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January 12, 2013

Guest Blog: Over Analysis Leads To Paralysis

My good friend and former Head Football Coach of Pikevill College and Newberry College, Zak Willis, is now doing blog on recruiting. Zak has been a successful coach at every stop in his career (Newberry, Michigan State, Ohio) and is thought of the most as a great recruiter. In all of our years of chatting about players and evaluations, the one thing we see "eye to eye" on is that the bottom line in evaluations is "can a player perform? Can he make plays? Can he get the job done?" A yes to those questions is far more important than height, weight, and 40 time to guys who don't complicate the game of football. Zak will be sharing some of his thoughts weekly with us on SCVarsity.com and you can follow his blog at ZAK WILLIS IS FIRED - UP ABOUT RECRUITING. I hope you visit his new blog and I hope you enjoy his thoughts as much as I do.

In the world of college football there are many topics that are over emphasized when it comes to defining what attributes are most important in the make up of a good coach. The game of football is very simple in both strategy and scheme to understand. Many college level coaches over complicate the game with what I like to call clinic talk. This type of talk usually accompanies coaches who are involved in losing cultures and have been trained by coaches who are perennial losers. You can spot a clinic talker a mile away and a mile away is just where you should stay from them. We will close with this thought for today; coaches who clinic talk tend to confuse players and a confused player is a slow player. The ability to play on instinct and with great reactive skill (sorry sounds clinicy I know) is the the key to solid performance. I guess it's best summed up in the old saying "Over analysis leads of paralysis." -- Zak Willis
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