Chicago Bears coaches use gaming app to teach players
A fact often overlooked by coaches in professional sports is that each generation of athletes is different from the previous ones. This is why older coaches often struggle to connect with younger players. Their methods which may have worked a decade ago have no effect or have a negative effect. The best coaches are those who are able to reinvent the way they teach and constantly motivate their players. Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus made that clear when he arrived in January. He wants his coaching staff to thrive as teachers above anything else.
It is an admirable goal. Putting it into practice is another challenge. Education is one of the biggest problems facing the modern world. Teachers are struggling to engage their students more than ever. To help combat this problem, some innovators have decided to tackle the problem with a simple mantra: make it fun. Khalil Herbert explained how the coaches did this when they arrived months ago. Rather than the usual film studies and educational courses, Eberflus and his team got creative.
Kahoot might be unfamiliar to some.
It is a game application that allows users to create quizzes for any subject, creating a scoring system based on the correct answer to questions and speed. It’s a great way to create competition while helping players enjoy the monotonous task of learning a playbook.
From the way Herbert speaks, it’s clear the players have taken this approach. They are surprised and often delighted to see how good the coaches are at teaching them how to improve. It’s one thing to say a little about what is right or wrong. It’s another to show them. Matt Nagy has always talked about the “why” of doing things. That’s what he meant. Unfortunately, he never mastered the ability to teach them.
The Chicago Bears have the right plan. His execution is the next step.
Half the battle is making sure players know what they’re doing on Sundays. They need to feel prepared. If this is achieved, then the coaching staff have done their job. Then it’s about applying what has been achieved in practice to games. It looks like both sides of the ball are getting their wins in camp so far. The defense has moments, but the attack hasn’t backed down either. This was never the case during Nagy’s run. I always had the impression that attack was the backbone of defence.
Eberflus has the merit of having assumed responsibility for the whole team. It would be easy for him to rely on what he knows best. He has been a defensive coach for 30 years. He could focus on that and let Luke Getsy do his thing with offense. It was not the case. Eberflus attends meetings for every attacking position, offering advice and instruction whenever possible.
Players are encouraged to ask questions all the time.
It would be so much fun if Kahoot! ended up being a big reason the team exceeded expectations this season. Either way, the Chicago Bears coaches have to be thanked for their willingness to think outside the box. The methods used do not matter as long as they achieve the desired results.
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