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Sunday, March 14, 2010

ATTENTION TO DETAILS

The following comes from Smartfootball.com and speaks of Nick Saban's attention to detail in phases of his sport.

How they will handle the coin toss
Which side of the field do they want to def;end (wind, weather, etc);
Whether they want to go on offense or defense first;
When they will go for two;
When they will get into their two-minute offense, and how they will handle field goals with the wind and late in the half, etc;
When they will and won’t go for it on fourth down;
And then player specifics, including exactly how many plays each will play before their backup will come in (for defensive line rotation, for example), how many carries or touches certain players should have or are limited to, and so on.

He said the point is to decide all of this stuff before the game ever starts. I’m sure much of it gets discussed earlier in the week too, but the point is to have it all finalized.

Interestingly, Saban noted that Charlie Weis mentioned — and he could confirm that he did this when he worked for him — that Belichick still conducts this same 45 minute meeting where, no doubt, the infamous fourth down play was decided there. It seems a bit wild to think that they discuss that possibility every week (though they do so from a high level of generality, no doubt), but I believe Saban on such a point.

It’s a lesson to all coaches: Always good to prepare, and for head coaches, whether they like the meeting or not it’s good to have your whole staff involved to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Read this article at: http://bit.ly/cy5dnv