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"We grade the performance, not the person"

Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder was asked yesterdat how he manages to keep things light and fun at practice and how that has played a role in the team's success this season.

Snyder answered by explaining, "We're all in this together, and it starts at the top with Kevin (Sumlin)."

"Kids have got to trust you nowadays...times are different. They just are, even with my girls. They have to know that you care about them, you have to have a little fun, and you have to keep it real with them. I think players respond to that at all levels. That give me an opportunity, when it is time to put the foot down, I can do that, and they don't take it personal."

Then he added, "We're grading the performance, not the person. That's the key."

If your a coaching staff that hands out performance based grades, or breaks down film with the whole team after your games, that point may be something worth touching on before you hit "play" next time. Good stuff.