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  1. This has nothing to do with football.

    A friend I hold dear has been gravely ill for his entire life, and acutely so for the past three weeks. This afternoon he was taken off a ventilator. There is no expectation of recovery.

    He is 32. The bulk of his medical difficulties have been present since he started out, but he wore himself down producing a play this summer. Given his starting point of poor health, bionical heart parts, and history of infection in said parts it became clear about halfway through this hospital stay ...
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  2. Incorporating rookies...

    A quickie. I had never giveneed it much thought, but I like what Jacksonville and either Miami or Tampa are doing this year, and I think the Rams have done before. There is no good reason to have rookies going full speed at anything on day one, especially when they have spent zero time in your strength and conditioning program. The come in and first order of business is making sure their heads are on straight. Get them started on Co ditioning, get the most started on playbook, and get them started ...
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  3. Milk Duds

    I have no idea why, but I woke up this morning with a vision of Jeff Van Gundy riding Alonzo Mourning's leg.

    For those not familiar with him, he is an announcer for NBA games on some network that broadcasts those things. Dig a little deeper and he is a little bit remarkable in modern day team sport coaching ascension.

    In reverse order, he was the Head Coach of the Houston Rockets.
    Head Coach of New York Knicks.
    Assistant Coach New York Knicks under Pat ...

    Updated 04-16-2016 at 11:51 AM by ScottDCP

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  4. Safeties and Linebackers

    In today's game, the Safety as extra Linebacker and Linebacker as extra DT are supporting players at best. Otherwise Brandon Spikes and Donte Whitner would be making 10M per year.

    They both need to be pass defenders first. For my team, anyway. I don't much care how tall most of them are, although I do need someone to cover Gronk who isn't going to be the subject of a red zone jump ball every time we play New England.

    Priorities for each are the same:

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  5. How to handle it when I will be going for it on fourth down.

    There are two fronts to the psychological battle, each geared toward the offense being calm and the players expecting success.

    First, there will be open and frank discussion of the fact that we WILL go for it on fourth down in more than dire circumstances. This is from April through February. We are not going to discuss this outside the team, and that will also be mentioned. The players are going to train and practice in an environment of confident audacity. For example, Between ...
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