The Turnaround: Lubbock Westerners’ Fall Camp 2017, Day 2

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Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Lubbock Camp Day 2

Great day today!

Perfect weather. Football. Effort, enthusiasm and resolve. Thinking on the fly.
Relentless passion. Just another day of Westerner football. This stuff is contagious! The right kind of attitude and atmosphere cannot be understated. We are rolling right now. Two great days!

Let’s carry the momentum into Day Three. Wednesday needs to be the next best day.
Keep respecting the process like you are and good things are coming.

This team is rounding into shape. It’s exciting.

Defense

Nate Gensler and his defensive staff were in mid-season form Tuesday. They are
prepared. They coach with intensity. They expect results. I cannot ask for more from my defensive staff. The kids get after it for them.

Tyler Trout, Devin Kline, Jose Morales, David Moody and Brian Richardson are all
coaches who have been here. Continuity is critical. Having them back has been a big
benefit to Coach Gensler and our staff. It’s fun watching these guys work.

We improved dramatically last year on defense and I expect that trend to keep
heading in the same direction. Tuesday was a great second day of practice for them.
I’m excited to see it again Wednesday.

Headsets

The offensive staff had the headsets out Tuesday for our team period. That is the
earliest I have ever done this. It’s important. We have a new system and with that
comes a new communication system. It’s was good to get them out and do a dry run.
You can never too much communication between your staff. It’s how it’s done. Work it as much as you can. It pays off.

Situational Football

Our game is predicated on situations. Play calling is all situations. So why not
have the chains out and work it every day in team period? We do it and it is a huge
help.

Every play is scripted and we have the chains rolling with it. They know the down
and distance. The players begin to understand key situations and why we called what
we called.

Chain work is a huge piece to the puzzle. Our kids will be prepared. They will be
ready for any situation.

Randomness

-Terrell Davis “A Football Life” was one of the best every produced in this series.
Pure awesomeness. He was a beast. I used to love watching him play. His career ended to early. I watched Kurt Warner Monday night. Good grief my brain is on overload from watching these two episodes. I learn something from everything. Two nights in a row I learned from these guys. Two great stories.

-Read it again: Respect The Process.

-A football staff operates as a small family. It’s tight knit. We have tough conversations. There is brutal honesty. Frankness. It’s part of it. But it’s a
family at the end of the day. These guys are great. They keep me going!

-The best hot dog you will ever will be in NYC outside of or in Yankee Stadium. Put
it on your bucket list. Same can be said for pizza. NYC is the place for pizza
(sorry, Chicago).

-College football is right around the corner. Saturday’s are awesome. Should be an
exciting season.

-I’m thinking of re-gifting a gift back to the person who gifted it to me. What’s
the etiquette on this? It’s only a label maker. I don’t think it’s a big deal.

Till next time… FIO.

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