased their offensive scoring by 16ppg. Chavis moved to LSU and lowered their points allowed by 8ppg. Watch for new DC Grantham at Georgia, DC Justin Wilcox at Tennessee, and OC Holgorsen at Oklahoma State to start impacing their programs in a positive way beginning in 2010.
 

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Thanks guys. I look forward to sharing opinions with you all during this upcoming college football season.
 

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