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#TakeASide: Should you adapt your scheme to your players, or should players adapt to your scheme?


Some guys consider themselves spread guys, while others are referred to as Air Raid coaches, or Wing-T guys, or any other offensive system you can imagine. The same can be said on the defensive side of the ball; you have your even front guys, your odd front guys, your 4-2-5 guys, your 3-3 stack coaches, and your 4-3 guys - the list goes on and on.

But what happens when you take over a program where your athletes don't match up ideally with your offensive or defensive scheme? For example, if you don't have three running backs, your quarterback has a cannon, and you're offensive line is big and athletic are you still going to commit to running the full house Wing-T?

Today's #TakeASide asks: Do you adapt your scheme to your players, or do you expect your players to adapt to your scheme?

Again, because there are so many variables in play here, let's say you're interviewing for a head coaching job at the high school level where you inherit a roster and aren't able to recruit to your liking like the college level.

Side 1: You adapt your scheme to your players

In this scenario, you evaluate your roster and the strengths and weaknesses of your players and each position group, and then decide what scheme you're going to run on offense and defense.

Pros: By being flexible, you're putting your players in the best positions to succeed. Nearly every player fits at a position and is given an opportunity to succeed there. Getting players to buy in is easy because everyone has a specific role.
Cons: You end up running a scheme that may fit your players well, but it's not something that you're well versed in, so adjustments are difficult.

Side 2: You believe that players should adapt to your scheme

In this situation, you go into your interview proclaiming that you're committed to a specific scheme, regardless of what the roster you inherit looks like.

Pros: You have a tremendous amount of confidence in the scheme and are able to make the necessary adjustments as the game wears on.
Cons: You don't have the ideal personnel to maximize your potential. Are you putting your kids in the best position to be successful? Getting guys to buy in to your philosophy may be a bit harder.

There is no right or wrong answer here, I simply want to hear where you stand and how it stacks up with the rest of the coaching profession. You can reach me on Twitter @CoachSamz.

Just like we did with yesterday's #TakeASide article, the best comments will be posted below for everyone to keep track of where people stand on the issue.