Recently I had the honor of attending the USA Football National Conference in Orlando, Florida, courtesy of the NFL. When I received the invitation I was so excited because of this opportunity to learn from so many great coaches and the honor of being considered worthy of being included. I had no idea how many…
Monthly Archives: January 2017
Finding Your Coaching Dream Job with Daron Roberts
In the summer of 2006, author Daron K. Roberts was just one year away from earning a law degree from his dream school: Harvard. But that summer, in the throes of a clerkship at a Texas law firm, Roberts had a revelation—he wanted something different. Very different. Daron Roberts wanted to be an NFL football coach.
After making the transition from Harvard Law student to NFL newbie, Roberts worked as a coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers, and the Cleveland Browns. But he’s not forgotten how hard it was to take that first step in a new direction. In Call an Audible, Roberts shares his inspiring journey and reveals his playbook to help guide your next transition.
In-Game Coaching Assignments
Q1. How many coaches are on your staff?
Q2. How do you divide up pre-game responsibilities? (Stretch, cameras, headsets, etc.)
Q3. During the game, what are the responsibilities of coaches on the field?
Q4. What are the responsibilities for coaches in the booth?
Q5. Who talks to the offense and defense when they’re on the sideline?
Q6. How do you handle organizing special teams during the game?
Q7. How is your staff divided for sub-varsity game duties?
Evaluating Your Coaching
Q1. What are you most pleased with about the job you did coaching your position/team last season?
Q2. What did you dislike about your coaching job from this season?
Q3. What did your coaching staff do that helped the team the most?
Q4. How did the steps you took last spring and summer help you become a better coach this fall?
Q5. What is one area in your professional development you’d like to specifically address this off-season?
Q6. What will you do in the off-season to improve your coaching?
Q7. If you were the head coach of your program, what changes would you make?
Evaluating Your Defense
Q1. What did you find to be the most important part of your defensive prep this season?
Q2. What were your most successful stunts/blitzes against the run?
Q3. What formations gave you the most trouble in being to defend the run or the pass?
Q4. What reports on your video system were most helpful to you this season?
Q5. What coverages did you find most successful against 3X1? Empty?
Q6. How did you prepare for fast tempo offenses?
Q7. How will you use the off-season and summer to improve upon your defense next season?