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Brian Kight and Keith Grabowski team up for this special Leadership Journey edition of the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast. This podcast will occur weekly throughout the season, focusing on issues that teams encounter. Today Brian and Keith discuss training players and staff to have a bigger, better “R” to tackle the adversity they may face this fall.
1:45 Week 1 focus – preparing our players to face adversity
2:50 Quote from Rich Bartel, former NFL QB
3:57 It’s every competitor’s destiny to lose
5:10 Loss occupies a gigantic place of fear in our minds
6:30 Embrace losing – develop a mindset that handles it
7:40 The best players are competitors
9:10 Find people who want to compete
9:32 Are we training the consequences of failure into a mindset?
11:40 Balance the consequences that drive the avoidance of failure
12:30 E+R=O; you can’t engineer outcomes, you must win the moment
13:13 Kyle Shanahan – sometimes you have to overcome coaching
15:00 Training to respond to adversity with a bigger “R”
18:00 Emphasize “build the skill,” not just “win the drill”
20:00 Patience, skill and discipline are required by each coach
23:15 The time for command and control coaching is over
24:28 Command and control coaching eventually leads to compliance and defiance
26:25 Film evaluation session – how to think about and create a culture for learning
29:16 Understand an athlete’s thinking to help improve performance
31:01 Pay attention to athlete needs and help put it all together
32:20 Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander’s approach to film
33:28 Be surgical in your approach
34:05 Understanding, explanation, execution – a process for evaluating performance
38:56 Give players a space for mental repetition
39:31 Ideas for preparing team/unit for a better “R”
43:02 Train for scenarios you are likely to experience
46:30 The mission for the year
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