How to Be a Football Coach: Advice from a Member of the NFL Hall of Fame

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     One of the Class of 2003 football hall of fame inductees, Joe DeLamielleure talks all about his coaching experiences and opens up very frankly and honestly about his thoughts on how to be a football coach, players, and the system in place today.  Almost everybody agrees that today's current system for athletes, recruiting, and coaches could be much better.  There are very serious issues, some of those include graduation rates, coach/player relationships, recruiting methods, education versus athletics.  All of these topics we discuss in this segment and more.  Joe speaks the truth in this interview as he explains how coahcing has become a joke, so much so that he has probelms watching football today.  Joe feels coaches get paid way too much, while most players get nothing but injured.  College players get no money despite bringing in vast amounts for their coach and school, a good portion of them do not graduate, and many get injured.

      In Steve Weiberg's October 2010 USA Today Column, Weiberg states, "Seven of the top 10 — including No. 1 Auburn, No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Boise State — and 16 of the top 25 in the current Bowl Championship Series standings fell beneath the sport's four-year average. Oklahoma and Arizona graduated fewer than half of their players. The numbers also were low in the other marquee college sport, men's basketball, where three of last season's eight NCAA regional finalists and more than one in five programs overall had four-year rates beneath 50%."




Football Video Transcription:  After football I got scammed, and we had 6 of our own children, four biological, two adopted, and 3 other boys living with us. We had to start from scratch, sold our house, that's when I got into coaching. Somebody offered me a head-coaching job in high school, at Providence Day, which is a private school. They were 0–11, and they asked “Will you take this program?” It was to the point that at the very 1st meeting we had, we only had 9 kids. I got on my knees and asked “God please, I need this job, at least give me 12.” And we ended up with 17. That year we went 6–4, we lost 4 games by 8 points. The next 2 years, we won the independent championship in North Carolina, and I was doing good at it, that's what I'm good at, football. I was coaching how I was coached, I wasn't coaching how they coach now where these guys are 100 hours a week guys, and it's a badge of courage if you can sleep in the Fieldhouse, that's when you’re really going to be good. I needed to get out and make some real money, so I went to Liberty University with Rutigliano, who coached me 5 years at Cleveland, hired me as a line coach of liberty, and we did extremely well up there, I think we were 9–2 both years. He said “you do a good job, I know you're going to be a college coach because your good coach.” I coached there for 2 years and we did extremely well for Liberty, and then I got hired by Duke and that was probably the biggest mistake of my life, taking a job at Duke, because I didn't know the head coaches, they did not play football, they never played beyond, I don't think Fred Goldsmith ever played college football at all, and Carl Franks just played at Duke, and I'm a real competitive guy and I'm not a good follower, I'll put the blame on me but I stayed there 5 years and it was the longest 5 years of my life. I went to Duke, “Hey, at Liberty we get there at 8 in the morning, and leave at 630 with your family,” “no no no you have to stay all the way through we don’t even leave here until 9 o'clock, you get here at 7.” Then I thought to myself “what did I get myself into? This is bizarre.” Would you tell you? Do not talk on your cell phone, and get some sleep. More people are killed with the deprivation than they are by drunk driving. And then you had a telephone, then you're really in trouble. And what do coaches do on the sideline, they sat, listened to somebody talk in their ear, they're tired, they haven't slept. But these guys aren't human, they can do all this, they can listen to 5 guys talking in their ear, get, and make a sharp decision. I'm sorry it doesn't work, you only win if you have Peyton Manning and Brady and real quarterbacks, it's not coaching. I'm sorry Bill Belichick, it's not your genius, it's Brady. When he didn't have Brady in Cleveland, you lost more than you won. And Charlie Weis, you are not a genius, you had Brady and he got you a job at Notre Dame, and you guys keep going around and around and around. Same guys, same philosophy, 40 years of football, I can hardly stand watching but they'll tell you how great they are. They can't win unless they have players, I've never seen a jockey carry a horse across the finish line. And when you do, let me know, then I'll tell you when coaches are the most important thing. Brett Favre takes Minnesota, if Brad Childress could count to 11 instead of 12, Minnesota would've been in the Super Bowl. They had 12 men on the field after timeout, I'm sorry, if I was the GM or an athletic director, that guy would be gone. Because I say the 1st basic thing is count to 11, that's my philosophy that I coach at. I sound like I'm bitter, but I'm tired of guys who have never played the game, coaching. They've never had a bloody nose in their life, and they're going to tell somebody “this is how you do it.” I disagree with that totally, they make it sound so complicated, come on. 11 guys on the field, they line up, the lineman can line up on my head or on my inside shoulder or on my outside shoulder. It doesn't change, it's never changed. And you find a quarterback who can throw the ball, Peyton Manning, do you think the coach Jim Caldwell, never even coached. His 1st head coaching job, they get to Super Bowl, do you think it's really Jim Caldwell's coaching? Or Peyton Manning throwing? And I like Jim Caldwell he's a nice guy, a good coach, but if you don't have a Manning you're not going anywhere. These colleges make millions of dollars off the backs of these players and when a players hurt, he has nowhere to turn, he has no turn when he's 50 years old. “I got hurt at Michigan State or at Notre Dame,” was that’s too bad. That's the way it is. We have a lot to learn in our system, how we treat people, how we treat institutions, and we raise tuition, we can pay coaches $5 million. I totally disagree with all of that, a coach should make $5 million coaching football was a membership to a country club, a car, give me a break, your coaching football, that’s it. And if you didn't have graduation rates, that would be my 1st criteria, how many kids did you graduate? And how many kids flunked out that you brought that you are to blame because you had long practices?





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