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Its all about the Jimmys and Joes, not the Xs and Os

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© December, 2008


by Chris Mattura
Former Assistant Coach, New York Jets

As coaches, we all have the tendency to overanalyze scheme and under utilize and prepare for personnel. There will be no drawings accompanying this article. At times and sometimes more often than not, our egos can be our worst enemy. We end up defeating ourselves rather than attacking our opponent. This article will highlight the critical aspects of the Jimmys and Joes.
  

  My beliefs and subsequent convictions were derived from my experience as a coach at every level including the National Football League. My initial introduction into the NFL was as a Pro Personnel Film Evaluator. I became obsessed with studying film and learned something new every play. I watched an individual player in 3 games and evaluated his strengths and weaknesses. Yes, my scheme experience continued to develop but the importance and deployment of the Jimmys and Joes really opened up my pores.
 

   A present Head Football Coach in the NFL once walked into an offensive game plan meeting took a dry-erase marker and put a players # on the board and walked out without saying a word. We all knew what he was saying. That player had 11 touches in the game and we came out victorious. We must get our best players the football regardles ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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