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'In order to go up tempo, you have to change how you coach'
Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin brought a whole new offense to Cal that set numerous records down in Louisiana Tech with Sonny Dykes last season, and recently talked with the Mercury News about how him and his staff were going to approach the installation during their spring ball practices, which got started last night.
The offensive install will take just three days, according to Franklin.
"Job One is to build a belief system and teach them how to practice. The offense will be installed in three days. They'll have everything, basically. Then it's just a matter of the details. That's the hard thing for a lot of guys. Coaches are different. Some guys are scheme coaches -- everything's about me having the chalkboard and drawing a better play."
"Our deal is going to run a few plays and try to get really good at doing those little things right," Franklin explained. "We've got to get these guys to understand the importance of every rep, that the drills that we do, there's a reason we do things, and there's a reason we're a stickler for doing it right. If we do it right, you'll play. If you don't, you won't. There's not much gray area in what we do."
The up tempo style that Franklin has brought with him focuses on getting in a ton of reps, and coaching guys on the run and in the film room. In other words, coaching them like you will on Saturday's.
"Everything we do in practice is fast. There's a lot of people who try to play fast on Saturdays and they can't because they don't practice fast. Our whole deal is we're going to practice extremely fast and get a lot of reps. We're going to coach on film and we're going to coach a whole lot of how we're going to play on Saturday. So if you're at practice you're going to see a lot of team drill stuff where there's no coaches on the field."
Staff's that don't change the way they coach when they go up tempo are setting themselves up for failure, Franklin adds.
"That's how people fail because they don't practice that way. You've got to commit to it. That's the hard part for (coaches) who think they want to do this. They're used to talking in practice, stopping and coaching. We don't stop. If we're coaching, we're coaching on the run. Our coaches have got to coach. That's why I like young people around -- they can run better than me."