This past weekend we had an opportunity to win our rivalry game and play for a seed in the state playoffs. We played awful. Worst game we played this year and we were even if not better than our opponent. We fumbled 7 times losing it 5 times, they scored on each of the turnovers. Defensively we were just as bad. We take pride in our pursuit and our ability to tackle. All of it out the window. The weather was terrible, very cold, rainy, and windy but our opponent had to play in it too. I utilized my TO's to calm them down etc.. we just got our butts kicked. I have been the HC here for over a decade and we have won a few and lost a few but I have never seen a complete breakdown across the board like this. We have two consolation games left. Any thoughts on how to get them back? IMO we are a year away but in the same sense we played well below our potential his year and we have a lot of talent coming back.
Focus on the positives as much as you can. We all have to remember that at the end of the day we are dealing with kids who are 14-18 years old and are very frail mentally. Sometimes they crap the bed and really have no reason for it...
How many opponents that you defeated had their HC saying the same things about you?
Remember, kids at this age have an ability to "shake it off", much more so that the coaches.
Tell it like it is...the reality is that during an entire season, you're going to have 1 GREAT game where EVERYTHING goes your way....and you'll have 1 DUNG PILE!
"So..OK, we've had our dung-pile last week! Now let's go out had have that 1 great game we have in us!"
Don't place blame...don't criticize...don't yell and scream. Shake it off! The kids know they stank up the place. Let them go out and show themselves that last week was a fluke.
Agreed. It's time to take a step back and go into "fix-it" mode with an emphasis on what you can control and what the kids can control.
"Alright fellas, we coughed the ball up so we're going to fix it this week. Skills, will be doing ball security drills this week; plan on that ball being soaked. Centers and QBs, we'll be snapping with a wet ball all week. Tackling and pursuit were issues as well and we'll focusing on drilling that as well. We can fix this problems but we can't fix the weather, guys. It's November and the weather is going to be nasty. So, it's on you guys to dial in and play in those conditions. The coaches can't do that for you; dress warm and be ready to go."