In the world of high school or community football, a strong bond between the offensive coordinator and the quarterback can be the difference between success and failure. The most essential element of this relationship is trust. An offensive coordinator should trust their quarterback to make the right read, allowing them to grow and learn from their mistakes. In return, the quarterback will gain confidence and a better understanding of the game. However, there are certain pitfalls that an offensive coordinator should avoid, to ensure this relationship is nurtured properly.
Here are the top 5 things not to do:
1. **Dictating Every Move in Real-Time**:
– It can be tempting for an offensive coordinator to yell out which receiver the quarterback should target during their cadence. While guidance is essential during practices and film sessions, live-game scenarios are the time to trust the QB’s read of the defense. Over-instructing during a play can confuse and pressure the quarterback, leading to poor decision-making.
2. **Over-Criticizing in the Heat of the Moment**:
– Quarterbacks will make mistakes – it’s part of the game. Instead of berating them immediately after an error, an offensive coordinator should provide constructive feedback. Doing so during a quiet moment or after the game can be more effective. High emotion criticisms can lead to decreased confidence and can be counterproductive.
3. **Not Allowing Freedom**:
– A good quarterback will start to recognize defenses and adjust plays at the line of scrimmage. By not allowing some level of freedeom, an offensive coordinator might stifle the quarterback’s ability to react and adapt, thereby hindering their growth.
4. **Avoiding Tough Conversations**:
– If a quarterback consistently makes the wrong read or is struggling in certain areas, it’s essential to address it. Avoiding these conversations or glossing over problems doesn’t help the quarterback or the team. Honest, open dialogue is key.
5. **Comparing with Past Quarterbacks**:
– Every quarterback is unique, with their own strengths, weaknesses, and style of play. Continuously comparing a current quarterback with predecessors can undermine their confidence and put unnecessary pressure on them. Focus on their individual growth and what they bring to the table.
**Dynamic Duo Combination**:
An effective offensive coordinator-quarterback relationship is based on mutual trust, understanding, and open communication. By avoiding these pitfalls, an offensive coordinator can cultivate a positive environment where the quarterback can flourish, grow from their mistakes, and lead the team to success.
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