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© June, 2014

by Brett Steuerwald
Retired Coach • Shenendehowa High School (NY)

The following concludes a three-part series on the philosophy and strategy of football by Brett Steuerwald. A legendary coach in upstate New York, Coach Steuerwald reflects on 54 years as a coach and 44 as the head coach at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY. His overall record was 319-88-4. Coach Steuerwald received numerous local, state and national coaching honors and led his team to three state championships. This article is on ‘What Teams Should Do’ – from daily practice sessions to third down efficiency to having the right red zone attitude and streamlining halftime adjustments.

What Teams Should Do
Post Game and Pre Game Film Evaluations – Very few things will impact a team’s game performance more than a careful analysis of both your own performance and a study of your upcoming opponents. To do this properly takes commitment from all concerned. At Shen, we have always had a fairly rigid framework of time for using film to its best advantage. It really began after games in a social setting at my house to review the game and enjoy some pizza and snacks. We replay a little and then, as it gets later, I would say to my coaches, “guys I don’t know where you are going when you leave here but I hope you have a good time and I hope you get there soon.” After home games I would always tell them they should bring their wives or girlfriends – but not both. In any case, after all was quiet, I would make copies of the game for exchange with next week’s opponent and each varsity coach for their personal re ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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