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Mr. Milich:
George O'Leary offers short rant on the softness of kids nowadays


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UCF head coach George OíLeary went on a short rant during his radio show on Tuesday night about how he believes that kids are softer today than in the past.

OíLeary said on 740 The Game, ďIn the NFL, you can only hit for 14 days in camp.  Thatís why the tackling and blocking is so poor.  Theyíre not doing it.  Theyíre not practicing it.  In college, every day used to be doubles.  Now, you have 29 practice opportunities.  We go one a day.  Most of these kids when it was 2-a-days, they would have struggled making it.

ďThere is no question the kids today are softer than kids in the past, in my mind.  I think it comes from too much parental babying.  I think thatís why it takes kids a little bit longer to play.  The game is about contact.  You can try to hide it any way you want, but you got to hit people whether you blocking or tackling.Ē

OíLeary continued, ďI always talk about contact speed.  Even when you watch the NFL, a lot of those guys run 4.5 but they hit you at 4.9.  You canít win with those guys.  All you got to do when youíre watching TV is watch the back leg, whether theyíre blocking or tackling, and see if it comes through.  You canít play that way.  We got a bunch of them that almost break their hip trying to put the brakes on before they hit someone.  You canít win that way.  Iím always looking at contact speed in a football team whether itís offensively or defensively.  Thatís what wins games. 

ďI think kids have so many other things going with themselves with peer pressure and before, 10 or 15 years ago, there wasnít that much going on in my opinion.  Now, they have all these shows and stuff.  Itís just ridiculous, the reality show.  You canít watch TV now.  Itís all stuff that really doesnít matter.Ē

Since arriving at UCF in 2004, OíLeary has developed a hard-nosed football team based on physical football.  In four of eight seasons in C-USA, the Knights finished 7-1 against conference opponents, in part due that physical style of play. 

This season, UCF moves into the American Athletic Conference.  The Knights opens with four non-conference games against Akron (Thursday), at FIU, at Penn State, and South Carolina.


Runole:

--- Quote from: Durango 95 on August 27, 2013, 11:44:43 PM ---George O'Leary offers short rant on the softness of kids nowadays


http://coachingsearch.com/article?a=George-OLeary-offers-short-rant-on-the-softness-of-kids-nowadays

UCF head coach George OíLeary went on a short rant during his radio show on Tuesday night about how he believes that kids are softer today than in the past.

OíLeary said on 740 The Game, ďIn the NFL, you can only hit for 14 days in camp.  Thatís why the tackling and blocking is so poor.  Theyíre not doing it.  Theyíre not practicing it.  In college, every day used to be doubles.  Now, you have 29 practice opportunities.  We go one a day.  Most of these kids when it was 2-a-days, they would have struggled making it.

ďThere is no question the kids today are softer than kids in the past, in my mind.  I think it comes from too much parental babying.  I think thatís why it takes kids a little bit longer to play.  The game is about contact.  You can try to hide it any way you want, but you got to hit people whether you blocking or tackling.Ē

OíLeary continued, ďI always talk about contact speed.  Even when you watch the NFL, a lot of those guys run 4.5 but they hit you at 4.9.  You canít win with those guys.  All you got to do when youíre watching TV is watch the back leg, whether theyíre blocking or tackling, and see if it comes through.  You canít play that way.  We got a bunch of them that almost break their hip trying to put the brakes on before they hit someone.  You canít win that way.  Iím always looking at contact speed in a football team whether itís offensively or defensively.  Thatís what wins games.

ďI think kids have so many other things going with themselves with peer pressure and before, 10 or 15 years ago, there wasnít that much going on in my opinion.  Now, they have all these shows and stuff.  Itís just ridiculous, the reality show.  You canít watch TV now.  Itís all stuff that really doesnít matter.Ē

Since arriving at UCF in 2004, OíLeary has developed a hard-nosed football team based on physical football.  In four of eight seasons in C-USA, the Knights finished 7-1 against conference opponents, in part due that physical style of play.

This season, UCF moves into the American Athletic Conference.  The Knights opens with four non-conference games against Akron (Thursday), at FIU, at Penn State, and South Carolina.


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O' Leary makes a good point and certainly the lack of practice leads to actually more injuries from bad technique.   He also needs to put Secondary Public School administration in the mix as they offer no accountability for academics in students today.  Just make them feel good with phony praise and pass them on.   Education at all levels is in the toilet in the US and student loan debt is the single largest public debt in America as local diploma mills are now in every city or online.  Just sign here!  We will get you all the borrowed money you need Truly sad when the horrible discovery is made that there isn't that high paying job available upon completion of the course work. Only a huge debt owed the US government!

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