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Mission Statement: Step Away From the Field

Posted: May 29, 2018 at 6:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Why did I create this blog?

If you have read any of my articles, then you know that I have talked extensively about football. I have covered topics from a scientific sense, a coaching background, and installation/breakdown. I have never explained why I do this website until now.

I remember as a young coach sitting at the newly purchased computer in my home. It was a Dell, with a whopping 2 gig hard drive fresh with AOL, 13 inch monitor, and surround sound. Financed it on payments. Big K Cola and Geno’s pizza, was on the menu, and I was a click away from knowledge.  I was a newlywed, with two infant daughters, working a full time job, and quickly transitioning into full time coaching. At this point in my new adult life, I did not have cable, and I would watch scoreboards and typed play by play on the internet, or some random game I could find on one of the two channels we received via antenna. I would spend hours reading on the internet any article or information I could find. (You have to remember this was before pictures were readily accessible on the internet, and way before youtube). Even before the ease of searching google.

I was longing for information, wanted to go to the clinics to meet and here all of the coaches I followed. What kept me from going? Dollars and sense. Diapers or DVD’s/Clinics? Did that stop my pursuit of knowledge? Absolutely not, in fact I became a data miner.

I could not afford to go to the clinics, and I could not afford the “football in a can” seminars that were being offered. I had a duty to my household first. There were many times, that I stared at the computer screen wanting to buy something, and continually visualizing what would be in those DVD’s and clinics. This is not a pity party, but reality. So I emailed and called coaches at all levels. What was the worst they could tell me? I have been ignored before, No does not bother me, it was worth a chance. Some responded and well from some I heard crickets.

My early internet rambling led me to some key sites. Some I am sure burnt in to my monitor screen. They helped me as a young coach, and opened the world of coaching and football to me.

I remember the day I stumbled across Coach Huey. A goldmine for coaches on the internet. It was a forum with everything divided, clinic notes, discussions etc. It was a daily visit for me and it really helped develop and broaden my knowledge as a coach. I could download clinic notes, and read them. I remember diagramming plays like this and asking questions.

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……………C……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………C

………………………………B…………………..B………………..B…………………………………..B………….

……………………………………….E……………………..T……………………T………………E

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…………………………………………………………..R………….Q……………..F

 

Coaches from all across the country were talking about football, and what/how they ran and installed it. This was the “water cooler” for coaches. I learned what the “pistol” formation, dart, zone read, stretch, inside zone, and many other parts of football. It really made me think, debate, and gain inspiration. This was a site I spent countless hours on, and learned a ton of football from this site.

As the internet grew, I found sites like http://smartfootball.com. As many of you know this site brought the breakdown articles to the front. It had insider, depth, and analysis. It was a biweekly visit for me to see exactly what was coming next. Articles about the spread, air raid, Spurrier, and defense, led us all to a wealth of knowledge and discussion. It was again free to read. I can clearly remember when I used to search this site when it was a blog spot. Printing everything I could and putting in a three ring binder. I was building a library, and great material to discuss with anyone who would listen. He even had a blog roll, that referenced other blogs to read.  Still one of the best articles on the Air Raid that can be found on the internet.

When I started this blog, the sole intention was to reach those coaches who are in the same situation I was in. Starving for knowledge, and looking for anyway they could to steal a “crum” from the table of coaching. My goal: to provoke thought, inspiration, debate, and more importantly serve the coaching community. I wanted to give back to the game and profession that has been a great part of my life. Equally as important to me, this site has afforded me the ability to meet and talk with coaches from all over this great nation. I have learned key points from coaches made new friends, that has made me think, debate, and grow as a coach. So many of you contribute to making me a better coach with your questions, replies, and comments. This proves my initial feeling, that if anyone gives, they will certainly receive even greater. I am not talking about monetary gain, but the brotherhood of coaching. I hope in my short time I have been able to serve coaches in this profession, because I know that I have been given much more than I could ever repay.

There are so many of you out there doing podcasts, twitter chats, blogs, hashtags, and I want to extend a thank you to each one of you. You continually serve this coaching community and make myself and others so much better coaches. I know all of this requires great hours, time, and expense. It is a full time job. This is a great profession that we are in, and we can all learn something from everyone in it.

Many Thanks,

Patrick A. Taylor

 

 

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