I know the offseason has been a long one and you’re itching to get out there. But before you do, I have some advice to make this season better than the last.
First, have fun out there. I understand that being the Eagles head coach is hard. Thousands want your head after one season. Block it out. Enjoy the wind through your visor as you’re coaching technique. Celebrate touchdowns in 7 on 7’s. Yes, it’s a job, but it’s also a game. If you can block out the noise and enjoy what you do, you’re well on your way to success.
The next step is to emphasize the skills of your players. Carson Wentz is mobile. Allow him to move outside of the pocket. Alshon Jefferey is a 6’3” monster. Throw it up. Coaches often get caught up in schemes and systems. They’ll often cram players into a system. It’s a mistake. Adapt your system to them.
And be creative about it! You threw a fade route in the middle of the field during the very first game of the year. It worked. I had never seen it in my life and I never saw it again. Why? It was a great play that fit your personnel. You got a first down. That outside the box thinking will make you a great coach. Be bold!
Which reminds me: love yourself! One of your biggest problems last year was that you struggled with identity. You were aggressive one week and passive the next. Who are you? What do you think is the best way to win football games? Why? What do your numbers say? I hope you’ve thought long and hard about this. Scheme is adaptable. Identity is not. Without one, you’re sunk.
Lastly, demand the respect of your peers. People think you’re a boob, a stooge to do Howie Roseman’s bidding. They’ve felt that way from the start. When you talked about putting “the lovin’ on” Josh Huff and he’s cut the next day…it didn’t help. If you want the fans to respect you, we need to know that the team respects you. Be in the know.
I hope all of this helps. Best of luck in 2017!