Not unlike working on developing football IQ, traditional NFL practices simply don't have enough time to devote the necessary time to position-specific training. Individual technique for each position is a luxury that NFL teams do not have, but the NFL Alumni Academy gets to take full advantage of. Our coaching staff has over 100 years of NFL experience collectively, and are able to work with the players to get into the specific details about improving their technique at a microscopic level. Football is a game of inches and the NFL Alumni Academy coaching staff makes sure to maximize the inches for all of our players.
Defensive Line Coach Chuck Smith explaining what he’s looking for in a drill with Aaron Patrick
Defensive Line Coach Jay Hayes trains Ethan Westbrooks on a reaction drill
Defensive Line Coach Chuck Smith prepares Aaron Patrick for a drill
Defensive Line Coach Chuck Smith works with Christian Ringo, Davonte Lambert, and Praise Martin-Oguike on explosion techniques
Offensive Line Coach Anthony Muñoz works with Lineman Jake Benzinger on his hand placement
Each day, the players at the Academy will be personally trained by Chip Smith. Chip is one of the foremost speed and strength experts in the world, and his proprietary MORR training system produces unparalleled results. Having trained more NFL players than anyone else on the planet, there is no one on Earth more qualified to train the players of the Academy.
Defensive lineman Aaron Patrick (front) working for the resistance bands with Running Back Tayler Porter (back)
Defensive Lineman Christian Ringo and Offensive Linemen RJ Prince and Jake Benzinger race during a pool day
Defensive Lineman Davonte Lambert smiling while working the MORR Pool Program
Defensive Lineman Aaron Patrick trains his footwork with the bags
In the NFL, everyone is a physically gifted athlete. Football is obviously a physical game, but understanding the game and the concepts and basic fundamentals of football really separates good from great. During a season, there's never enough time because NFL teams are focused on game planning for that week's opponent. But developing football IQ is something that can really be a difference-maker for a player on the cusp of the NFL. Each day, players will work with coaches in the film room and on the whiteboard to improve their football IQ to make their game even more well-rounded.
Running Backs Coach Moe Williams teaching Academy Backs Tavien Feaster, Javon Leake, and Nick Brossette
2020 Academy Offensive Linemen quiz each other while working on the film