Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Andy Ryland, senior manager in education and training at USA Football. While working at USA Football, he has helped develop the Heads Up Football and Master Trainer programs as well as worked in improving tackling techniques. Before coming to USA Football, Ryland spent time playing for the USA Men’s National Rugby team. He played linebacker in college at Penn State University.
Ryland and host Keith Grabowski discuss preparing for the opposing team’s “dude” in practice.
3:07 Coach Grabowski’s first coaching experience against a dude
4:55 Preparing a tackling plan
7:44 Level-two tackles
9:35 Making individual period not stagnant
12:15 Different positions working together
19:40 Using the special teams period
21:12 Different body types you’ll run into
23:55 Manipulating the scout team
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