I really like this:
Here are 3 pieces of coaching advice that have had a major impact on my coaching career.
#1 The dirtiest words in coaching are We talked about it. Players don’t learn from talking they learn from well designed simple drills and repetition.
#2 What you see on film was either taught or allowed. You don’t like what you see find a way to change it.
#3 Players don’t screw up because they want to be failures. The vast majority of failure on the field is failure of understanding. The understanding or alignment, technique, or scheme all must be taught in a meaningful way that can be applied not in theory (on a whiteboard) but in a real life situations (game). There is always another (possibly a more effective) way to coach a given technique.
That’s why I have hope the defense begins a turnaround this season. I recognize the downside to installing a new scheme – the learning curve, less than optimal fits in personnel, etc. But even with that in mind, there’s lots of room to improve things that aren’t directly tied to scheme. The question is whether Georgia has the staff in place to get things across to the players effectively.
I doubt we’ll ever hear it from him, but I’d be curious to hear Garner provide a comparison of the staff’s approach under Grantham with that of the approach under Martinez.