Friday, November 19, 2010

The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh Football Book

A few months back, I read The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh the great football coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 1979-1989 and the innovator of the West Coast offense. This a must read book for any football coach but also any business professional.

A major theme throughout the book is setting a standard of performance excellence and coaching / managing and teaching and then holding people accountable to the performance standard.  I love "Winners act like winner before they are winners."

After reading the book The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership, I do not consider myself a control freak anymore.  Walsh would even set a standard of performance for his office staff including the receptionist answering the phone.  His expectations of excellence included everyone within in the organization on or off the field of play.  As a leader you are only as good as your weakest link.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fritz Shurmur - Eagle Five-Linebacker Defense Football Book

I just started reading Frtitz Shurmer's The Eagle Five-Linebacker Defense.  This is a must have book simply for the description of outside linebacker / defensive end play.  The play of the outside linebacker "starts with a good take off, or explosion, across the line of scrimmage on the snap." They must "sprint across the line of scrimmage and reacting on the run rather than sitting on the line of scrimmage reading."

Too many time the DE or OLB sit and wait and there is no pass rush or the running back has already gotten a head of steam and its over for contain.  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Youth Football Skill and Drills by Tom Bass

Tom Bass in his book Youth Football Skills & Drills: A New Coach's Guide says one youth football coach to 6 pee wee football players an ideal ratio of coaches.  I must agree with Coach Bass.  To really teach the youth football player you need multiple drill stations to keep the young little league football players interested.  I like running three drill stations with two coaches each. Ive been happy when I've had 4 to 5 assistant coaches that know football and are not "daddy coaches."

Coach Bass' Youth Football Skills & Drills: A New Coach's Guide is a great addition to your youth football coaching library.  It's an easy read and a simple guide to the beginner youth football coach.