“PROGRESSIVE COACHING” Dave Potter Head Coach DURHAM FIGHTING EAGLES. DURHAM FIGHTING EAGLES SIX CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 FIVE UNDEFEATED SEASONS 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 Won 61 of our last 63 conference games dating back to 1999.
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DURHAM FIGHTING EAGLES
SIX CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
FIVE UNDEFEATED SEASONS
2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006
Won 61 of our last 63 conference games dating back to 1999.
The Physical and Mental Approachof theDurham Fighting Eagles
“It’s hard to play against us,
but it’s even harder to play for us.”
Fun is not something you go in search of.
Fun is a byproduct of hard work and success.
Nothing develops character like adversity.
Don’t be afraid to push your kids hard.
Do not bully them.
“Success is 85% attitude and 15% aptitude.”—Harvard Study
you earn the right to expect to win.
There are two rows of players. Two players at once will participate in this drill. One coach puts the football in the face
of Player A and yells, “Whose ball is it?” Player A responds, “My ball, Sir!” The coach then puts the football in the face
of Player B and yells the same question, “Whose ball is it?” Player B yells back, “My ball, Sir!” “Face front,” says
Coach, so that neither player can “cheat” by seeing the throw. Coach throws ball down the field in any haphazard
direction. Both players immediately chase the ball. The first player there recovers the ball by falling to the ground and
locking it in his arms, using the “fetal position.” The other player pulls, yanks and fights for the ball in an attempt to take
the ball away. Feel free to allow the drill to get as physical as you are comfortable with. We will let the players battle it
out for the ball for more than one minute, sometimes going as long as two to three minutes. It is important that players
understand that the play doesn’t end when it is recovered by someone else. On the contrary, the play is just beginning.
What we are trying to do is get each player to try and end up with the ball. Two other coaches run alongside of the
players yelling “encouragement” as the players battle for the ball. This should be a physical, intense and mean-spirited
drill. It is not for the timid or weak. The slower and less-aggressive boys will soon understand that it is far easier to
recover the ball, if they can get to it first, than to get there second and have to fight for the ball. This drill encourages
the slower, less-athletic player to get to the ball quickly. It is important to match the boys evenly in their initial attempts.
Also, you can bounce the football in a direction where one player is more likely to recover it, making the drill easier and
more successful for the lesser athlete. We don’t care nearly as much who “wins” the drill, as we do care about
developing aggression and teaching the importance of the football. We usually end the drill when both players have
equal possession of the ball.
Our fumble drill is literally a fight. Lots of torn shirts, scraped elbows, bloody noses and a few tears. But it develops an
Here’s what to expect during our “Whose Ball Is It?” (1-on-1) fumble drills:
DIRT IN EYES
DIRT IN MOUTH
LOST TEETH (give them a mouthpiece)
Here’s what they learn during our “Whose Ball Is It?” (1-on-1) fumble drills:
IMPORTANCE OF THE FOOTBALL
HOW TO PROPERLY RECOVER A FUMBLE
FIGHT TO THE WHISTLE
GETTING USED TO HAVING THEIR HANDS & BODIES ON OTHERS
BEING ON THE GROUND
NEVER QUIT DESPITE THEY’RE BLEEDING & HAVE DIRT IN THEIR EYES
TEACHES EVEN THE SLOWEST & LEAST AGGRESSIVE PLAYER TO GET TO THE BALL FIRST (because it’s
easier to get there first and hold onto the ball, than it is to arrive second, and then have to fight for it).
2000 through 2006
2000 EAGLES—9 plus14 23 turnovers
2001 EAGLES—8 plus 8 16 turnovers
2002 EAGLES—6 plus 9 15 turnovers
2003 EAGLES—6 plus 16 22 turnovers
2004 EAGLES—7 plus 30 37 turnovers
2005 EAGLES—10 plus 5 15 turnovers
2006 EAGLES—3 plus 23 26 turnovers
MARGIN (7 YEARS)--PLUS 105
fighting eagles turnovers—49 TURNOVERS
fighting eagles opponents—154 TURNOVERS
Hides his lack of knowledge of the game, by saying he’s “not about wins and losses. He says he just wants the kids to have a good time.”
Accuses others who complain about his team’s lack of success by saying that they don’t care about the kids, and that they are more concerned about wins and losses.
He’s all about “niceties & soundbites.”
Won’t discuss POSITIONS
Won’t discuss PLAYING TIME.
Won’t discuss his OFFENSE.
Won’t discuss his DEFENSE.
Won’t discuss Xs and Os.
Won’t discuss his SCHEMES.
Uses FEAR and INTIMIDATION as weapons with players and parents.
Uses inappropriate LANGUAGE.
What matters is that you are working to be.”
--Chuck Priefer, Detroit Lions Assistant Coach