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August 8, 2013

Video valuable tool for Rams



The quarterbacks sit next to him in the room. The running backs and receivers join their respective position coaches and the session starts.

Really it's a great motivator for kids,” Shaner said. “It's pretty cliché for coaches, football coaches anyway. There's an old saying that film doesn't lie. Everything you do is on it.”

Once the group is settled Shaner selects an individual play from the scrimmage, announces its name and lets the video play through once without any comments or critiques from anyone in the room. He rewinds the play to the beginning and each position coach talks for about 10 seconds to his individual group of players about what went right and wrong during the action.

You could spend a long time on one play if you allowed yourself to do that,” Shaner said. “But obviously you want to maximize your time.”

Shaner allows the video to play once more and the most the group watches any single play is three times. Then they move on to the next one.

Kids want to make great plays on film, and they don't want to be called out in the film room,” Shaner said. “So there's a little extra in terms of motivation in terms of the kids' effort too.”

Sometimes the session includes the entire scrimmage and other times coaches will select a limited amount of plays.

Sometimes we will pull out the most important ones or the ones we feel offer the most teachable moments,” Shaner said.

The summer is a bit more relaxed for the Rams, but during the season players are expected to have viewed the video prior to Monday film sessions, using the internet-based program Hudl. Once the coach imports and uploads the video to Hudl, players and assistant coaches can access it using a computer, tablet or cell phone.

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