Football season doesn’t feel the same this year. For the first time in 10 years, I’m not coaching. Even though I didn’t do a whole lot of actual coaching last year, I still got to spend Friday nights on the sidelines. There’s a certain atmosphere, an intensity, a feeling of adrenaline you get when you’re among the players. You don’t get that feeling by sitting in the stands. Unfortunately, it was time to hang up the whistle, as I wrote earlier this year.
By being on the sidelines, I was able to observe things about the game that I never knew before. Here are five things I learned about the game during my ten years coaching it.