By HCR Staff | May 11, 2020
Preparing a team for an NFL season is hard work. NFL head coaches are asked to put a product on the field that appears well-organized and fine-tuned.
This is easier said than done. Every off-season, head coaches have to integrate new pieces, players and coaches, and somehow bring it all together so it’s productive and competitive.
And due to the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFLPA, coaches have far less coaching time with the players than ever before.
Now, head coaches also have to plan around a pandemic.
NFL head coaches love routine. Routine presumably eliminates the possibility of distraction, and routine allows everyone in an organization to learn protocols, and to get comfortable with those protocols.
But due to COVID, the 2020 offseason ‘routine’ is no more.
Head coaches now are forced to re-think everything about how to prepare for a season. And that’s actually been a good thing.
Every protocol is being re-examined. How coaches spend their time is being analyzed. Efficiency has become paramount.
Based on anecdotal evidence, it appears that coaches are refreshed, and energized, by this new approach.
They’re getting more tech savvy; that’s a good thing, particularly so because it’s mandatory to connect to a new generation of players.
Coaches are getting physically refreshed. There’s a new acknowledgment that the long days during the offseason don’t have to be as long. That family and personal time also helps effectiveness.
Coaches also are learning new teaching techniques to address the lack of on-field time with players. Communication has to go beyond explaining concepts and technique to players during an in-person session with players.
The modern NFL coach is being challenged more than ever. It’s a good thing, in our view. And it’s going to lead to a fascinating season if it kicks off.