Just wondering what you guys think of him? I can’t get a read on this guy at all. I thought his “retirement letter” was really strange. I saw he had a podcast, so I listened to the first few episodes. The stories are interesting, but I just can’t read this guy. On top of the letter basically talking about football like a CTE dance party, and the stories on the podcast, he’s still selling his system for 3,000 a year. Just curious if any of you have any experience.
Last Edit: Jul 8, 2021 10:34:58 GMT -6 by coachfrost
I guess I was talking less about his system and more about his attitude on the game. It seems like one minute he is loving it and trying to stay in it, and the next minute he is talking about how dangerous it is and trying to run former colleagues through the mud.
I follow his channel for the little tid bits and stuff. Been meaning to listen to the podcast, but just haven't gotten around to it. He's an interesting guy, after getting blackballed after Kentucky i think his view of the game probably altered greatly. Alot of his more recent sentiments, like the retirement letter, seemed to be voicing his displeasures with certain people, e.g. the MTSU head coach and his lack of common sense and his lackadaisical approach to covid.
Post by coachdubyah on Jul 8, 2021 17:53:20 GMT -6
The thing I like most about him is that he doesn’t care what ANYONE thinks. He’s at peace with his career and I wouldn’t rule out a comeback somewhere. He has a lot to offer. I don’t agree with all that he does and says but that’s probably why I like him even more.
"It's good to know who hates you and it's good to be hated by the right people". Johnny Cash
Post by blockandtackle on Jul 14, 2021 18:07:04 GMT -6
He’s a dude who marches to the beat of his own drummer. I can respect that.
He also seems to have a different personality type than many coaches and has ran into a lot of interpersonal conflicts, even after what went down at Kentucky.
With “The System,” he’s independently wealthy so he doesn’t really feel the need to pull too many punches or keep his mouth shut like a lot of other coaches. He’s already been blackballed, scapegoated, used, lied to, etc. more times than he can probably count.
I read his retirement letter when it was published but I have never checked out his podcast. To me, he seems like a guy who just has mixed feelings on the game after all he’s been through and believes CTE is a serious danger that isn’t being taken nearly seriously enough, which is a legit position to have.
As far as his offense, I like the philosophical focus on stripping things down and being as simple as possible. It’s a good canned offense for coaches with talent who want to throw the ball but maybe don’t know much about the ins and outs of doing it or are working with inexperienced staffs who need the mentoring.
However, it’s not really my bag and I feel he oversimplified things at times with all the focus on “cheap” plays. I also don’t think he understood Mumme’s version of the Air Raid as well as some think. He was a position coach under Mumme and teaches some of the reads on plays differently, to their detriment. Mumme teaches the read on Mesh *very* differently than Franklin, who admittedly never had much success with the play and has cut it at various stops.