GBMWolverine: Mailbag Question -- Michigan Football -- The Three Things That Are Most Important

Posted at 6:00am — 8/23/2011

GBMWolverine: Mailbag Question — Michigan Football — The Three Things That Are Most Important

I realize most coaches are never satisfied and believe their team is never 100% ready to play a game, but I am wondering what are three things that are the most important for a team to be ready before their first game.

Glen H.


GBMWolverine Response:

Thank you for the question Glen, you made the magic number three, so here are three important accomplishments coaches hope for before a season starts (and during the season as week).

First – being in top condition, but not over-trained. A team must be ready to go out of the gate, a bad first game can have repercussions, such as barely losing out in a league chase, a playoff berth, or losing a positive build-up from preseason work. The air can go out of the balloon, so a good start helps. Fifty percent of teams win the first game and fifty percent lose said game. You can guess which one is easier to coach in the second week. Being in top shape really pays off in the second half, other factors being similar.

If a team is not in what Coach Carr called “great shape” it will fade at the end of both halves. The only thing worse is sending an over-trained, tired football team out on the field.

Second – having sharp execution on both sides of the ball. Many teams struggle with this early in the season and the team with a clear advantage in execution usually wins.

You want your team looking like a well-oiled machine with all parts hitting on all cylinders.

Third – a team needs that edgy, we cannot wait to hit someone who is different look to them.

Players have a nervous anxiety, where they are biting at the bit and coaches have to keep tight hold on the reins so the players don’t run wild, overreact, play without discipline, make bad decisions, and accumulate penalties.

Any coaching staff that can pull off those three objectives has a leg up heading into the first week.

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