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  1. This features schools across the country. Lakeland, Elder and Rockwall are the first three. Link
  2. Never thought I'd see three players from Lakeland sign with three different Pac-12 schools in the same season. OL Gennoris Wilson (Oregon) WR Daidren Zipperer (Utah) you-know-who (Colorado)
  3. To be fair, Saturday generally IS the best day of the week.
  4. Shanahan got into the NFL because he’s the son of Mike. He spent one (1) year as a GA (meaning he was a gofer) in college before landing into the old boys network of the NFL. Daboll spent one year as a “restricted earnings coach” at Wiliam and Mary and two years as a gofer at Michigan State before becoming an NFL lifer, save for one season (after 20 in the NFL massively increased his public profile) as an OC at Alabama. Pederson was a decent NFL player, who spent three seasons as a high school coach with a record of 41-10 and zero state titles. Dan Campbell was an NFL player who has only coached in the NFL, starting as an intern and working his way up. The pattern is clear: the NFL is a different animal completely disconnected from actual football coaches that coach for real in high school and college. The “best” almost *never* establish themselves anywhere other than the NFL, where the old boys network takes care of them.
  5. And when we start to look into the background of those guys (meaning before they were NFL head coaches), you see absolutely nothing that distinguishes them from far more accomplished coaches. What almost always explains their getting into the NFL is personal connections. The "old boys network". Sirianni, for example " College coaching[edit] Sirianni began coaching as the defensive backs coach at his alma mater, Mount Union. After one season of coaching Mount Union, he was hired by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he coached receivers for three seasons.[6] Kansas City Chiefs[edit] His leap to the NFL came in 2009 after getting an interview through a friend with new Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.[4] Sirianni had gotten to know Haley from attending the same YMCA when Sirianni was in college and Haley was a wide receivers coach with the Chicago Bears.[3] Haley hired Sirianni as the offensive quality control coach.[7"
  6. This is ridiculous. Spurrier often didn't have teams at Florida that outmanned their opponent as you suggest. And, building a program that can sustain success despite never having stars for many years (see Bellichick and Brady) due to graduation etc is a unique skill in its own right. The razor thin talent margins don't mean the coaches have all that much impact. They don't, given that the players are millionaire, unionized employees. It just means that in the aggregate, teams and their coaches are going to tend to win about half the games and lose about half the games. And that's what we get. The very best, winningest coaches who make it at least five years fail to win 2/3 of their games. So, if the talent is nearly even, and the wins and losses are also nearly even, there's no real reason to think the coach had any sort of amazing impact. Again, there is an obvious reason why all involved would want to maintain the appearance of these amazing, super hard working coaches, that are unquestionably the best in the business. These guys like the salaries they command, and they like not having to do any recruiting or spring football even more. They WANT you to think they are amazing. And they have a massive media complex to promote them as such. They also benefit from having fans who grew up passionately cheering on their favorite teams and who simply don't want to believe a word I say here. It's a lot easier to just bash someone like me than it is to actually consider the (obvious) effects of having a variable roster full of unionized millionaire adults as opposed to kids who the coach has targeted and who aren't old enough to buy a beer, much less be unionized employees.
  7. The playing and practice fields at the pro level are, first and foremost, workplaces involving unionized employees (who also happen to be millionaires). Once you realize this, once you look at a pro player on the field as being the unionized employee in his workplace that he is, what I said makes more sense.
  8. Meyer was one of the elite coaches in the country. The NFL is not where good coaches are found. The NFL is where figureheads are valued. Stand on the sideline, pretend to be intense and hard-working. Above all else, the most important things to do as a pro coach are, 1) to kiss the asses of the millionaires on the team so they like him and 2) to butter up the media and gain favor with them. Pro coaches don't actually coach, though they like to pretend to be actual coaches. So, you can't assess the actual quality of a coach by looking at what they've done in the NFL, where they don't actually coach.
  9. Lakeland hires its WR coach to replace Castle: Marvin Frazier
  10. I do think there are coaches who are pushing kids too hard, without sufficient regard for potential medical issues. That's easier to justify (or get away with) when you're dealing with adults. With kids, it's a problem.
  11. Maxpreps did a great job with that mini-documentary on the 2006 title game. Anyone who's a true fan of HS football should be able to enjoy that.
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