Baltimore Ravens Quarterback and Perfect Performance Alumnus Trace McSorley. Moments before throwing his first touchdown pass. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We know the holiday season is upon us. However, another reason why this time of year is so wonderful is because there is an abundance of weekly televised football games. The NFL is televised on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights. College football is shown on Fridays and Saturdays. We even had a rare Wednesday night NFL game this past week. With a lot of college, high school, and youth sports having to cancel their seasons this year I’d imagine we are all glued to our TV sets.
It is good watching these games solely for your amusement, but make sure you are taking advantage of this opportunity to expand your football knowledge and incorporate techniques to your skillset. This is how you can “steal a game rep from your couch.” Here are three tips/in-game aspects to focus on while you are at home watching football to help you become a better player for the upcoming football season.
1. Watch your Position
“Watching your position” may seem like an obvious key point, but it is very easy to get wrapped up in the game and miss out on learning opportunities from your position. Just like athlete’s study film to prepare for a game, they study other athletes around the league. If your goal is to play in the NFL, then it is wise to study and learn from the current players. Study the best players and focus on the small details that have helped these players get to where they are today. Defensive Lineman can steal a game rep by analyzing players like Aaron Donald (Rams) and T.J. Watt (Steelers) -- pass rush moves. Wide Receivers can study releases and route running from Devante Adams (Packers) and Stefon Diggs (Bills). There are also very talented college players you can study as well. The key is to study what you think makes that player good and use it to enhance your skill set.
2. Learn from Their Mistakes
It is important to understand that all football players make mistakes. Some players play with poor technique, poor effort, and even blow assignments. It is important to catch these mistakes and learn from them. If a defensive back gives up a touchdown, make sure you watch the replay to see where he made a mistake. Look at his feet, his eyes, and his hands. If an offensive lineman gives up a sack, make sure you study his footwork and his hand placement to see where he could have done better. The smallest mistakes can result in big plays for the opposing team. So, instead of becoming a fan when these mistakes occur, turn yourself into a student of the game, and discover how this big play could have been prevented.
3. Pay Attention to Situational Football
Situational football can easily be defined as an important scenario that can win or lose a team the game. These are natural aspects of the game that capture our attention the most; however, it is important to truly dissect these situations to develop a better understanding of football. The more you understand how to approach situational football, the smarter football player you will become.
Examples of situations to pay attention to:
· Red zone
· Two-minute drill
· 2-point conversions
· Third Down conversions
· Last play of the game (Hail Mary)
Not every team has a good game plan when it comes to situational football. Analyze what works, and what doesn’t work.
It is important to practice as many reps as you can in order to become a great football player. Currently, most of you are not physically able to practice in-game football techniques and scenarios. This is why mental reps are imperative to your development. If your goal is to become a great football player, then you must make the transition from being a fan on the couch to being a student while watching games on TV.
Find time to apply what you have learned to your own skill-set by training and practicing your position. For those interested in enhancing their game, look into the Perfect Performance Winter position-specific training.
Prepare to perform!
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