Linked below is one of the best coaching articles I’ve read in years. When I started the article, I had only a casual idea of who Mike Elko wass, but by the end of it, I was a huge Elko fan. There’s some fantastic stuff in here on why it’s important to keep your concepts simple, how Elko “teaches the why,” and the ability to adjust with your personnel. Note: since the writing of this article, Elko has departed Notre Dame after one season to become the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M under Jimbo Fisher.
“How are we doing things? Why are we doing things? You have to be able to teach these kids conceptually,” Elko told ESPN.com this summer. “If they can’t learn concepts, they’re constantly going to be seeing things that they don’t understand. You’re asking them to do things that make sense to them. You’re explaining why.”