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USA Football Month: NFL head coaches participate in video series

By Bill Bradley, contributing editor

USA Football's video library has created quite a following.

From every Big Ten Conference coach to representatives of the Southeastern Conference. Coaches and administrators from all levels of the game have gotten involved into filming their tips, strategies and philosophies on the USA Football programs, like Heads Up Football.

The NFL also has participated in USA Football videos. Miami Dolphins linebackers coach Mark Duffner offered advice for better conditioning drills. Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff went on video to talk about the benefits of playing youth football.

But what are the NFL head coaches saying? A lot. As part of USA Football Month, NFL Evolution presents some of the videos in the USA Football library that recently were taped by NFL head coaches.

First, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman said in a video published two weeks ago that the words coaches use and the way they say them go a long way toward a young athlete's understanding of football and life.

St. Louis Rams coach said last month that football teaches respect - for self, for coaches, for teammates and most importantly for opponents.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith two months ago got into the X's and O's of coaching, explaining why he's a 4-3 guy.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in June that systems are only as good as the players within them. Coaches need to be able to adapt what they do to fit the talents of the athletes on their teams.

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen two months ago talked about the importance of coaching, saying he wants young athletes to enjoy everything that football can give them. He added that it's the adults' job to put those players in the best situation by teaching proper fundamentals, having properly fitted equipment and structuring practices with safety in mind.

And in May, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell talked discussed the importance of game planning, telling coaches to focus on their team's strengths, then worry about what the other team will do.

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