Recruiting in Football Part I: Principles, Geography, and the SEC


Recruiting is a great way to connect with future prospects. This is a process which allows the coaching staff an opportunity to share with student-athletes their philosophy, goals, educational program, and the student-athlete’s future athletically. Coaches get intimate time with the recruit’s family to discuss their goals and what they can do to achieve them. The student-athlete gets to make his decision with his immediate family around him. Families that would otherwise not be able to afford to send one of their own to a higher educational institution are presented with the opportunity to do so. Recruits get to visit campuses of schools who are interested in them and imagine what kind of life is ahead for them, regardless whether they want the “party” experience or the opportunity to make the most out of their blessings. It is a great process for all involved — when it is done right.

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Some General Thoughts For The Upcoming Season


I have watched some film of the Broncos past season along with the last four games of the San Diego offense and one game from the Miami Dolphins defense. Because of the big change in coaching staff from last year to this upcoming season, it’s more important to note what the current coaching staff did last year then what the previous coaching staff did. This means we have to look at what Mike McCoy, Vance Joseph, and Joe Woods hold true.

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Observations: Kansas City vs Denver (27-30)

Our program had a motto that we lived and died by throughout the year: W.I.N. This is also known as “What Is Next”. When going through adversity or coming out of a difficult loss, keep in mind that you can only control the events that happen after. The Broncos need to put the mistakes behind them and move forward if they are to have a shot at making the playoffs. A playoff berth is the goal going forward. Thinking any farther than that is a distraction.

A short disclaimer before I go forward: I do not know the workings of the Broncos organization. What the coaching staff decides to do going forward is more informed than I ever hope to be. These are merely suggestions and if they decide to go another route, I am sure they will have weighed the options and deemed that their way is better for the health of their team. They are qualified and apt, that is for sure.

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It’s All Orange, Fat Man: 08/19/16 (My Last Open Thread)

Hello guys.

Firstly, I apologize for the lack of communication on my part.

I want to let you know that my laptop took a minor dump (got it fixed obviously) during the first part of fall camp which meant that I needed to find some free time to fix it. I mistakenly assumed that fall camp would operate at the same structure as our in-season schedule. It turned out that we went to our schedule of old (7:30am-10:00pm) and I had to wait until I got some time off in order to get the problem rectified. I could have typed the IAOFM on my phone but, found that way too inconvenient.  I was also losing an hour and a half of sleep on top of that before my problem which affected the detail of my work on the field and in the office. Not good.

Since I have stopped writing the IAOFM, I have corrected a lot of the detail mistakes I have made at work and have more time for myself. I’m building better relationships with my athletes, coaches, and friends. I have basically taken on most of the football operations during camp because my coaches have entrusted me with a lot more duties than I initially thought I would have. All in all, my life is quickly turning into something big and I want to squeeze all of the juice I can out of this orange considering I may not have enough money to make it into a full-time collegiate coach.

Which is why I have made the decision to not post a daily open thread nor a IAOFM during the season. Sure, I could take two minutes of time out of my day to write a header on the top of the page and post it. Honestly though, I’m at that point though where I just want to focus on my job when I leave the house and that’s it. If someone else wants to take over IAOFM duties, I would be ecstatic.

I understand that I led you all to believe that I would be able to do this everyday. It’s not fair of me to say one thing and then do the other. So, I want you to know that when I let you know that when I say I will do something in the future, I will do it. I will get that problem corrected.

This is by no means a goodbye at all. I will still check in on you guys from time to time or maybe post the occasional article after my season concludes. I just do not want to make time to write the IAOFM anymore.

This is also by no means a negative reflection on you guys either. I still think you guys are awesome and I am super-glad that Nick gave me some room to write on his website. It helped me reflect on some of my thoughts about the game and gave me football to interact with when I was doing odd jobs during the summer. Football, if you couldn’t tell, is my song I wake up to in the morning.

You guys are awesome. Don’t you ever forget that. I hope you think the same of me even though I went AWOL the past couple of weeks.