PokerSteve Posted February 12 Share Posted February 12 Let's talk about situational football. How do you handle a situation in which your decision must come in seconds, and must encompass all the myriad pertinent details of the moment ~ down, distance, time on the clock, time outs remaining, and maybe more ~ and of course it must be the right decision or you lose the game, the season, the playoffs, maybe even the Super Bowl. This is based off an article in The Athletic that has a great deal of merit. It's about the obsession Philadelphia Eagles HC Nick Sirianni has about situational football. To make sure his team makes the right decision in these critical moments, he holds Situational Meetings. These meetings include all the coaches and players. Sirianni will ask a coach or a player what they would do in a certain situation with a specific set of circumstances. They only have a few seconds to respond. The pressure isn't quite at the level of making that same decision during a game, but its nonetheless very intense. "It's honestly one of the most stressful parts of the week," says Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon of the Situational Meetings held on Saturdays. He's talking about Sirianni's habit of using the Socratic Method ~ learning through a dialogue between teacher and students. He will randomly put his coaches, or players, on the spot with a tough question. There's no data to review or time to vacillate. There is also another form of these situational awareness drills during their Wednesday Walkthrough, making sure everybody knows what they need to do in different moments when the focus must be on executing the right move, not deciding what the right move is. I'm sure the Falcons and all teams discuss critical situations for all the obvious fourth down situations for both offense and defense, but I'm not sure any team devotes the time and attention to all the myriad crucial situations that can come up in a game like Sirianni, his coaches and players. Up to this point in Smith's maturation as HC, he's primarily been trying to get the bigger details right. Bringing in the right guys, getting the offense geared more toward the run game than the pass game. Now going into year three, is this the right time for Smith and his coaches to start emphasizing the smaller details? Or do you think Smith and his staff are already doing much the same thing? Are there specific instances where it didn't appear we were ready with the right play in a big moment this past season, or did Smith and DC Pees mostly get things right in clutch moments? Your thoughts and comments are welcomed. https://theathletic.com/4174415/2023/02/10/eagles-super-bowl-nick-sirianni-situational-meetings/?source=weeklyemail&campaign=602288 Killing Floor, Falcons_Frenzy and SwampyMux12 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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