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Combine Reform – getting players to the next-level

My primary objective during 40 years of coaching football always has been and always will be #StayAlive – dual meaning. First: Players staying alive in mind-body-soul. Second. Keep players’ next-level dreams alive. Football is a matter of life-and-death – dual meaning. First: you can die playing football. Second. Your next-level dreams can die by not […]

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Defense

Becoming a Defensive Coordinator – Part 1

In 1989, year 6 of my high school head coaching career, I began coaching 2 teams every year – high school in the fall, 18-22 yr AAU-style post-secondary in the summer. 1989 was my first year as Defensive Coordinator at the post secondary level. My Defensive Coordinator career was responsible for opening my mind to […]

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SWAT Football

How to average 560 yards passing per game

How to average 560 yards passing per game We averaged 560 yards passing per game in the 1990s without ever teaching our quarterbacks to read coverage and without ever showing our quarterbacks any coverage on paper. I never showed our QBs a conventional defensive playbook that shows the same conventional defensive diagrams – where Xs […]

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SWAT Football Leadership

Contact sports is a matter of life + death

During 40 years of coaching football, the other team never scared me. Not once. My biggest opponent was never the other team. It was all the 24-7 F’d-up influences on my players when I wasn’t around. My coaching influence was a small fraction in comparison to the larger influence, the enablers who surrounded my players, […]

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Defense

How to get hired and not fired as a #DefensiveCoordinator

Every defense I have coordinated had an enlarged heart. That’s Real-Life lesson #23,556 that I’ve taught football players and assistant coaches for 40 years. A defense with an #enlargedheart will get you hired as a #DefensiveCoordinator over and over again. It will prevent you from getting fired. Here are some of the 25,362 Real-Life Lessons […]

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SWAT Football Leadership

Revolutionary Football Combine – how to get to the next level.

Every human I’ve coached during the past 43 years wanted to get to the #NextLevel of something. The secret to getting to the next-level and the next and the next is to obsessively pursue #PersonalBests athletically and academically.  Here’s the bad news: 1. The next-level is a lonely place. Very few people will support you or accompany you or […]

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#BusinessSurvivalSkills pt. 1. Our social media experience for #business

I lost count of how many #BarFights I responded to during my 15 year #police career. #BarFights were on of the top 5 calls for service I investigated as a #streetcop before I was promoted to #detective. The scene of every #BarFight included: People socially engaged at varied stages of impairment. The topic of conversations […]

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#LifeSaver – one way to protect lives

#Disconnect&Protect. Disconnecting has been one of the top 51 ways of protecting my life in mind-body-soul. The original X Fitness in #TheBasement of my home has zero connection to PMS – Post-Modern Society. No TVs, no phones, no windows, no pretty shiny new equipment, no socializing, no party mode, no scrolling, no posting, no selfies, no bad […]

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QB Killers – Part 2

We teach all our quarterbacks to “Play out of your Mind” – dual meaning: First meaning: Normalize the abnormal. Pass for outlier stats – #groundbreaking stats that have never been achieved, the kind that people think you’re lying about. Second Meaning: Play out of your conscious mind. Be governed by your subconscious mind. There’s a […]

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The most important advice I ever got.

My first platoon Staff Sergeant told me when I was an 18 yr old rookie police officer, “You’ll be ok as long as you shut the fuck up, listen, and work.” My first SWAT Team Staff Sergeant told me when I was a 20 yr old rookie SWAT Team member, “You’ll be ok as long […]