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“Stick to your knitting!”

Posted by admin November - 19 - 2019 - Tuesday

Sorry… I haven’t posted in a few weeks because I was simply focusing on other things! First was my wife. I retired from coaching with the commitment to give my sweet wife the first fruits of my time. She’s always wanted to travel and we missed out on half the year because of football! So, since I retired in 2016 we’ve been to Europe twice (take a Viking river cruise— you’ll love it!) and seen parts of this beautiful country that we wouldn’t have been able to see if I were still coaching.

Those of you who follow this blog will say, “but, Coach, you ARE back coaching!” True! But I told the HC when I took the job as his OC that I would have to miss a game… because of my commitment to my wife! He was fine with it. We went to the Hudson River Valley to enjoy the autumn colors and to see an Army football game! More on that later.

Second commitment has been to our football team. We are now in the Final 4 in our (very competitive) Region and will play an undefeated team this Friday. We have our work cut out for us! But, they’ve never seen the Wing T before… and certainly not the style of Delaware Wing T that we run. Which brings me to my point: “sticking with what you do/know best!”

Our HC is young… in age and experience. But, he is loaded with wisdom. I’ve said before, he is a great leader! He admitted to me yesterday that he has gotten a lot of teasing and… down-right ridicule, because he (we) run this antiquated offense. We need to get hip! We need to “catch up” with everybody else and run the Spread!!! Through it all, he has (maybe) wavered; but, he has not succumbed to the pressure! So proud of him!!!

This antiquated offense, by the way, is averaging 35 points a game and we have 2 RB’s who’ve rushed for over 1000 yards! Plus our Freshman QB has passed for over 800 and 12 TD’s. In many ways, it’s one of the best offenses in the area!

My word to you guys is this: Be a “student of the game.” Learn your craft— study it; grow with it. Be known for something! We are known for running our vaunted Delaware Wing T offense. People laugh at us but… they HATE trying to defense it!!! And don’t succumb to the pressure to change if things aren’t going well at the moment. Instead, find out what’s wrong and try to fix it!

Stick to your knitting!!!

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